Bluebird signs Joy Journal from Laura Brand

Lucy Nathan
Rights - NonFiction Monday, 14 October 2019

Compendium containing 50 projects for under-sevens

Pan Macmillan imprint Bluebird has bought world rights to an activity compendium, The Joy Journal for Magical Everyday Play, by Laura Brand. Carole Tonkinson, publisher at Bluebird, completed the deal with Cathryn Summerhayes at Curtis Brown, and the book is set for publication in March 2020.

Featuring 50 projects for under-sevens such as making soap, moon sand and shadow puppets, the book lists the areas in which each activity might help a child develop, such as "creativity" and "listening". It features a foreword by Fearne Cotton and hand-drawn illustrations by the author, who is an illustrator and has two children with her husband Russell Brand (also published by Bluebird). She runs workshops for children and shares ideas on Instagram @thejoyjournal.

Tonkinson said: "Laura is brimming with effortless creativity and a sense of how to bring out the fun in the most ordinary settings and situations. From her genius, mess-free quiet baskets (theming toys and books you already have) to re-purposing natural treasures into beautiful, sustainable crafts, this book is going to be the perfect self-purchase resource and gift idea for new mums. Laura is the cool Mary Poppins every parent needs to back them up and turn playtime into fun for everyone involved."

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