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Roundup: Children’s Buyer’s Guide Spring/Summer 2023!

The Bookseller’s Spring/Summer 2023 Buyer’s Guide for Children’s books was recently released and we are delighted to see so many of our clients’ work featured!

What the Ladybird Heard at Christmas (Macmillan), written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Lydia Monks, was featured at #29 in the Children’s Indie Retailers’ Top 50 chart, whilst Candy Gourlay’s YA novel Wild Song (publishing from David Fickling Books in March) was noted as one of “Ten Titles Not to Miss” in the “Highlights of the Season”.

The Picture Books section included the Ten Little Pirates 10th Anniversary Edition (Orchard), written by Mike Brownlow and illustrated by Simon Rickerty, as well as the latest picture book from Lu Fraser and Sarah Warburton, Mavis the Bravest (Simon & Schuster), publishing in May. Two Ants Puzzled (Tiny Owl), written by Elizabeth Laird and illustrated by Jenny Duke, and Kate Read’s The Big Bad Bug and The Littlest Elephant (Two Hoots) were also featured.

Karen McCombie’s latest titles, The Broken Dragon and The Boy Who Stole the Pharoah’s Lunch (Barrington Stoke) were amongst titles for Fiction 7-9.

Fiction 9-12 included Operation Banana (Barrington Stoke) written by Tony Bradman (illustrated by Tania Rex), Children of the Stone City (HarperCollins) by Beverley Naidoo, The Misunderstandings of Charity Brown (Macmillan) by Elizabeth Laird, Corey’s Rock (Otter-Barry) by Sita Brahmachari and illustrated by Jane Ray, and The Other Side of Truth by Beverley Naidoo, a new edition as part of the Rebel Voices series from Penguin.

In addition to featuring as a Highlight of the Season, Candy Gourlay’s Wild Song (David Fickling) was also noted amongst titles for Fiction 12-16, as well as the audio and print editions of Finn Longman’s upcoming novel The Hummingbird Killer (Simon & Schuster Audio/ Simon & Schuster Children’s), a sequel to The Butterfly Assassin.

Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes (Campbell) by Baroness Floella Benjamin and illustrated by Lydia Monks featured under Collections & Anthologies, whilst Michael Bond’s classic Paddington collection, alongside Paddington in the Garden, Paddington at the Zoo and Paddington’s Easter Egg Hunt (HarperCollins) were featured in the Characters section.

Lydia Monks was also featured under Novelty Books with Who’s at the Seaside (Macmillan), illustrated by Lydia and written by Julia Donaldson. The paperback edition of Special Delivery (Nosy Crow) written by Polly Faber and illustrated by Klas Fahlén was included in the Reference section, whilst the paperback and e-book of Mini Grey’s The Greatest Show on Earth (Puffin) featured under Science.