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Templar

Templar is an award-winning publisher of high quality children's books. Its series of 'Ology' books have become a worldwide publishing phenomenon selling over 15 million copies. Templar won the first ever Richard and Judy Children's book award in 2006 with 'Calm Down, Boris' (Sam Lloyd).


Templar developed and launched the amazing baby brand in 2003 to great acclaim, and won the IPG Independent Publisher of the Year Award in 2008.


Its list also includes: Simon Bartram, whose book 'Man on the Moon' won the Blue Peter Children's Book of the Year, Helen Ward, Maurice Pledger, Derek Matthews and Ross Collins.


For more information visit: templarpublishing.co.uk


Barefoot

We founded Barefoot Books in the U.K. in 1993. At the time, we both had young families and we wanted to create imaginatively written and beautifully illustrated children's books that would capture the diversity and richness of the world's many traditions in a playful and accessible way.


For the first few years, we worked from our respective homes in the Cotswolds and North London. But, like the children, the business kept growing! This year, Barefoot will be 15 years old and we now have offices in Bath, England and Cambridge, MA, USA


Highlights for us in 2008 include the launch of our Young Fiction list with Guo Yue and Clare Farrow's 'Little Leap Forward' - an account of Yue's childhood in Beijing in the summer of 1966. We're also excited to be launching the Barefoot Young Storyteller of the Year Competition, open to all children aged 14 and under at the date of entry.


To find out more about us please visit www.barefootbooks.com


Tessa Strickland and Nancy Traversy


Usborne

Usborne publishes almost every type of book for every child; from baby to teenager.


Founded by Peter Usborne in 1973, Usborne pioneered a completely new age generation of entertaining, colourful and friendly non-fiction. Since its foundation, Usborne has been the publisher that children themselves love for its humorous, factual and fun books.


One of Usborne's most striking initiatives is the Usborne Reading Programme, a collection of over 200 titles, graded in seven levels and covering a huge range of subjects including fairy tales, classics, international folk tales, biographies and non-fiction. Beautifully produced and with lively illustrations, these books motivate and inspire young readers.


You can find out more about our books at www.usborne.co.uk


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