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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!

Four Nosy Crow books shortlisted for the 2021 Teach Primary Book Awards!

The shortlist for the Teach Primary Book Awards have been announced today – and we’re absolutely delighted that The Wide, Wide Sea by Anna Wilson and Jenny Løvlie, Magnificent Mabel and the Egg and Spoon Race by Ruth Quayle and Julia Christians, The Life and Time of Lonny Quicke by Kirsty Applebaum, and On Your Marks, Get Set, Gold! by Scott Allen and Antoine Corbineau, have been shortlisted this year!

The Teach Primary Book Awards, hosted in association with the literacy resources website Plazoom, not only celebrate books that children will love to read, but also books that support learning – for example, by opening up opportunities for deeper discussion and encouraging language play. The winners will be chosen by an expert judging panel of educators, literacy specialists, and authors.

Beautifully told and gorgeously illustrated throughout, The Wide, Wide Sea is a moving story about a young child who forges a special connection with a seal and goes on an unforgettable journey. Published in collaboration with our partners at the National Trust, this is a great book for starting conversations about plastic pollution, caring for our coastlines and protecting wildlife – and we are delighted that it has been recognised by the awards this year.

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Perfect for newly independent readers, Magnificent Mabel and the Egg and Spoon Race is the third book in this hilarious, highly illustrated series following the unforgettable Mabel Chase. With hugely relatable themes and experiences – such as sports day, wanting a dog and taking part in the school play – this series is ideal for readers aged 5-7, and fans of Pamela Butchart’s Wigglesbottom Primary series.

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For readers aged 9 and above, Kirsty Applebaum’s latest novel, The Life and Time of Lonny Quicke, is a gripping story about family, secrets and terrible power. Lonny is a lifeling and has the power to heal any living creature with just the touch of this hand. But he pays a price for this gift – by lengthening the creature’s life, he shortens his own. So Lonny has to be careful, has to stay hidden in the first, because if people knew about his gift, Lonny would have no life left at all…

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And finally, On Your Marks, Get Set, Gold has been recognised in the non-fiction category this year! Fun and fact-filled, this is a brilliantly informative guide to every Olympic and Paralympic sport, perfect for young sports fans and budding Olympians alike. From boxing to boccia, running to rowing, discover all sorts of sports, what skills and equipment you’ll need to start training, and even how to sound like a pro. With bold, energetic illustrations and text packed with weird, wonderful and wildly hilarious facts, this a must-have on any non-fiction bookshelf.

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You can find out more about the Teach Primary Book Awards, and view the shortlist, here. The winners will be announced in Teach Reading & Writing magazine and Teach Primary magazine in November.

Congratulations Anna, Jenny, Ruth, Julia, Kirsty, Scott, Antoine – and good luck!

Nosy Crow has been shortlisted for three IPG 2021 Independent Publishing Awards!

We are delighted to say that Nosy Crow has been shortlisted for three 2021 IPG Independent Publishers Awards. Run by the Independent Publishers Guild, of which Nosy Crow has been a member for 10 years and whose board Kate Wilson recently joined, the awards, judged by an independent panel of judges, reward excellence in a range of publishing areas. This year, we are shortlisted for:

Clays Children’s Publisher of the Year Award, and the judges said: “Nosy Crow has won this award five times in the last ten years and had another stellar year of growth. Judges particularly admired the way it 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 up against Usborne Publishing and Sweet Cherry Publishing.

Deanta International Achievement Award, and the judges said: “Nosy Crow has won this award four times in the last eight years, and it achieved yet more international growth in 2020. Judges particularly liked the way it 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.'”

We are up against Jolly Learning and Sweet Cherry Publishing.

And, finally, we have been shortlisted for the IPG Marketing Award, and the judges said: “Nosy Crow is shortlisted for its interactive Frankfurt rights guide, an innovative response to the cancellation of book fairs. Featuring videos introducing books, animations of novelty titles, turn-the-page features, the guides went down well with customers and helped to achieve hundreds of rights or coedition deals. ‘This was a quick and clever reaction to Covid—it looked great and obviously played a big part in sustaining sales,’ judges said.”

We are up against Kogan Page and Pluto Press.

We are one of two publishers – the other is Bloomsbury, which is shortlisted for Paperback Shop (Adult) Trade Publisher of the Year, PLS Academic and Professional Publisher of the Year; and Westchester Education Services Educational Publisher of the Year – to have three shortlistings. It makes us very proud.

You can find out more about all the award shortlists here. The winners of the awards will be revealed at a special presentation on September 21st at the OXO Tower Brasserie in London.

Two Nosy Crow books shortlisted for the 2021 Teach Early Years Awards!

The shortlist for the Teach Early Years Awards were announced last week – and we’re absolutely thrilled that both Somewhere, written by Jeanne Willis and illustrated by Anastasia Suvorova, and When a Dragon Meets a Baby, written by Caryl Hart and illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw, have been recognised in the Picture Book category!

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 will be chosen by an expert panel of early years leaders, consultants, and educators.

