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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!

Nosy Crow World Book Day Costumes

We’ve seen some absolutely amazing costumes on social media today as part of World Book Day. We are delighted and humbled that so many of you chose to dress as characters from Nosy Crow books. One little girl even chose to go as a ‘Nosy Crow’, since she couldn’t choose just one of our titles! Doesn’t she look wonderful?


Here are some of the highlights of the costumes we’ve seen today, and do let us know if we’ve missed any out. We think you’ll agree they all look fabulous!

Look, There’s A Rocket

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: The Cat Burglar


Octopus Shocktopus!

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: Up, Up and Away!

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam

Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright

Octopus Shocktopus!

Have You Seen My Blankie?

Zoe’s Rescue Zoo: The Silky Seal Pup

Thank you and well done to all of the kids, and of course their parents!

Nosy Crow wins three 2021 IPG Independent Publishing Awards – including overall Independent Publisher of the Year!

Today the Independent Publishers Guild held its fifteenth annual award ceremony, celebrating the creativity, innovation and inventiveness of publishers across the UK industry. We were shortlisted for three awards this year – Children’s Publisher of the Year, the Deanta International Achievement Award, and the IPG Marketing Award – and we are absolutely delighted to have won in two categories, as well being awarded the overall Independent Publisher of the Year Award!

For the sixth time in our ten years, we won the Children’s Publisher of the Year Award, though we were up against a strong shortlist of Usborne Publishing and Sweet Cherry Publishing. The judges “particularly admired the way had sustained international sales, set up its own field sales force in the UK and published a free digital book about coronavirus for children. ‘There’s so much to like about Nosy Crow. It made some brave decisions in a difficult year, and the Covid book was an important piece of publishing.'”

We are also thrilled to have won the Deanta International Achievement Award for, astonishingly, the second year running and the fifth time in our ten years of publishing, owing to yet more international growth in 2020. The judges “particularly liked the way responded to the cancellation of book fairs and travel with animated catalogues and virtual meetings. ‘Nosy Crow have amazing people who go the extra mile. They listen to their customers, understand their markets and respond brilliantly… it’s a textbook international operation.'”

And finally, the winners of the five publishing category awards – Children’s, Trade, Education, Academic/Professional, Specialist Consumer and Newcomer – go forward to be judged against one another for an overall award, the IPG Independent Publisher of the Year award.

We are incredibly proud to have won this flagship award in our tenth year, and to have been named Independent Publisher of the Year for the second time, following our success in 2016 – the only publisher to have won this prestigious award twice.

The judges said: “Nosy Crow receives the title of IPG Independent Publisher of the Year for the second time. The judges of this Award applauded its remarkable growth, stellar sales in the UK and overseas and superb response to all the challenges of the pandemic. ‘Even by its own high standards Nosy Crow had an exceptional year,’ they said. ‘They know exactly what they want to achieve and how to go about it… everything they do is professional and passionate.'”

You can find out more about the IPG Awards here.



A Beach-Cleaning Legacy

This week is The Great British Beach Clean and we at Nosy Crow, along with our publishing partners at the National Trust, wanted to take a moment to reflect on the inspiring lives of National Trust members and benefactors, Gary and Pam, who together have harboured a longstanding determination to keep our beaches clean. Sadly, Pam has now passed away, but her passion for protecting our seas and coastlines lives on in the work of Gary and her friends and family.

In Gary’s own words, this is Pam’s story:

When my wonderful wife, Pam Billington, was told in 2016 that she had maybe only a few months to live, she decided she didn’t want to define the rest of her life as a battle with cancer. Rather she chose to see her remaining time as a celebration of the people, things and places that she loved.

High on the list of things Pam wanted to do was to spend as much time as possible on the Northumberland coast. We had planned to retire there, but sadly that was not to be, however it was the place she loved the most in the world.

