Seven Quarto Kids titles chosen for the Reading Agency's Summer reading challenge list

February 15, 2017

The list comprises 70 must-have reads for children aged 4-11, with something to suit every young reader. Many of the books in the collection are new titles which will be published this summer, and will be displayed in libraries during the Challenge.

The Challenge aims to get children to do more during the summer holidays and challenges them to read as many as they can from the list.  

There are two lists - one for younger children and one for older children - representing the best in contemporary children's fiction, fact and puzzle books, poetry, picture books and graphic novels.

The seven Children's books from Quarto that are included are:

  • Cool Cat versus Top Dog – Frances Lincoln's Children's Books
  • Find Your Way: Under the Sea – QED Publishing
  • Labyrinth – Wide-Eyed Editions
  • Prehistoric Actual Size – Frances Lincoln
  • The World-Famous Cheese Shop Break-in – Frances Lincoln
  • Would You Rather: Dine with a Dung Beetle or Lunch with a Maggot? – QED Publishing
  • Get the Scoop on Animal Snot Spit & Slime – Moondance Press

 

Find Find out more about the list and its titles here 

Atlas of Animal Adventures wins Best Children’s Travel Book at the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards

February 3, 2017

Congratulations to Wide Eyed Editions in wining Children’s Travel Book of The Year at the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards with Atlas of Animal Adventures

The book was up against though competition including others from Frances Lincoln Children’s Books: A Year Full of Stories and A Walk on the Wild Side, but beat them to be voted most for by the general public for “For inspiring a love of travel, exploration and adventure”. The Prize was sponsored by National Book tokens.

Atlas of Animal Adventures book together nature’ s most unmissable events from between the two poles, including epic migrations, extraordinary behaviors, and Herculean habits. Find hundreds of things to spot and learn new facts about every animal.

The Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award was set up in 2013. It aims to find those books that have encouraged “more travellers to put down their selfie-sticks and pick up their notebooks.”

Three Quarto Books Listed on the Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2017

January 24, 2017

Three Quarto Titles have been selected as part of the Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2017 in the US. This annual cooperative project of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the Children’s Book Council aims to gather “an annual reading list of exceptional books for use in social studies classrooms, selected by social studies educators.”

The selection committee looks for books that emphasize human relations, represent a diversity of groups and are sensitive to a broad range of cultural experiences, present an original theme or a fresh slant on a traditional topic, are easily readable and of high literary quality, and have a pleasing format and, when appropriate, illustrations that enrich the text.

We are very proud to have the following three titles selected on the list:

  • Amelia Earhart – Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
  • Mabrook! A World of Muslim Weddings – Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
  • The Hello Atlas – Wide Eyed Editions

 A preview of the Notable Social Studies list is available on the CBC site. 

 Quarto had four titles selected in the 2016 list. 

Quarto books need your votes in the Stanford's Travel Writing Prize!

January 23, 2017

Stanford’s Travel Books has voyaged with us since 1853 when Edward Stanford established his map-making business in the heart of London at the height of the British Empire. So whether it be sofa travelling, adventure planning, globetrotting, Stanfords has provided the best of books to get us exploring the earth we inhabit.


To discover the best amongst Stanford’s varied genres, The Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award was set up in 2013. It aims to find those books that have encouraged “more travellers to put down their selfie-sticks and pick up their notebooks.”
Whether or not you’ve managed to pen your own travel memoirs, you get a say in which one of these inspiring books wins in one of the following categories by voting:


• Specsavers Fiction (with a sense of place)
• Wanderlust Adventure Travel Book of the Year
• National Book Tokens Children’s Travel Book of the Year
• Food and Travel magazine Food and Travel Book of the Year
• Destinations Show Illustrated Travel Book of the Year
• London Book Fair Innovation in Travel Publishing

Quarto has five books up for three categories in this year’s awards. For inspiring a love of travel, exploration and adventure, Atlas of Animal Adventures from Wide Eyed Editions has been nominated for the National Book Tokens Children's Travel Book of the Year category along with Frances Lincoln’s A Year Full of Stories and A Walk on The Wild Side.


