Last year, Australian children’s book creators Yves Stening and Nigel Buchanan won a pitching competition at the world’s biggest children’s entertainment industry event, MIPJunior, for their self-published picture-book series ‘Dinner Detectives’. The series, which follows two siblings as they travel back in time and around the world learning about the history of the food we eat today, was suddenly hot property. This month, it was announced that an Australian production studio has acquired world broadcast and digital content rights to the books, with plans to develop them into an animated children’s television series.
Also in rights news this month, independent children’s publisher Windy Hollow has made its first North American rights sale for the picture book Ivy Bird by Tania McCartney and Jess Racklyeft. The deal, negotiated by Natasha Solomun at the Rights Hive, followed a meeting between the publishers at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair this year.