Irish Kids Co Little Island Launches Today, Heads for Bologna

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Siobhán Parkinson Little Island is a baby imprint. It’s all-grown-up and very-much-wiser parent is New Island Books, an established Dublin-based independent publishing house. When I say baby, I don’t mean Little Island actually publishes books for babies –- for children, yes, but what we hilariously call “older children.” (How old can you get and still be a child? It’s …

Have Passport, Will Publish: Publishing Expats in Prague and West Australia

In Europe by Daniel Kalder

By Daniel Kalder In part two of Publishing Perspectives’ series on publishing professionals working abroad, Daniel Kalder, himself a Scot transplanted to Texas via Moscow — talks to two Americans who discuss their experiences working in publishing abroad and how it has enhanced their careers. Walnut Liquor to Warm You Up Erin Ferretti Slattery is managing editor at Channel V …

Going to the Bologna Book Fair? What Trends do you Foresee?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In our lead story today, Grazia Gotti of the Bologna Book Fair urges US publishers to take President Barack Obama as an inspiration to change the way they approach the international marketplace. This year, in particular, she says there is an opportunity for US and other publishers who want to come to Bologna to mine the Fair …

Obama’s Example Should Inspire US Kids Pubs to Change

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

By Sharon Glassman Today’s hard times could inspire better book times for US kids’ imprints, says Grazia Gotti, co-founder of the Giannino Stoppani cultural cooperative and children’s bookshop in Bologna and one of the organizers of the Bologna Book Fair. The secret? Arrivaderci isolation and “big marketing.”  Buon Giorno dialogue, “long-sellers” and European-style cooperation. In a chat with Publishing Perspectives, Gotti, a self-confessed …

Massive Global Release Planned for Funke

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Fans of Cornelia Funke, author of the international bestsellers The Thief Lord and Inkheart, will be happy to know that her new novel Reckless is set to go on sale on September 14th. As reported in the Boersenblatt, the total number of hardcover copies printed is expected to surpass the one million mark. The book will also be released …

Childhood Hero is National Ambassador to Young People’s Literature

In News by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Today, two-time National Book Award and Newbery Medal winner, Katherine Paterson, author of Bridge to Terabithia and Jacob Have I Loved, succeeded Jon Scieszka as the United States Library of Congress’ National Ambassador to Young People’s Literature.  The role was created to help raise awareness about literature in terms of education and lifelong literacy.  Paterson’s platform …

Dubai Cancels Children’s Book Fair

In Arabic Publishing by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Dubai’s financial crisis has led to the cancellation of the inaugural Dubai International Children’s Book Fair. The event had been scheduled to take place February 3-10, 2010, but the event organizers, the Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, announced with “regret” on Friday that the Fair has been “indefinitely postponed.” The Maktoum Foundation, which promoted the Fair …

When are E-books Appropriate for Children?

In Children's, Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Let’s be honest, no one really likes the idea of their child spending a lot of time in front of a television (unless it’s on an airplane keeping them quiet). So is a computer screen all that different? In today’s lead story, Jeanne Mosure, Senior Vice President, Group Publisher, Disney Publishing Worldwide, discusses her company’s move into …

Disney’s Digital Future

In Children's, Digital by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Much has been made of the emergence of e-books for adults, but the real early adopters of digital technology aren’t exclusively tech geeks but children. Anyone who has spent time with a teen, a pre-teen, or even a toddler, knows who quickly kids can adapt to something new and it goes without saying that e-books will be a …

Publishing for Les Petits Parisiens

In Children's, Growth Markets by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije The French children’s book fair—the Salon du Livre et de la Presse—celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, with Italy as the guest of honor.  Held in the Paris suburb of Montreuil, it’s the biggest fair of its kind in Europe that caters to the general public; and is immensely popular with parents and children, as well as …