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As many of you know, this month we are celebrating all things Candlewick Press here at There’s A Book! So, in honor of that month I thought I’d take a little bit of time to chat a little bit about this fantastic publisher and let you in on a few fun facts. And off we go!

Did you know that Candlewick Press is 100 percent owned and operated by employees? Because of this it is quite possibly the world’s largest independent publishing company. Also earning itself this accolade from non-other than Publishers Weekly,

“…the fastest growing children’s publisher in the U.S.”

What started off as a 6 person company has now grown into one of the largest and most well-known publishing companies in the world. Publishing not only children’s books, as in picture books, but middle grade up through young adult books as well. One of their most well known authors happens to be the fabulous Kate DiCamillo, who published her first novel, Because of Winn-Dixie, with Candlewick and was later awarded a Newbery Honor for that book. Most recently DiCamillo won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for beginning readers for her book, Bink & Gollie, also published by Candlewick Press.

No stranger to award winners, Candlewick Press’s title, Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein won not only a Caldecott Honor, but the Cybils Award for Best Fiction Picture Book this year alone.

The Logos…

The C-Flame logo, created in 2005, is for older readers (Middle-Grade & YA) whereas the Bear logo is for a younger audience. The Bear has been with Candlewick since Walker Books first started in 1991 and the award winning illustrator, Helen Oxenbury designed it.

Familiar with Walker Books? Well, they are the UK based parent company of Candlewick Press here in the US.

Beyond the Presses…
You may think that because a publishing house is rather large or even with the success that Candlewick has recently seen that they’d lose sight of the community around them. Well, that’s definitely not the case with Candlewick Press. In March of 2009 U2 announced plans to play a concert in a neighboring area. Because of the huge love for the band by many of the employees at Candlewick they decided to host a campaign for literacy in conjunction with the concert, using the beloved “Waldo” from the Where’s Waldo series as the mascot…

For every person photographed in Davis Square with Waldo on the day of the concert, Candlewick will donate one book to the charity of U2’s choice. For every band member photographed with Waldo, they offered to donate 1000 books.
U2 guitarist and keyboardist The Edge signed a photo of Waldo.
From the article “Where’s Bono? And What’s His Favorite Book Charity? ” in Publishers Weekly March 2009.

In total they donated 1250 books to a local Somerville MA charity, which to me sounds amazing!

Wrapping It Up…
With imprints, TOON Books and Templar Books as well as a partnership with Brilliance Audio, Candlewick Press covers nearly every reading type in Children’s books. In addition to that, because of their personal investment in the quality of books published you can be sure their books are some of the best in the business. Still not sure? Make sure to take a look at some of the other posts for this month’s Book Publishers 101 and find out what you’re missing. Also, if you haven’t yet be sure to enter one of the following fantastic giveaways…

Toon Books & Giveaway
A Tilly & Friends Library by Polly Dunbar
Eli the Good by Silas House
Reading with Candlewick Bears

Today’s post is part of our month long celebration of Candlewick Press for our monthly feature “Book Publishers 101“. Make sure to stop by the Candlewick Press Site for more information about this title and more. For more information about our Book Publishers 101 feature take a look at this month’s opening post.

Also make sure to take a look at our Giveaways Page for the four giveaways being sponsored by Candlewick press throughout this month!

Thank you to Candlewick Press for providing this book for review! Find Candlewick Press on Twitter and Facebook!
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  2. Very cool! I had no idea. I love when you teach me new things 🙂

  3. Gina says:

    Oh how I love learning new things about great companies like this. Fabulous share. ^_^

  4. This is such a amazing company!!!

  5. Kristen M. says:

    I love the variety of books that Candlewick publishes and the consistent high quality will keep up my interest in whatever they put out.

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