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Pip and Posy TV series wins top animation industry award!

Pip and Posy are reaching for new heights in 2022, following their recent win at the British Animation Awards last week. The playful pair were up against stiff competition from Hey Duggee, The Adventures of Paddington, Circle Squad and Milo, but on the night the production team behind the TV series, Magic Light Productions, took home the award for Best Preschool Series for their charming episode ‘Night, Pip’.

The judges of the award called Pip and Posy “an excellent show that tells a simple but very relatable story well. This charming episode perfectly captures the spirit of friendship and play in a well-crafted world that feels safe, but not twee. Good combination of humour worked through the episode and realistic age-appropriate issues and emotions handled beautifully. High production value, great character design and relatable story for children made for a winning combination.”

Before Pip and Posy found success on the small screen, they started life as a series of picture books, devised and created by Nosy Crow’s co-founder and author, Camilla Reid, and illustrated by the award-winning illustrator Axel Scheffler. Each story followed a mouse and a rabbit as they experienced the very real ups and downs of a child’s life: friendships, disappointments, potty training, emotions and bedtime challenges, to name a few. Over the last eleven years, the picture book series has sold 5 million copies and been translated into 26 languages.

The launch of the animated TV series in March 2021 coincided with the tenth birthday of the publication of the first Pip and Posy titles.

So, it seems rather fitting that the launch of our TV tie-in publishing programme begins in the same year that Pip and Posy reach another milestone, with this award and the recognition of Magic Light Picture’s work by the animation industry.


In June 2022, Nosy Crow will publish two TV tie-in sticker activity books. Best of Friends introduces this playful pair and invites everyone to join in their wonderful world of play with puzzles, games and stickers galore! Come On, Let’s Play! is full of fun-filled activities that will delight fans of the Pip and Posy TV animation, featuring artwork from the episodes, alongside dot-to-dot, colouring, search and find sticker scenes and much more to keep little hands and minds busy. Our trio of sticker books this year is completed by a festive Christmas activity title that publishes in October, and celebrates the joy of the season with Pip, Posy and their friends.







In August 2022, Nosy Crow will publish two new tabbed board books that feature artwork from the TV series. Children’s emotions and how to navigate them are gently explored in Pip and Posy: How Are You? The second tabbed board book, Favourite Things, is perfect for all children wanting to learn about the world of Pip and Posy and their friends, as it celebrates the characters’ differences and how those differences bring the friends together.







Our final TV tie-in title this year is a lift-the-flap board book full of Christmas fun, from opening presents and singing carols, to playing in the snow and putting on a winter show! Each page has flaps to open and Christmas objects to search and find.

As the editor of our Pip and Posy TV tie-in programme, I have enjoyed bringing this cherished picture book series into a new strand of publishing. The TV series is full of warmth, humour, friendship and imaginative play, and this delightful combination means Pip and Posy’s world really is a dream come true for creators of stories in all mediums.


Congratulations to the team at Magic Light Pictures, and three cheers for Pip and Posy!


– Katie Woolley



Nosy Crow is awarded BIC Excellence Award for 2021-22

We are tremendously happy to announce that we have gained a BIC Excellence Award for 2021-2022! This means that our customers all over the world, whether they are online or traditional brick-and-mortar stores, can rest assured that the information we are providing about all of our books is of an extremely high standard.

BIC (Book Industry Communication) are the organisation that create and regulate dependable standards across the publishing industry and ensure that all publishers are providing clear, data-rich, timely information across the supply chain.

One vital aspect of this process is the regulation of metadata; the bibliographic data we provide about all of our books to Nielsen Book Data and our retailers. From publication date and price, to cover images and synopses, all are vital pieces of information for both our retailers and the end consumer.

But what is metadata, you may well ask? Essentially it means data about data. It might not sound as exciting as editing a book or designing a front cover but without this basic information about our books – how much they cost, when they are published or whether they are hardback or paperback – retailers wouldn’t have the information they need to be able to sell our books and consumers wouldn’t be able to make considered purchasing decisions.

When most people think about the publishing process, metadata is probably not always at the forefront of their minds. However, as we move into an increasingly digital marketplace (of which the current pandemic has only accelerated) having enhanced metadata has become even more vital than ever.

Here at the Crow’s Nest, we are committed to providing the highest standard of data to all our customers into 2022 and beyond. And we think that’s very exciting.

Wigglesbottom Primary: Break-Time Bunnies longlisted for the 2021 Alligator’s Mouth Award!

We’re absolutely delighted to announce that Wigglesbottom Primary: Break-Time Bunnies, written by bestselling Pamela Butchart and illustrated by Becka Moor, has been longlisted for the 2021 Alligator’s Mouth Award!

Launched in 2018, the book prize celebrates the very best in highly illustrated children’s fiction for 6-8 year-olds and is run by the Richmond-based Alligator’s Mouth bookshop and The Bright Agency. The award is also supported by Gardeners, who will continue as an official partner.

This year’s judging panel includes acclaimed children’s author Smriti Halls; last year’s winner, Adam Stower; award-winning book blogger and primary school librarian Jo Clarke; primary school headteacher and book blogger Simon Smith; co-owners of The Alligator’s Mouth bookshop, Margaret Wallace-Jones and Tony West; and Director of The Bright Agency, Arabella Stein.

It’s an honour to have the Wigglesbottom Primary series recognised by the award!

Life at Wigglesbottom Primary is often lived on the edge. An unexpected visitor, a bewitched violin and an invasion of bunnies! What can it all mean?

