In a notable children’s deal in the U.K., Piccadilly Press, the children’s book publisher founded by Brenda Gardner 29 years ago, has been acquired by Templar Publishing, the children’s publisher owned by Bonnier Publishing Ltd. Under Gardner’s direction, Piccadilly Press has established a strong position in the teenage fiction market; the company also has a successful picture book list, a young readers' list plus a growing line for parents.

Piccadilly Press will continue to publish under its own imprint and Gardner will remain publisher, reporting to managing director Mike McGrath. It will, however, use the creative, sales and administrative resources of Templar Publishing and the wider Bonnier Publishing Group.

Templar Publishing is best known for its children’s novelty titles as well as publishing award winning authors including Michael Morpurgo. More recently its has developed a children’s fiction list.