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Australia's Newest Picture-book Publishers

Christmas Press launches in New England


Australia’s newest children’s picture book publishing house, Christmas Press, is launching this month in New England.

It is the brainchild of three local creators:

  • writer Sophie Masson
  • illustrator David Allan
  • author, artist and designer Fiona McDonald

Christmas Press has just released its first title, Two Trickster Tales from Russia which will be launched by acclaimed visiting children’s author James Roy.

Two Trickster Tales from Russia includes the lively, funny Russian folktales, Masha and the Bear and The Rooster with the Golden Crest, retold in a fresh and engaging style by award-winning writer Sophie Masson, author of more than fifty books for children and young adults. It is the first book for new illustrator David Allan, and his gorgeous illustrations are inspired by classic Russian children’s picture books.

Suitable for a wide age range, Two Trickster Tales from Russia is a delight to read aloud to young children, as well as for older children to read on their own.

Christmas Press is specialising in creating beautiful picture books for children which feature traditional stories from many lands, retold by well-known authors and stunningly illustrated in a classic style. Beautifully designed by Fiona McDonald and David Allan, these books are produced to a high standard on a short print run, proudly printed in Australia, and will delight both children and adults as well as becoming future collectables.

Sophie Masson explains why the trio decided to launch into the challenging, exciting waters of publishing. ‘Well, we love the gorgeous classic picture books that we grew up with, the kind which featured retold traditional stories and beautiful illustrations, opening children–and their families–to a wealth of wonderful tales from around the world, books you often got as presents and that made you feel like every day was Christmas. ‘

David Allan adds, ‘Sitting around discussing these one day, we were musing about how there just weren’t enough of them around any more. But rather than complain about it, we decided to do something about it–and so Christmas Press was born!’

Two Trickster Tales from Russia, whose printing costs were partly funded by a crowdfunding campaign, has received amazing, warm support from lots of people, including many authors and illustrators, as well as booksellers, librarians and readers. The book has already been ordered by many bookshops in Sydney and Melbourne, as well as all over our region. As Fiona McDonald remarks, ‘It seems we’re not the only ones to be missing those classic books!’



Launch Event

WHEN: Saturday September 28 at 4pm

WHERE: Granny Fi’s Toy Cupboard, 42 Bridge St, Uralla

INFO: Sophie Masson 02 67 752415 /

MEDIA: Beatriz Alvarez 0432667317.

Twitter: @ChristmasPress