The Salariya Book Company was founded in Brighton in 1989 by David Salariya, with the aim of building an independent children’s publishing brand that would prize innovation, humour and quality above all else. So, 2019 is their thirtieth anniversary of producing fabulous books. They see books as an invaluable learning and development aid, especially in the first few years of life, so their books are not only entertaining and stimulating, but also highly engaging and interactive.
They publish a comprehensive range of titles, from high-contrast board books for babies to early learning and picture books for pre-schoolers through to information, fiction and graphic novel titles for children aged 7+. Their books often have endpapers, dust jackets and ex libris and celebrate the book as a physical object. Their information books integrate text and illustrations, and emphasise humour, as Salariya believe that if you can make a child laugh you have really engaged with them. They also specialise in art instruction books and gift books full of information that can be dipped into and which are suitable for all ages.
Today, the Salariya titles from their three imprints: Book House, Scribblers and Scribo include You Wouldn’t Want To Be and You Wouldn’t Want To Live Without – two hugely-popular series of historical and science information titles aimed at reluctant readers. Salariya has received much acclaim for its work, including being named Children’s Publisher of the Year at the 2010 IPG Awards.