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15/05/2024 12:50:17 Andersen Press to publish Award-Winning Ukrainian Picture Book Silent Night, My Astronaut

Andersen Press will publish Silent Night, My Astronaut: The First Days (and Nights) of the War in Ukraine, a powerful and uplifting picture book from all-Ukrainian creative team author Oksana Lushchevska and illustrator Kateryna Stepanishcheva, which serves as a timely introduction to the War in Ukraine from a child's perspective. Ten percent of proceeds from this UK version will be...

14/05/2024 16:33:15 Andersen Press to mark Black History Month with Birdie by Sunday Times bestselling author J. P. Rose

Andersen Press are delighted to announce the publication of Birdie by J. P. Rose, an incredible story of hope and courage, exploring themes of racism, family and identity. Perfect for fans of Michael Morpurgo, Katya

07/05/2024 10:00:04 Andersen Press Partner with War Child for Special Waterstones Edition of When The Sky Falls

Andersen Press are collaborating with the charity War Child on a special edition of When The Sky Falls, Phil Earle’s multi-award winning best-seller, in an exclusive edition for Waterstones stores and online from June. £1

08/04/2024 12:01:33 Andersen Press to publish David McKee’s Elmer and the White Bear

Manuscript and early sketches for 31st Elmer picture book uncovered by his family following David McKee’s death in 2022 Illustrations completed by Marysia Milewski, a close friend and colleague of David McKee, based on his

03/11/2023 14:28:20 Luna Loves Christmas Activity Pack

From award-winning Children's Laureate Joseph Coelho, the fourth book in the Luna Loves... series celebrates separated families at Christmas time, and shows the power of giving to bring people together. Luna loves Christmas. Sometimes at

09/10/2023 16:30:22 King Charles III 75th Birthday Activity Pack

Celebrate King Charles III Birthday on 14th November with The King’s Pants! You can now download Andersen Press’ King Charles III 75th Birthday Activity Pack based on Nicholas Allan’s best-selling The King’s Pants FREE! We

06/09/2023 08:57:42 Celebrate World Book Day 2024 with Elmer!

To celebrate World Book Day and Elmer’s 35th Anniversary next year a new mini Elmer picture book about the magic of sharing and making up stories will be part of the World Book Day £1

06/06/2023 16:01:19 Grandad’s Pride

We stand by our author and illustrator Harry Woodgate and their book Grandad’s Pride. We believe it is a faithful representation of Pride Celebrations and Pride Parades around the country enjoyed by many families. We

02/06/2023 12:20:00 Phil Earle’s Until The Road Ends named Blackwell’s Book of the Month

Andersen Press are delighted to announce Until the Road Ends by Phil Earle is this month’s Children’s Book of the Month across Blackwell’s stores, launching a huge consumer campaign for the independent publisher on their

01/06/2023 09:30:22 Home is Where My Heart Is from Smriti Halls and Alice Courtley

Today marks publication of the award-winning Smriti Halls’ latest picture book Home Is Where My Heart Is, illustrated by Alice Courtley. This heart-warming tale that teaches us that home is always in your heart. What

17/05/2023 16:29:12 Will Poulter narrates popular children’s book, Elmer and the Gift, in support of Alzheimer’s Research UK

To mark Dementia Action Week (15 – 21 May) and the release of the paperback, Will Poulter, star of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy 3, will show his support for dementia research by narrating Elmer

11/05/2023 15:34:29 Until the Road Ends

Until the Road Ends is the eagerly awaited new novel from the bestselling author of When the Sky Falls: The Times Children's Book of the Year, winner of a Books Are My Bag Readers Award,

24/04/2023 16:00:29 Bitterthorn by Kat Dunn Events

Join Author Kat Dunn as she launches her intoxicating new novel Bitterthorn with exclusive events across the country… Tuesday 2nd May7pmWaterstones Tottenham Court Road Event – in conversation with Samantha Shannon Thursday 4th May7pmGlasgow Waterstones

06/04/2023 10:39:29 The Crossover by Kwame Alexander premiers as Disney+ Series

The block-buster adaptation of Kwame Alexander’s Newbury-award winning verse novel, The Crossover, is now available on Disney+. All episodes are streaming on the platform following a premier on The Disney Channel in the US on

03/04/2023 11:05:31 Klaus Flugge Receives The London Book Fair Lifetime Achievement Award 2023

LONDON, Friday 31 March 2023: The London Book Fair has today announced Klaus Flugge, Founder of Andersen Press, as the recipient of the LBF Lifetime Achievement Award 2023. Klaus Flugge is a leading light in

23/02/2023 14:34:41 Celebrate the Coronation with The King’s Pants!

