Alice Harman

Alice Harman - Editor

Brighton, UK

Highly experienced editor, specialising in children's books. Former Children's Editor at Thames and Hudson, author of 42 published books.

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Overview

I am a highly experienced editor of fiction and non-fiction, specialising in children's books. I have worked with authors to develop original, high-quality titles for respected publishers including Hachette, Thames and Hudson, Peter Owen and Cambridge University Press. I would love to use my experience and publishing insight to help you make your book the best it can possibly be.

Do you want honest, constructive feedback on your book? An eagle eye for the brilliant details to highlight and the little imperfections to pick out? An understanding of how to make your book stand out to publishers and parents and also give it real kid appeal? Fantastic! Sounds like we'll be a perfect match.
Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (NZ)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Art
Children's - Non-fiction
DIY & Crafts
Nature
Travel
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Children's - Picture Books
Literature

Certifications

  • PRINCE2 Project Management

Awards

  • Made for Mums Gold Award 2017 (9-12)

Work experience

Author and Editor

Self-employed
October, 2015 – Present (about 4 years)

I have worked with publishers including Hachette, Thames and Hudson, Quarto and Laurence King on a wide range of books for children.

Children's Editor

Thames & Hudson
May, 2014 – September, 2015 (over 1 year)

Books edited include:
Why Is Art Full of Naked People? (winner of Made for Mums Gold Award 9-12 2017)
The Big Book of Bugs (shortlisted for School Library Association Book Awards 2017)
This Book Thinks You're a Scientist (in partnership with the Science Museum)
How Things Work (in partnership with OKIDO)
Paper Zoo (shortlisted in Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava 2017)
Genius! (shortlisted for ALCS Educational Writers' Award)

Editor

White-Thomson Publishing
January, 2011 – May, 2014 (over 3 years)

Books written and edited include:
Cambridge School Shakespeare series (Cambridge University Press)
Titanic Unclassified (Bloomsbury/A&C Black, in partnership with The National Archives)
Fact Cat and Popcorn series (Wayland) - history, science, nature, countries
History Detective Investigates series (Wayland)

Portfolio (36 selected works)

The Big Book of Bugs

Yuval Zommer

The House of Remembering and Forgetting (Peter Owen World Series: Serbia)

Filip David, Christina Pribicevic-Zoric, Dejan Djokic

Stripe Island

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Splat!: The Most Exciting Artists of All Time

Mary Richards

Splat! traces art history through its key turning points and helps to map important art movements from the Renaissance and Impressionism to Surrealism and contemporary art. At the beginning, a spread explores how early peoples represented animals and everyday life. Then brief sections explore the stories of particular artists who helped to make important artistic innovations, including Michela... read more

Splat! traces art history through its key turning points and helps to map important art movements from the Renaissance and Impressionism to Surrealism and contemporary art. At the beginning, a spread explores how early peoples represented animals and everyday life. Then brief sections explore the stories of particular artists who helped to make important artistic innovations, including Michela... read more

Fashion Rebel Outfit Maker: Mix and Mismatch Styles!

Louise Scott-Smith

A silk evening gown with a grungy cardigan and cool retro hi-tops? Surfer shorts with jeweled slippers and a rock 'n' roll leather jacket? This book shows children how to create their own look by mixing up all kinds of styles, from preppy slacks and sporty tops to rockabilly skirts and Parisian-chic berets, encouraging them to push fashion boundaries and create a fashion designer's sketchbook ... read more

A silk evening gown with a grungy cardigan and cool retro hi-tops? Surfer shorts with jeweled slippers and a rock 'n' roll leather jacket? This book shows children how to create their own look by mixing up all kinds of styles, from preppy slacks and sporty tops to rockabilly skirts and Parisian-chic berets, encouraging them to push fashion boundaries and create a fashion designer's sketchbook ... read more

That's My Hat!

Anouck Boisrobert, Louis Rigaud

A little boy invents many stories with the help of 10 geometrical patterns. One day, he creates a hat, but the hat flies away and is stolen by a little monkey. He chases the hat around a pop-up city, trying desperately to get it back. During his hunt he goes to many different stores and places (the zoo, the bakery, the hairdresser, the library...). All images are built with these 10 geometrica... read more

A little boy invents many stories with the help of 10 geometrical patterns. One day, he creates a hat, but the hat flies away and is stolen by a little monkey. He chases the hat around a pop-up city, trying desperately to get it back. During his hunt he goes to many different stores and places (the zoo, the bakery, the hairdresser, the library...). All images are built with these 10 geometrica... read more

Making Faces!: Poke your face through the pictures - Star in your own Works of Art

Jacky Bahbout, Momoko Kudo

Based on the idea of the seaside photo booth, Making Faces! is a fill-in art pad that's hands on and great fun. There are 32 pictures to complete. At the beginning of the book, a page explains how the book works and suggests ideas for colouring in the pages. Children complete a picture, then tear off the sheet and poke their face through the hole. They turn themselves into kings and queens wea... read more

Based on the idea of the seaside photo booth, Making Faces! is a fill-in art pad that's hands on and great fun. There are 32 pictures to complete. At the beginning of the book, a page explains how the book works and suggests ideas for colouring in the pages. Children complete a picture, then tear off the sheet and poke their face through the hole. They turn themselves into kings and queens wea... read more

Paper Zoo: Create Collage Animals

Oscar Sabini

Make seven collage pictures of animals - a roaring lion, a splashing hippo, a colourful toucan, a trumpeting elephant, a naughty monkey, a dashing bear and a snapping crocodile - with this cleverly designed book. Complete all the pictures to make an animal procession travelling to the last page, where there's a group photo session at the zoo with a final collage to complete.