As it turned out, thanks to wonderful help from the NHS, Pam lived for another two and a half years and we managed many more trips to the Northumberland coast to enjoy seeing the wildlife, especially puffins, terns, gannets and Pam’s favourite, eider ducks.

As the end approached, she made a plea for family and friends to honour her life by visiting a beach and spending some time picking up litter, especially plastic. It is a source of comfort to me that many people have taken up this challenge and sent me photographs of the mounds of ‘stuff’ that an hour’s effort can remove from our lovely beaches.

Shortly before she died, Pam wrote a poem called ‘I am Sunshine’. In the poem she envisaged herself paddling on Bamburgh beach (with me staying dry and carrying her towel), and the cancer as a storm that would pass while her love carried on.

I am Sunshine
By Pam Billington

I am sunshine
I am not rain
I am sunshine
I will shine again

I will shine when I choose be it day or night
I did not lose, there was no fight
For I am paddling now and the water’s warm
You were nothing but a passing storm.

A tiny part of a life lived full
A perfect love, you did not rule
You could never take all the love I’ve known
For it comes with me, you’re on your own.

I am sunshine
I am not rain
I am sunshine
I will shine again.

Photo of Pam and Gary, National Trust members who were passionate about keeping our beaches clean
Pam and Gary at Bamburgh Beach

Join a Beach Clean!
To get involved in a beach clean, all you need are two bags, one for rubbish and one for recyclables, access to a beach, and a little bit of time. By working together to care for our coastlines, we can protect wildlife and make sure our beaches stay safe and beautiful for everyone. You can find a beach clean event in your area on the Marine Conservation Society’s website, here.

If you’ve been inspired by Gary and Pam’s words, please do share photos of your beach-cleaning efforts with Nosy Crow and the National Trust via social media (you can find us on Twitter here and Instagram here) with the hashtag #BeachCleanForPam.

Photo of beach clean


For anyone who would like to introduce a young child to ideas around the importance of caring for our coastlines, and how by working together we can make a difference, The Wide, Wide Sea by Anna Wilson and Jenny Løvlie, published in collaboration with the National Trust, is a very gentle picture book introduction to the topic of plastic pollution.

You can take a look inside the book below:

Nosy Crow looks into the future with hugely exciting middle grade acquisitions from debut author Simon Fox

Nosy Crow is delighted to announce the acquisition and publication of two unputdownable middle grade adventures from début author, Simon Fox. Running Out of Time, the first, is set to publish in August 2022 and will be followed by the second in 2023.

Tom Bonnick, Senior Commissioning Editor at Nosy Crow, bought world rights to two middle grade titles from Eve White at the Eve White Literary Agency.

Perfect for fans of Inception and Artemis Fowl, Running Out of Time is a thrilling time-twisting debut, stuffed full of extraordinary twists and incredible action, from an exciting new voice in children’s fiction.

The future of the universe is written.

Vasily can steal time – the most he can take at the moment is fifteen seconds, which is not a lot. His grandmother took almost three minutes once, and she told him she’s done more, but he never saw it. She says there are stories of someone who can take all the time in the world, but how can that be right?

Newly arrived in England, Vasily must use his extraordinary gift to find his father – whilst hiding from the police, criminal gangs, people smugglers, and corrupt government forces that are chasing him.

Author Simon Fox comments: “It’s been so exciting working with Tom and Nosy Crow to get this project moving. It means a huge amount to me and I really hope it’s the start of a long relationship. Unlike the character in my story, I can’t see the future, but I can’t imagine a better team to face the unknown with!”

Tom Bonnick, Senior Commissioning Editor at Nosy Crow, comments: “Running Out of Time is one of the most extraordinary and ambitious debut novels that I’ve ever read: an ingenious concept, unbelievably gripping, fast-paced writing, and some truly fantastic twists. Simon is an incredible new talent, and I can’t wait to see this book in the hands of readers!”

Eve White, Simon’s agent, comments: “I’m so excited about the Simon Fox/Tom Bonnick team and couldn’t be happier that Nosy Crow is going to be taking Running Out of Time to middle grade readers around the world.”