Nominated for capturing a sense of the place's identity and culture, Summers Under the Tamarind Tree by Sumayya Usmani from Frances Lincoln is up for Food and Travel Magazine Food & Travel Book of the Year Prize Finally, This Land by Roly Smith & Joe Cornish also Frances Lincoln has been nominated for Destinations Show Illustrated Travel Book of The Year.

On this year’s sprawling selection of nominations, Tony Maher, MD of Stanfords said “…These disparate shortlists have one unifying feature – they are all marvellous examples of what travel writing and publishing does best, which is to show the reader a world far from our own doorsteps, made reachable by these glorious, powerful and unforgettable books.”


Voting ends 25th of January, help us get our books their deserved prizes and follow the link below to vote: http://www.edwardstanfordawards.com/vote-and-win

Quarto Author Peter Dazeley Awarded The British Empire Award

January 19, 2017

Author of Unseen London and London Uncovered published by Frances Lincoln, an imprint of The Quarto Group, Peter Dazeley has been awarded The British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for his services to photography and charity.

The British Empire Medal is described by gov.uk as “Awarded for a ‘hands-on’ service to the local community. This could be a long-term charitable or voluntary activity, or innovative work of a relatively short duration (3 to 4 years) that has made a significant difference.” And is part of the Queen’s Honours system.

The system recognises people who have, made achievements in public life, committed themselves to serving and helping Britain. They’ll usually have made life better for other people or be outstanding at what they do.

From Dazeley’s success as a photographer he was able to give back to communities by donating his time as a photographer, to a variety of different charities. In his career he has guided and inspired the young through his mentoring in photography and  has also donated his skills to charities in support of their campaigns. Described as ‘the working class gong’ the British Empire Medal prize trophies long term commitment to charities.

Now at the age of 68, Dazeley is still working hard and can look back with great satisfaction at what he has achieved. He will be meeting the Queen later on this year to receive his award. 

Four Quarto Kids books selected as Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students by the National Science Teachers Association and the Children’s Book Council

December 21, 2016

In the US, four Children's books from Quarto imprints have been selected to the Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 for 2017 list, a cooperative project of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the Children’s Book Council.

Reading science trade books is the perfect way for students to build literacy skills while learning science content. The books that appear in these lists were selected as outstanding children's science trade books. They were chosen by a book review panel appointed by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and assembled in cooperation with the Children's Book Council (CBC). NSTA and CBC have joined forces on this bibliographic project since 1973, when the list was known as Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children and was primarily targeted at grades K through 8. Beginning in 2002, the list has been expanded to include high school as well.

Our four selected titles are:

 

This is Not a Maths Book from Ivy Kids Wins UK Educational Writers' Award 2016

December 8, 2016

Ivy Kids has won this year's Educational Writers Award for This is Not a Maths Book - the UK's only award for creative educational writing. The award was announced by the Authors' Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS) and the Society of Authors (SoA).

This is Not a Maths Book is a multi-dimensional treasury of graphic activities and drawing challenges that have a mathematical basis. From simple geometric patterns to fractal art, anamorphic art, and Celtic knots, discover the beauty in maths, and the maths in beauty. 

The judges – author Jonathan Lomas, author Nicola Morgan and school librarian Nicky Ransley – said:

"With superb design, this is maths made genuinely exciting - a brilliant page turner of a book which will quite literally give you a new and more beautiful perspective on life and learning. We particularly loved the fact that it is likely to engage people of any level of mathematical aptitude or reluctance, and yet it does so without jumping up and down and shoving a 'maths is fun' message at the reader. It was genuinely pleasurable and mind-opening and you can't ask more of a book."

