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Nosy Crow has been shortlisted for six IPG 2022 Independent Publishing Awards!

The 2022 IPG Independent Publishing Award shortlists have been announced – and we are absolutely delighted that Nosy Crow has been shortlisted in six categories!

We’ve been shortlisted for the Clays Children’s Publisher of the Year, against Oneworld, Sweet Cherry Publishing and Usborne Publishing. In their commendation, the IPG said: “Nosy Crow has won this Award a remarkable six times. Like all these publishers it faced tough trading conditions in key markets, supply challenges and rising costs but overcame them by finding new channels. Judges also admired its marketing, innovation and commitment to sustainability and diversity. ‘Nosy Crow is such a tenacious and agile company… they rolled up their sleeves and delivered more amazing results,’ they said.”

We’ve been shortlisted for the The Alison Morrison Diversity and Inclusivity Award, against Bloomsbury Publishing, Emerald Publishing, Jacaranda Books and Joffe Books. In their commendations, the IPG said: “Nosy Crow stepped up its publishing of authors and illustrators of colour last year, including through an open submissions programme. It set out more plans to diversity its workforce and showed excellent support of its team in a disrupted year, especially on mental health. ‘Nosy Crow’s commitment to diversity has always been strong, and you can see the results—it’s following through on all its promises.’”

We’ve been shortlisted for the HP Sustainability Award, against Cambridge University Press & Assessment and Quarto. In their commendations, the IPG said: “Nosy Crow is shortlisted for its work to cut the environmental impacts of its book production and travel, and for playing a leading role in cross-industry sustainability initiatives. Judges particularly liked how the company is urging partners in manufacturing, distribution and elsewhere to reach its same high standards. ‘This is really good strategic and tactical work on sustainability. It’s well informed and well thought through, and is at the core of their messaging.’”

We’ve been shortlisted for the Zebralution Audio Award, against Boldwood Books and Faber. In their commendations, the IPG said: “Nosy Crow is shortlisted for its Stories Aloud initiative, which bundles free digital audio with print books via a QR code on the inside cover. Judges liked the way it makes picture books even more accessible to children and parents, especially for English language learning and those with literacy difficulties or disabilities. ‘This is a brilliant example of how audio can enhance printed content… it’s also a great marketing tool that builds the Nosy Crow brand.’”

We’ve been shortlisted for the Virtusales Metadata Award, against Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, Hardie Grant, Kogan Page, and Phoenix Publishing House. In their commendations, the IPG said: “Nosy Crow recognised that with retail channels disrupted in early 2021, discoverability would be a big factor in sales. It responded with a thorough review of its processes, including via knowledge-building across the business, identifying areas for improvements and additions, and new checklists and schedules. Its work resulted in extra sales and a BIC Excellence Award. ‘This was timely work that perfectly illustrates the value of metadata,’ judges said.”

And Frances Sleigh, Nosy Crow’s Senior Sales Manager, has also been shortlisted for The Ola Gotkowska Young Independent Publisher Award. In their commendation, the IPG said: “Frances Sleigh of Nosy Crow was instrumental in more stellar growth for her publisher in 2021. As senior sales manager she is responsible for supermarket, online and special sales, from which a large proportion of Nosy Crow’s UK turnover is drawn. Judges admired her expert market knowledge and eye for promotional opportunities. ‘Frances is clearly a great partner for retailers… she’s also at the heart of Nosy Crow’s publishing strategies.’”

You can find out more about all of the award shortlists here. The winners of all the awards will be revealed at a special gala lunch at the OXO Tower in London at 12pm on Wednesday 27 April.

Wish us luck!

Peekaboo Series shortlisted for the British Book Awards Children’s Illustrated Book of the Year Award

Today, the Bookseller published the shortlists for the British Book Awards Book of the Year prizes, and we are hugely proud that our Peekaboo series, with a focus on Peekaboo Cow, was shortlisted for the Children’s Illustrated Book of the Year Award. This is a new prize created “to reflect the importance of illustrated books to the industry”. The judges said of the shortlist, “Seasonal books are to the fore, with two Christmas titles and one Halloween offering joining board books for the very young and a YA graphic novel. The shortlist is rounded off by a ground-breaking picture book collaboration between Dapo Adeola and 18 illustrators.”

The Peekaboo series was conceived by Camilla Reid, who wrote the rhyming texts and mapped out how every page would work, supported by Zoe Gregory, Nosy Crow’s deputy head of art. It was illustrated by Ingela P Arrhenius, who had already worked with us, and with Camilla, on Felt Flaps. Ingela says about working with us, “I just LOVE working with Nosy Crow. I have a very good collaboration with them. I feel very well taken care of. They listen to your ideas, they improve them, they don’t let anything leave the house until it’s top-notch. They all seem very dedicated and with a genuine desire to make beautiful books!”

The judges said about the Peekaboo series, “It is notoriously hard to break into the board book market, yet Nosy Crow managed to top £1m in sales with just five titles in its Peekaboo series, authored by Camilla Reid. Bold, colourful images from illustrator Ingela P Arrhenius, coupled with lyrical text, 10 sliders and a mirror ending has made these books a hit with parents and children aged six to 18 months.”

