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Meet the team and share our favourite stories

The launch of our exciting new website provides us with the perfect opportunity to officially introduce ourselves to you: meet the team behind our books, discover what inspires us every day, and pick up a few story sharing tips as you go. We’re so happy to meet you (and we’re always keen to hear from you – feel free to join the conversation around #shareastory with us on Twitter.

Introducing…

Elizabeth Jenner, Editorial Director

What’s your role at Laurence King Children’s?
I am the editorial director for Laurence King Children’s. This means I oversee the development and strategy of the list, as well as commissioning new books for it. I spend half of my time thinking about new ideas, looking at amazing artwork and talking to authors and illustrators about exciting projects in development. This more than makes up for the other half of the time that I spend staring at spreadsheets.

What’s your favourite character on the list?
This is such a tough one, but I am a big fan of Pierre the Maze Detective and his sidekick Carmen, created by Hiro Kamigaki and the team at IC4DESIGN. I always have great fun going exploring with them on their new adventures.

What style of art/design do you like best?
I have a particular fondness for brightly-coloured and richly detailed spotting scenes, which create busy, layered worlds that a reader feels they can escape into.

How do you like to share stories you’ve loved?
There is nothing I love more than reading aloud and being read to. As a child, sharing story time with others was the best part of the day, and I think it’s such a shame that we don’t get to carry that on as adults. So now I’ll always jump at the chance to read a bedtime story, and I love listening to audiobooks, even though it’s not as magical as being able to do it in person.

 

Chloë Pursey, Development and Commissioning Editor

What’s your role at Laurence King Children’s?
Hi! I’m Chloë, and I’m the Development & Commissioning Editor for the children’s team. I help seek out new and exciting books for us to publish, either developing proposals from authors and illustrators or working on in-house concepts. My job involves everything from commissioning text and artwork to working out specs and formats, with a sprinkling of Excel spreadsheets for good measure.

What’s your favourite character on the list?
This is tough! From Yasmeen Ismail’s super-cute animals to the wonderful range of figures in our upcoming Little Guides to Great Lives series, there are so many to choose from. But there’s a special place in my heart for the tiny fairytales in My Miniature Library.

What style of art/design do you like best?
I love anything that’s quirky and unique, or that hearkens back to classic artwork but with a fresh and innovative twist.

How do you like to share stories you’ve loved?
I’m never happier than when I’m in the children’s section of a bookshop, picking out books for friends’ children – everything from my own childhood favourites to the amazing crop of recent picture books. I’m expecting my first baby later this year, and he already has more books than babygros waiting for him.

 

Leah Willey, Acting Development and Commissioning Editor

What’s your role at Laurence King Children’s?
Hi! I’m Leah and I’m Acting Development and Commissioning Editor for the Children’s list. Day to day, I work with ideas, text and images, aiming to combine all three into books that kids will love to read and play with.

What’s your favourite character on the list?
I’m a big fan of the elephant adventurers from Elephants on Tour (coming out later this year!). I’d like to tag along on their around-the-world trip, especially joining the carnival in Rio and cruising down the Amazon River. I think they’d make pretty great travelling companions!

What style of art/design do you like best?
I love artwork that encourages interaction, so anything by Nina Chakrabarti is a favourite for me.

How do you like to share stories you’ve loved?
The bookshelves in my flat are overflowing, so if anyone comes to visit I try to make them leave with at least one book that I’ve enjoyed. I know the books will work their way back eventually and I like to think of them all dotted around the country being read again. I’m also secretly hoping that if I can share enough of them, moving house might be slightly easier next time!

 

Charlotte Coulais, Art Director

What’s your role at Laurence King Children’s?
Hi my name is Charlotte and I am the Art Director of Children and Gift lists here at Laurence King. With a dedicated team we are looking at new ideas and see how we can bring them to life in the best possible way. My job focusses on the design and illustration aspect of things

What’s your favourite character on the list?
The Monsters and Magical Beings are my friends, especially the Hobgoblins. They often hide in fireplaces, creeping out at night to do helpful odd jobs, and occasionally to misbehave if they are bored.

What style of art/design do you like best?
My taste I believe is eclectic. I truly love the powerful combination of strong typography mixed with bold illustrations.

Good design has meanings and function defined form. I have a tendency to prefer simple and the “less is more” approach.

As for Art this is a very broad question…I don’t have a style as such but I came across “planeta Tangerina” from Portugal and those guys are doing lovely stuff! I would love to collaborate with them on a project one day if it’s the right fit.

How do you like to share stories you’ve loved?
Stories are told in different medium. Sharing a film on social media would be one way. The other way would be to offer the special book to the person you would like to share it with, including a little-worded teaser delivered in person.