An irreverent, fun way to celebrate this royal occasion, The King’s Pants is sure to delight and entertain the youngest of royal subjects and all the family. From Nicholas Allan, creator of The Queen’s Knickers,

13/02/2023 15:38:57 Kwame Alexander’s Epic New Trilogy

From New York Times best-selling author Kwame Alexander comes the first book in a breath-taking trilogy that tells story of a boy, his family, his life in a small village in West Africa and beyond…

22/11/2022 10:00:04 Andersen Press Pulls Up The King’s Pants for Coronation Celebrations

Nicholas Allan’s hilarious sequel to the bestselling The Queen’s Knickers is THE Book for Coronation celebrations, releasing everywhere April 2023. Andersen Press have picked-up Nicholas Allan’s The King’s Pants for publication in the lead-up to

06/10/2022 16:11:28 Children’s Laureate Joseph Coelho’s New Poetry Collection

Andersen Press are thrilled to publish Blow a Kiss, Catch a Kiss, a brand new poetry collection for babies and young children from Waterstones Children’s Laureate Joseph Coelho, illustrated by Nicola Killen. ‘The idea behind

30/08/2022 12:05:29 Why I wrote Wolves In Helicopters…

“MUMMY!” screamed our three year old son. “I’m scared!” And like I’d been struck, I would bolt up from my bed and navigate a flight of steep stairs in the dark, to his room. I’d

06/07/2022 17:17:55 The Inspiration Behind My Book Adoette… By Lydia Monks

I wrote Adoette during the Sheffield tree campaign, which I’d got involved with when I found out that the huge ash tree outside my daughter’s school was due to be cut down. The children would

29/06/2022 17:02:59 Andersen Press Proud to Publish Grandad’s Pride, the follow-up to Harry Woodgate’s Waterstones Prize-winning Grandad’s Camper

Andersen Press is thrilled to announce they have acquired world rights to Grandad’s Pride by Harry Woodgate, the highly anticipated sequel to Waterstones Prize-winning Grandad’s Camper. This beautiful and timely picture book is a celebration

13/06/2022 18:13:34 The Haunting of Tyrese Walker by JP Rose – Cover Reveal

We are delighted to share the cover for JP Rose’s incredible first YA novel, The Haunting of Tyrese Walker which is illustrated by the brilliant Dananyani Muwanigwa. Set in Jamaica, it follows Tyrese who following

03/05/2022 14:24:41 While The Storm Rages

While the Storm Rages is the eagerly awaited new novel from the bestselling author of When the Sky Falls: The Times Children's Book of the Year, Winner of the Books Are My Bag Readers Award

29/04/2022 14:34:27 40th Anniversary Edition of Angry Arthur Coming This Summer

Picture book classic on handling emotions by Hiawyn Oram and Satoshi Kitamura re-issued for the first time by original publisher Andersen Press Includes partnership with charity Action For Children who have provided resources on dealing

07/04/2022 10:45:30 David McKee, 1935 – 2022

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of David McKee, beloved author and illustrator for children, and creator of iconic children’s books Elmer, Not Now, Bernard and Mr Benn. David died surrounded

28/01/2022 11:33:27 An Early Look at Dadaji’s Paintbrush

Rashmi Sirdeshpande Ruchi Mhasane Dadaji’s Paintbrush Written by Rashmi Sirdeshpande Illustrated by Ruchi Mhasane Released 7/7/22 £12.99 Hardback picture book ISBN: 9781839131394 Coming this summer is the gorgeous new picture book, Dadaji’s Paintbrush, written by

18/11/2021 11:04:41 THE BOLDS ON STAGE!

This Christmas the Bolds are starring in a brand new family show at the Unicorn Theatre! The Bolds are just like you and me. They live in an ordinary house in an ordinary street, and

23/09/2021 17:23:32 Free Classroom Resources for The Polar Express

All aboard for a magical classroom journey on the Polar Express! Introducing a brand new resource pack for schools that uses the beloved Christmas tale, The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg, to inspire lessons


By AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, ANGELINA JOLIE, GERALDINE VAN BUEREN QC Paperback, £7.99 ISBN: 9781839131196 Ages 12+ Released 2nd September 2021 #KnowYourRightsBook Available to buy from your local bookshop in the UK, and online globally. UK only:

12/08/2021 18:53:45 Luna Loves Dance

Earlier this year Luna starred in her very own World Book Day £1 book, and now she’s back in a brand new story about the joy of dancing and the importance of family. When Luna

22/07/2021 11:49:25 #atHomeYALC 2021 – YA Samplers

Please click the covers below to check out samplers of our recent YA novels, and some new books that aren’t out yet.

12/04/2021 11:28:05 Luna Loves Art Family Trail – 12 April – Sunday 6th June

Can you find all 6 pieces of Luna’s Art around MediaCityUK this Spring in this FREE Family Trail? Head to MediaCityUK in Salford, download or pick up a map from The Open Centre or Quayside

03/02/2021 18:49:34 Elmer Pride 2021: Celebrate Everyone’s True Colours with Elmer

Elmer will celebrate Pride this year in a collaboration with LGBT+ young people's charity Just Like Us – for the first time ever an adult range of Elmer clothing will be on-sale in the UK

27/01/2021 09:00:48 Teaching Resources for Safer Internet Day

Andersen Press have teamed up with CLPE (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) to create these fantastic resources to help schools use high quality books to discuss screen time, online safety, cyber bullying and the

07/01/2021 12:12:52 Phil Earle Marks 10 Years and 20 Books as an Author with Brand New Title: When the Sky Falls

WATCH PHIL EARLE’S SPECIAL VIDEO SERIES FOR SCHOOLS AND TEACHERS HERE. We are proud to announce to publish the 20th novel for children by Phil Earle, marking 10 years since his first book was released.