The response to the series has been great. Laura, from Darling Reads in Wakefield, said, “The Peekaboo series is incredibly popular with our customers and they delight both adults and babies/young children. The simple text, gorgeous colours and pop-up pages really do make it one of our most well-sold series of books. The mirror on the last page is a fantastic feature and we really like the variety of titles we can choose from”. Mattias Hendrikson, from Ordalaget, the Swedish publisher of the series says, “We have never before published more perfect books for the youngest. Steady, colourful, tasteful, funny and imaginative. As a matter of fact: great for both kids and their parents”. And parents and children love the series too: “Such a beautiful book! Toddler loved it at the library and so decided to get our own copy. Great quality board book designed to be tough for little readers! Really lovely illustrations,” says Frankie White in an Amazon review.

Peekaboo Sun has already won the Silver award at the Junior Design Awards.

The latest addition to the series, Peekaboo Chick, has just published in the UK in time for Easter, and immediately entered the pre-school top 20 bestseller chart. We are happy to say that we have many more titles in the series to come over the next few years.

Congratulations to Camilla and to Ingela!

Four Nosy Crow books shortlisted for the 2021 British Book Design & Production Awards!

The shortlist for the 2021 British Book Design & Production Awards (BBD&PA) have been announced today – and we’re absolutely thrilled that four Nosy Crow books have been recognised this year!

Established in 1901, the BBD&PA promote and acknowledge the innovation of book design and production by celebrating the very best books of the year. It’s an honour to have the following books shortlisted this year:

In the Brand/Series Identity category, the adorable Peekaboo board book series has been recognised. From the co-creators of the bestselling and award-winning Felt Flaps series, this new series features 10 smooth sliders in every book, signature vibrant artwork and a fun mirror ending that toddlers adore. You can take a look at the latest in the series, Peekaboo Sun, below:

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In the Children’s Trade 0-8 Years category, Make Tracks: Farm by Swedish illustrator Johnny Dyrander has been recognised. For toddlers who love vehicles, this chunky, interactive board book with easy-to-move counters, clear diagrams and simple vocabulary to learn is the perfect bookshelf addition. The series also includes Make Tracks: Building Site, with a brand new book, Make Tracks: Trucks out in 2022.

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In the Educational Books category, Look What I Found in the Woods has been recognised. Published in collaboration with our partners at the National Trust, this is the first in a wonderful new nature treasure hunt series – encouraging children to get outside, explore their surroundings and reconnect with nature. Packed full of fascinating facts and incredibly detailed artwork, this is a great addition to any toddler’s bookshelf.

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Also recognised in the Educational Books category is Step Inside Homes Through History, another fantastic collaboration with our partners at the National Trust. This beautifully detailed book explores homes through seven different eras, from the Late Middle Ages to the 1920s and the present day, with ingenious laser-cuts throughout, allowing readers to peek through to the next page.

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The winners of each category will be announced at the award ceremony on Monday 8th November. You can find out more about the awards, and view the full shortlist, here.

Congratulations to the incredible authors, illustrators, editors, designers and production staff involved in creating these books!

The Girl Who Stole an Elephant shortlisted for the 2021 UKLA Book Awards

We’re absolutely thrilled that The Girl Who Stole an Elephant, written by Nizrana Farook, has been shortlisted for the 2021 UKLA Book Awards in the 7-10+ category!

Now in their thirteenth year, the UKLA Book Awards are the only awards judged entirely by teachers, aiming to highlight high-quality children’s books and promote the importance of books for young people, from nursery to key stage 4. This year, the judging criteria put particular emphasis on “a broad range of perspectives, experiences and voices” which are reflected in the themes of diversity, inclusion, empathy and inspiration represented in the shortlist.

Editor, Kirsty Stansfield, said: “We’re really delighted to see The Girl Who Stole an Elephant on this illustrious shortlist. It represents a ringing endorsement from the teaching profession and we’re very grateful for teachers’ support during such a challenging time for schools. Congratulations, Nizrana, and here’s hoping Elephant rides to victory!”

Chaya, a no-nonsense, outspoken hero, leads her friends and a gorgeous elephant on a noisy, fraught, joyous adventure through the jungle where revolution is stirring and leeches lurk. Will stealing the queen’s jewels be the beginning or the end of everything for the intrepid gang?

The Girl Who Stole an Elephant is a thrilling jungle adventure, filled with mystery, action and peril – perfect for 9-12 year-old readers.

Read the first few chapters below:

You can buy a copy of The Girl Who Stole an Elephant from Waterstones here, here, or Amazon here. The winners will be announced at the Virtual UKLA International Conference on July 2nd.

Congratulations Nizrana!

This is a Dog shortlisted for the 2021 Bookbug Picture Book Prize

The shortlist for 2021 Bookbug Picture Book Prize have been announced – and we’re delighted that This is a Dog, by Ross Collins, has been shortlisted! The awards, run by the Scottish Book Trust, are Scotland’s largest children’s book awards and are voted for entirely by pupils across the country.

