Our background The first seed of Scoop was sown when our founder and publisher, Clementine Macmillan-Scott, was researching a book for her mother. While reading about childhood in the 1930s, Clementine discovered a ground-breaking publication called The Children’s Newspaper, which sold over 500,000 copies a week in its heyday.
Inspired by the newspaper’s passion for enthusing children about the world without ever talking down to them, and by the fact that nothing like this existed for today’s young people, the seed was watered, and grew, and team Scoop was formed…
Here are some of the responses we have had so far:
And here is what everyone else thinks:
‘It is SO stimulating’ Joanna Trollope
‘Fills a very real gap in the market and I am impressed with the varied resources. There really is something here for everyone to enjoy. The joy of the magazine format is that it encourages children to take an interest and read about things they might otherwise have overlooked.’ www.parentsintouch.co.uk
‘Your readers will feel they are being spoken-up to, their intelligence flattered. It should be a stonking great success. BRAVISSIMA!’
'Scoop is wonderful and I will be suggesting a subscription to all the parents of our junior school pupils.’
Head of Francis Holland School, London
‘Should inspire a new generation of intellectually lively children.’
‘At a time when everything is going digital it is enormously encouraging to see a new print magazine for children, especially something as beautifully published as Scoop’ Angels and Urchins
The Scoop Team
Clementine Macmillan-Scott, Publisher, grew up in New York reading and playing baseball. She has worked as a festival coordinator and an entrepreneur and had the idea for Scoop two years ago when reading a newspaper for children from 1932. She has founded Scoop with the goal that as many children as possible can find their way into stories.
Sarah Odedina, Editor-in-Chief, is a publisher specialising in books for young readers. She has worked with many of the world’s leading authors, including J. K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman, Louis Sachar and Celia Rees. She has long loved reading and working on Scoop allows her to share the joy of stories with a whole new audience.
Kate Manning, Sales and Marketing Director, is celebrating her 20th year in the children's book world this year. Starting her career at Waterstones, Kate has worked for various publishers including HarperCollins, Hot Key Books and The Phoenix comic before joining the Scoop team. Kate is also part of the Stoke Newington Literary Festival team and has an annual obsession with rereading The Box of Delights.
Maud, assistant editor, grew up in Somerset and now lives in London. She studied at Camberwell College of Arts before completing her masters at University College London. She loves books and art and the different ways both can be used to tell stories. Her favourite book growing up was The It-Doesn’t- Matter Suit by Sylvia Plath.
Anna Baddeley, Consulting Editor (Digital), is interested in anything to do with culture and technology. She edits online articles for the Economist’s 1843 magazine, used to run the book review website The Omnivore and was digital publishing columnist for the Observer. She also worked for several years as a librarian in Whitechapel, where she spent a great deal of time both reading children’s books and talking to children about books.
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