Andersen Press has secured world rights to KNOW YOUR RIGHTS (AND CLAIM THEM), a vitally important book in collaboration with filmmaker and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie, Amnesty International, and Geraldine Van Bueren QC. All

22/07/2020 20:15:21 #atHomeYALC 2020 – YA Samplers

Please click the covers below to check out samplers of our recent YA novels, and some new books that aren’t out yet.

22/07/2020 20:12:20 #atHomeYALC 2020

Join in with the UK’s biggest and best celebration of all things YA, YALC 2021 from your own home this year! Check out samplers of our recent YA novels, and some new books that aren’t

02/07/2020 11:09:16 David McKee named Illustrator of the Year at British Book Awards 2020

David McKee, creator of Elmer, Not Now, Bernard, King Rollo and many, many more characters and books was named Illustrator of the Year 2020 at the Nibbies, the Bookseller magazine’s British Book Awards. Andersen Press

30/06/2020 10:35:56 Julian Clary Goes LIVE Every Day for ‘The Bold Hour’

Andersen Press are marking publication of The Bolds Go Wild written by Julian Clary and illustrated by David Roberts with a series of online-exclusive readings from Julian Clary, known as The Bold Hour! Every day

21/04/2020 09:30:38 Brand New FREE eBook from Sally Nicholls and Viviane Schwarz, Staying Home Available Now from Andersen Press

Andersen press are pleased to announce the release of a free eBook, created by author Sally Nicholls and illustrator Viviane Schwarz; Staying Home is available to everyone now as a free download from the Andersen

02/07/2019 09:00:02 Factory and Andersen Press to Partner on New Animated Series of David McKee’s Elmer the Patchwork Elephant

Award-winning animation studio, Factory and one of the leading independent children’s publishers Andersen Press, today announce a co-production partnership to produce a brand new animated TV series of David McKee’s iconic children’s brand ‘Elmer the

01/05/2019 11:07:57 A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry announced as BA’s Independent Booksellers’ Children’s Book of the Month for May

The BA Children’s Bookselling Group has announced A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry as its Independent Booksellers’ Children’s Book of the Month for May. From the author of The Turn of the Tide, A

22/01/2019 16:09:20 When Sadness Comes to Call Launches on Blue Monday

Andersen Press and Eva Eland celebrated the publication of her debut picture book at Tales on Moon Lane bookshop in London on Blue Monday (21st January). When Sadness Comes to Call takes a poignant look

14/12/2018 12:01:06 Secret Suffragette Revealed on Historic Centenary

On the 100th Anniversary of the first women voting in a UK General Election, we’re giving you a sneak peek at a special new book by Barbara Mitchelhill; Secret Suffragette is a new middle-grade novel,

21/11/2018 12:29:50 New Sales Representation for Andersen Press

From September 2019 Walker Books will represent Andersen Press’s titles as part of a restructure of Andersen’s warehouse arrangements. Andersen Press is announcing a change of sales representation. From September 2019 Walker Books will represent

13/07/2018 10:07:32 An Interview With Julia Gray

Written by Kirsten Pett A few weeks ago I read Little Liar by Julia Gray, and I feel like it really changed my perspective on what makes a book exceptional. Everything about it was thrilling

23/02/2018 11:04:30 The Godfather of YA is Back: Melvin Burgess Returns to Andersen Press with The Lost Witch

Andersen Press is proud to announce the return of Melvin Burgess to the list with The Lost Witch, his first new novel with Andersen since Nicholas Dane in 2009. Described by Michael Rosen as “A

25/10/2017 15:59:45 Vote for Things a Bright Girl Can Do in the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards!

We are delighted that Things a Bright Girl Can Do, Sally Nicholls’ YA novel about three courageous young women who join the Suffragette movement, has been shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards.

26/09/2017 12:42:40 The Klaus Flugge Prize 2017 awarded to Francesca Sanna for The Journey

Artist’s powerful and moving story of a family’s escape from war wins prestigious prize in its second year Francesca Sanna has won the 2017 Klaus Flugge Prize for the most exciting and promising newcomer to

16/08/2017 16:36:47 Grab Your Signed Copy of Yoga Babies!