Simon Fox lives in Sussex with his wife and two teenage children. Running Out of Time is his first novel after twenty years trapped in the dungeon of accountancy. He is determined to never go back.

Nosy Crow’s Kate Wilson shortlisted for the 2021 Woman & Home Amazing Women Awards!

We’re absolutely delighted that our very own Kate Wilson, Managing Director and co-founder of Nosy Crow, has been shortlisted for this year’s Woman & Home Amazing Women Awards in the ‘Smashing the Glass Ceiling’ category!

The W&H Amazing Women Awards showcase the incredible achievements of women who, in midlife, “continue to overcome obstacles, defy expectations, and alter perceptions.” This year, finalists are shortlisted across three categories – Brand New Directions, Smashing the Glass Ceiling, and Changing our Country – and it’s wonderful to see Kate’s achievements recognised.

The awards team highlighted Kate’s success as a co-founder of Nosy Crow, which is currently celebrating its 10th year of publishing: “Starting with a handful of books 10 years ago, Nosy Crow now publishes 120 titles a year and generated £22m ($30m) in 2020.” It also recognised the company’s “innovative approach, including its Stories Aloud initiative, which provides free audio versions of all its picture books”, as well as partnerships with the National Trust and the British Museum.

Kate said: “In Nosy Crow, we have been able to build an organization from scratch, and being an independent company means that we’re not in thrall to corporate finances. I love being able to do what we think is the right thing.

“We published Coronavirus: A Book for Children about Covid-19, illustrated by The Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler, as a free e-book three weeks after the first lockdown. It’s been viewed millions of times and there’s now a print edition. We are passing the profit from that to NHS Charities Together.

“We think hugely carefully about the messages we are giving to children – books are powerful because they shape minds!”

You can read more about the awards and see the full list of finalists, here. Congratulations Kate – and best of luck!

What we got up to on Empathy Day

Yesterday was Empathy Day! Founded in 2017, Empathy Day is an annual event focused on building empathy through books – encouraging everyone to read, share books and put empathy into action. We’re proud to have worked with EmpathyLab on the project for the last few years and to have had our books included in the Read for Empathy guides, which feature recommendations of great empathy-building books.

This year, we’re delighted that The Suitcase by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros and Talking to the Moon by S.E. Durrant were included – you can find out more about them, and previous recommendations, in an earlier blog here.

As a company, Nosy Crow tries to do something different for Empathy Day every year and this time we decided to celebrate by giving all staff the morning off. We recognise that the past 15 months have been challenging for all of us, and to have the gift of a few hours can be a true act of empathy.

Everyone was encouraged to take part in #EmpathyHour and spend their morning taking some time to be kind themselves or building their empathy skills, from reading a book at a local school to catching up with friends, or even a bit of litter-picking in the park! Here’s how Nosy Crow spent Empathy Day…

Managing Director, Kate Wilson, had a very productive morning: volunteering as a warden at Serpentine Swimming Club, litter-picking the park, and evening doing a bit of weeding at the lake! Later, she went on to donate some blood at the donar centre near Oxford Street: “Empathy Day was the prompt for organising this: it’s been a shameful number of years since I gave blood. I bumped into Rachel Kellehar while I was there.”

Head of Sales and Marketing, Catherine Stokes, spent her Empathy Day visiting a primary school in Banbury where she read to some of the children and gifted the school this wonderful Pip and Posy print. She then went on to share a (well-deserved) cup of coffee with a good friend in the garden: “We find it surprisingly hard to find ‘quality time’ to sit and chat with all our work and family commitments and this morning was the perfect excuse.”

Our PR team finally met in person! Coffee, cake and lots of chat followed…

Our wonderful Rights team also spent their Empathy Day together, eating some (utterly delicious) pancakes…

Senior Commissioning Editor Alice Bartosinski was supporting British Heart Foundation as they’ve recently funded research to create a test that could mean a quicker diagnosis of Acute Aortic Syndrome. You can still join in by clicking here.

