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Next year’s highlights: 2013 in books

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With this year almost behind us, we’re all beginning to make plans (and resolutions) for the next twelve months – so in that spirit, here’s some of what we have coming up: a look ahead to our 2013 schedule. This is actually only the first six months worth of Nosy Crow titles – if I wrote about the whole year, this blog post would be even more absurdly lengthy than it already is. Here goes!

In January we’re launching Stories Aloud, our innovative bundling of digital audio readings with our paperback picture books, with several re-prints of old favourites, and first-time paperback publications of The Princess and the Peas, by Caryl Hart and Sarah Warburton, and Pip and Posy: The Little Puddle and Pip and Posy: The Super Scooter by Axel Scheffler. You can take a look inside The Princess and the Peas below:


Pre-order The Princess and the Peas online here.

January will also see the release of new titles in the Bizzy Bear series, by Benji Davies, The Rescue Princess series, by Paula Harrison, and Shadows of the Silver Screen, the second book in the Twelve Minutes to Midnight trilogy by Christopher Edge. Here’s the first chapter:


Pre-order Shadows of the Silver Screen online here.

In February we’re publishing Open Very Carefully, illustrated by Nicola O’Byrne and with words by Nick Bromley – a very clever picture book with a crocodile who’s fallen out of his own story and into this one, and a lovely book for sharing and discussing how words and pictures work. Here’s a sneak preview:


Pre-order Open Very Carefully online here.

Also out this month are two brand new novelty Noodle books by Marion Billet; a board book edition of Dinosaur Zoom! by Penny Dale; new volumes in the Vulgar the Viking series by Odin Redbeard and Mega Mash-Up series by Nikalas Catlow and Tim Wesson; and Dear Scarlett by Fleur Hitchcock (about which we blogged yesterday). Here’s chapter one of Dear Scarlett:


Pre-order Dear Scarlett online here.

March will see the publication of a trio of triumphant picture books: Baby and Me by Emma Dodd, an ingeniously interactive book for all toddlers who are enjoying playing mummies (or daddies) and babies, with robust pull-tabs and clever touch-and-feel elements; Books Always Everywhere by Jane Blatt and Sarah Massini, a joyful celebration of the physical book in all its glory, with delightful and nostalgic illustrations of babies and toddlers discovering the new, magical world of books; and Littleland by Marion Billet, a wonderful picture book for the very young, designed to stimulate speech and build vocabulary. Here’s a look inside Books Always Everywhere:


Pre-order Books Always Everywhere online here.

There’ll also be further additions to the Rescue Princesses series and Olivia series, by Lyn Gardner, out in the month.

In April we’re launching a brand new novelty series by Jannie Ho, the Tiny Tabs books – robust, colourful board books with chunky sliders, designed for the smallest of hands, which will delight baby readers again and again. We’re also publishing Troll Swap by Leigh Hodgkinson, a warm and witty story about a young girl and a troll who both feel a bit out of place. Here’s a look inside:


Pre-order Troll Swap online here.

Also out in April are the paperback edition of Guinea Pig Party by Holly Surplice, a new volume in the Magical Mix-Ups series by Leigh Hodgkinson and Marnie Edwards, and Weasels, a hilarious, brilliant picture book debut by Elys Dolan. Here’s a preview:


Pre-order Weasels online here.

There’s another picture book debut in May, for Steven Lenton, illustrator of Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam (written by Tracey Corderoy) – a funny, quirky story that’s full of depth of detail. Here’s a look inside:

There are new books in the Rescue Princesses and Vulgar the Viking series in the same month, as well as the first volume in a brand new 9+ fiction series by Paula Harrison – Faerie Tribes, launching with Faerie Tribes: The Crystal Mirror.

Finally, in June we’re publishing Just Right For Two – a beautiful, heartwarming picture book celebrating friendship, written by Tracey Corderoy and illustrated by Ros Beardshaw. We’re also publishing the second book in The Grunts series by Philip Ardagh and Axel Scheffler, The Grunts all at Sea. We’re releasing an incredible piece of debut fiction for 9+ year olds, Tiger Thief by Michaela Clarke – a beautifully told fantasy adventure with amazing characters and landscapes. Here’s the first chapter:


Pre-order Tiger Thief online here.

Phew! I get tired just thinking about it all. We’re so pleased with the way our list for 2013 has shaped up, and we’d love to know what you think of it. What books are you most looking forward to?

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