Waterstones and WHSmith are now offering a limited stock of copies signed by Fearne Cotton. Following unprecedented demand for signed copies of Fearne Cotton’s debut picture book Yoga Babies, we have now run out of

30/06/2017 12:42:31 Orbiting Jupiter selected for the Zoella Book Club

Gary D. Schmidt’s stunning novel Orbiting Jupiter has been chosen for the third round of the Zoella Book Club. Gary D. Schmidt’s stunning novel Orbiting Jupiter has been chosen for the third round of the

30/06/2017 12:13:38 Kwame Alexander’s Booked shortlisted for CLiPPA 2017

Booked by Kwame Alexander has been shortlisted for the 2017 Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award. This prestigious award celebrates the best of poetry for children, and in the past has commended other outstanding

24/03/2017 10:47:33 Elmer the Patchwork Elephant joins the March for Giants

Andersen Press has pledged to donate to the March for Giants campaign, on behalf of Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, in the hope that more people will be encouraged to get involved and save the African

01/03/2017 09:59:06 Andersen Press to publish Fearne Cotton’s new children’s picture book ‘Yoga Babies’

We are delighted to announce Andersen Press will be publishing ‘Yoga Babies’, the first children’s picture book from Fearne Cotton.     We are delighted to announce Andersen Press will be publishing Yoga Babies, the

15/02/2017 16:09:26 Life is Magic shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize

Meg McLaren’s debut picture book Life is Magic has been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in the picture book category. Meg McLaren’s debut picture book Life is Magic has been shortlisted for the

16/12/2016 16:20:14 Orbiting Jupiter wins the Warwickshire Year Nine Book Awards

Gary D. Schmidt’s heartbreaking short novel about a young father has won the Warwickshire Year Nine Book Award. Gary D. Schmidt’s heartbreaking short novel about a young father has won the Warwickshire Year Nine Book

21/10/2016 15:23:49 The Lucky 13: CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 nominations

The nominations for the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals have today been revealed and we are delighted to see 13 of our titles across the lists! The nominations for the CILIP Carnegie and Kate

23/09/2016 11:58:15 Samson the Mighty Flea takes over Tales on Moon Lane’s window!

Angela McAllister and Nathan Reed’s exciting new creation, Samson the Mighty Flea, is being honoured at the Tales on Moon Lane children’s bookshop in Herne Hill in a glorious window display. Angela McAllister and Nathan

08/09/2016 15:27:44 Nicholas John Frith wins the inaugural Klaus Flugge Prize with Hector and Hummingbird

Nicholas John Frith has won the inaugural Klaus Flugge Prize for the most exciting and promising newcomer to children’s picture book illustration. Nicholas John Frith has won the inaugural Klaus Flugge Prize for the most

10/08/2016 10:40:24 Edinburgh International Book Festival 2016

Are you off to Edinburgh International Book Festival? Make sure you don’t miss our authors’ events! Are you off to Edinburgh International Book Festival? Make sure you don’t miss our authors’ events!   Tracking Down

01/08/2016 15:51:48 Andersen Press authors head to YALC!

This weekend saw YALC (the Young Adult Literature Convention) return to London Film and Comic Convention, with a program jam-packed with the very best YA authors, fascinating panel discussions and creative writing workshops. This weekend

08/07/2016 11:26:34 Hercufleas triumphs at the West Sussex Children’s Story Book Award

We are itching with excitement to announce that Sam Gayton has won the 2016 West Sussex Children’s Story Book Award for his book Hercufleas. We are itching with excitement to announce that Sam Gayton has

10/06/2016 09:32:23 Have you got Euro 2016 fever? Win a copy of Booked by Kwame Alexander!

Are you excited for Euro 2016? The championship kicks off tonight in France and to celebrate we’re giving away 5 copies of Kwame Alexander’s Booked. Are you excited for Euro 2016? The championship kicks off

28/05/2016 00:00:01 The winners of our #40BookYears libraries competition

To celebrate our 40th anniversary at Andersen Press, we wanted to say thank you to the wonderful libraries that have always supported us. To celebrate our 40th anniversary at Andersen Press, we wanted to say

11/05/2016 12:33:06 Take Away the A wins the English 4-11 Picture Book Award

Michaël Escoffier and Kris di Giacomo’s Take Away the A is an alphabet book like no other. Aside from being packed full of wordplay and humour, Take Away the A can now be called an

08/04/2016 14:18:43 Andersen Press wins BOP Children’s Publisher of the Year Award

Andersen Press is proud to announce that we have won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher of the Year Prize in the European category. Andersen Press is proud to announce that we have won the Bologna

24/03/2016 16:09:07 The Piper by Danny Weston wins The Scottish Children’s Book Award 2016

Danny Weston was crowned the winner of The Scottish Children’s Book Award (Older Readers Category) earlier this month for his haunting ghost story The Piper. Danny Weston was crowned the winner of The Scottish Children’s

16/11/2015 08:53:46 6 children’s books to read for Anti-Bullying Week

Renowned children’s author Michael Rosen recently wrote that ‘there are hundreds of great picture books for children, but one or two are extraordinary because they tackle something big and important in a funny, accessible way.’

01/10/2015 17:15:19 Create your own Zoomer creature!

