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Goldilocks and Just the One Bear is now available as a read-aloud iBook!

Posted by Tom on Sep 16, 2014

A little while ago we launched fantastic iBook editions of some of our picture books, enhanced with read aloud audio, music, sound effects, and text highlighting.

And today we’re releasing one more! You can now find Goldilocks and Just the One Bear by Leigh Hodgkinson on the iBook Store – and it’s the first of its kind.

When we announced our launch list of iBook picture books, we said that we didn’t want to sacrifice any of the beautiful design of a print picture book. And that was especially true of Goldilocks and Just the One Bear, which uses lots of lovely hand-lettering by Leigh throughout the book:

However, as WELL as retaining the unique, appealing design of our books, we were also committed to finding ways of truly taking advantage of a touchscreen device to enhance the picture book experience – by adding read-along audio and text highlighting, for example.

Combining text-highlighting with hand-lettering like this proved to be very difficult – and as far as we know, isn’t something that’s ever been done before – but we’re very pleased to say that we’ve found a way of doing it. Working with Circular Software’s CircularFLO technology, we’ve managed to produced a beautiful, unique edition of Goldilocks and Just the One Bear, which not only does justice to Leigh’s wonderful artwork, but also includes our signature Stories Aloud audio and text highlighting.

You can find the book on the iBook Store here for only £2.99

And you can find each of our other picture books on the iBooks Store with the links below:

We hope you enjoy these as iBooks – and if you have any feedback, we’d love to hear it.

The verdict on our second children's publishing conference

Posted by Tom on Sep 15, 2014

I was up at 6.00am on Saturday morning, icing cakes for the second Nosy Crow conference, which took place at the St Bride Foundation in London. And while I will admit to being biased, I think the day had a great atmosphere: a packed house (who’d travelled from as far afield as Dublin, Bath and Glasgow) listened to inspiring, imaginative, insightful and very interesting talks from speakers including agent Hilary Delamere, Waterstones assistant children’s buyer Florentyna Martin, social media expert Adam Tinworth, the Bookseller’s Children’s Editor, Charlotte Eyre, authors including Helen Peters, Tracey Corderoy and Jeff Norton, and members of the Nosy Crow team.

I won’t rehash the whole day (fantastic speeches were delivered, useful notes were taken, intelligent questions were asked and answered, sandwiches and cakes were eaten, wine was drunk, conversations were had and friendships struck…) – instead, I thought I’d just share what some of our attendees thought of the day and said on Twitter afterwards:














A few of our attendees also wrote (more comprehensive) round-ups of the day – you can read two here and here.

Thank you VERY much to all of our speakers for their fantastic talks, and to everyone who came along and made it such an excellent day. See you at the next one!

The Nosy Crow Conference is taking place tomorrow!

Posted by Tom on Sep 12, 2014

Tomorrow’s a busy day for us Crows: our second conference, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Children’s Publishing (But Were Afraid to Ask) is taking place – a whole day of talks devoted to de-mystifying the industry. We’ve got some INCREDIBLE speakers lined up from all sectors of publishing – agent Hilary Delamere, Waterstones assistant children’s buyer Florentyna Martin, social media expert Adam Tinworth, the Bookseller’s Children’s Editor, Charlotte Eyre, authors including Helen Peters, Tracey Corderoy and Jeff Norton, and members of the Nosy Crow team.

There are just a couple of hours left to book tickets – if you’d like to come along, it’s not too late! You can buy your place with the form below, or here.

And even if you can’t make it to the event itself , we’d love it if you take part online! You can follow all of the day’s action on Twitter with the #NCCONF hashtag. Here’s our full schedule for the day:

The hashtag is #NCCONF – we hope you can join us!