We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the publishers who will be attending our 50th Anniversary Conference in April. The exhibition (Friday-Saturday) is always a highlight for delegates, but this year each of the publishers has also been invited to speak for two minutes about their new titles. Publishers also sponsor many of our speakers, plus tea and coffee breaks and pre-dinner drinks. We are also grateful to those who supply bags, books and all the other freebies that everyone enjoys collecting for their Children’s Book Groups, classrooms and libraries. Without the publishers’ generosity, this fabulous annual event really wouldn’t be the same!
This year 18 publishers will be joining us at Queenswood School in Hertfordshire, 13-15 April 2018.
Andersen Press was founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge, in whose honour the Klaus Flugge Prize for the Most Exciting Newcomer to Picture Book Illustration was awarded for the first time in 2016. The publisher has a strong backlist of picture books featuring well-loved characters like Elmer and The Little Princess, and their full range of titles also includes YA authors Sally Nicholls (Things a Bright Girl Can Do) and Melvin Burgess (Junk), whose latest book The Lost Witch is due for publication in August 2018. Andersen Press has two titles on this year’s Children’s Book Award (CBA) shortlist (I Dare You and Optimists Die First).
Bounce Sales and Marketing was founded in 2002 and represents a wide range of the best children’s publishers in the UK and beyond. With over 40 publishers on their list, ranging from Barrington Stoke to Top That Publishing, they cater for all age-groups, tastes and budgets.
Dorling Kindersley publishes highly visual photographic general reference and non-fiction books for all ages. Their list also includes titles based on Lego, DC Comics and Star Wars.
Egmont publishes books by three of our conference speakers: picture book illustrator and author Lydia Monks (Aaaarrgghh Spider!), past Children’s Laureate and four times CBA winner Sir Michael Morpurgo, and Katherine Woodfine (The Sinclair’s Mysteries). As well as books, Egmont also publishes an extensive range of magazines for children and teenagers. I Have No Secrets by debut author Penny Joelson is one of the three books shortlisted for the Older Readers category in this year’s CBA.
HarperCollins is another leading publisher of children’s books, which range from classic favourites like the Paddington series to the new best sellers by David Walliams. HarperCollins also publish many of Sir Michael Morpurgo’s books including last year’s CBA winner Eagle in the Snow. During the weekend they will be helping us to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Tiger Who Came to Tea on Sunday with the amazing Judith Kerr.
Hachette Children’s Group comprises Franklin Watts, Hodder Children’s Books, Orchard Books, Wayland, Orion Children’s Books & Indigo, and Little, Brown Books for Younger Readers, which together offer a wide range of picture books, fiction and non-fiction for children of all ages. Pre-school publisher, Heather Crossley will be talking about Hachette’s recently launched Pat-a-Cake imprint. Also look out for the new Wren & Rook non-fiction titles on the publisher’s stand.
Head of Zeus is a relatively new publisher. Founded in 2012, it’s children’s imprint, Zephyr was launched in 2017 and includes titles for older teenagers by Corinna Turner.
Kid Gloves was set up by Roy Johnson in 2016 to provide support for small independent publishers and currently works in partnership with New Frontier Publishing, Lantana Publishing, Alanna Books, Troika Books, Book Island, Ragged Bears, Tiny Owl and Za Za Books which launches this year. Founder of Lantana Publishing Alice Curry with be discussing the benefits of inclusive publishing with Indian-born British author and storyteller Chitra Soundar.
Little Tiger Publishing comprises four imprints: Little Tiger has been publishing picture books for 30 years; Stripes Publishing publishes fiction for 6+ to teens; Caterpillar Books specialises in interactive novelty books; and 360 Degrees focuses on non-fiction publishing.
Macmillan publishes many well-loved classics including the Alice and Winnie the Pooh books, well-established popular authors like Julia Donaldson and Andy Griffiths, poetry, picture books and fiction. Upcoming titles include Runaway Robot by Frank Cottrell-Boyce and a new three part series from Alex Scarrow.
Nosy Crow is a multi award-winning children’s book and app publisher. Managing Director Kate Wilson will be in conversation with rising stars Patrice Lawrence and M G Leonard who have contributed to a new anthology of short stories Make More Noise! that celebrates strong female characters. Edgar and the Sausage Inspector is one of the four titles shortlisted the Young Children’s category in this year’s CBA.
Otter-Barry Books is another new publisher specialising in picture books, illustrated non-fiction and poetry, which aim to address big themes such as identity, family, cross-cultural issues, world history, natural history and looking after the Earth. Jackie Morris and James Mayhew will be talking about their collaboration on their new picture book Mrs Noah’s Pockets.
Penguin Random House Children’s comprises twelve imprints including Puffin, Jonathan Cape, Tamarind, Ladybird and Red Fox. Children’s Laureate and two-times winner of the CBA Dame Jacqueline Wilson will be speaking at conference on Saturday; and author of the Murder Most Unladylike series, Robin Stevens, will be in conversation with Katherine Woodfine on Sunday.
Quarto Books specialise in publishing non-fiction, but also publish picture books and novelty books. Their aim is to inspire, educate and entertain.
Rock the Boat is an imprint of Oneworld Publishing which publishes a steadily growing list of novels by both debut and well-established authors (including Richard Adams) from the UK and the wider world.
Scholastic‘s mission is to help children learn to read and love to read. To that end, as well as publishing their own books, the publisher runs book clubs and book fairs, provides educational resources for the early years and primary age groups. The Goldfish Boy and Ink have both been shortlisted for this year’s CBA.
Sweet Cherry is an independent publishing house based in Leicester which publishes books for children and young adults. Visit the stand to discover the Hopeless Heroes (Greek myths), Geronimo Stilton (an adventurous mouse), The Dinosaur Detectives, Apley Towers (a horse riding school) and more.
Usborne Books was founded 45 years ago by Peter Usborne MBE. There are currently around 2,000 titles available ranging from books for babies and toddlers (cloth, cot and fold out books) to YA fiction for 14+ (including Holly Bourne and L A Weatherly).
Walker Books publishes books for all ages including many award-winning authors, illustrators and brands such as Anthony Browne, Cassandra Clare, Lucy Cousins, Polly Dunbar, Anthony Horowitz and Patrick Ness. Walker currently has an impressive 11 titles ( out of 40) long-listed for the Carnegie Greenaway Awards. In addition Mrs Mole, I’m Home has been shortlisted for the Young Readers category of this year’s CBA.
Please note that the booking for the conference closes on Friday 9th March.