Writers, illustrators and writer-illustrators are invited to submit, by email, ideas for children’s picture books, in idea form or as fully written or illustrated texts. Illustrators without specific book ideas are also welcome to submit their general portfolios for consideration.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with these, although portfolios are preferred as links to websites.
We are happy to accept ideas from new and established writers and artists but please do send a short biography with your submission.
Our books will work for both children and for the adults reading to them. As such they will be witty, thought-provoking and beautifully illustrated. They will play with language, work on many levels, raise questions and evoke emotions. Or they might just be gripping stories. There is no need to shy away from issues – nothing is off-limits be it relationships, politics or niche hobbies, although please bear in mind that the primary audience will be very young children.
We are, of course, looking for ideas and concepts that have not been done before. You may however like to look at the following titles as examples of children’s picture books that we like:
Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett (Macmillan)
Press Here by Herve Tullet (Chronicle Books)
Hippo has a hat by Julia Donaldson and Nick Sharratt (Macmillan)
The story of the little mole who knew it was none of his business by Werner Holzwarth and Wolf Erlbruch (Pavilion)
Tabby McTat by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (Alison Green Books)
Hug by Jez Alborough (Walker Books)
Moon Rabbit by Natalie Russell (Macmillan)
Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus by Mo Willems (Walker Books)
It’s a book by Lane Smith (Macmillan)
Duck, death and the tulip by Wolf Erlbruch (Gecko Press)
My Henry by Judith Kerr (Harper Collins)
We will be operating on a royalty only basis and we are currently only dealing directly with writers and illustrators, not with agents. This is because as a new, and small, company, we are only offering non negotiable contracts of royalties paid on profits.