Our lovely Office Manager Michelle shared the following: “My mother has cancer and has been undergoing treatment since September of last year.  She is currently having regular chemotherapy sessions and, as I work full time, my brother takes her for her treatments.  It just so happens that yesterday was her ‘Chemo’ day so I took her to the appointment, providing mum with ongoing support and my brother a break from hospital visits.”

Production Manager, Leila Mauger sent a care package to her sister who lives abroad and Digital Marketing Manager, Elke also headed to the post office with some cards she’d written to friends she hasn’t seen in a while.

Senior Designer Holly is on holiday but she still marked Empathy Day by taking her son to the beach for some litter picking and chatting to some locals.

Contracts Manager Nur Ben-Hamida went to a local food bank and also took some clothes to a charity shop now that they’re open again and accepting donations.

Senior Sales Executive Maddie went for an Empathy Walk and made plans to see a friend she’d lost touch with.

Also in the Sales team, Senior Sales Manager Frances went for brunch with Senior Commissioning Editor Victoria and her out-of-office even prompted one of her customer to look into Empathy Day and learn more about it.

Area Sales Manager, Alice Corrigan went to help out her family and niece, plus she built her garden furniture. We must say we’re very impressed and wish we had such comfortable-looking seats to lounge on in the sunshine.

We hope you had a wonderful Empathy Day!

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.

Nosy Crow wins two Nibbies at the 2021 British Book Awards

Last night Nosy Crow won two Nibbies – two British Book Awards, which get their nickname from the trophies given to winners that are in the shape of golden nibs.

We won one for Export (for companies with an export sales value of under £10 million). It’s the second time we’ve won this award – we won it last year too. It’s another validation, though, honestly, none is needed, of our successful building of an export department led by Catherine Stokes, Nosy Crow’s head of sales and marketing, over the last few years. I hope that Catherine won’t mind me saying that, before we moved export in-house (previously, we’d used a couple of external agencies) she had had no direct experience of export (though a lot of experience of UK selling), but she couldn’t have thrown herself into her new responsibility with greater vigour or commitment, travelling the world – when such things were possible! – to learn markets and build relationships. That intensive work stood us in such good stead in the course of the last year, while meeting face-to-face with our customers has been impossible. We are so grateful for their support and enthusiasm for the books we make. We are also particularly grateful for the hard work and advice of Peter Newsom, an export sales consultant, to whom we hung on for as long as we could, though we now have an in-house specialist, Damon Greeney, as our export manager, who started at the beginning of 2021. Maddie Price has been an invaluable support throughout too.

The Bookseller reports that Nosy Crow “won the prize for Export (under £10m) for the second time in a row ‘after another exceptional year of exports’, judges said. The indie’s decision to switch to direct management of exports paid off significantly in 2020, its 10th anniversary year. It added more than £1m to overseas sales despite the massive disruption of the Covid-19 pandemic”.

We won another Nibbie for Rights Team of the Year. For the first time, the judges split the rights professional of the year prize between an individual winner and a team. That we won as a team is a reflection of the way that so many of Nosy Crow’s sales are made. A lot of our books are full-colour books – baby board books, picture books and illustrated non-fiction – and the way that they become financially viable is for us to be able to put together print runs and reprint runs from all over the world, so a co-ordinated approach is critical: it’s no good to sell a book to a German publisher for delivery in May and to the Netherlands in July – you have to get both publishers to compromise on a June delivery and you’ve got to work together with your rights colleagues to reach that compromise.

The Bookseller reports that “the Nosy Crow rights team of Michela Pea, Erin Murgatroyd and Núria Martí Pampalona and Lucy Dunnet enjoyed ‘another stellar year of international trading’ and were dubbed ‘a rights machine’ by judges. A Covid strategy of focusing on core customers and co-edition deals and exploiting the backlist was successful, also establishing several dozen new partnerships. Judges noted that the award also belongs to Nosy Crow’s rights manager Ola Gotkowska.”