A delightfully silly story about a mischievous dog who wants all the attention, This is a Dog combines bold illustrations with comically simple text. You can watch a video of Ross reading from the book below:

And you can take a look inside the book here:

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The winners will be announced next year – you find out more here. Congratulations Ross!

Two Nosy Crow books longlisted for the 2021 UKLA Book Awards!

We’re thrilled to announce that two Nosy Crow books have been longlisted for the 2021 UKLA Book Awards! Now in their 13th year, the awards aim to highlight children’s books that reflect all identities and promote diversity – and are the only awards judged entirely by teachers.

The Girl Who Stole an Elephant, by Nizrana Farook, and Talking to the Moon, by S.E. Durrant, have both been longlisted in the 7-10+ category.

A brilliant adventure set in a fictional Sri Lanka, The Girl Who Stole an Elephant will transport you to a world of action, deception, bravery and rebellion.

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A moving story of friendship, family secrets, and a grandmother with dementia, Talking to the Moon will start important conversations about family history, mental health and kindness.

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You can find out more about the UKLA Book Awards, and read the full longlist, here. The overall winners will be announced next year at the 2021 UKLA International Conference.

Congratulations Nizrana and Sue!

Nosy Crow named Children’s Publisher of the Year at the 2020 IPG Independent Publishing Awards

I’m on a belated summer holiday in the Isles of Scilly – if it’s good enough for Michael Morpurgo, it’s good enough for me – but not even the prospect of a crab sandwich or iffy WiFi could stop me from watching this afternoon’s Independent Publishing Awards virtual ceremony. The awards, run by the brilliant Independent Publishers Guild, celebrate the best of the huge range of independent publishing in the UK. Delayed by Covid-19, these awards reflected our performance in 2019.

We won, astonishingly, for the fifth time in our nine years of publishing, the Children’s Publisher of the Year Award, though we were up against a very strong shortlist of Walker Books, Sweet Cherry and personalised book publisher, Wonderbly. The award is sponsored by Blackwells, and we are hugely grateful to them for their continued support. In the summary, the IPG said of us that we had “had another remarkable year of growth in 2019. The judges were impressed by Nosy Crow’s energetic marketing, international reach, dedication to new and longstanding children’s writers and illustrators and commitment to issues like diversity and sustainability. ‘It’s a consistently impressive business with a brilliant team of people across sales, rights and editorial,’ they said.”

We also won, for the fourth time in our nine years of publishing, the IPG International Achievement Award, despite a shortlist made up of last year’s winners Kogan Page and Walker Books. In the summary, the IPG said, “Its tireless team achieved more stellar international rights growth last year, with the US and China among the best performers. Export sales grew too, after it brought management of them in-house for the first time. ‘Nosy Crow’s achievements in rights and coeditions are extraordinary… it’s an international powerhouse and getting even better,’ said the judges.”

We were very proud to be shortlisted for the inaugural Sustainability Award, won by Cambridge University Press, who are well on the way to being carbon-neutral. We know that we still have a way to go to make ourselves a truly sustainable business, but we were pleased to have our efforts in moving in the right direction acknowledged in this way.

Finally, Michela Pea, Nosy Crow’s Senior Rights Manager, won Young Independent Publisher of the Year – the second Nosy Crow to have won this award in our nine years of publishing (Tom Bonnick won in 2015). In the summary, the IPG said that Michela “has made a huge impact on her company since joining in May 2016. Initially as rights assistant and now as senior rights manager, she has kept Nosy Crow’s international sales growing fast, excelling in rights and coeditions and in the Chinese market in particular. ‘Considering she’s only a few years into publishing she’s achieved an outstanding amount. She is obviously right at the heart of the business already,’ said the judges.”

To be an independent publisher is tough just now. We don’t have big corporate money to keep us afloat, and all our profits have been, over the years, ploughed into funding our growth. Though we are finding many ways to thrive in difficult times, it is hugely heartening to have our hard work, creative integrity and commercial savvy acknowledged. It means a lot. I’m personally grateful to every member of the Nosy Crow team who has managed to find a way to contribute so brilliantly in unusual and sometimes trying times. And we’re all grateful to our authors and our illustrators and their agents; to our customers at home and abroad, from the smallest indie bookshop on a UK high street to the biggest of international publishers; to our printers and distributors; and to every librarian, teacher and carer who’s bought a Nosy Crow book anywhere in the world to share with the coming generation of readers.

100 First Words shortlisted for the 2020 Junior Design Awards

The 2020 Junior Design Awards shortlist has been announced, and we are thrilled to see that 100 First Words illustrated by Edward Underwood has been shortlisted in the Best Baby Book Category!

The Junior Design Awards are run by parenting magazine Junior and celebrate “the very best and most beautiful products on the planet” – so we are honoured to have been shortlisted again this year.

100 First Words is a beautifully illustrated first words book and must-have for any nursery bookshelf. Featuring gorgeous artwork by homeware designer Edward Underwood, which is sure to appeal to parents and toddlers alike, little ones will love discovering what’s under the bold, easy-to-lift card flaps.

Here’s a look inside the book:

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Judging for the Junior Design Awards will begin in mid-September. You see the full shortlist, here.

Best of luck Edward!