We’ve had a wonderful few months of press mentions and wonderful reviews, so today we’d just like to round up a few of our favourites. First up, we were delighted when Michael Morpurgo was featured in The Sun in relation to our brand new picture books for struggling adults to share with children. This is the first time Barrington Stoke has been highlighted in the national newspaper and we were thrilled with the response – it was a great landmark for us!
After this we had a rush of promotion following book fair season. Most notable was the article in The Bookseller Bologna Daily featuring our very own Mairi and Jane talking about exciting new developments for the company, and a very flattering mention in Lucy Coats’ Publishing Talk round up.
On top of these wonderful press articles we’ve had lots of positive feedback about some of our new projects, see below for lots of lovely praise! (None obtained through underhand means, we promise…)
Red Squirrel Picture Books
Another first for Barrington Stoke was stealing the cover of the latest Books for Keeps issue. Gorgeous artwork by the talented Ross Collins was taken from debut picture book title All I Said Was written by Michael Morpurgo, and we think it looks absolutely brilliant. Spreads for the book were also used in an interview with Alexandra Strick in The Bookseller about accessible reading.
We’ve also had tons of nice reviews for the picture books from some of our favourite bloggers. The Book Bag Blog called All I Said Was a ‘winner of a book’, Elliot (age 5) from the Lovereading Kids Review Panel said of Itch Scritch Scratch, ‘It was a joy not to have to struggle through a book! [He] says thank you for helping him read proper books and so does his Mummy!’, and longtime supporters Parents in Touch said of the new series, ‘This is a truly excellent innovative approach which addresses the issues of adults who want to share books with their children but struggle to do so.’ There was also a fab piece in the NASEN Special magazine:
Reading War website
We have just launched a brand new website at www.readingwar.co.uk, an online resource packed with information on World War One. The site explores the themes of the novels Over the Line by Tom Palmer and Tilly’s Promise by Linda Newbery, covering topics including soldiers in the trenches, football and football battalions, nursing and the Home Front. The site is designed to be accessible to a range of children, with lots of video content and short, punchy stories, diaries and other specially-created reading materials. There are activities linked to the videos, and there are teachers’ guides, playscripts, downloadable posters and other materials suitable for use in the classroom.
We’ve been getting lots of excellent feedback and author Tom Palmer even managed to sneak his novel Over the Line into the hands of Frank Lampard on an episode of CBBC Newsround!
The Little Gems
Our Little Gems series for 5-8s has been especially popular in the press and with various bloggers. One of our favourite reviews recently has to be from the Over There to Here Blog and their review of Mary’s Hair by Eoin Colfer. For the first time we got to see our flap activities in action, and Mary has never looked finer! Our latest batch of Gems feature two lovely titles from the wonderful Cornelia Funke, and one of these – The Moonshine Dragon – was selected as one of the Children’s Bookseller choice for April. Our thanks to Vanessa Lewis of The Book Nook!
The School Library Association have always been huge supporters and in their latest issue are some very nice words about The First Third Wish by Ian Beck and My Friend’s a Gris-Kwok by Malorie Blackman.
A huge thanks to all the other fabulous online reviewers and bloggers who’ve carried so many great reviews of the books on our list, and to be sure to keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter for regular posts of these!