I love to gift books but (I’m whispering now) I don’t often buy them for my own child, or for myself! That might sound shameful as the EP’s new publishing assistant and a former bookseller, but I’m lucky to have a great local library, so I only really invest in personal copies of children’s books after they’ve been tried and tested and I enjoy reading them myself, too.
With these criteria in mind, I wanted to share with you some of my favourite titles for ages 0-3 (I’ve put them roughly in age order). I hope you might find it handy if you’re looking to buy a special book gift - for others, or for yourself!
Award-winning Birmingham publisher the Emma Press has published a new children’s anthology of dinosaur poems titled Dragons of the Prime.
CLiPPA award-winning publisher The Emma Press is publishing their first children’s chapter book, The Girl Who Learned All the Languages of the World, written by acclaimed Latvian author Ieva Flamingo. The translation and production of the book was supported by a grant from the Latvian Writers Union and the Republic of Latvia’s Ministry of Culture.
The Emma Press has launched the first batch of Bicki-Books, a landmark series of pocket-sized picture books for children originally published in Latvia by liels un mazs. Each Bicki-Book features a classic Latvian children’s poem, newly translated into English, with illustrations from some of Latvia’s leading illustrators. The six titles include Ice Cream and Naughty Gnat. The English publication of the Bicki-Books is supported by a grant from the Latvian Writers Union.
The Emma Press has announced plans to launch a call for picture book proposals from writers – including those who illustrate their own work – in 2019. The independent publisher, which is based in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham, will be looking for manuscripts for picture books for children with potential for crossover appeal. The call will open on 14th January 2019 and closes on 20th April 2019.
The Emma Press have been awarded a LitRi translation grant for the translation of three Indonesian titles into English. They are the only UK trade publisher to be awarded funding from the program this year.