Welcome to Guppy Books

Hello and welcome to the Guppy Books website!

Guppy Books is a newly-created independent children’s publisher based in Oxford, publishing eight to ten fiction titles a year for children of all ages. We promise to produce the highest-quality and most entertaining books for young readers, originating from all around the world.

Small and responsive, inclusive and communicative, the Guppy list will be supported by the very best freelancers in the business, in publicity, sales, marketing and design. The first two titles will launch in the autumn of 2019, and watch this space for details of all our new books to follow.

Bella Pearson, February 2019


Guppy Books acquires new novels by multi-award-winning author, Sharon Creech
London, Monday 20th May 2019

New independent publisher Guppy Books is delighted to announce the acquisition of two middle-grade titles from much-loved author Sharon Creech.

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Interview With The Bookseller

Bella talks to Charlotte Eyre at The Bookseller about setting up Guppy Books and its first autumn titles.

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Bella Pearson Launches Guppy Books.

Bella Pearson, former Publishing Director at David Fickling Books, is delighted to announce that she will be launching a new independent children’s publishing house in 2019.

Read the full press release.

First two Guppy books to be published in autumn:


Publication of GLOVES OFF by Louisa Reid - a powerful and gripping book in verse for young adults, confronting issues of bullying and body-image.


UK publication of THE EXTREMELY INCONVENIENT ADVENTURES OF BRONTE METTLESTONE by Jaclyn Moriarty – an absorbing and magical tale of a girl who must visit all ten of her extraordinary aunts after her parents are killed by pirates – accompanied by fire-breathing dragons, water-sprites and cloudberry tea.


Robert John Lechmere Guppy discovered the species in 1861.

Guppy is the common name for over 300 different species of tropical fish.

They are also known as rainbow fish or million fish.

They can be almost any colour and no two guppies are exactly alike.

Although they live in the Amazon river and can fall prey to all sorts of larger more corporate fish, guppies are nimble, individual and colourful and will always thrive…