The School of Art by Teal Triggs, illustrated by Daniel Frost from Wide Eyed Editions was also shortlisted for the award, alongside the Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary by David and Ben Crystal, illustrated by Kate Bellamy (Oxford University Press).

Author Anna Weltman and illustrators Edward Cheverton and Ivan Hissey were presented with a cheque for £2,000 at a reception at the House of Commons on 6th December. The Ivy Kids team was also in attendance. 

Over 15 Quarto books selected by Waterstones for their Christmas list

November 14, 2016

A broad selection of Quarto books have been picked by Waterstones for their Christmas list of Best Books of 2016, including the following titles:

Top Non-Fiction here:

Beautiful Gift Books here:

 Children's Books here:

The Year's Biggest Book Trends:

  • Go Wild - The Stick Book by Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield, Frances Lincoln

Bestselling Humour here:

15 Quarto Kids Titles Among 100 Best Non-Fiction Books

November 1, 2016

To celebrate National Non-Fiction November 2016, the Federation of Children’s Book Groups has drawn up a list of 100 of the most exciting, intriguing, eye-opening non-fiction books for children and young people of all ages, books to delight, inspire and make you gasp (or even giggle) in wonder. Quarto Kids imprints have 15 titles on the list.

Included on the list are:

Frances Lincoln Children's Books Titles
Discover... The Roman Empire
Maya Angelou (Little People, Big Dreams)
The Beatles    
Actual Size  
The Great Big Book of Families   
The Pebble in My Pocket: A History of Our Earth    
The Story of Life
Zoo in the Sky
Stone Girl Bone Girl
We Are All Born Free

QED Publishing/QEB Publishing Titles
23 Ways to be an Eco Hero     
Would You Rather...Dine with a Dung Beetle or Lunch with a Maggot?   

Ivy Kids Titles
Do Nice, Be Kind, Spread Happy: Acts of Kindness for Kids  

Wide-Eyed Editions Titles
The Curiositree: Natural World
Atlas of Adventures

National Non-Fiction November is the Federation of Children’s Book Groups’ annual celebration of all things factual. Born out of National Non-Fiction Day, the whole month now celebrates all those readers that have a passion for information and facts and attempts to raise awareness and appreciation of non-fiction books for children and young people.

Frances Lincoln Children's Books and Wide Eyed Editions set Quarto's record number of nominations for the 2017 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal

October 25, 2016

Frances Lincoln Children's Books and Wide Eyed Editions, two imprints of The Quarto Group, have had eight books nominated for the 2017 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal – making Quarto the second highest publisher on the list and achieving a new record of nominations for the publishing group.

The books nominated are:

  • The Curiositree: Natural World by Amanda Wood and Mike Jolley, illustrated by Owen Davey (Wide Eyed Editions)
  • The Wonder Garden by Jenny Broom, illustrated by Kristjana S Williams (Wide Eyed Editions)
  • The Wild Swans by Jackie Morris (Frances Lincoln Children's Books) 
  • The Crow's Tale by Naomi Howarth (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)
  • The Star Tree by Catherine Hyde (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)
  • The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)
  • There's a Tiger in the Garden by Lizzy Stewart (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)
  • Counting Lions by Katie Cotton, illustrated by Stephen Walton (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)

The Wild Swans by Jackie Morris (Frances Lincoln Children's Books) is also nominated for the Carnegie Medal.

Publisher Rachel Williams and Editorial Director Jenny Broom said: "We're delighted to see so much of our frontlist being recognised for illustrated excellence, which has been a real area of focus for us over the last 2 years."

David Inman, Managing Director, Quarto Publishing Group UK, commented: "Quarto is working hard to create great Children’s books that stand out in design, content and format. It is very exciting to see our creativity recognised by the industry.”

The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the UK's oldest and most prestigious children's book awards. The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded annually by children's librarians for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people. It is named after the popular and highly influential nineteenth century artist known for her fine children's illustrations and designs.