Hilary Delamere
Hilary joined Lemon Unna & Durbridge in the early 90s to look after the Paddington Bear titles and to build her own book list. She worked for several different publishing houses including Rights Director at Penguin Children’s Books before becoming an agent. She is now a partner at the Agency and continues to represent Michael Bond’s Paddington Bear alongside a wide range of children’s book authors and illustrators from pre-school books to YA novels - handling their publishing deals alongside their film, TV and stage rights.
Jessica Hare
: rbrown@theagency.co.uk
Jessica joined The Agency's children's books department in early 2017. She studied Classics at the University of Edinburgh and turned her mind to publishing after working as a TA at a primary school, followed by work experience placements at Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Arcadia Books, Four Colman Getty, Felicity Bryan Associates and Rogers, Coleridge & White. Jessica began agenting in 2020 and continues to work together with Hilary Delamere, looking after the department's authors and illustrators.
Children’s Book News & Blog

Delve into the world of writer Kevin Crossley-Holland in a new exhibition

Poem, Story and Scape in the Work of Kevin Crossley-Holland’ opens in the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery on 29th MarchFull story »

Series 2 of NOUGHTS & CROSSES begins tonight!

We are very excited to accounce that the hotly anticipated second series of NOUGHTS & CROSSES debuts tonight (26th April)Full story »

THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH, the debut non-fiction picture book from Mini Grey has been announced!

Mini Grey, previously a winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal for The Adventures Of The Dish and the Spoon (Red Fox PictureFull story »

Donaldson and Monks announce their 12th picture book – WHAT THE LADYBIRD HEARD AT CHRISTMAS!

Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks are teaming up for the fifth instalment of the WHAT THE LADYBIRD HEARD series, whichFull story »

Amara Sage’s brilliant YA debut INFLUENTIAL goes to Faber

Influential, a contemporary YA debut about navigating social media from author Amara Sage, has been has acquired by Faber. Set toFull story »

Stage show WHAT THE LADYBIRD HEARD has been nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Family Show

What the Ladybird Heard is nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Family Show! Based on the award-winning picture bookFull story »

Macmillan Children’s pre-empts two picture books from Andrew Sanders

Macmillan Children’s Books has pre-empted two “unique, laugh-out-loud” picture books from Andrew Sanders with illustrations by Aysha Awwad. Where Has AllFull story »

JEMIMA THE PIG AND THE 127 ACORNS a World Book Day hit!

Jemima the Pig and the 127 Acorns, illustrated by the wonderful Guy Parker-Rees, written by Michael Morpurgo is one ofFull story »

SAVING THE BUTTERFLY wins high praise from The Times and Observer New Review

Saving the Butterfly by Helen Cooper and Gill Smith (Walker) is described as “A tender tale focusing on the aftermathFull story »

A newly discovered PADDINGTON story is set to be published in March 2022 by HarperCollins Children’s Books

Paddington’s Easter Egg Hunt was written by Michael Bond and his daughter Karen Jankel for a charity newsletter many yearsFull story »

TEN DELICIOUS TEACHERS wins Bishop’s Stortford Picture Book Award

Ten Delicious Teachers written by Ross Montgomery and illustrated by Sarah Warburton has won the Bishop’s Stortford Picture Book Award 2022.Full story »

MIKE FALLS UP in Guardian’s best new books roundup

Mike Falls Up written by Candy Gourlay and illustrated by Carles Ballesteros has been included in Imogen Russell Williams’ roundup of theFull story »

Happy Christmas!

Merry Christmas! We hope that your holidays are full of joy. Many thanks to Kate Read for her wonderful illustrationFull story »

CHILDREN OF THE STONE CITY by Beverley Naidoo acquired by HarperCollins

HarperCollins Children’s Books has acquired Beverley Naidoo’s first novel in over a decade: CHILDREN OF THE STONE CITY. Naidoo’s newFull story »

WHAT THE LADYBIRD HEARD lands development deal with Tiger Aspect

Tiger Aspect Kids & Family has signed a development deal for bestselling adventure picture book series What the Ladybird Heard.Full story »