ACHUKAbooks Easter Promotion

We know we publish great books and want to get them into as many hands as possible.
Caroline England is a real 'find'.
Discover her quirky short stories in WATCHING HORSEPATS FEED THE ROSES and her deceptively different first novel A SLIGHT DIVERSION ths weekend for free on Kindle (this is a 3-day promotion, spanning Good Friday through to the end of Easter Sunday)*.
Remember, you can read Kindle books on any platform, you don't need to own a Kindle.

Tomorrow we will be promoting two books by New Zealand writer, Bill Nagelkerke, who was recently named Margaret Mahy Medal Winner for 2013.
These two books have recently gone into newly-jacketed second editions.

We appreciate reader feedback, so if you do take advantage of the free downloads we'd be delighted if you could take the time to write a brief review.

*Please note Kindle promotions run on US Pacific timings, so actually begin and end at 8am UK time. In other words, a Sunday offer expires 8am Monday morning GMT.

Celebrating 50 years

Publishers Weekly:

On Tuesday night, hundreds of children's book publishers and other Bologna Children's Book Fair attendees filled the Teatro Comunale, Bologna's opera house, for a grand anniversary gala and awards ceremony to celebrate the fair's 50th anniversary. Publishers that have been coming to the fair since its inception were honored, along with this year's recipients of the BolognaRagazzi Awards and the winners of the new BOP Bologna Prize, awarded to publishers "at the forefront of innovation" in six geographic regions around the globe. ... The six geographic BOP winners were: Bakame Books from Rwanda Tara Books from India Cosac Naify from Brazil Planeta Tangerina from Portugal Chronicle Books in the U.S. Gecko Press from New Zealand.

SHORTLIST for the 2013English 4-11 Picture Book Awards

The 2013 Shortlisted Books are:

A First Book of Nature Nicola Davies, illustrated by Mark Hearld Walker Books
Demolition Sally Sutton, illustrated by Brian LovelockWalker Books
Hippospotamus Jeanne Willis, illustrated by Tony RossAndersen Press
House of Horrors Nick Arnold, illustrated by Tony De Saulles Scholastic Children's Books
How We Make Stuff Christiane Dorion, illustrated by Beverley YoungTemplar Publishing
In The Forest Sophie Strady, illustrated by Anouk Boisrobert & Louis Rigaud Tate Publishing
Jack and the Baked Beanstalk Colin Stimpson Templar Publishing
Katie and the Starry Night James Mayhew Orchard
Mr Leon's Paris Barroux, translated by Sarah Ardizzone Phoenix Yard Books
One Gorilla Anthony Browne Walker Books
Rabbityness Jo Empson Child's Play (International) Ltd
The Chronicles of Harris Burdick Chris Van Allsburg Andersen Press
The Fact or Fiction Behind Urban Myths Paul Mason Wayland
Where My Wellies Take Me Clare and Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Olivia Lomenech Gill Templar Publishing
Who's For Dinner Claire Freedman, illustrated by Nick East Little Tiger Press

The winning book in each of four categories - Fiction 4-7 yrs and 7-11 yrs, and Non-Fiction 4-7 yrs and 7-11 yrs - will be announced in late April 2013.

The Awards, given by the English Association, will be presented to the winners on Wednesday 15 May 2013 at the British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, following the Association's AGM.

Simon & Schuster Acquisition


Simon and Schuster Children's Books today announced the acquisition of debut YA author, Clare Furniss, following a flurry of interest from publishers.

Ingrid Selberg, Publisher for S&S Children's, acquired World English rights in two books from Catherine Clarke at Felicity Bryan Associates, for a six-figure sum in a hotly contested eight-way auction. The deal is a global acquisition with Justin Chanda, Vice President, Books for Young Readers at S&S US.

The first novel is entitled The Year of the Rat. The Rat of the title is fifteen-year-old Pearl's name for her baby sister, who is born on the same day that her mother dies. As Pearl struggles to adjust to the new family dynamics, she discovers she's not the only one who needs to let go of the past.

Furniss studied at Cambridge University and worked for several years in political media relations. She now lives in Bath and is completing an MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University.

The Year of the Rat will be published globally in hardback in 2014, with the paperback edition and a second title to follow.