I hadn’t noticed this, but Candlewick has joined forces with TOON Books to bring TOON’s books to emerging readers. It launched October 1. Here’s the press release:
A new Candlewick partnership with the award-winning TOON Books, the imprint will bring TOON’s high-quality books designed for emerging readers to a wider audience. TOON Books, an Imprint of Candlewick Press, will launch October 1, 2010, with eleven hardcover titles. This fall, Candlewick will bring on board TOON’s acclaimed backlist, including 2010 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner Benny and Penny in the Big No-No! by Geoffrey Hayes; two Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Books: Little Mouse Gets Ready by Jeff Smith and Stinky by Eleanor Davis; and eight additional TOON Books favorites.
The new imprint will publish four to five new titles each year. In spring 2011, TOON will release Silly Lilly in What Will I Be Today? by Agnès Rosenstiehl, andPatrick in A Teddy Bear’s Picnic and Other Stories by Geoffrey Hayes. TOON Books, which are leveled books for emerging readers, are vetted by educators. The books feature original stories and characters created by veteran children’s book authors, renowned cartoonists, and new talents.
Of the new imprint, Candlewick’s senior vice president of sales, John Mendelson, said, “Since its founding in the spring of 2008, we have admired TOON Books and how the list has been received by booksellers, librarians, and teachers. TOON’s mission to get kids reading through the accessible vernacular of comics paired with Candlewick’s deep sales and marketing relationships within the children’s books community will bring a renewed focus to the imprint in the both the retail and school and library channels.”
“We’re thrilled to partner with Candlewick, which is renowned for its passion for publishing only outstanding art and text,” said Françoise Mouly, publisher and editorial director of TOON Books. “TOON Books’ radical approach, putting to use all the sophisticated tools one can find in good comics to hook kids on reading, could only find support at a house that is as daring and comfortable in its own groundbreaking track record as Candlewick is. Joining forces, we will publish the new classics, the visually literate books that will tickle the fancy of, delight, inspire, and inform the children of the twenty-first century.”
TOON Books launched in spring 2008 by Françoise Mouly. Françoise Mouly is the art editor of The New Yorker, as well as the publisher and editorial director of RAW Junior, the children’s book branch of RAW Books & Graphics. She is also the publisher of the legendary RAW magazine, which was the first home, in 1980, of the Pulitzer-Prize winning graphic memoir MAUS by Art Spiegelman.
Candlewick Press is an independent, employee-owned publisher based in Somerville, Massachusetts. Candlewick publishes outstanding children’s books for readers of all ages; including books by award-winning authors Kate DiCamillo, M. T. Anderson, and Laura Amy Schlitz; the widely acclaimed‘Ologies and Judy Moody series; and favorites such as the Where’s Waldo?and Maisy books. Candlewick’s parent company is Walker Books Ltd., of London with additional offices in Sydney and Auckland.