The shortlists for the 2019 British Book Awards (otherwise known as the Nibbies) have been announced today, and we were delighted to discover that Nosy Crow has been shortlisted in three categories!
We are shortlisted for the Children’s Publisher of the Year Award, sponsored by Tesco, against DK, Hachette Children’s Group, HarperCollins Children’s Books, Macmillan Children’s Books, Scholastic, Usborne Publishing, and Wonderbly. Judges said: “Nosy Crow, winner here in 2017, continued its inexorable rise with a 32.9% hike in TCM sales – making it the UK’s 12th biggest children’s publisher just eight years after launching. As before, success came from a range of authors and publishing partnerships rather than blockbuster names. Growth in sales, rights and coeditions to international markets, from which Nosy Crow draws well over half of its revenue, was even sharper.”
We are shortlisted for the Independent Publisher of the Year Award, sponsored by First Group, against Atlantic Books, Canongate, Cicerone Press, Elliott & Thompson, Faber & Faber, Hardie Grant UK, and Wild Things Publishing. Judges said: “Nosy Crow is shortlisted for a sixth year in a row, and is also a contender in the Children’s Publisher of the Year category. Its eighth year of publishing was its biggest yet, with domestic and international sales both soaring. At home it collaborated with big brands including the National Trust, John Lewis and the British Museum, while its rights and exports team secured deals with new partners across Asia, Europe and the US.”
And I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree: A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year, illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon and with poetry collected by Fiona Waters, has been shortlisted in the Children’s Illustrated & Non-Fiction Book of the Year category, against Stories for Boys Who Dare To Be Different by Ben Brooks, illustrated by Quinton Winter, Politics for Beginners by Alex Frith, Rosie Hore, and Louie Stowell, illustrated by Kellan Stover, Oi Duck Billed Platypus! by Kes Grey, illustrated by Jim Field, Fantastically Great Women who Made History by Kate Pankhurst, and You Are Awesome by Matthew Syed, illustrated by Toby Triumph. Judges said: “This anthology of nature poems for every day of the year was Nosy Crow’s most ambitious project yet. A collaboration with the National Trust, the large-format, 300+ page hardback was sumptuously produced, superbly marketed and enthusiastically received. The 40,000 copies sold in 2018 far exceeded expectations for a £25 title.”
Here’s our trailer for I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree:
And here’s a look inside the book:
You can read the full list of shortlists in every category at the Nibbies website, here.
The winners will be announced at The British Book Awards on Monday 13th May – wish us luck!