Episode 135: Behind The Books #2 (Publisher)

December 20, 2023

In episode 135 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

Behind The Books #2: Meet The Publisher

 In this special summer mini-series, Allison takes you behind the books and behind the scenes of the Australian children’s publishing world.

In this episode, she chats to children’s publisher Clair Hume about her role in choosing books for publication, what she looks for in a manuscript, and her top tips for finding great books for kids and actively encouraging reading.

About Clair Hume

what does a publisher do?At the time our interview was recorded, Clair Hume was a publisher at UQP, and she is now a publisher at Thames & Hudson Australia.

Clair has worked in publishing for over a decade. She began her career in-house at Penguin Books where she was the recipient of the company Innovation Award.

In 2016, she joined Affirm Press to launch their children’s book list and went on to publish an award-winning and commercially successful selection of books for children and young adults.

Clair has worked with many well-loved children’s book creators and published award-winning books across the age ranges of children’s and young adult literature.

About UQP

About Thames & Hudson Australia

Clair’s recommendations

Be Careful, Xiao Xin! by Alice Pung and Sher Rill Ng

My Strange Shrinking Parents by Zeno Sworder



The First Summer of Callie McGee by A. L. Tait (Buy signed copies here for Christmas)

The Your Kid’s Next Read newsletter

The Beehive by Megan Daley and Max Hamilton


Interesting reading

Let the kids get weird: the adult problem with children’s books

The moment I first through about being a writer

Waving from the kids’ table


Book lists you may have missed

Children’s timeslip novels by Australian authors 

16 awesome book series for reluctant readers

20 novels for tweens who like history


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