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A job with real character

David Riley

March 26th 2013 by David Riley

“ARE YOU REAL?”asked the 4 year old boy, wide-eyed with excitement at the 5ft tall nylon sheep that had walked into his classroom for a reading of Timmy Time stories. The scene perfectly illustrates why I fell in love with children’s publishing over 30 years ago, and why I think the character book business is […]

What the FCBG really stands for

Jo Hardacre

March 21st 2013 by Jo Hardacre

Publishing is full of acronyms and the FCBG is one of them. Most people won’t have a clue what this means but for some it means a lot. The FCBG stands for the Federation of Children’s Book Groups: local groups of adults who foster a passion for children’s books. Some organise author and illustrator visits, […]

To Celebrate World Book Day: Five Hundred Reasons…

Cally Poplak

March 7th 2013 by Cally Poplak

To celebrate World Book Day, let me share the insights of Isaac Bashevis Singer, which are pinned up by my desk…   There are five hundred reasons why I began to write for children, but to save time I will mention only ten of them. Children read books, not reviews.  They don’t give a hoot about […]

The Appeal of Characters

David Riley

March 6th 2013 by David Riley

In our business we talk of brands, of properties, of licences and of characters, but to our readers  – children and their parents – these are beloved companions, friends who keep us company, make us laugh, entertain us and sometimes even scare us. Our duty as publishers is to safeguard and cherish these properties but […]

How do you make reading exciting? Just listen.

Gillian Laskier

February 21st 2013 by Gillian Laskier

I was privileged to take part in a paired reading scheme at a local school organised by Egmont recently. I had forgotten the joy and frustration  of  being a six-year-old – my own children having passed that particular milestone a decade or more ago and enjoying a whole raft of other joys and frustrations. At […]