Ladybird will bring a series of new, exciting series to the Bologna Children’s Book Fair this year.
Penguin Random House will also be hosting their first Bluey summit at the Bologna Book Fair, for confirmed and prospective publishing partners. Penguin Random House have agreed global publishing partnerships in 14 languages with more expected to follow in the coming months as Bluey takes the world by storm.
Leanne Gill, Ladybird Publishing Director, said: “We are thrilled to be showcasing an exciting array of our upcoming publishing at Bologna this year. From interactive books for inquisitive toddlers to rhyming books about penguins getting dressed we’ve got a brilliant range of books to help support little ones – and their families – around early milestones.
“In addition to this we’re holding our first summit for our Bluey publishing partners. Bluey has captured the hearts of families around the world, and we have big plans for 2023 and beyond“.
Jouda Fahari-Edine, Head of International Rights, PRH Children’s said: “The PRH Rights Team is excited to go out to Bologna with a bang this year returning in full attendance and introducing a terrific cast of books: our non-fiction list is maturing and finding its audience including a fifth showstopper by Ben Rothery and a carefully crafted 5+ series encouraging first conversations on inclusivity; we’ll also unveil a gorgeous new novelty series by non-other than award-winning Sam Lloyd, and a gorgeous new bear character called Niko for pre-school audiences from favourite Chris Chatterton.
“Plus, we are very much looking forward to our very first Bluey summit with attendance to include BBC Studios as well as prospective and confirmed publishing partners: we’ll be sharing all of our new publishing, brand, marketing and PR plans. As our favourite Blue dog enters the home of millions of families all over the world, her tie-in publishing is taking the world by storm with publishing partners now confirmed in 14 languages. And still counting!“.
Ladybird’s highlights for Bologna Book Fair 2023
Everyone’s welcome on Ladybird Lane – there’s lots to explore behind every door!
Join Dotty the Ladybird and her friends on Ladybird Lane in these collectable lift-the-flap storybooks for inquisitive toddlers. With multiple flaps on every spread, little ones can become part of each adventure, following the different animal characters as they search for a missing toy, plan a surprise picnic or camp out under the stars.
Written by Rose Cobden and illustrated by Maria Neradova.
Publishing from Spring 2024 | Age 2+ | Format: Cased BB, 160 x 190mm, 12pp | Rights: World
Created by award-winning author-illustrator, Sam Lloyd.
This playful novelty series is a great way to encourage toddlers to help others, as well as learn to do things by themselves.
Publishing for Spring 2024 | Age 2 – 5 | Format: B, 170 x 170 m | Rights: World
Penguins Don’t Like Pants!
A brand-new picture book series to encourage children to see the positive side of things they don’t want to do – from getting dressed, and eating vegetables, to going to bed.
Bouncy rhyming text, humorous animal characters, and energetic artwork which will appeal to children and adults alike
Written by Jonny Leighton and illustrated by Robert Starling.
Publishing from July 2024 | Age 2 – 5 | PB 250 x 250mm, 32pp | Rights: World