b small publishing - a dynamic duo!
We are an indie children’s publishing company that creates and publishes children’s books in the UK and around the world. We are known for the things that we know best: foreign language learning and creative, hands-on non-fiction for kids.
At the heart of the business is the dynamic duo, Cath and Sam! Along with a group of talented freelance writers, illustrators and designers, we love nothing more than cutting, sticking and colouring our way through the day. From making a table-top rainforest to pressing out a baby paper panda to play with, our list is bursting with artistic ideas. We also like sharing our passion for language learning through a range of activity books that focus on learning English, French and Spanish.
Our mission is to inspire children to explore the world around them through the things we love: good design and illustration, curious texts and fascinating facts. We hope you like what we do.
Book of the Month
Cycling is an increasingly popular activity for adults and children alike. This activity book is packed full of creative doodles, puzzles, games, how-to guides for budding tricksters and fascinating facts about bikes throughout the ages. From the first ever bike (which had no peddles!) through to high-tech machines on which Olympians whizz round velodromes, discover the history of bikes and enjoy everyday activities involving one of today’s most popular pastimes.
The cartoon of me by Martin Ursell from his book How to Draw Cartoons, illustrates what a typical day is like for me. I juggle designing lots of different projects at once – adult and children’s books, greetings cards, programmes, etc. as well as having various hobbies – knitting, singing, swimming… After studying at Grays School of Art, Aberdeen and the London College of Printing, I started my career in book design at Faber & Faber. I then worked for a few publishers including Macmillan and the BBC, during which time I worked with children’s characters such as Winnie-the-Pooh, Babar, Wallace & Gromit and Pingu. I became a freelance Art Director about twenty years ago and started working with b small not long after that. I also design for a few other publishers and organisations. I work from a tiny studio in our flat in Wimbledon Village. We are also lucky enough to have a flat in St Ives, Cornwall, where we escape to when we can. My partner. Emlyn, is an opera singer, so there is always music going on in the background.
Since the Bologna Book Fair in March, we have had two of our new series picked up (keep your eyes peeled!) by our customers and are looking forward to a busy few months of making, making, making. Now, back to my research about types of horses!