Make seven collage pictures of animals - a roaring lion, a splashing hippo, a colourful toucan, a trumpeting elephant, a naughty monkey, a dashing bear and a snapping crocodile - with this cleverly designed book. Complete all the pictures to make an animal procession travelling to the last page, where there's a group photo session at the zoo with a final collage to complete.

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Brazil (Fact Cat: Countries)

Alice Harman

How often has Brazil won the World Cup? Which Brazilian river is the widest in the world? Who is Brazil's first woman President? Discover the answers to all of these questions and learn all about Brazil, what continent it is on, what countries surround it, what natural resources it has and what the landscape and climate is like. Visit the exciting city of Rio de Janeiro and travel up the Amazo... read more

How often has Brazil won the World Cup? Which Brazilian river is the widest in the world? Who is Brazil's first woman President? Discover the answers to all of these questions and learn all about Brazil, what continent it is on, what countries surround it, what natural resources it has and what the landscape and climate is like. Visit the exciting city of Rio de Janeiro and travel up the Amazo... read more

I Can Make Dolls' Clothes

The Sleeping Beauty Theatre: Put on your own show

Su Blackwell, Corina Fletcher

Based on the success of her strikingly original storybook The Fairytale Princess, Su Blackwells sumptuous fairytale images, cut out from the pages of classic fables, are now brought to life in three dimensions in this beautiful paper theatre. Everything a child needs to re-enact the well-loved story of Sleeping Beauty is provided, including interchangeable scenery and delightful movable versio... read more

Based on the success of her strikingly original storybook The Fairytale Princess, Su Blackwells sumptuous fairytale images, cut out from the pages of classic fables, are now brought to life in three dimensions in this beautiful paper theatre. Everything a child needs to re-enact the well-loved story of Sleeping Beauty is provided, including interchangeable scenery and delightful movable versio... read more

Miró's Magic Animals

Antony Penrose

A short, entertaining text narrated by the young Tony introduces Miro, a quiet, kind and smartly dressed man, who 'dreamed when he was awake' and painted wonderfully strange worlds filled with magical animals. The book is beautifully illustrated with some of Miro's finest works, as well as evocative archive photography by Lee Miller and specially commissioned artworks by children done in the s... read more

A short, entertaining text narrated by the young Tony introduces Miro, a quiet, kind and smartly dressed man, who 'dreamed when he was awake' and painted wonderfully strange worlds filled with magical animals. The book is beautifully illustrated with some of Miro's finest works, as well as evocative archive photography by Lee Miller and specially commissioned artworks by children done in the s... read more

Big Ideas For Young Thinkers: Explore 20 of philosophy's most interesting questions

Jamia Wilson

Explore 25 of the biggest questions of our day. A book to explain the ‘why’ the ‘what’ and the ‘who’ of the most difficult questions to kids. This book teaches children to think critically in a world which needs young thinkers. Chapters are organised into five sections: Identity, Life, Truth, Culture, and Creativity. Who are you? Who are we?Why do I think?What is gender?Why do we exist?What ha... read more

Explore 25 of the biggest questions of our day. A book to explain the ‘why’ the ‘what’ and the ‘who’ of the most difficult questions to kids. This book teaches children to think critically in a world which needs young thinkers. Chapters are organised into five sections: Identity, Life, Truth, Culture, and Creativity. Who are you? Who are we?Why do I think?What is gender?Why do we exist?What ha... read more

You Smell!: (and so does everything else)

Clive Gifford

Everyone smells! The sense of smell plays a crucial part in survival, communication, and taste, and is the basis of a multi-billion-dollar industry. But, despite all this, it’s the sense we often know least about. This hilarious and fact-packed book puts that right. Find out everything you could ever want to know about stinks, whiffs and pongs, from the fruit so pungent it's banned from public... read more

Everyone smells! The sense of smell plays a crucial part in survival, communication, and taste, and is the basis of a multi-billion-dollar industry. But, despite all this, it’s the sense we often know least about. This hilarious and fact-packed book puts that right. Find out everything you could ever want to know about stinks, whiffs and pongs, from the fruit so pungent it's banned from public... read more

Technology Is Awesome!: 101 Incredible Things Every Kid Should Know

Alice Harman

Did you know that one of the first computers used water to solve equations? Or that the International Space Station orbits the Earth every 90 minutes? This book is packed with 101 eye-opening facts about all sorts of advanced machines, from computers to cars, and from spaceships to medical devices. The perfect book for kids aged 8 and up who want to know more about the world of the future.

Did you know that one of the first computers used water to solve equations? Or that the International Space Station orbits the Earth every 90 minutes? This book is packed with 101 eye-opening facts about all sorts of advanced machines, from computers to cars, and from spaceships to medical devices. The perfect book for kids aged 8 and up who want to know more about the world of the future.

Space Is Awesome!: 101 Incredible Things Every Kid Should Know

Alice Harman

Did you know that new planets are discovered almost every day? Or that you can use a telescope to see millions of years into the past? From the planets and moons of our solar system to the farthest reaches of the universe, this book is an essential guide to the weird wonders of space. It is packed full of 101 extraordinary facts about space that kids will love to discover and share. For childr... read more

Did you know that new planets are discovered almost every day? Or that you can use a telescope to see millions of years into the past? From the planets and moons of our solar system to the farthest reaches of the universe, this book is an essential guide to the weird wonders of space. It is packed full of 101 extraordinary facts about space that kids will love to discover and share. For childr... read more

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