Posted by Kate on Sep 18, 2014
Well we can tell everyone now.
And we think it’s exciting news.
We are going to be the exclusive partners of The National Trust for their children’s book publishing programme, which will be jointly branded with the Nosy Crow and The National Trust logos. The books will be available not just through the National Trust’s own 200 shops but also through, as they say, “all good bookshops” and any other shops that would like to stock them from March 2016.
I cannot begin to tell you what a great time we’ve had already thinking of books that we could make and commission for the list. They have to fit our Nosy Crow commitment to publishing child-focussed, parent-friendly books. They also have to fit The National Trust’s focus on protecting, and making accessible to the public, huge tracts of England, Wales and Northern Ireland’s landscapes from the Jurassic Coast to a quarter of the Lake District, as well as preserving and ensuring access to history and cultural heritage from ruined Corfe Castle to Beatrix Potter’s house. The more we think about it, the more ideas we have, and we already have a good sense of the programme for the first couple of years, but we’d be interested to hear from authors and illustrators (and their agents) who would like to propose ideas. (If you’re submitting and don’t have an agent, please look at our submissions guidelines).
We were already planning to develop our activity book list and also to introduce some non-fiction books, but this partnership with the National Trust gives us such a terrific springboard into these areas of publishing.
It’s really great for us, but also, we think, great for The National Trust, as children’s books are such a growth area for its shops: across 2013-2014, sales of children’s books through the shops grew 600% and the Trust has 1.4 million family members.
Katie Bond, who is the publisher of The National Trust, and who, after 14 years at Bloomsbury knows her publishing onions, said: “I went to see lots of publishers, but it was Nosy Crow that really stood out to me – they are such a dynamic company, who can do the whole range, from baby books through to young adult.”
Posted by Dom on Sep 18, 2014
Last night Nicola O’Byrne and I were lucky enough to be invited to Stockport for the Stockport Children’s Book Awards. I assured Nicky we were in for a good night because I’d been to the award ceremony with Chris Edge the previous year when he was a winner with Twelve Minutes to Midnight. And we weren’t disappointed – Kay and her team at Stockport libraries organised a cracking event.
The theme of the evening was ‘Glamorous!’ so, suitably attired (Nicky in a GORGEOUS hand-painted silk dress. Mine was at the cleaners…), we were whisked to the Cheshire Conference Centre. Performance poet Ian Bland was our MC for the evening and, to warm things up, he was soon leading the audience in a lively rendition of The Dinner Lady Dance. And at this point I think it’s only fair to say, Nicky and I can MOVE. Those dinner lady hand gestures were OURS: graceful, fluid, impeccably timed…
ANYWAY, then the Mayor of Stockport, Councillor Kevin Hogg took to the stage and was funny and affable, while displaying a real enthusiasm for reading, and especially reading for pleasure. He was eager to enthuse the children present to do the same: read widely and read what you love was his message. If you love a book, and it fires your imagination and takes you into another world, never mind what anyone else says about your choice, just read it. Wise words…
Nicky’s Open Very Carefully won the Picture Book prize, and she was the first author to collect her prize – some beautiful artwork from one of the children involved in the prize. And Nicky, who we can safely say has an eye for these things, complimented its excellent colours and composition.
Nicky and I would like to thank Kay, Wendy and Maria for taking such excellent care of us and organising such a fun night. And we HOPE to see them all again next year.
Posted by Tom on Sep 17, 2014
This month we’ve published Bizzy Bear’s Big Building Book! by Benji Davies – a lavish, large format, Bizzy Bear gift edition with five robust mechanisms, perfect for toddlers who love to play at being builders. And Bizzy Bear just can’t be stopped! He’s off on two new adventures in January, with Bizzy Bear Deepsea Diver and Bizzy Bear Dinosaur Safari – and I think they’re the best books in the series so far.
Here’s a look at the covers in action:
I cannot BEGIN to describe how much I love these new Bizzy Bear books: the colours are fantastic, Benji’s artwork is great, the mechanisms are very satisfying (and child-friendly), and the subjects are just brilliant: these are perfect board books.
Here’s what ALL of the Bizzy Bear books look like together:
Both books will be out in January – you can pre-order Deepsea Diver here and Dinosaur Safari here.
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