Kids’ Own Publishing


In 2014 co-founder and publisher Victoria Ryle held a party in Melbourne, Australia, to celebrate Kids’ Own Publishing’s 100th book. She told friends and supporters at the event that the richness of these books comes not only from the books themselves but also from the diverse communities that created them. As a young teacher in […]

“There and Nowhere”: A Conversation with Jaclyn Moriarty

Jaclyn Moriarty

Around forty-five minutes northwest of downtown Sydney, Australia, is a pocket of suburbs known as The Hills: not quite city, not quite country. You only have to go back ten or twenty years to arrive at a time when these places — Castle Hill and Annangrove, Rouse Hill and Bella Vista, and, one of the […]

There’s Something About Islands


As a children’s author, I’ve been visiting schools for over ten years now, and it’s one of the most surprising things to learn, when you first start doing the rounds, that each school is different. No two are alike, but after ten years, it’s rare that you come across a school that really makes you […]

Foreign Correspondence: The Curious Incident of the BBC Radio Show

“Why are we all reading children’s books?” That was the question raised in February by the acerbic cultural critic Norman Lebrecht on Radio 3, the BBC’s high-brow arts station. He grappled with the question with the aid of a panel consisting of children’s writers Anne Fine and Anthony Horowitz; Howard Jacobson, acclaimed author of adult […]