Perfect for reading at bedtime, Somewhere is a heartwarming story about the power of imagination, the importance of family and what it means to call a place home. With beautiful artwork and foil throughout, this is a wonderful addition to any toddlers bookshelf.

At the bottom of Oscar’s garden is a magical place called Nowhere, where extraordinary things can happen. Oscar can fly an incredible kite, build an enchanted castle and even set sail in a pirate ship! He can do just what he likes, and there are no grown-ups asking questions. But when Nowhere begins to feel a little lonely, will Oscar find himself wishing for Somewhere that feels more like home?

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For little ones with a new baby brother or sister, When a Dragon Meets a Baby is the perfect read – a charming follow-up to the much-loved When a Dragon Comes to Stay and When a Dragon Goes to School that deals with all those tricky toddler emotions that bubble up when a new baby arrives.

When a new baby comes home with Mummy and Daddy one day, will a dragon share her squishiest toy, fetch the changing mat and help to tidy the house while Mummy has a nap? Or will she refuse to say hello, and bash and crash her toys at bedtime? It’s going to be hard to behave herself . . . she is a DRAGON after all!

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You can find out more about the Teach Early Years Awards, and view the shortlist, here. The winners of the awards will be announced this October.

Congratulations  Jeanne, Anastasia, Caryl and Rosalind – and good luck!

Octopus Shocktopus shortlisted for the 2021 BookTrust Storytime Prize

The shortlist for the 2021 BookTrust Storytime Prize were announced today – and we’re delighted that Octopus Shocktopus, written by Peter Bently and illustrated by Steven Lenton has been shortlisted this year!

The prize, which is now in its third year, celebrates and promotes the best books for sharing with young children and is run in association with the CILIP Youth Libraries Group. The winners will be chosen by an expert panel of librarians, educators, and children’s book consultants.

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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You can find out more about the BookTrust Storytime Prize, and view the shortlist, here. The winner will be announced later this year.

Congratulations Peter and Steven!

Three Nosy Crow books shortlisted for the 2021 Junior Design Awards

The shortlist for the 2021 Junior Design Awards has been announced – and we are thrilled to see Make Tracks: Farm and Peekaboo Sun have been shortlisted in the Best Baby Book 0-2 years category, and What Are Little Girls Made of? has been shortlisted in the Best Designed/Illustrated Book for Children 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.

Make Tracks: Farm, illustrated by Johnny Dyrannder, is a brilliant chunky board book for toddlers who love things that go. Learn about five different farm vehicles, with simple first words, clear diagrams and fun, easy-to-use counters that little ones with love moving around the page.

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From the creators of the bestselling Felt Flaps series, Ingela P Arrhenius and Camilla Reid, Peekaboo Sun is a wonderful summery addition to this stylish, interactive book series. With ten peekaboo sliders, fun rhyming text and a surprise mirror at the end, this beautiful book is perfect for babies and toddlers this summer.

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Rediscover your favourite nursery rhymes in What Are Little Girls Made of? – a beautifully illustrated collection of reworked rhymes with a feminist twist, proving that girls can be heroes of any story too. With brilliantly funny rhymes by award-winning Jeanne Willis and charming artwork by Isabelle Follath, this is the perfect gift – and a wonderful book for children and adults alike to read aloud, or enjoy alone.

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Judging for the Junior Design Awards will begin in late June. You can read more about the awards and see the full shortlist, here.

Congratulations, Johnny, Camilla, Ingela, Jeanne and Isabelle – and best of luck!

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, Bookshop.org here, or Amazon here. The winners will be announced at the Virtual UKLA International Conference on July 2nd.

Congratulations Nizrana!

Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright shortlisted for the 2020 Books Are My Bag Readers Awards

We’re thrilled that Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright: An Animal Poem for Every Day of the Year, collected by Fiona Waters and illustrated by Britta Teckentrup, has been shortlisted for the 2020 Books Are My Bag Readers Awards! Launched in 2016 and sponsored by National Book Tokens, The Readers Awards are the industry’s only awards curated by bookshops and voted for by readers. You can vote for your favourite, here.

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.

With sumptuous finished including cloth binding, full-colour illustrations throughout, textured paper jacket, and ribbon marker, this is the perfect gift and a book to treasure.

“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 this stunning collection:

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The winners of the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards will be announced on Tuesday 10th November at the award ceremony. You can find out more information about the award, and to place your vote, here.

Congratulations Fiona, Britta, and everyone else involved in creating this collection!

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!

Octopus Shocktopus shortlisted for the 2020 Teach Early Years Awards

The shortlist for the 2020 Teach Early Years Awards were announced today – and we’re delighted that Octopus Shocktopus, written by Peter Bently and illustrated by Steven Lenton has been shortlisted in the Picture Book category!

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 will be chosen by an expert panel of early years leaders, consultants, and educators.

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?

Take a look inside:

Buy the book.

You can find out more about the Teach Early Years Awards, and view the shortlist, here. The winners will be announced this October.

Congratulations Peter and Steven!