Project archive: Children's and YA

5 Get Bookish

This Woocommerce based POS hub by Hachette Children’s Group allows booksellers to order posters, bookmarks, dumpbins and more!

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Alma Books

Established in 2002, Alma Books now has five imprints, and we have created a single new e-commerce website which encompasses all of the imprints.

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Annabel Pitcher

Annabel Pitcher is a multi award-winning author of books for children and young people, whose work is published in 25 territories … and also a knackered mother of three young sons. We designed and built a new site for Annabel to replace her previous web presence.

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Awesome Reads

Awesome Reads believe reading should be a fun, entertaining, and life-long pursuit. In short, it should be awesome.

We enjoyed making this simple website for Awesome Reads. And it meant we got to say ‘awesome’ a lot. Which was… awesome.

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Barrington Stoke

We redesigned the Barrington Stoke website to reflect their evolving brand identity, and signpost information for key audiences: parents / carers, teachers and librarians, and members of the book trade.

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Young Adult portal website for Hachette Children’s. We took over the construction of this project part-way through and brought it to a successful conclusion, using a brand identity and outline designs provided by another agency.

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Bonnier Rights

Bonnier Rights sells foreign rights to fiction, illustrated and narrative non-fiction, and children’s books from the Swedish Bonnier Publishing Group, Sweden’s largest publisher.

We designed and built their new website using WordPress, and set it up so that books and authors are automatically added and updated, using a feed from Bonnier’s Opus rights management system.

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Books from Scotland

BooksfromScotland showcases the best books of Scottish interest around, including the latest children’s, fiction and selected non-fiction titles, as well as titles from publishers based in Scotland.

Bookswarm developed a new Books from Scotland brand identity and a new website to showcase the Scottish titles, as well as developing a technical strategy to help easily identify which titles should include, based on processing of bibliographic data from Nielsen.

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Bounce Sales & Marketing

Bounce Sales & Marketing represent 40 independent children’s publishers to the trade both in the UK and overseas. From beautiful, award-winning picture books to bestselling YA fiction, colourful early learning board books to fun and insightful reference and non-fiction titles, Bounce has a children’s book for every age and every taste, while helping booksellers discover hidden gems and give their customers a bespoke range of titles perfect for their communities.

The website we created for Bounce is designed to make it as easy as possible for their customers – booksellers, libraries, schools – to place orders and request materials from their client publishers. The emphasis is on making these transactions as quick and painless as possible.

The bibliographic information in the website is drawn from the Supafolio system.

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Clare Furniss

Author website for Clare Furniss, author of The Year of The Rat, described as “a truly amazing read” by Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman.

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Cornerstones is one of the founding UK literary consultancies, set up in 1998, with a reputation spread by word-of-mouth with agents, publishers and writers.

We wanted the website to emphasise this depth of experience and know-how.

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D.D. Everest

Author website for D.D. Everest, author of Archie Greene and the Magician’s Secret, the first in a new series.

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Eileen Conway

Website for US-based debut author of middle-grade fiction.

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Felicity Bryan Associates

Felicity Bryan Associates is an independent literary agency based in Oxford, with a client list includes prize-winning and bestselling authors in adult and children’s fiction, and non-fiction. We designed and built a new website for them designed to showcase their clients in an easy-to-maintain site, while also attracting plenty of submissions through an easy-to-use online process.

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Five Children on the Western Front

Competition microsite for Faber in conjunction with Red Letter Days. promoting the Kate Saunders’ follow-up to E. Nesbit’s iconic Five Children and It.

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Folio Society Blogs

We created a new WordPress-based news and blogging site for The Folio Society, which integrates with their main e-commerce site. We replaced two separate WordPress sites which were not mobile-friendly.

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Fun With Humphrey

Website for the long-running and hugely successful series of Humphrey the Hamster books written by Betty G. Birney and published by Faber. Includes user generated content functionality allowing users to upload jokes and pet pictures. As Humphrey would say, fun-fun-fun!

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Girl Out of Water

Competition microsite for Walker Books to celebrate and promote the launch of Girl Out of Water by Nat Luurtsema.

