Australian genre publisher Twelfth Planet Press has launched a new imprint for pre-teen readers that will specialise in diverse stories, ‘with the aim to reflect the diversity of sexuality, race, gender, ethnicity and religion that we see in the world,’ says the publisher. The first title from the Titania imprint will be the middle-grade illustrated novel Winter’s Tale by Nike Sulway and Shauna O’Meara, published in October. It follows a non-binary foster child who encounters several families that challenge the notion of the traditional nuclear family.
This month we check in on the nonfiction bestsellers chart for children’s and YA books. Reflecting some of the trends identified at this year’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair, new entries include books on Indigenous history (Bruce Pascoe’s Young Dark Emu), body diversity (Jessica Sanders’ Love Your Body) and the environment (Lee Constable’s How to Save the Whole Stinkin’ Planet).
Similar themes are also evident in some of the children’s and YA titles that Australian publishers are bringing to Frankfurt this year. New books from Hardie Grant Egmont, Scribble and Echo Publishing include the first children’s book from renowned author and environmentalist Tim Flannery, Explore Your World: Weird, Wild, Amazing!; Who’s Your Real Mum? by Bernadette Green and Anna Zobel, a picture book that celebrates non-traditional families; and Highway Bodies by Alison Evans, a unique zombie apocalypse story featuring a range of queer and gender non-conforming teens. You can find more information on these titles and their rights availability in our Frankfurt Preview.
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