 

Kathryn Colwell, Senior Publicist

What’s your role at Laurence King Children’s?
Hi, I’m Kathryn and I look after the publicity for Laurence King’s children’s list, which means I have the happy task of spreading the word about LKP’s brilliant books. This might be by sending out review copies to journalists, bloggers and children’s book-lovers around the country, arranging book launches and author tours, or looking after our social media feeds. A big part of my job is getting to know people’s tastes and finding out which books they enjoy best.

What’s your favourite character on the list?
One of my favourite characters on the LKP kids list is Jason Ford’s Superhero Girl. She doesn’t say much but she’s very powerful, a great role-model and travels by hover board. I think her advice on promoting peace and harmony on the streets is something we should all live by.

What style of art/design do you like best?
At the moment I’m really enjoying Brendan Kearney’s illustrations in A Cat’s Guide to the Night Sky, which has just landed on my desk. I love the book’s colour palette and how there’s lots going on in each scene. There’s something new to spot each time you read.

How do you like to share stories you’ve loved?
I’m definitely one for sharing stories in person. I think most books I read are probably found via word of mouth and I enjoy being able to chat about them with the friend who recommended them afterwards. And it’s always lovely to get a book as a present – especially when someone really knows your taste.

 

Myrsini Psalidaki, Senior Marketing Executive

What’s your role at Laurence King Children’s?
I look after the marketing of our children’s list and that may vary from designing and ordering promotional bunting, badges or stickers to organizing book fairs and events where our authors and illustrators take part in workshops and talks.

What’s your favourite character on the list?
My favourite character on the list is Bob. He’s a budding artist, as well as a very expressive, emotional and sensitive individual. At the same time, he’s very sociable, finds inspiration in art and marvels at the beauty found in nature.

What style of art/ design do you like best?
I enjoy different art styles but Marion Deuchars’ is currently my favourite, mostly because I somehow associate my three-year old daughter with Bob and his very intense look to the world.

How do you like to share stories you’ve loved?
I love reading with my daughter, even if we repeat the same story over and over again (!), seeing her reaction to what’s being narrated, anticipating what will happen next and asking me to get her all the remaining titles in the series that she sees printed on the back cover while pointing to the ones we haven’t got at home. I also love offering beloved stories to my friends’ children.

 

Eleanor Blatherwick, Head of Marketing

Hi! I’m Eleanor and I’m the Head of Marketing here at Laurence King. I oversee everything that we do to spread the word about our exciting new books – making sure that readers, bookshops and librarians alike know all about the wonderful books and gifts that are hitting the shelves. This can be as varied as meeting the rest of the team to plan our marketing and publicity activities for the next 6 months – or the not so exciting world of budget spreadsheets!

I have a secret soft spot for Rita – the anteater in our new puzzle book Hoakes Island (coming out in May). A self-proclaimed ‘genius’ (OK, that may be the slightly less appealing side of her personality!), she’s admirably brave and intrepid – always encouraging you to sniff out the next clue.

I love any art work that feels like the reader is invited into the secret world of the illustrator or characters – from Marion Deuchars’ beautifully familiar hand lettering, to Nina Chakrabarti’s illustrations of her stamp collection, or Henry Hoakes’ notebook – it’s always a pleasure to feel like you’re peeking behind the scenes (whether it be real or imaginary).

The children’s section of a bookshop is always the most exciting for me. My nearly 2-year-old son does very well out of this particular purchasing weakness! There is something so magical about some of his early language acquisition coming from his favourite books…although thanks to Chris Haughton (a regular request in our house) we now hear cries of “Oh No, George!” whenever anybody does anything naughty.

 

Anastasia Scott, Senior Publicist US

Hello from San Francisco! My name is Anastasia, and like Kathryn, I look after publicity but in the United States. I’m sort of a bookish matchmaker. It’s my job to help each book we publish find its perfect audience. In addition to sharing our books with booksellers and reviewers, I also work to spread the word about our titles to teachers and librarians. I’m always trying to think of creative ways to get our books in front of their target readers.

My favorite character on the LKP kids list as of late is Marie Curie from Isabel Thomas’s new Little Guides to Great Lives series. I’ve loved learning about her fascinating discoveries and what it was like to grow up in Poland in the late 1800s. Can you believe that one of the most brilliant scientists in the world had to fight for the right to go to school? Thank goodness she was successful!

I’m currently obsessed with the art in Myth Match by Good Wives and Warriors. This imaginative flipbook allows readers to create their own unique mythical creatures based on folklore from around the globe. I’m amazed at how the art combines so seamlessly in hundreds of combinations. You can often find me at my desk, dreaming up new beasts when I should be writing press releases…

I’m always asking people for book recommendations and telling them about what’s on my nightstand. Sometimes these exchanges happen in person, like at my book club, and other times they happen over Instagram DMs. One of my favorite parts of being a reader is discussing new perspectives with friends.

 

It’s lovely to meet you – do make sure you say hello on Twitter – we’d love to hear which of our books and characters inspire you, and we’re always open to hearing your story sharing tips, your reviews and any feedback you might like to share.

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