PRESS RELEASE: Nosy Crow announces STE(A)M children’s book publishing partnership with the University of Cambridge - Nosy Crow Skip to content
Posted by Lisa, June 5, 2023

PRESS RELEASE: Nosy Crow announces STE(A)M children’s book publishing partnership with the University of Cambridge

Nosy Crow will be working with the University of Cambridge in an exclusive partnership to create a range of children’s books to sell in the UK and North America under the Nosy Crow imprint launching in 2024. Nosy Crow will have world rights in the books, and will be selling them internationally on an export, rights and co-edition basis.

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The University of Cambridge was second in the influential 2023 QS World University Rankings, the highest rated institution in the UK.

The non-fiction books, which will be published with joint Nosy Crow/University of Cambridge branding, will make a variety of subjects, with an emphasis on STE(A)M, accessible to children aged 0 to 12. These books will draw on the University’s world-renowned academics and its many remarkable museums and collections in order to surprise and delight children with exciting and up-to-date takes on information and ideas.

The first title will be Beasts from the Deep, written by Matt Ralphs and illustrated by Kaley McKean with additional consultation from Dr Rosalyn Wade and Dr Helen Scales, publishing in June 2024 in the UK and in June 2025 in North America. It will be joined by There’s No Such Thing As A Silly Question: 213 Weird and Wonderful Questions About the World, Expertly Answered!, written by Mike Rampton and illustrated by Guilherme Karsten, publishing in October 2024 in the UK and October 2025 in North America.

Kate Wilson, Group CEO and founder of Nosy Crow, comments:

“Working with the University of Cambridge is an enormous privilege and we’re hugely proud of having secured this partnership, alongside our ongoing publishing relationships with the National Trust and the British Museum. The passion, authority and expertise our partners bring to our list is remarkable, and we look forward to working with the University of Cambridge to further increase the breadth and depth of unique and trusted content with global sales potential.”

Rachel Kellehar, Nosy Crow’s Publishing Director for Non-Fiction, Preschool and Activity and who negotiated the deal, comments:

“It’s also an exceptional responsibility: we want to make books that are beautiful, fun and that, above all, engage children of different ages while respecting the extraordinary academic rigour that our work with these amazing experts will bring.”

Len Dunne, CEO of Fitzwilliam Museum Enterprises at the University of Cambridge, comments:

“We are thrilled to be co-publishing a range of books with Nosy Crow that will surprise, delight and engage young readers with STE(A)M concepts, while reflecting the University of Cambridge’s diverse range of collections and academic research. We can think of no better specialist children’s publisher with whom to inspire young scientists, engineers and mathematicians of the future.”



Nosy Crow is a multi-award-winning publisher which began publishing child-focused, parent-friendly children’s books and audio books in 2011. It was named Children’s Publisher of the Year (2017 and 2019) and Independent Publisher of the Year (2020) at the British Book Awards, and was awarded the Independent Publishers Guild’s overall Independent Publisher of the Year twice (2016 and 2021). It has also won the IPG’s Children’s Publisher of the Year seven times, mostly recently in 2023. Nosy Crow’s perspective is international: it has won the IPG’s International Achievement Award five times; the British Book Award for Export twice; and is the only book publisher ever to win two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise for International Trade. Other prizes include the Stationers’ Company Innovation Excellence Award, the Nectar Small Business of the Year Award, the Growing Business Awards Young Company of the Year Award and many others for individual titles. Nosy Crow is also proud that it has been shortlisted for the IPG’s Sustainability Award and Diversity and Inclusivity Award.

For more information please contact Rebecca Mason t:07341 874893 e:[email protected]



The University of Cambridge is one of the world’s leading universities, with a rich history of radical thinking dating back to 1209. Its mission is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence. Cambridge was second in the influential 2023 QS World University Rankings, the highest rated institution in the UK.

The University comprises 31 autonomous Colleges and over 100 departments, faculties and institutions. Its 20,000 students include around 9,000 international students from 147 countries. In 2022, 72.5% of its new undergraduate students were from state schools and more than 25% from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Cambridge research spans almost every discipline, from science, technology, engineering and medicine through to the arts, humanities and social sciences, with multi-disciplinary teams working to address major global challenges. In the Times Higher Education’s rankings based on the UK Research Excellence Framework, the University was rated as the highest scoring institution covering all the major disciplines.

The University sits at the heart of the ‘Cambridge cluster’, in which more than 5,200 knowledge-intensive firms employ more than 71,000 people and generate £19 billion in turnover. Cambridge has the highest number of patent applications per 100,000 residents in the UK.


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