The Zoomers' Handbook by Ana and Thiago de Moraes is out this month and as part of the celebrations, we are inviting you to create your own mixed up Zoomer creature! Download the activity sheets

16/04/2015 14:35:06 Elmer is a big hit on World Book Day 2015

An official World Book Day book, colourful costumes and the launch of a very exciting new app… An official World Book Day book, colourful costumes and the launch of a very exciting new app… Elmer

23/03/2015 14:14:33 Robot Rumpus declared winner at Scottish Children’s Book Awards

Robot Rumpus by Sean Taylor and Ross Collins has won the Bookbug Readers (3-7) category of the Scottish Children's Book Awards. Robot Rumpus by Sean Taylor and Ross Collins has won the Bookbug Readers (3-7)

06/02/2014 14:36:55 25 years of Elmer at Andersen Press

Download your Elmer’s Parade Pack here! This milestone anniversary of the much-loved patchwork elephant will be marked by a year long celebration of colours and individuality! Andersen Press invites YOU to join in with Elmer’s Anniversary

27/01/2014 10:46:54 Not Now, Bernard hits the stage!

A family favourite for over thirty years, David McKee’s iconic picture book Not Now, Bernard has been adapted for stage and will be showing at the Unicorn Theatre, London from 15th Feb – 1st May.

24/01/2014 16:58:27 The Mordred Resurrection – A Short Story by Michael Malaghan

Author Michael Malaghan has written a spin-off short story involving the characters from his latest book, The Lost Prophecies. About The Lost PropheciesStaying with their museum-curator uncle in Egypt, Callie and Nick Latham make a

04/12/2013 16:13:57 Elmer in the Snow read by Dom Joly. Download it now for FREE with Save the Children!

This Christmas, Me Books has teamed up with Save the Children to offer an exclusive and entertaining version of Elmer in the Snow, narrated by comedian Dom Joly, Save the Children Ambassador and father of

24/10/2013 14:06:04 Liar & Spy wins the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize

Rebecca Stead has become the first US-based author to win the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize with her novel Liar and Spy.   Part coming-of-age tale, part mystery, the New York set, middle-grade novel fought off

21/08/2013 16:48:56 Help children to love reading!

A new donations campaign will help ensure the Summer Reading Challenge reaches the children who need it most. The Summer Reading Challenge is a reading for pleasure initiative run by The Reading Agency and libraries around the UK. It gets three

23/05/2013 10:31:42 Andersen to publish a book of illustrated envelopes by some of the greatest illustrators in the picture book world

Letters to Klaus is a wonderful collection of 100 stunning and quirky illustrated envelopes sent to Klaus Flugge over the years. Klaus Flugge founded Andersen Press in 1976 and since then has published many of

21/03/2013 15:50:22 A Twist of Fortune

Do you think you could have survived as a poor child in 1850? Find out and test your knowledge of life in the Victorian times with these brilliant quizzes. A Twist of Fortune is the

14/03/2013 11:00:28 John Fardell wins the Scottish Children’s Book Awards!

The Day Louis Got Eaten wins the Bookbug Readers (3-7 years) category of the SCBA! We are thrilled that John Fardell has won the Scottish Children's Book Award with his fantastic picture book The Day

27/02/2013 16:55:59 Bookaboo is back! (And he’s brought Jason Priestley with him)

Bookaboo chooses Andersen Press to kick off his new tour with! Warduff and the Corn Cob Caper was the rock star puppy's first choice to read when he returned to our screens on Saturday. Actor

15/02/2013 16:49:18 The Beast is Back!

Download your Beast is Back Activity Pack here! Chris Judge's brilliant Beast character is back in his new book The Brave Beast. You can join in the adventure too by having fun with this brilliant

28/01/2013 14:17:19 Andersen Authors at Imagine Children’s Festival!

Two of our authors will be entertaining you and your little ones at the Southbank Centre on the 22nd of February Choose between two Andersen author events to book (£3+booking fee) at the Southbank Centre's

23/10/2012 17:23:45 Tony Ross meets Claude Ponti at the South Ken Kids Fest

12pm Sunday 25th November What happens when two famous illustrators from both sides of the Channel draw together? Is Adele going to show Little Princess her most beautiful dress? Will Tony Ross start drawing cheeky

25/09/2012 09:53:14 The Dragonsitter is one of the funniest books!

...according to the Roald Dahl Funny Prize Shortlist for Funniest Book for Children age 7-14! The Dragonsitter by Josh Lacey, illustrated by Garry Parsons has been shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize! It has

05/07/2012 10:42:29 Run Rabbit Run wins Young Quills Prize for Historical Fiction

RUN RABBIT RUN has been awarded a Young Quills Prize for Historical Fiction. Barbara Mitchelhill’s WW2 novel was named as the winner of the Primary age group category for 2012. The ceremony was held on

04/07/2012 08:50:24 Bear Has a Story to Tell Gets Its First Starred Review!

We are thrilled to share that the newest title from Philip and Erin Stead has received its first starred review from Publishers Weekly! What’s not to love about this big, cuddly bear?! Publishers Weekly, July

27/03/2012 17:04:09 Everybody Jam by Ali Lewis is shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal

Everybody Jam by Ali Lewis is on the shortlist for the prestigious CILIP Carnegie Medal. Congratulations to Ali from everyone at Andersen Press! Here are the judges comments: ‘A hugely engaging and enjoyable novel that

27/03/2012 17:00:02 Bookstart Pledge

Andersen has pledged for Bookstart 2012! This year Booktrust, the independent reading and writing charity which makes a significant contribution to the educational outcomes of children from the earliest age, is celebrating 20 years of

28/02/2012 09:07:30 The Lonely Beast wins the Bishop’s Stortford Picture Book Award!