We are very proud that Camilla Reid was again shortlisted for Editor of the Year, particularly given that the pre-school books that she creates with illustrators were such drivers of the success of the export and rights teams, and so contributed hugely to those wins. We are also proud that, as a company, Nosy Crow was shortlisted for Children’s Publisher of the Year, an award we won in both 2017 and 2019.

While it wasn’t an evening of control underwear and pinchy-toed high-heels at the Dorchester, we felt we have much to celebrate in our 10th birthday year, and we hope that we’ll be able to do so in the coming months.

Nosy Crow staff recommend their favourite independent bookshops

With many bookshops around the country re-opening their doors for the first time in months today, we wanted to share some recommendations for our favourite independent bookshops, from the staff at Nosy Crow. Here are just a few of the bookshops we’re looking forward to returning too soon…

Camilla Reid, Nosy Crow’s Editorial Director, recommends Mostly Books in Abingdon, Hungerford Bookshop in Hungerford, and The Mainstreet Trading Company in St Boswells:

“My bookshop recommendations are Mostly Books in Abingdon and Hungerford Bookshop in Hungerford – and if I have one ambition this year it is to make it to The Mainstreet Trading Company in St Boswells because I’ve never been there!”

Catherine Stokes, Nosy Crow’s Head of Sales and Marketing, recommends The Old Hall Bookshop in Brackley:

“There is a definite buzz in Northamptonshire /Oxfordshire – the Old Hall Bookshop, Brackley is open again next week.  Our conversation has been duller in the absence of the brilliant recommendations of Chris and her team (always winners, they know us so well) and we are counting the days to return to this beautiful bookshop that feels like home.  Pick up plants on the way in through the front garden, browse the specialist children’s and antiquarian book rooms, choose cards and gorgeous stationery and take a cuppa and a book into the newly landscaped back garden for a few minutes (or hours) sheer indulgence.  Race you…”

Elizabeth Jenner, Nosy Crow’s Editor at Large, recommends Linghams in Heswall, Wirral:

“My favourite independent bookshop is Linghams in Heswall, Wirral, which was my local bookshop when I was growing up. As a child, I used to love browsing the bright, busy shelves and choosing my very first books here. As I grew older, the shop was always a wonderful treasure trove of new recommendations and exciting discoveries. It has been great to see Linghams continue to go from strength to strength, and be involved in so many amazing initiatives and events. I’ve moved back to my hometown during lockdown, and – over 30 years later – I’m still really looking forward to the day I can pop in and explore those beautiful shelves of children’s books again!”

Frances Moloney, Nosy Crow’s Operations Manager, recommends Pages of Hackney:

“Pages of Hackney have been a lockdown godsend. From click and collect, to bike courier, to post – they have made sure everyone in the local area and further afield have all the books they need for #stayathome. Can’t wait to visit in person soon!”

Halimah Manan, Nosy Crow’s Assistant Editor (Fiction), recommends Round Table Books in Brixton:

“Round Table Books is a cosy bookshop in Brixton which I can’t wait to visit when bookshops re-open. They have a fantastic selection of inclusive books for children and lovely staff who are always happy to chat and provide you with some great recommendations.”

Kate Wilson, Nosy Crow’s Managing Director, recommends Booths in Hay on Wye:

“Richard Booth’s Bookshop in Hay-on-Wye acts on me like a magnet. Its seductive big window, always beautifully dressed, gives only the smallest indication of the gorgeousness and plenty inside. It’s a kind of cathedral of books, with vaulted ceilings and a splendid wide wooden staircase. Oh, and it smells of wood and books and sometimes a tiny bit of wet dog. It’s mainly a second hand bookshop and I have bought local interest titles and books about poodles (don’t ask) from its superbly navigable second-hand shelves. But at the front of the shop there’s an expertly curated range of new books, including children’s books: I always feel properly flattered when I find Nosy Crow books in there, and crestfallen when a Nosy Crow book I would have hoped would catch their eye isn’t on display. I never fail to buy a book when I go in there, which is part of my definition of a great bookshop. There’s a café serving excellent Welsh rarebit and you can even sit outside when it’s sunny. I buy really lovely birthday cards there, too. As I write this, I realise how much I am looking forward to visiting it in mid-April.”

