Children’s publishers Sarah Odedina and Kate Manning will launch The Read Quarterly next January, taking a “critical look at the culture of children’s literature”. Each issue of the quarterly magazine will include articles about children’s literature from around the world, with the first featuring an article on Tara Books (an artisan publisher based in Chennai, India), a discussion on the use of nonsense in children’s literature by American academic Michael Heyman, and a look at the work of Portuguese illustrator Catarina Sobral.
Odedina, publisher of OneWorld’s Rock the Boat imprint, and Manning, sales and marketing director at The Phoenix Comic, said they wanted to “create an environment in which new ideas can be introduced and old ones challenged”.
Odedina said: “The idea for The Read Quarterly is to create a beautifully designed magazine with high quality content, written by a roster of fantastic contributors, that will allow a forum for discussion and celebration of children’s literature and its amazingly talented creators. The response from people that we have talked to so far from writers, illustrators, booksellers and readers, has been amazing and hugely supportive.”
They are now looking to secure funding for the magazine, which will cost £40 for an annual subscription.Odedina and Manning are both former employees of Bonnier-owned children’s and YA publisher Hot Key Books. Odedina stepped down from the position of m.d. in November 2014, whilst Manning left in March.