Chris Judge’s debut picture book, The Lonely Beast, beat stiff competition to win the 2012 Bishops’s Stortford Picture Book Award. Chris Judge came over from Dublin for the ceremony at Bishop’s Stortford College earlier this

21/02/2012 15:07:06 IMAGINE FESTIVAL!

It was half term last week and the South Bank was swarming with young people eager to catch a glimpse of their favourite authors. Andersen Press authors were there in force, monopolising the craft area

21/02/2012 15:06:06 Yee-haww!! Will Gallows came to see y’all!!

We recently had the great pleasure of touring Derek Keilty for a week. Derek was here to talk about the latest in the Will Gallows series, Will Gallows and the Thunder Dragon’s Roar, and fans

21/02/2012 15:01:26 It’s the scariest movie ever, and they’re stuck in it!

Philip Caveney, author of Night on Terror Island, is an author who’s very much in demand, and so we thought lets get him down to London!   He spent 3 days talking to (and terrifying)

17/01/2012 15:56:41 The Great Explorer trailer

Reach for your inner Shackleton... and take a minute to check out this brilliant and very dramatic trailer for The Great Explorer, the latest book by Chris Judge coming out this February!

16/01/2012 16:33:16 Lolly Luck blog tour launches today on Chicklish

Ellie Daines, author of Lolly Luck, has been busy answering bloggers’ questions and writing brilliant guest posts for the blog tour to celebrate the launch of her debut novel. Today’s post is an interview on

16/01/2012 09:29:21 The Oxford Literary Festival welcomes Mei Matsuoka and Andrew Weale

The week-long Oxford Literary Festival will be hosting two events with Andersen Press authors. Head over to Christ Church, in Oxford, on Sunday 25th March to get The Great Sheep Shenanigans illustrator, Mei Matsuoka to

22/11/2011 14:57:55 Melvin Burgess inspires young readers on schools tour

Witches? Check. Wolves? Check. Scary stories? Check. Phenomenally inspiring author talking to young readers about his books? CHECK!!  You guessed it, Melvin Burgess was touring London schools and libraries last week to talk about his

22/11/2011 14:48:27 The Snow Merchant sets sail at The Kew Bookshop!

Last week, avid book fans wrapped up in winter woollies and spent a cosy evening at the beautiful Kew Bookshop to celebrate the launch of Sam Gayton’s debut novel, The Snow Merchant. Sam did such

22/11/2011 12:28:25 The Lonely Beast wins the Irish Book Awards

Chris Judge has won the Irish Book Awards with his inaugural picture book, The Lonely Beast. He saw off some very stiff competition from the likes of Oliver Jeffers and Gerry Boland. The awards

21/10/2011 15:45:07 Andrew Weale brings Nora to The Bedonwell Infant School in Bexleyheath

On his visit to The Bedonwell Infant School in Bexleyheath, Andrew ran activities and competitions on the theme of Nora! The Individual Winners are: Sam Alvin, from the Orange class Jiya Randeep, from the Blue

14/10/2011 14:58:23 Andersen Authors at Cheltenham Festival

Cheltenham Festival is one of the biggest and long-standing book festivals in the world and this year is as bustling with fantastic authors as ever.  Last Saturday Andersen Press proudly sent Jason Wallace, the Costa

11/10/2011 11:22:09 Outlaw reviewed by Kirkus Reviews

'The World's Toughest Book Critics', Kirkus Book Reviews wrote about one of our books. Outlaw by Stephen Davies was enjoyed by the reviewers at Kirkus Book Reviews. They found that: 'The outlaw at the heart

11/10/2011 10:17:44 The School Librarian Reviews

From picturebooks to fiction, The School Librarian has reviewed several Andersen books including Warduff, I'm Sure I Saw A Dinosaur, Dora at Follyfoot, and more.  Warduff by Mat Head was deemed a 'bold, bright comic

10/10/2011 13:37:48 Books for Keeps Reviews Andersen Titles

Books for Keeps reviewed three of Andersen's fiction books and loved one of our picturebooks so much, they made a whole feature about it! According to their reviews, Operation Black Cobra by Ilkka Remes 'is

10/10/2011 12:44:01 Sam Gayton to read from The Snow Merchant at Somerset House in December!

Get ready to hear the great adventure of Lettie Peppercorn in the wonderful setting of the Somerset House, read by Sam Gayton himself! This unmissable event takes place beside the Tiffany Christmas Tree from 15:15

07/10/2011 17:11:23 David McKee is Illustrator of the Month!

LoveReading4Kids made Elmer's friend, David McKee, Illustrator of the Month for September! Check out their page here! Julia Eccleshare from LoveReading4Kids also reviewed Elmer and Super El, she says: "As ever, loveable Elmer helps a

07/10/2011 17:05:53 North East Teenage Book Award’s Shortlist makes room to Jam…

Everybody Jam is shortlisted for the North East Teenage Book Award! Find out more about this book by going to the book's page on this website.

