The Salariya Book Company

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Book House
25 Marlborough Place
United Kingdom


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. We see books as an invaluable learning and development aid, especially in the first few years of life, so our books are not only entertaining and stimulating, but also highly engaging and interactive. The company has three imprints: Book House, specialising in information and art books for older children and adults, Scribblers, specialising in picture and activity books for younger children, and Scribo, specialising in fiction for older children.

We 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+. Our books often have endpapers, dust jackets and ex libris and celebrate the book as a physical object. Our information books integrate text and illustrations, and emphasise humour, as we believe that if you can make a child laugh you have really engaged with them. We also specialise in art instruction books and gift books full of information that can be dipped into and which are suitable for all ages. Our books are sold globally, so we design them with a global audience in mind.

Today, our titles 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 – the bestselling How To Draw art guide series, the Very Peculiar History series of non-fiction gift books for readers aged 8 to 80, and much, much else. Our recent fiction titles include The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World’s Worst… series, humorous and informative narrative history books for young readers.

We are a member of the Independent Publishers Guild and the Publishers Association.

Specialist News


Truly Foul & Cheesy
‘there is so much to be learnt through this humorous approach, and the way the information is presented means it is very memorable.’
‘plenty of laughs on every page… A series which children are going to love.’

YWWTLW Toilets/Snot/Poo/Bacteria
‘the whole series supports the curriculums of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, but even if you don’t follow a curriculum at all there is guaranteed to be something in the range that will inform and delight your children…As well as being excellent, informative books, these would be invaluable to anyone who has a reluctant reader because the kids were desperate to know what the funny pictures were about.’ 


World’s Worst Pirate / Knight
‘Although easy to read, the vocabulary is great and the plot lines engaging – excellent reads for developing readers.’

Library Girl and Book Boy blog

Greek Myths Volume 1
‘It makes a great present to every child and parent. Personally as a parent for me it is a real treat to get to read these stories again with my son and revisit some of their morals and teachings which I did not fully grasp when I was at school.’

Monica Costa

The Dad With 10 Children
‘…a delightful and entertaining tale. It offers an array of opportunities for discussion with children as well as chances to work on literacy and numeracy in an entertaining manner.’

Matt McArdle

The Shakespeare Plot: Assassin’s Code:
‘There is plenty of tension, chasing, hiding and sword fighting as well as an insight into life in the theatre. With more books to come, this is an exciting series to immerse yourself in.’

Juno Magazine

Mixed-Up Robots
 ‘Perfect for even the longest of journeys! I love the quirky retro illustrations.’

YWWTB Mammoth Hunter
‘Transporting kids back to prehistoric times, this fun book takes kids on miles and miles of adventures…The books’ narrative style and humorous illustrations allow the kids to connect with the characters as they head off on adventure together.’