This is the final part of the 'Dream Books - Why I Publish what I Publish?' from the panel who were at the SCBWI Winchester conference last year. I hope you have found it helpful for targeting your publishers.
Emma Lidbury – Walker
Walker picture books and co-editions sell well abroad. Emma likes humour and books that are simple with emotion. She is looking for a warm engaging world that is going to inspire an illustrator waiting in the wings. Their books from a very early age get children into the idea of books and reading. They are looking for interactive, simple memorable language with a rhythm. The child has to turn the page and needs a reason every time.
There are no rules in picture books as can be seen by Emma Lidbury’s list of dream books:
Penguin by Polly Dunbar
We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury
Where's Wally? by Martin Handford
The Runaway Dinner by Allan Ahlberg and Bruce Ingman
The Boy on the Bus by Penny Dale
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
The Curious Cat by Nicola Bayley
Non-fiction picture books:
Poo: A Natural History by Nicola Davies and Neal Layton
Oscar and the Frog: A Book about Growing by Geoff Waring
Young Fiction – Looking for things that work in the classroom.
- Walker Stories – 5-7 years to include three linked stories 600x3. Looking for ethnic diversity.
- Racing Reads – 7-9 years, 2000x4
Emma Lidbury likes re-tellings of traditional tales.
Daisy Dawson (Racing Reads) by Steve Voake and Jessica Meserve
Series Fiction – This includes fairies, ponies, unicorns, mermaids, gothic horror, detectives or a mix of these, such as mermaid detectives. They pile them high and sell them fast.
Judy Moody series by Megan McDonald
Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz
One Tiny Turtle by Nicola Davis and Jane Chapman
Older Fiction – 9yrs. Looking for amnesty international type stories set abroad, about human rights.
The Savage by David Almond and Dave McKean
As I'm sure you all know, I am off to the SCBWI Bologna conference on Friday and will be taking copious notes to report back.