Berbay Publishing is an award-winning independent children’s publishing house based in Melbourne Australia that has established a reputation locally and internationally for producing high quality, original and enriching children’s books for readers from ages 0-12.
Berbay’s books contain stories with universal appeal and an eye for playfulness. We publish stories that have depth—that are imaginative, poignant and humorous. Stories that provoke thoughtfulness, inspire empathy, and are directed towards the child. But we also feel strongly that books should be beautiful. So, our design-centric list is filled with the work of artists from Australia and around the world whose illustrations help engage the reader and enhance the reading experience.
We believe that publishing should be creative and should inspire creativity. That books should be treasured and loved and that stories are for sharing.
Alexandra Yatomi-Clarke - Founder, Managing Director and Publishing Director
Alexandra Yatomi-Clarke began her publishing career at Reed Books Australia and has worked at many of the major publishing houses in Australia and overseas. In 2009, after a trip to Europe with her young family and inspired by the quality and imaginative books children were reading in Europe, Alexandra launched Berbay Publishing – a dedicated children’s publishing house. Her mission is to publish books that will inform, delight, charm and challenge children with intelligence, ingenuity and fun.
Nancy Conescu - Publisher
Nancy Conescu grew up in New Orleans and has worked in children’s publishing since she graduated from university. Before relocating to Australia, she spent over a decade honing her editorial skills in New York, at Penguin Books for Young Readers and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, where she acquired and edited award-winning and New York Times bestselling titles.
Prior to joining Berbay, she was Executive Commissioning Editor of Walker Books Australia. Nancy loves what she does and is deeply committed to bringing out the best in the creators she has the honour of editing.
Ellie Clitheroe - Publicity and Marketing Manager
Ellie Clitheroe grew up in Sydney before moving interstate to study a Master’s of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing at the University of Melbourne. She now lives with a foot in each city. Specialising in digital marketing, she has always been fascinated by the intersection between traditional publishing and the digital landscape. Children’s books are her dream career, and she loves working with Berbay’s talented list of authors to help share their beautiful stories and characters with the world. She is also a trained helicopter pilot, just in case it ever comes in handy.