IP Kidz has several established authors and illustrators on our list, including Libby Hathorn, Hazel Edwards, David P Reiter, Goldie Alexander, Edel Wignell, and Mark Carthew. But we’re also on the lookout for emerging talent – illustrators as well as authors.
We’ll update this list as new titles are added to the Challenges, so please check back.
IP Kidz is open to collaborations between Australian and overseas creators. Our very first picture book, Real Guns, by our Publisher, David Reiter, was illustrated by a well-known Irish artist, Patrick J Murphy. More recently, Anne Morgan’s The Sky Dreamer was illustrated by Swiss artist Celine Eimann, who also published Lyli Meets the Stone-Muncher with us. Several of our titles have been translated into languages such as Spanish, German, French and Portuguese. We’re excited by the prospect of bringing together artists from across the globe.
We do want the work to be relevant to Australian children, but we will be marketing titles internationally as appropriate. Our content is being distributed internationally through partners such as Lightning Source, Gazelle Books, Overdrive, Amazon and Apple, so we pay much more than lip service to electronic rights. As well as in print, our picture books are also published in “fixed layout” eBook formats to preserve the layout we originally intended. Making the most of our content makes sense to us and also benefits our artists.
We’re open from March – December to proposals from authors, illustrators, digital artists and animators — or collaborative teams. After reviewing our guidelines, please query us by email with your creative bio, a synopsis of the work and a representative sample. For picture books, you should send the complete work in storyboard layout (where the text is divided by page or spread). The work can be in a Word, Pages, InDesign, or Acrobat pdf attachment, with any images optimised for screen viewing.
Picture book authors don’t have to include illustrations. If we like your work, we’ll find an illustrator for it. However, if you’re one of those rare creative geniuses who can illustrate as well as write, or if you’ve teamed up with a visual artist pro, we’re happy to consider the whole package.
If we think your work is exceptional and has a ready market, we’ll offer you a royalty contract. Then the fun begins!
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IP Kidz titles are on State Premier’s Reading Challenges throughout Australia. Here’s a selection of those on currently by State:
A Penny in Time (VIC)
Christina’s Matilda (NSW, VIC)
Global Cooling (NSW, VIC, SA)
Hedgeburners: An A~Z PI Mystery (VIC)
I Love You Book (NSW, VIC)
Lame Duck Protest (NSW)
Long Live Us! (NSW)
Lyli Meets the Stone-Muncher (NSW)
Newts, Lutes & Bandicoots (VIC)
Plato the Platypus Plumber (part-time) (VIC, NSW)
The Greenhouse Effect (NSW, VIC, SA)
The Handkerchief Map (VIC)
The Sky Dreamer (NSW)
Tiger Takes the Big Apple (VIC, SA)
Tiger Tames the Min Min (VIC, SA)