News and views from our publisher Roger Priddy

Gabriel’s Early Learning Ruler

I was just reading the latest post on Everyday Maths with Wallace and seeing how great the Learning Ruler looked, so I thought I’d let you in on a secret…the idea for the ruler was my son Gabriel’s (aged 9 at the time), he came home one day with a ruler that he had created to help him with his school work. I’m still not sure whether a teacher suggested the idea – like all children of that age he can’t remember! – but I thought it was great and one that needed sharing.

His original had the alphabet, numbers 1-30 (or 03 if you look closely), along with tricky words that he was trying to learn – or sight words. We changed it a bit, dropped the tricky words and added measurements but apart from that it’s pretty close to the original.

Hopefully lots of kids will find Gabriel’s ruler really useful – thanks for the idea Gabe!


The finished ruler.


Gabriel’s original at the top, followed by my designs below.

South Africa

It is always nice to get asked to go and present our new titles to the Macmillan team in South Africa at their conference in Johannesburg, and then go on the road to present to the booksellers of Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. So leaving the cold, grey days of London in February behind Sally and I flew out on the... Read more

Snow and Ice

Just to show you the lengths we go to to sell Priddy Books around the world I thought that I would share these pictures of our trip to Denver Colorado where we went to see one of our customers. It was a great trip apart from the weather where our visit coincided with a “Polar... Read more

A Priddy Christmas

This year, Priddy Books celebrated Christmas by cooking up an Italian feast! We all took part in a one day Italian cookery class where we learnt how to make fresh pasta, stuffed courgettes, baked salmon and a dessert of orange and polenta cake. After all our hard work in the kitchen, we sat down together... Read more

It’s a family affair

Last week, we were thrilled when Priddy Books won the Series/Brand Identity Award at the British Book Design and Production Awards for our Hello Baby series of high-contrast baby books.    I was personally pleased that the series was recognised with this award as there was a lot of work, both design and research, put into the development of... Read more

Back to school after Wyoming

We were lucky enough to visit friends in Wyoming in the summer. The state is huge, beautiful and very different from London, with very few people living there. They call it “Big sky country” and I can see why  – you can stand on a hill and see for miles and miles with not a house... Read more

A trip to Japan

I recently travelled to Japan with Emma, our International Rights Manager, to meet some...

Say hello to Wallace

A year ago I wrote a blog post introducing Boys on Safari and other Stories, a series of first time storybooks featuring a little boy, his teddy bear...

Hello Baby

Having just published a new range of baby books called Hello Baby, I thought that I would explain our thinking behind the series, especially as books without words or recognisable pictures may seem a little extreme. I will admit that I have been asked a couple of times before to produce black and white books for... Read more

Green railways

  One of the best public places in a city must be the High Line in New York. Surrounded by concrete and brick, the High Line is a floating oasis of calm and green. It was built on top of an old elevated railway line on the West side of Manhattan, and snakes its way... Read more