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Posted by Lisa, June 5, 2023

STE(A)Ming Ahead! Nosy Crow and the University of Cambridge

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We are incredibly excited to announce that we have forged a STE(A)M-focused publishing partnership with one of the most influential institutions in the world, the University of Cambridge. For the uninitiated, STE(A)M stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths, which will be the core subjects featured on our brand new co-published list.

Discussions have been going on behind the scenes for a full year, so it’s wonderful to finally be able to talk about this in public and to announce the first books in our collaborative programme: 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; and 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.

Working on each and every book alongside our fantastic authors and illustrators are a range of academics, curators and subject specialists from the University of Cambridge’s research laboratories, museums and collections, making sure the information we’re giving young readers is as up to date as current research allows. On There’s No Such Thing as a Silly Question, we’ve had feedback from zoologists, biologists, mathematicians, plant scientists and even a researcher from the University of Cambridge’s BabyLab (a specialist centre within the department of psychology), and we’re only just getting started!

Of course, none of this would be possible without the formidable organisational skills of Ruth McPhee, the University of Cambridge’s Product Development Manager and our Publishing Programme Coordinator, who has forged the relationships between the University’s specialists and Nosy Crow’s authors, and Len Dunne, the CEO of Fitzwilliam Museum Enterprises, University of Cambridge, who saw the potential in our partnership and negotiated the deal.

Working with the University of Cambridge, alongside our longstanding publishing partners, the British Museum and the National Trust, is a huge privilege, and we really do feel honoured to have access to so many leading authorities on almost every subject imaginable.

I hope that the joy, passion and excitement of Nosy Crow and our co-publishing partners can be felt in every book we deliver together, and I very much look forward to continuing on this remarkable journey with the University of Cambridge by our side.


Rachel Kellehar

Publishing Director for Non-Fiction, Preschool and Activity



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