Kirsty Stansfield, Nosy Crow’s Head of Fiction, recommends Winstones in Sidmouth:

“I’m looking forward to heading into Winstones in Sidmouth, Devon, as soon as I can. It’s always bright and cheerful and well-stocked, and I’ll buy something hefty to take to the beach and keep the seagulls away from my ice-cream.”

Leila Mauger, Nosy Crow’s Production Manager, also recommends Linghams in Heswall, Wirral:

“I would like to recommend my fave local from home, which is Linghams, Heswall. As a teen I went to a couple of book launches there and they always went all out. It was buzzing. The shop itself is nice and cosy, no glaring lights. They provide a good balance of choice of books without bursting at the seams. They have a lovely Children’s corner which is a perfect nook for story time. It has a bit of a library feel as well as that of a bookshop, which adds to its coziness for me.”

Rebecca Mason, Nosy Crow’s Publicity Manager, recommends Pritchards in Crosby, Liverpool:

“I can’t wait to walk back through the doors of Pritchards when they can FINALLY open again. It’s a lovely bookshop based in Crosby in Liverpool, the bookshop that was there for a Teenage Me after school, and for a Slightly More Grown Up Me who found herself back at her family home in a pandemic and turning to their Click and Collect service… Their shelves are like a treasure trove – I have always managed to find something exciting and unexpected, every time I go in, and I can’t wait to visit for a wander, a chat, and to uncover something entirely new again.”

Tom Bonnick, Nosy Crow’s Senior Commissioning Editor, recommends Phlox Books in Leyton and Storytellers Inc in St Annes-on-Sea:

“I can’t wait to visit Phlox Books in Leyton, East London again. They have a fantastically well-curated selection, and I always discovers something new there and invariably end up buying it, even if I’ve absolutely sworn to myself that I’m only going in for a browse. And they serve great coffee and have an excellent wine list – I’m enormously looking forward to sitting outside with a v cold glass of Picpoul and some crisps. Throughout lockdown I’ve also been buying books over Twitter from Storytellers Inc, whose recommendations and online hand-selling have been amazing – and I very much hope to be able to visit one day soon.”

And we’d love to hear about your favourite independent bookshops too – do share your recommendations with us on Twitter.

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.

New books out in July!

We are absolutely delighted that – after making the tough decision to not publish new books in May and June, and move the books that had been planned for those months to other parts of the year – today, as bookshops around the country continue to re-open, we’re publishing our first new books since April: it’s our July publication day.

If you’re able to support your local bookshop, we’ve got some wonderful new books out this month – from brand new board books for babies and toddlers, to fantastic new picture books, sticker books, and crafty books for hands-on kids, there’s something for everyone.

Here’s a look at each of the Nosy Crow books that are out this month.

What Does An Anteater Eat?, by Ross Collins (now available in board book)


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Where’s Mrs Queen?, by Ingela P Arrhenius

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Sing Along With Me! A Sailor Went to Sea, illustrated by Yu-hsuan Huang

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Who’s Hiding in the Desert?, illustrated by Katharine McEwen

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Octopus Shocktopus!, written by Peter Bently and illustrated by Steven Lenton

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When a Dragon Goes to School, written by Caryl Hart and illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

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Press Out and Decorate: Dinosaurs, illustrated by Kate McLelland


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British Museum 101 Stickers! Ancient Greece, illustrated by Sophie Beer

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Congratulations to all of our author and illustrators with books out today – and we hope you manage to make it to a bookshop this month!