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We've made iBook editions of our picture books!

Posted by Tom on Sep 02, 2014

Today we’re incredibly excited to announce that we’ve made fantastic iBook editions of some of our picture books, enhanced with read aloud audio, music, sound effects, and text highlighting.

Our launch list of 16 titles for iBooks includes the best-selling Pip and Posy books, by Axel Scheffler, Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam, by Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton, and The Princess and the Peas, by Caryl Hart and Sarah Warburton. Each picture book is available on the iBooks Store for £2.99 ($4.99).

While we’ve always made eBook editions of our fiction list, this is the first time we’ve produced digital editions of our picture books. We’ve spent quite a while developing these books, and they’re currently exclusive to iBooks. We’re incredibly proud of all of our picture books, and so this is something that we knew we had to get absolutely right. We wanted to find ways of truly taking advantage of a touchscreen to enhance the picture book experience, to encourage literacy, and to widen opportunities for reading. And we were committed not only to retaining the unique, appealing design of our books, but also adding read-along audio from our highly acclaimed Stories Aloud programme.

You can find each of the books on the iBooks Store with the links below:

We’re very proud of the results: we believe these books demonstrate the fantastic potential of the iBook platform for full-colour picture books… and with their innovative design and enhanced features, they truly are one-of-a-kind. Whether you’re going on holiday and don’t have space for a whole pile of picture books, or you’re running out of room on your bookshelves, or you’d like a digital book with enhancements like audio and highlighted text (without sacrificing any of the beautiful design of a print picture book), these books are for you (and at a very good price at that).

If you try one of these iBooks, please do let us know how you get on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.

And here’s the full list of titles available today – with more to come soon!

Pip and Posy: The Super Scooter, by Axel Scheffler

Pip and Posy: The Little Puddle, by Axel Scheffler

Pip and Posy: The Scary Monster, by Axel Scheffler

Pip and Posy: The Big Balloon, by Axel Scheffler

The Princess and the Peas, by Caryl Hart and Sarah Warburton

The Princess and the Presents, by Caryl Hart and Sarah Warburton

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam, by Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton

Hubble Bubble, Granny Trouble, by Tracey Corderoy and Joe Berger

Whizz Pop, Granny Stop, by Tracey Corderoy and Joe Berger

Spells-a-Popping, Granny’s Shopping, by Tracey Corderoy and Joe Berger

Just Right for Two, by Tracey Corderoy and Rosalind Beardshaw

Captain Beastlie’s Birthday Party, by Lucy Coats and Chris Mould

Books Always Everywhere, by Jane Blatt and Sarah Massini

Dinosaur Dig, by Penny Dale

Dinosaur Zoom, by Penny Dale

Dinosaur Rescue, by Penny Dale

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More artwork added to the illustrators for war child auction!

Posted by Tom on Sep 01, 2014

Last week we announced the Illustrators for War Child project, an illustrator charity auction organised by Leigh Hodgkinson, featuring over 70 lots from more than 50 different illustrators, to raise money for War Child, a London-based charity that provides life-changing support to the most vulnerable children whose families, communities and schools have been torn apart by war.

And today we’re very excited to unveil some brand new lots added to the auction! Here’s a look at some new pieces on offer, with all the proceeds going directly to War Child:


A signed, limited edition giclee print and signed book by illustrator Penny Dale – bid now.


A signed print and signed book by illustrator Nicola O’Byrne – bid now.


One of two pieces of original, signed and dated artwork by illustrator Axel Scheffler – bid now.


One of three signed giclee prints by illustrator Nadia Shireen – bid now.


A unique, original illustration and signed book by Clara Vulliamy – bid now.

And there’s so much more!

You can see the full list of pieces available here – please do bid for something.

You can read more at the Illustrators for War Child website here. Thank you to all of the illustrators who’ve so generously donated their work, and congratulations to Leigh for such a monumental achievement. And please do share the auction on social media with the #illustratorsforwarchild hashtag!

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Announcing our programme for the Nosy Crow conference

Posted by Tom on Aug 29, 2014

The Nosy Crow conference is just two weeks away, and today we’re very pleased to be able to unveil our full programme for the day!

We’ve got a fantastic day’s worth of speakers lined up to talk about every part of the publishing process – agents, editors, journalists, booksellers, social media experts, and – of course – authors.

Here’s a look at the day’s schedule (click to enlarge):

The conference is taking place on Saturday, September 13 at the St Bride Foundation in London. And there are just a few tickets remaining (last year’s event was a complete sell out) – if you’d like to attend, get yours today!