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Big Picture PressYesterday some very exciting news was announced and I had to share it! As many of my readers know, one of my favorite children’s book publishers is Candlewick Press. So much so that I spent an entire month sharing anything and everything related to Candlewick that I could get out there. So when the announcement of a new imprint from this great publisher came I was beyond thrilled:

Official Publishers Weekly Announcement:
On the 10th anniversary of Candlewick Press’s publication of the first book in the bestselling Ology series, developed by the Templar Company in the U.K., the Somerville, Mass.-based publisher announced that it will be the U.S. publisher of a new imprint also from Templar, called Big Picture Press, which will debut this fall.

The BPP list, which was conceived as an alternative to digital publishing, will launch with four illustrated hardcovers and two paperbacks. The lead title, The Goods: Volume 1, was created in collaboration with Brian McMullen and McSweeney’s and brings together games, puzzles, and activities from well-known children’s authors and illustrators, including Mo Willems, Jon Klassen, and Jon Scieszka. Other titles range from a collection of stories by Aleksandra Mizielinskia and Daniel Mizielinski, Welcome to Mamoko, and their coffee-table book on Maps to Keith Haring’s Nina’s Book of Little Things, originally created by Haring for the daughter of a friend on her seventh birthday.

The BPP list of six books a season, or 12 titles per year, comes from the U.K., under the leadership of Templar publisher Rachel Williams. Katie Cunningham at Candlewick will serve as the U.S. editor for BPP, and the books will pass through Candlewick’s copyediting and marketing departments, among others. “Largely these projects come to us as beautiful, fully formed artifacts,” says Cunningham. “Occasionally, Candlewick’s specific editorial needs and desires can impact the finished products in significant ways. The level of collaboration is only possible because of the degree to which both BPP and Candlewick value good book making over individual pride of vision.”

This has the potential to be a truly fantastic imprint. With authors like Jon Klassen, Mo Willems and Jon Scieszka involved I have no doubt these will be books that both kiddos and their parents will love. I’m eager to take a look at the new line up and I’ve heard word that they’ll be a bit of a preview at Book Expo America this year. I can’t wait!

BPP covers

Personally this new imprint has a bit of a quirky feel with the backing of some truly incredible authors/illustrators making it a huge draw for me personally, but what about you? What do you think of the newly announced Big Picture Press?

One Response to Just Floating In: Big Picture Press

  1. PragmaticMom says:

    Wow! That’s big news and some really terrific children’s book authors! And in my neck of the woods! Whoot!

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