Award winning publishers
Many of the publishers exhibiting at this year’s annual conference are award winners, but only a few days ago Nosy Crow was named Children’s Publisher of the Year at the 2017 IPG Independent Publishing Awards for an unprecedented 4th time in 6 years. The judges noted the publisher’s innovative digital publishing, high production values and proactive publishing partnerships. Commenting on their blog about this remarkable achievement, Managing Director Kate Wilson said this was even more astonishing considering ‘the other two shortlisted publishers were Bloomsbury Children’s Books (who had a particularly stellar year by any standards) and the always-impressive Walker’ (more of which later).
In 2015 Nosy Crow announced a new range of children’s books to be published in partnership with the National Trust which started to be released last year, with two new titles by Philip Ardagh due in September. It is very likely that Bev Humphrey will be introducing some of Nosy Crow’s fabulous apps during her workshop on Saturday; and we are also delighted that Nosy Crow author of Cowgirl and Sweet Pizza, G R Gemin, will be speaking at the conference on the same day.
Walker Books is another prize-winning publisher who will be at the conference in April. Well-known for its fiction publishing which ranges from beautiful picture books to novels for teenagers and young adults, Walker Books is equally adept at publishing information books.
In 2016 The National Theatre: All About Theatre by Marina McIntyre et al. was the overall winner of the School Library Association’s Information Book Awards, and both the children’s and the judges’ choice for the winner of the over 12 category. Fittingly, Walker Books was one of the key partners involved in Shakespeare’s Telling Tales Family Festival at the Globe last year.
The closing event of the conference will feature the award-winning author of A First Book of Nature, Nicola Davies and award-winning illustrator Petr Horacek, whose illustrations appear in the FCBG Newsletters. They will be talking about their collaboration on A First Book of Animals – a glorious celebration in verse and pictures of all creatures great and small, published by Walker Books.
All our speakers’ books will be available to buy from the Tales On Moon Lane book shop which will be open throughout the conference. Booking for the conference closes on Friday 10th March.