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Grishaverse UK

Data capture landing page for UK fans of Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse.

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Hachette Kids’ Gifts

A book for every child this Christmas, with this book recommendations microsite, helping gift givers identify suitable titles based on age and genre.

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Holly Bourne

Holly Bourne is a bestselling and critically acclaimed author. Inspired by her work with young people, and her own experiences of everyday sexism, Holly is a passionate mental health advocate and proud feminist.

We created this site jointly for Holly’s publishers Usborne and Hodder & Stoughton.

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Illumicrate is the subscription box for book lovers everywhere, dedicated to bringing its customers the best new releases and other fun things that book lovers are sure to enjoy.

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Jack Heckel

A website for the whimsical worlds of Jack Heckel. Jack Heckel is the pen name for the writing duo of John Peck and Harry Heckel, who write novels which poke fun at common fanstasy and SF tropes.

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Jennifer Gray

Website for award-winning author of children’s books Jennifer Gray, creator of Atticus Claw and Chicken Mission (Faber) and Guinea Pigs Online and Puppies Online (Quercus).

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Jo Simmons / Pip Street

Author website for Jo Simmons, creator of 7+ children’s series Pip Street.

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Katy Birchall

Website for Katy Birchall, author of the It Girl series, published by Egmont.

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Kelpies are Scottish books for children everywhere. The Kelpies imprint is published by independent publishing company Floris Books, which is based in Edinburgh, Scotland. We created this responsive, e-commerce site for them using WordPress and WooCommerce, integrating with their distributor, Booksource, to seamlessly send out orders.

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Kim Slater

Author website for Kim Slater, whose YA debut Smart was described by the Guardian as “a remarkable first novel.”

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Little Histories

WordPress-based site for Yale University Press that includes integration with both the Little Histories Twitter feed and with relevant articles from the YUP blog, as well as a database of some of the remarkable people featured in this expanding series of books.

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Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie

Website for Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie, by Jeff Norton, published by Faber.

Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie is narrated by the hilarious Adam Meltzer – pre-teen, worrywart, and now zombie. Adam’s family gets the fright of their lives when he turns up at their door … three months after his funeral.

Soon Adam’s back at school trying to fit in and not draw extra attention to himself, but when he sees his neighbour Ernesto transform into a chupacubra, and the beautiful Corina (Adam’s number one mega-crush) turns out to be a (vegan) vampire, undead life is never going to be the same again.

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Michael O’Mara Books

Creation of a new website for specialists in creative and inspired adult non-fiction, Michael O’Mara Books, encompassing their LOM ART and Buster Books imprints too. The website take a feed from the client’s Biblio system to keep the catalogue up to date.

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Michelle Harrison

Responsive author website for Michelle Harrison, award-winning author of the Thirteen Treasures Trilogy.

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Moonlight Dreamers

Responsive competition microsite for Walker Books, to promote Moonlight Dreamers by Siobhan Curham.

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Moonlight Publishing

Moonlight Publishing is a small company specialising in information books for children aged 4 to 12. Their books nurture children’s curiosity about the world around them. Each book explores one particular aspect of human experience with children: the human body, animals, plants, science, geography, transport, music, art and history.

This new WooCommerce-based website allows visitors to explore titles by series, theme and target age-range, and explains how Moonlight’s Talking Books work.

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Neem Tree Press

New website for Neem Tree Press, a vibrant, young publishing house producing books that change and broaden perspectives. Neem Tree Press are global in scope with books under contract from Germany, the Middle East, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom to date. The common theme for their books is to provoke both thoughtful discussion on sensitive issues and a thirst in the reader to explore further the ideas or cultures they encounter.

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Orchard Series Books

Hachette Children’s asked us to create a framework within which it was possible to set up microsites for a number of different middle-grade children’s series, including Beast Quest, Rainbow Magic and Unicorn Magic – with many of these series running to hundreds of titles.

The brief was to allow the client to create each new site and control the look and feel without requiring any design or technical input from us, which we achieved by setting the site to use a range of design parameters, including masthead images, pre-defined typography styles and numerous colour options. The result is a scaleable solution where a new website can be set up very quickly, using only a handful of design assets that are produced by the in-house team, and including a full book listing, organised by series and sub-series.