07/10/2011 16:55:22 Run Rabbit Run shortlisted for the Stockton Book Award

A thrilling and poignant World War II story of a young girl whose father is a pacifist makes it through to the Stockton Book Award shortlist. Read up about this amazing family story on the

27/09/2011 14:26:13 Bath Festival of Children’s Literature with Andersen Press Authors

The Bath Festival of Children’s Literature is now in its fifth year and it’s better than ever! Not least because the cover artist this year is our very own David McKee! On Saturday, 24th September,

27/09/2011 13:55:07 Book Trailer for The Long Weekend

The book trailer for this amazing thriller is out... Visit Youtube for Savita Kalhan's book trailer. An original piece which reflects well the atmosphere of the book, available in print and digital.

26/09/2011 12:07:26 Grk makes front page!

Joshua Doder's Grk and the Pelotti Gang was included in the front page of last Friday's London Evening Standard. In the front page article of the London Evening Standard of Friday 23rd September, regarding Camilla's

22/09/2011 16:43:04 Everybody does love to Jam

Ali Lewis, author of acclaimed novel, Everybody Jam, toured schools across London and Bath last week, answering questions about her time in Australia (the inspiration for the book), getting published, and how it feels to

21/09/2011 18:24:12 An evening with picture book legends Michael Foreman, David McKee and Tony Ross

Last night Michael Foreman, David McKee and Tony Ross took part in a unique and riveting panel discussion with children’s book expert Wendy Cooling, MBE, at the Random House building in front an audience of

09/09/2011 16:13:38 How to Make a Picture Book

This blog details the process of making a picture book from start to finish... Plus a few sneak peeks at the work of one of our author-illustrator teams! One of our authors had the marvellous

02/09/2011 18:03:00 Edinburgh Festival

A host of Andersen authors and illustrators did a fantastic job at the Edinburgh Festival over the last few weeks, wowing audiences with their fantastic books, offering pearls of wisdom to young (and old!) readers

02/09/2011 12:42:17 Outlaw comes out in digital

Outlaw is due to come out very soon in digital formats! In the meantime, you can enjoy the 10-chapter taster made available for epub readers... You'll find the free sample under the eBook Samples tab

26/08/2011 10:16:32 Miriam Latimer Wins the AOI Children’s Book Gold Award

Illustrator Miriam Latimer beat the competition to AOI's Children's Book Gold Award yesterday evening with her dragon spread in The Sunflower Sword.

15/08/2011 16:25:08 Lynne Chapman’s Llamas In Pyjamas…

Lynne Chapman's exhibition, ‘Llamas in Pyjamas’, showcasing her picture book work from the last 10 years, has opened at Salford Art Gallery & Museum. The show is on until November 6th. Around 40 pieces of

10/08/2011 16:52:03 Festival fun at LolliBop this weekend

Kate Slater, Mat Head and Mei Matsuoka were a big hit with the crowds at the LolliBop festival in Regent's Park on Sunday. In the LolliBooks tent, children gathered throughout the day to hear readings

22/07/2011 11:27:49 Five Stars for Andersen Press!

It's been an exciting couple of weeks here at Andersen, with the Island of Thieves book launch on the Golden Hinde, and a flurry of fantastic reviews! The Island of Thieves 'Tom's holiday in London

13/07/2011 15:28:31 Annie Hoot shortlisted for the Red House Children’s Book Award

Annie Hoot and the Knitting Extravaganza by Holly Clifton-Brown was shortlisted for the Red House Children’s Book Award. On Saturday, 11th June, Holly, accompanied by Andersen editorial director, Rona Selby, attended a fabulous ceremony at

24/06/2011 10:34:31 Elmer app is one of Babble’s best iPhone apps 2011!

The Elmer app has been recommended as one of the 50 best iPhone apps by the parenting website Babble! The first Elmer app, based on Elmer's Special day, has been chosen as one of Babble's

20/06/2011 14:54:28 Magpie’s Treasure by Kate Slater – Collage Fun!

On Saturday morning, June 18th, the Children's Book Festival for younger children was held in St Michael's Parish Hall near Turnham Green in West London. Children helped Kate Slater to decorate a beautiful collage tree

07/06/2011 17:48:43 Andersen Teen Event

On June 1st, Andersen Press celebrated the success of three remarkable teen fiction authors in a fascinating and informative panel discussion with children’s expert, Wendy Cooling. Costa winner Jason Wallace (Out of Shadows) sat alongside

07/06/2011 17:39:37 Hay Festival

Those lucky enough to venture to beautiful Hay last weekend would have had the opportunity to see Costa winner Jason Wallace speak on a panel with Jim Carrington and Irfan Master and picture book illustrators

03/06/2011 11:04:22 Feeling Lucky? Summer games up for grabs!

The summer holidays are coming up and Green Board Games are running a competition to win a goodie bag of games, including our favourite Elmer snap cards! The bundle of games is worth £50 and

31/05/2011 17:52:56 Night on Terror Island book launch at the Plaza!