With three laugh-out-loud stories in each book, and fun two-colour artwork throughout, Wigglesbottom Primary is perfect for encouraging independent reading!

Take a look inside the book:

You can buy a copy of Wigglesbottom Primary: Break-Time Bunnies from, an independent bookshop supporter, here.

The shortlist for the award will be announced in May, followed by the winner’s announcement in July. You can find out more about the award and view the full longlist here.

Congratulations Pamela and Becka!

This is a Dog wins the 2021 Bookbug Picture Book Prize

We’re absolutely thrilled that This is a Dog, by Ross Collins, has won the 2021 Bookbug Picture Book Prize!

Run by the Scottish Book Trust, the Bookbug Picture Book Prize celebrates the best new Scottish picture books of the year, with the winner chosen by children across Scotland. Each year, all children in primary 1 receive the books on the shortlisted – carefully selected by educators, librarians, and a broad range of families – and then vote for their favourite in school or at home with their families.

This is a Dog is a delightfully silly story about a mischievous dog who wants all the attention in this First Animals book. Combining brilliant, bright illustrations with a comically simple text, this is a fun family story to share with young children.

Uh-oh! An excitable (but very loveable) dog has found his way into this First Animals book and he will NOT let any of the other animals take their turn. Dogs are far more important, after all! And when the other animals get angry, this dog comes up with a very cunning plan to outwit them…

You can take a look inside the book below:

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And watch Ross Collins reading the book:

You can order a copy of This is a Dog from Waterstones here, here, Amazon here, or from our website here.

Congratulations, Ross!

The Suitcase has won a 2020 English 4-11 Picture Book Award

The winners of the 2020 English 4-11 Picture Book Awards were announced yesterday – and we’re delighted that The Suitcase, by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros has won in the Fiction 4 – 7 years category!

Established in 1995, the awards are presented by the English Association to the best children’s picture books of the year. Awards are given in fiction and non-fiction categories across various age groups, judged by a panel of teachers, primary school children and Primary specialists. It’s an honour to have this book recognised!

The judges said: “This gentle and genuinely moving picture book is a story of new beginnings… It is about opening both our hearts and our minds… This is a powerful and important book which, due to its apparent simplicity and synchronicity of text and illustration, is accessible to all.”

Written in response to the refugee crisis, The Suitcase is a touching tale about the importance of kindness, understanding and friendship. When a strange-looking animal arrives pulling a big suitcase, the other animals are curious. What on earth could be inside that suitcase? A teacup? Maybe. A table and chair? Perhaps. A whole home and hillside with trees? But when the animals break into the suitcase and discover a very special photograph, they begin to understand what the strange creature has been through…

Take a look inside the book:

Buy the book.

And watch Chris reading the book below:

You can find out more about the English Picture Book Awards winners, and read the full review of The Suitcase, here.

Congratulations Chris!

Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright wins a 2020 Books Are My Bag Readers Award!

Last night the winners of the Books Are My Bag Reader Awards were announced – and we’re delighted that Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright: An Animal Poem for Every Day of the Year, collected by Fiona Waters and illustrated by Britta Teckentrup, has won the Poetry Award!

Launched in 2016 and sponsored by the National Book Tokens, the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards are the industry’s only awards curated by bookshops and voted for by readers. Last year, No Ballet Shoes In Syria by Catherine Bruton, won the Children’s Fiction Award – and we are thrilled to have another Nosy Crow book recognised this year!

Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright is a lavishly illustrated gift book of 366 animal poems – one for every day of the year – ranging from unforgettable classics to contemporary works from around the world, including poetry in translation. From William Blake and Roger McGough to Grace Nicols, Christina Rossetti, Emily Dickinson and many more, this is a breathtaking collection, complemented by artwork that brings the richness and wonder of the animal kingdom to life.

Here’s what some people have said about the book:

“There is a whole world inside this glorious book; a poem for every day. This is a wonderful introduction to nature and all our fellow creatures.” – Michael Morpurgo

“A thing of visual and verbal beauty […] this rewarding safari will brighten a year of bedtimes and lodge in the minds of children for a lifetime.” – Sunday Times

“One of the most stunning children’s books of the year, it’s a tome that will be treasured by generations to come.” – The Independent

You can watch the book trailer here:

And take a look inside the book:

You can find out more about the awards here – and you can buy a copy of Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright from Nosy Crow here, Waterstones here, or the Hive here.

Thank you to everyone who voted in the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards. Congratulations, Fiona and Britta!

Octopus Shocktopus wins a Teach Early Years Award!

We’re delighted to start the week with this fantastic news – Octopus Shocktopus, written by Peter Bently and illustrated by Steven Lenton, has won the Picture Book Category of the 2020 Teach Early Years Awards!

The Teach Company Awards celebrate the very best in educational resources from early years through to KS4 (0-16), across their three brands: Teach Early Years, Teach Primary, and Teach Secondary. The Teach Early Years Awards feature six categories, covering key areas of learning and development from ages 0-5, as well as picture books, and CPD. The winners were chosen by an expert panel of early years leaders, consultants, and educators.

Octopus Shocktopus is a brilliantly bonkers story about a friendly octopus who lives on the roof – with a powerful message about community, acceptance and friendship.

When a giant octopus arrives, the children LOVE their new friend; he makes the perfect slide and is fantastic at football! But some of the grown-ups aren’t so pleased. Will they drive him away . . . or will they realise just how helpful an octopus can be?

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Congratulations, Peter and Steven!