Orchard Series Books has launched with four series, with a number of additional series sites due to launch soon.

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Oxford Edit Write

Oxford Edit Write offers a range of editorial services to authors and publishers, specialising in the educational sector and trade books for children.

Whether you’re an author or a publishing company, they can support you at any stage or all the way – from concept proposals and commissioning right through to proofreading. With expert project management and a friendly, efficient approach, their goal is to see your projects come to life.

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Patrician Press

Branding and website design for startup independent publisher

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Patrick Ness

Website for bestselling author and twice winner of the Carnegie Medal, which includes the ability to create and apply different visual themes to different pages.

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Paul Bright

Paul Bright is a children’s writer and poet, who has published many picture books for children as well as poetry for kids. Paul has also written for school reading programmes, CBeebies radio and BBC web sites, and had stories broadcast on CBeebies TV and CITV’s Bookaboo. We designed and built a website to showcase Paul’s work, including his contribution to the official Winnie-the-Pooh sequel The Best Bear in all the World.

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Pavilion Books Group

Pavilion Books is a thriving independent London-based publisher specialising in illustrated books for the UK and all international markets. Their new website is populated with bibliographic data feeds from their Stison title management system, and also features a blog, news & events section and many different ways of exploring their books – by category, by imprint and by author.

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Piers Torday

Author website for award-winning children’s writer Piers Torday.

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Predator Cities

Microsite for Philip Reeve’s genre-busting Predator Cities series, which begins with Mortal Engines.

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Princess Ponies

The Princess Ponies books are written to give adventure-loving little girls an alternative to Barbie and Disney Princesses.  The heroine of the series, Philippa (Pippa) MacDonald, is a head-strong action heroine who makes friends and strives to save the day.

We created a new microsite for Princess Ponies using WordPress and the Divi Builder plugin.

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Rebel of the Sands

Parallax-based microsite for Alwyn Hamilton’s debut YA novel The Rebel of the Sands, published by Faber. The site is designed to evolve and be updated as future books in the trilogy are published. Features include a video gallery and a social media aggregator which gathers all Twitter content using the hashtag #rebelsands.

Post-launch, we updated the site for the second book in the series, Hero at the Fall.

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Sam Angus

Website for Sam Angus, author of children’s stories including Soldier Dog and Hero.

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Squishy McFluff

An imaginary friend
is a wonderful thing.
What giggles! What games!
What adventures they bring!
Well, Ava’s a girl
who knows all about that . . .
Meet Squishy McFluff,
Her invisible cat!

We had great fun making this site for Pip Jones’ new series of children’s books about an imaginary moggy (or is he imaginary?).

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Summer Reading for Kids

Seasonal reading promotion microsite for Hachette Children’s.

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Tania Unsworth

Author website for children’s writer Tania Unsworth, author of The One Safe Place and The Secret Life of Daisy Fitzjohn.

This website was updated at the start of 2017 to reflect Tania’s increased emphasis on school visits and her changing social media profile.

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The Hunger Games

Creation of a new responsive website for The Hunger Games books, for Scholastic Children’s Books UK. Scholastic can set the site to use either the Classic or Rebel theme.

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The Prime Trilogy

Set in an alternate universe, The Prime Trilogy is a gritty, albeit comedic coming of age tale that poses a serious question, “Could the greatest heroes from inspired texts and world mythology, even begin to fill the shoes of a modern teen?”

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Twitter takeover for Virginia Bergin

We thought these were too good not to share – PhotoShopped Twitter banners for Virginia Bergin’s takeover of Max Pop’s Twitter account.

“This has to be the BEST way to start the working week! I keep chuckling”, said Hazel. “Who the hell are Neon Jungle?” said Simon.

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Virginia Bergin

Author website for YA novelist Virginia Bergin. Redesigned in 2017 to provide a more flexible design that could accomodate standalone novels as well as Virginia’s first series.

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William Hussey

Website for spooky young adult and horror writer William Hussey.

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