A useful list, compiled by Alan O’Rourke, who explains:
Being relatively new to the picture book world I wanted to understand it better. More specifically I did not want to miss any books, news or events I might be interested in.
My day job is marketing so I applied that knowledge to the UK and Ireland children’s book market.
I manually researched the leading people in the industry /community and created a sample list. From that sample list I ran it through some of my own marketing tools to find out who are the people, publishers, books shops and publications that most people follow and listen to.
This list is then ranked according to how many children’s books people follow them.
The thousands of results were then filtered down to the top 500 people and organisations, catagorised and researched for additional data.
Sources: The data is based on Twitter and Instagram research and of course not all influential people are on social media (but most of them are).
The ranking (“The higher the rank number, the more the community follow them.”) is best taken with a pinch of salt – ACHUKA is included, mid to low ranking – but it remains a very useful collection of data, particularly for anyone newly interested or involved in children’s publishing.