Fifteen years ago, Scholastic partnered with Chicken House Books, a publishing company based in the UK begun by publisher Barry Cunningham. To celebrate that anniversary and to find out what makes publisher Barry Cunningham tick, we asked him lots of questions about publishing, reading, books, and authors in the latest episode of Scholastic Reads, our official podcast!
In this episode, Barry, perhaps best-known for being the original acquiring editor of a little book called Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in the U.K., shares his vision of book publishing and talks about the state of the industry. He's joined by Chicken House author M.G. Leonard, writer of Beetle Boy, who regales listeners with her story of writing children's books about creepy-crawlies...while being utterly terrified of them.