In a career which began at Penguin Books (in New Zealand and the UK) and which spans three decades, I have been lucky enough to work with many of today’s most talented authors and illustrators including Emily Gravett, Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler, Rod Campbell, Chris Riddell, David Roberts, Roger McGough, Lauren Child, and Lane Smith.
After 12 years heading up the picture book list at Macmillan Children’s Books, in 2016 I launched my own imprint at Pan Macmillan, Two Hoots, with the ambition to create a quality children’s illustrated list with no boundaries of format, age group, style or content, offering the most gifted authors, artists and designers the creative space to try new things.
In less than three years, Two Hoots has received considerable critical acclaim, including having a book chosen as one the New York Times Top Ten Picture Books, and won prizes including Best Picture Book at the Chen Bochui Children’s Literature Awards in Shanghai as well as several UK awards including the Kate Greenaway Medal, the top prize for illustration in the UK.
Two Hoots (an imprint of Pan Macmillan)
The playful name reflects the independence and freedom of a list that I hope is fresh and approachable, and has a lightness of touch. We work with a wide variety of UK and international talent and the list thus far includes picture books from established names such as Emily Gravett, Emma Chichester Clark and Lane Smith alongside new talents including Bethan Woollvin, Morag Hood, Kate Read and Maisie Paradise Shearring. We also publish some poetry, including a collection by German poet Frantz Wittkamp translated by Roger McGough and illustrated by Axel Scheffler; a gorgeous novelty alphabet book by Julia Donaldson and Sharon King-Chai, Animalphabet, and a stand-out illustrated non-fiction book for older readers, Suffragette: the Battle for Equality by David Roberts.
Two Hoots has the best of both worlds: the freedom and intimacy of a small independent imprint, with all the support of a major international publisher (one of the top five in the UK, with offices throughout the world). The aim is to keep the list small but varied, the quality high, and to continue working with the most gifted creative talents of today.
Company website: twohootsbooks.com
Catalogue: available in Google Drive