From the Curious Fox birthday party

You may have noticed (it’s not as if we’ve kept it a secret) that Curious Fox has just turned one. Obviously that means a birthday party is in order, and that’s exactly what we had last night in London.

We were very lucky to have loads of our authors along, and guest appearances from Batman and Superman, no less!Ann, Jasmine, Superman, Jackie, LauraStewart, Batman, Laura

No party would be complete without a birthday cake, and even if we do say so ourself, this one was pretty special:


A huge thank you to everybody who came along – it was great to see you all, and we can’t wait until our second birthday!

The sound of Josh Walker

If you’ve read Half My Facebook Friends Are Ferrets, you’ll know that the brains behind the book, Josh Walker, is a fifteen-year-old wannabe metalhead, who has some brilliant ideas for lyrics – like these:

Like a mockingbird
Whose song is unheard
Whose beak has been tied
Slowly dying inside

And now the brilliant talents of our good friend Jack Cape have brought Josh’s lyrics to life in this full-length version of ‘Like A Mockingbird’, from the maybe-to-be-released debut album ‘Slowly Dying Inside’ by Josh Walker.

We think it’s really rather good – hope you enjoy it!

Track by Jack Cape – follow Jack online:

New recruits in the Fox’s den!

We’re coming up to our first birthday here at Curious Fox, and as we enter our second year we’ve got some great new people joining us in the fox’s den: Loraine Taylor as Publisher, Helen Freeman as Publishing Director and Chris Moody as National Sales Manager.

New recruits to the team at Curious Fox
New to the team at Curious Fox: (l-r) Loraine, Ann, Helen and Chris

Loraine Taylor joins Curious Fox in the role of Publisher on the basis of a long and highly
successful career in children’s publishing. She worked at Walker Books for 20 years, during which time she guided and developed the Where’s Wally publishing programme, as well as working on other high-profile properties such as Maisy and Guess How Much I Love You. Latterly Loraine has been working as a freelance literary consultant. At Curious Fox Loraine will oversee the list and shape its future, representing us at industry events and making sure we stay curious and creative.

Helen Freeman joins as Publishing Director, overseeing both the Curious Fox list and our sister list at Raintree, leading the content development teams across both imprints. Just
back from two years living in Perth, Australia, Helen worked as an education publishing consultant on a variety of projects, including an online education programme for Western Australia’s Department of Transport. Helen is known in the UK for her six-year role as Publishing Director at Scholastic UK.

Chris Moody joins Curious Fox after 10 years as Sales Director with Priddy Books. Prior to
this he held product and key account management positions at Egmont. His significant experience selling Children’s books make him ideally suited to help build and develop our trade business. In his new role Chris will work closely with the editorial/content and marketing teams to build Curious Fox sales across all UK channels.

Of the new appointments, Curious Fox MD, Miles Stevens-Hoare said: “I’m thrilled to have Loraine, Helen and Chris join our fox’s den! We’re publishing some of the best books available and we’ve hired the best people to get them in to children’s hands. I think these new appointments reflect our commitment and investment to our list, and send a message to the industry that we mean business. 2014 is going to be a big year for Curious Fox.”

New marketing executive, Ann Carter, also joins the marketing team from Oxford-based
internet start-up Journl, having previously worked at BrainPOP and Folens. She will be working on online and offline campaigns to build Curious Fox’s success over the course of 2014.

A very warm welcome to the team to all of them!