Over 500 children gathered at the resplendent Stockport Plaza to celebrate the publication of Philip Caveney's thrilling and cinematic new book, Night on Terror Island... In early May, Andersen Press launched Philip Caveney’s fantastic new

24/05/2011 17:41:15 Best Window Display Ever?

Take a look at this fabulous window display by Andersen illustrator Kate Slater, installed at Nikki Gamble's new bookshop, Just Imagine Story Centre. You can visit the Just Imagine Story Centre website here. 

23/05/2011 16:47:45 Ali Lewis visits London schools

Ali Lewis, author of acclaimed debut novel Everybody Jam was in London last week visiting schools and meeting booksellers, librarians and the inimitable Julia Eccleshare, all of whom are big fans of her new book

16/05/2011 14:33:39 Out of Shadows is shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award

Out of Shadows by Jason Wallace has been shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award, given each year to the most promising work of fiction for children by a first time novelist. This stunning novel has

11/05/2011 18:11:27 Launch of the first ELMER APP

The very first Elmer the Patchwork Elephant app is now available in the app store and the Android Market! The Elmer's Special Day app is the first picture book to be launched in a new

09/05/2011 10:50:16 The Next Big Thing: LUKE BARON

Become a fan of Luke Baron on facebook! <iframe src=";width=292&amp;colorscheme=light&amp;show_faces=true&amp;stream=true&amp;header=true&amp;height=427" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="border:none; overflow:hidden; width:292px; height:427px;" allowTransparency="true"></iframe>

20/04/2011 18:13:58 Saturday 21st May – Illustration masterclass with David McKee and Mini Grey

Calling all aspiring illustrators (or those just thinking about it)! Join David McKee and Mini Grey for a one-night-only illustration masterclass. 5.00pm - 6.00pm, Saturday 21st May, Blackwell's, Oxford Well-loved children's book illustrators David McKee

20/04/2011 18:02:25 Saturday 21st May – Tony Ross and David McKee drawing in Oxford!

Meet David McKee and Tony Ross at this unmissable family event! Saturday 21st May, 11:00 – 11:45am plus signing afterwards Blackwell’s, Oxford Roll up, roll up! For a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet

04/04/2011 14:34:14 Tudor launch for Berlie Doherty’s TREASON

On Saturday afternoon, in an aptly chosen Tudor venue in Sheffield, Andersen Press and Rhyme and Reason launched TREASON, Berlie Doherty’s latest novel for 9+ children. The audience were captivated by Berlie’s introduction to the

01/04/2011 17:02:09 Out of Shadows by Jason Wallace is shortlisted for the Carnegie

Jason Wallace's debut novel, Out of Shadows, has already won the Costa Children's Book Prize - and now it's been shortlisted for the prestigious CILIP Carnegie Book Award! Congratulations to Jason from everyone at Andersen

01/04/2011 16:47:22 Book Launch, Saturday 2nd April: TREASON by Berlie Doherty

TIME: 4:00PM - 6:00PM PLACE: THE OLD QUEEN'S HEAD, SHEFFIELD Join the much-loved children's author Berlie Doherty to celebrate the publication of Treason, her new children's novel set in the Tudor era. Andersen Press and

01/04/2011 16:14:42 Book Signing, Saturday 2nd April: Thirsk – Ali Lewis, author of Everybody Jam

TIME: 10:00 - 12:30 PLACE: WHITE ROSE BOOKS, THIRSK. Ali Lewis, author of Everybody Jam, will be signing copies of her new books at White Rose Books in Thirsk, Yorkshire on Saturday. Visit the bookshop's

28/03/2011 12:41:27 Will Gallows Movie Deal!

Just a month after publication, Sir Elton John’s film company, Rocket Pictures has bought the film options for Will Gallows and the Snake-Bellied Troll by Derek Keilty. Derek Keilty, author of Will Gallows and the

28/03/2011 11:01:30 Tony Ross at the Big Write Festival

Last weekend Tony Ross visited the Discover Centre in Hackney, East London, as part of the Big Write Festival. As well as live drawing and storytelling, Tony drew his famous Little Princess on books as

07/03/2011 17:15:29 Jo Hodgkinson visits from Istanbul

Jo Hodgkinson, author of The Talent Show, was over from Istanbul, where she currently teaches, to visit schools in London as part of the World Book Day celebrations. The Talent Show had been selected by

25/02/2011 11:00:21 Rebecca Stead, author of When You Reach Me, visits the UK

Rebecca Stead’s trip to promote her Newbery Medal-winning novel When You Reach Me was a resounding success. The American author was kept busy by numerous interviews and school visits... Rebecca was in London last week

22/02/2011 17:41:17 The Lonely Beast is out on the streets!

Children and adults alike met the not-so-fearsome Lonely Beast at his book launch in Dublin!

13/01/2011 17:21:08 Out of Shadows by Jason Wallace wins the Costa prize

Jason Wallace's stunning debut novel, Out of Shadows, has won the 2010 Costa Children's Book Award. 'A stunning debut novel without a false note. Accomplished and powerful, it changes the way you think.' - Judges,