Today is International Children’s Book Day (ICBD). The day is celebrated to inspire reading and promote children’s books, and is held every year on the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen. We asked the Martin Rattler Team at Merchiston Publishing some questions about their favourite children’s books and illustrators. Read on to find out what they said.


Favourite Children’s Character

Megan Reid, Editorial – Percy the Park Keeper from the series by Nick Butterworth. I still have the copies I read when I was little, my favourite was One Snowy Night.


Donna Kean, Editorial – Eeyore. I’m a little obsessed with donkeys, I’ve got a big Eeyore toy from Disneyland Paris.

Imogen McBean, Editorial – Little Grey Rabbit from the series by Alison Uttley. My mum had kept her copies from when she was a child, and my sister and I loved them.

Kirsty Woods, Rights and Communications – Wilbur from Charlotte’s Web. I love pigs.

Favourite Children’s Book

Rachel Cree, Marketing – The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.


Jules King, Editorial – Anything by Brian Jacques.

Lu Hogan, Project ManagerMeteor Spoon by Philip Ridley.

Shelly Neal, MarketingThe Stinky Cheese Man by Jon Scieszka.

Franzi Heydrich, MarketingEmil and the Detectives by Erich Kastner and The Neverending Story by Michael Ende. I couldn’t possibly decide between the two.

Rhiannon Tate, Illustrator/ ProductionPossum Magic by Mem Fox It’s an awesome picture book, beautifully illustrated.

Favourite Illustrator

Mairi McKay, Project Manager – Oliver Jeffers. The illustrations perfectly match the text and really bring the story to life.


Barbara Arrighi, Production – Chris Haughton. I love how colourful his illustrations are, super cute and yet really modern, and it’s pretty amazing how he does everything himself – from the story to the illustrations and even the font.

Claire Cunningham, Editorial – Chris Riddell. He’s the bomb diggity.

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