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‘Antarctica’ picture book sold to the US

19 September 2019
Fremantle Press has sold US rights to Moira Court’s forthcoming picture book Antarctica to Massachusetts-based children’s publisher Charlesbridge. ‘Charlesbridge’s roots are in nature nonfiction, which is what attracted them to...

Wakefield sells debut YA novel to US 

22 August 2019
Wakefield Press has sold world rights (ex ANZ) to Poppy Nwosu’s debut YA novel Making Friends with Alice Dyson to Walker Books US for a five-figure sum. The first book...

Sophie Beer board books sold to the US

16 May 2019
Hardie Grant Egmont has sold North American rights to two board books by illustrator Sophie Beer to Penguin imprint Dial Books. Beer’s Love Makes a Family  and its forthcoming companion...

Hardie Grant Egmont acquires pre-teen period guide

18 April 2019
Hardie Grant Egmont has acquired world rights to a guide for pre-teens about getting their period, written by journalist Yumi Stynes and Melissa Kang, the longest-serving expert behind the ‘Dolly...

Big Sky Publishing lands 17-book US deal   

21 March 2019
Big Sky Publishing has sold North American and US territories rights to 17 children’s books to independent educational publishing house Rosen Publishing. The deal includes the picture book Cat Spies...

Multiple deals for Berbay

21 February 2019
Berbay Publishing has announced multiple rights deals over the past few months. The children’s publisher has sold North American and UK rights to Colours and two further board books by...

Book-to-screen

16 October 2018
SLR Productions has commenced production on an animated telemovie based on Jacqueline Harvey’s ‘Alice-Miranda’ children’s book series (Random House Australia). The comedy-drama Alice Miranda Shines Bright will premiere on Australian...

Bunting books sold to China

23 August 2018
Scholastic Australia has sold simplified Chinese rights to several quirky, humorous picture books by Australian husband-and-wife duo Laura and Philip Bunting. They include: Mopoke, Koalas Eat Gum Leaves and Kookaburras...

‘Totally unique graphic work’ sold to US

19 July 2018
Melbourne-based art-science collaborative and micro-publisher Scale Free Network (SPN) has sold North American rights to the graphic novel The Invisible War (Ailsa Wild, Briony Barr, Gregory Crocetti et al) to...

Random House acquires Elliot Perlman’s first kids’ book

17 May 2018
Random House Children’s Books has acquired the first children’s book by award-winning novelist Elliot Perlman (pictured). The Adventures of Catvinkle centres on the unlikely friendship between pampered house cat Catvinkle and Ula...

Debut picture book builds international buzz

15 February 2018
Scribble, has sold rights to two forthcoming children’s books: world rights (ex ANZ) to Antonia Pesenti’s board book Rhyme Cordial were sold to Phaidon ahead of its Australian release date in May,...

Two Shaun Tan books coming in 2018

16 November 2017
Award-winning author and illustrator Shaun Tan has two books coming out in 2018. Hachette Australia will publish Tan’s new picture book Cicada—about ‘a bug working in an office and all the...

New acquisitions for Affirm Press, Walker Books

14 August 2017
Affirm Press has acquired a children’s fiction series by Australian lifeguard and TV star Trent ‘Maxi’ Maxwell. The series, co-written by children’s book author David Lawrence, will centre on ‘a...