About Us

About Us

Hachette Children's Group

Hachette Children's Group's fiction imprints proudly publish many successful brands such as Enid Blyton, Rainbow Magic, Asterix and Ever After High and bestselling writers and illustrators including David Almond, Lauren Child, Robert Muchamore, Guy Parker-Rees, Francesca Simon, Frank Lampard and Annabel Pitcher. Our titles have won many major UK children's book awards. 

Our non-fiction imprints Franklin Watts and Wayland together have over 70 years of publishing experience and publish nearly 1,000 new information books each year. Our extensive range of high quality non-fiction books is perfect for classroom teaching as well as individual project work and homework help.

Franklin Watts 

Franklin Watts is well-known for its high-quality and attractive project and reader development books, which support the curriculum in all subjects and at all ages. With something for everyone – from top-quality non-fiction, perfect for classroom projects or homework help, to excellent reading books, which really get kids turning the pages. Franklin Watts aims to give children of all abilities a lifelong love of learning and books. 

Hodder Children's Books 

Hodder Children's Books is home to a cross-section of respected and prize-winning writers and illustrators, and to some of the brightest new talents in fiction for children and young adults. Brands from Enid Blyton to CHERUB, authors from Hilary McKay to David Almond and Cressida Cowell, artists from David Melling to Alex T. Smith, sit side-by-side on a list that is simply unparalleled.

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Founded in January 2013, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers is the children’s imprint of Little, Brown Book Group. We publish fantastic fiction for children aged 5 – 12, with a focus on growing talent for growing readers. From fantasy football to petticoat pirates, monsters to mythology, scary stories and lots of laughs, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers is the place to come for brilliant children’s books.

Orchard Books

Orchard Books offers the very best in children’s books for all ages. Younger readers can choose from favourite picture books such as Charlie and Lola, Dig, Dig Digging, The Dark and Giraffes Can’t Dance, emerging readers can escape in the fantasy of Rainbow Magic and Beast Quest, more confident readers will laugh along with the World of Norm and Roald Dahl Funny prize winner Dark Lord, while teens can indulge in Gallagher Girls, Allen Zadoff's The Mission and Teri Terry’s dark and suspenseful thrillers. From the young, bright and bold to the edgy, glamorous and intense, Orchard Books provides a rich treasure-trove of titles.

Orion Children's Books

Our intention at Orion Children’s Books is to be not just a publishing house, but a publishing home to our authors. 

Our list includes literary and commercial fiction for all ages, series, sequences, stand alone novels and picture books. We have a reputation for successfully launching and building author careers both in the UK and internationally and are recognised in the trade as a publisher of books of the highest quality.  

Each author we publish has a distinctive, strong storytelling voice, and we always showcase them and their work in the best way. 

As well as the words, the illustrations, embellishments, paper and finishes play an important part of making an author’s book what it should be, so beautiful books are another hallmark of our list.

Quercus Children's Books

Quercus Children’s Books is a young and dynamic list with a reputation for distinctive, celebrated fiction. Hilarious illustrated stories sit alongside award-winning middle-grade fiction and some of the best and boldest YA in the business. We are the home of Piers Torday’s The Last Wild trilogy, Georgia Pritchett’s Wilf the Mighty Worrier series, and groundbreaking YA by authors including Cat Clarke and Eliza Wass. We are the home of the brightest voices for young readers.


Wayland has been at the forefront of information resources for nearly 40 years, offering an extensive range of quality non-fiction books for use in schools, libraries and the home. Thoroughly researched text and excellent visuals make them perfect for classroom teaching, project work and homework help. Wayland is committed to making educational books that will promote learning, satisfy the National Curriculum requirements and instil a lifelong love of reading.