A sombre  anniversary – an inspirational life

On 16 October 2017, Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed by a bomb placed under her car.

She had achieved world fame as a fearless investigative journalist, dedicated to uncovering the secrets of corrupt politicians and their criminal business associates, not only in her native Malta but across the globe.

Her life and death are important to everyone who believes in truthful reporting, a free press, and the rule of law and justice.

Children too are exposed to fake news, wild conspiracy theories, and the effects of crime. Fearless, written and illustrated by Daphne's friend Gattaldo, tells them the story of a little girl who loved to read, became a teenage activist and then a journalist. She believed in making the world a better and safer place for all children. That belief and hope are reflected in this factual, direct and inspiring book.

Fearless: The Story of Daphne Caruana Galizia, by Gattaldo, is published on 8 October, in hardback (£12.99)  9781913074043


Fearless is endorsed by

Amnesty International UK

and by

RSF: Reporters without Borders

STEAM Winner!

Congratulations to Ken Wilson-Max as Astro Girl wins the STEAM Best Early Years Book.


'Brian the Brave' wins Derby Childrens Book Award

Watch an interview with Paul Stewart and Jane Porter about their winning book 'Brian the Brave'. Find out more about 'Brian the Brave' here


2nd Prize - Lucas Beadell Age 9

3rd Prize - Nuri Kenes Age 8


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 'Small Press of the Year' Award

We're proud to be winners of the Midlands Region 'Small Press of the Year' title in the British Book Awards 2020.

Helen Bate's graphic novel of courage and hope in World War 2, Peter in Peril, published in Germany as Peter in Gefahr, was shortlisted for this year's Catholic Children's Book Award in Germany. Helen is also the author of the outstanding graphic novel Me and Mrs Moon, which shows how two children react to their carer's dementia. It is one of the books on the Empathy Lab's 2020 'Read for Empathy'
list. See
Peter in Peril 9781910959039 £6.99 paperback
Me and Mrs Moon 9781910959947  £12.99

Two titles on UKLA's 2020 longlist…

… And another three special books  to find in the 2020-21 'Power of Reading' List


Dark Sky Park

Poems from the Edge of Nature

Philip Gross, illustrated by Jesse Hodgson

Shortlisted for the CLiPPA Award 2019

"If you are going to extreme places … and you feel you need

a poet as guide and companion, then the award-winning Philip

Gross is the obvious choice … another winning collection from

Otter-Barry Books, who are building an enviable list of some

of the best of today's poets for children." Books for Keeps

"… mesmerising … had me wondering, learning,

looking and so much more" Red Reading Hub

For readers of 9+

9781910959886  £6.99



Pattan's Pumpkin

Chitra Soundar, illustrated by Frané Lessac

An Indian folktale of the 'Great Flood' 

"… beautifully told and illustrated" Lovemybooks

Age 4+

9781910959848  £6.99





Please, Mr Magic Fish!

Jessica Souhami

'Be careful what you wish' for is perfectly

expressed in words and images.

"A wonderful independent and read-aloud story, which

children will most definitely love." Just Imagine

Age 4+
9781910959183  £11.99

The UK Literacy Association sponsors the only national book awards judged by active classroom teachers. Two of our books feature in the 7-10 age-group longlist for 2020. Congratulations to Rachel Rooney and Chris Riddell (A Kid In My Class) – see CLiPPA Awards below as well; and to Sita Brahmachari and Jane Ray (Corey's Rock).

And both books are also on the longlist for Sheffield's Steel City Book Club Awards 2020.

A Kid in My Class's latest accolade is the Poetry Prize in the North Somerset Book Awards, announced on November 9.

… And two nominations for the 2020 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal

Ken Wilson-Max's lovely story shows that high tech is definitely not just for the boys. 

"Adorable … a great women-in-STEM title for the youngest readers" Goodreads

Astro Girl is also  on the shortlist for the 2020 STEAM Prize, has been chosen as a "brilliant bedtime book" for BookTrust's 

Pyjamarama promotion (June 5), and is on the CLPE 'Power of Reading list' for 2020. 

Find out more about 'Power of Reading at of reading

ISBN9781910959213  £11.99


Dianne Hofmeyr's text, illustrated by Jesse Hodgson

"Entrancing … Jesse Hodgson's arresting tigerish scenes … have just the right balance of ferocity, realism and reassurance as befits a bedtime story."

Red Reading Hub

ISBN 9781910959411  £11.99

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