Candlewick Press to Launch Candlewick Studio in Fall 2016 New imprint to offer well-crafted “books for book lovers”
SOMERVILLE, MA – March 28, 2016 – Candlewick Press announced today they will debut a new imprint featuring beautifully produced, design-driven “books for book lovers” this fall. Candlewick Studio will offer readers of all ages titles characterized by elegant, engaging design; captivating, well-presented concepts and content; the highest-quality illustration; and superior production values.
“We hope that even from across a bookstore, Candlewick Studio titles will entice book-lovers of all ages to come close—and that in the hand, the books will offer tactile appeal, fascinating content, and beautiful images to return to again and again—all of which Candlewick has been known for before,” said Karen Lotz, President and Publisher of Candlewick Press and Managing Director of the Walker Books Group. “The exciting opportunity now is to bring these one-of-a-kind books together under a shared umbrella. This imprint will be an expression of our love for the printed book,” Lotz said.
Candlewick Studio will be launched simultaneously with Walker Studio in the UK, an imprint of Walker Books Ltd., Candlewick’s parent company. The imprint will feature authors and illustrators who have appeared on Candlewick’s list in the past, as well as debut artists from around the world. While the US and UK lists will share some of the same titles, they will also be allowed to diverge by market as appropriate. Both imprints will be carried by Walker Books Australia. It is also an aspiration of the company to find the best books published in other languages and bring them into English translation via the group’s imprints.
Senior Editor Katie Cunningham, the American editor for the titles on Candlewick Studio’s fall 2016 list, noted that the four debut titles—a varied mix including a striking, large-format book of animals from a prominent Swedish designer; an ode to vintage cameras and the photographs they take by Fairie-ality creator David Ellwand; an ingenious board book that invites the reader to interact with pieces of its illustrations; and a beautiful alphabet book by legendary illustrator Norman Messenger, with letters influenced by nature—are a fine example of both the range and the cohesion of the imprint.
“These books are all very different, but they are unified by their innovation and their respect for the reader. They invite you to explore them on your own terms, and then bring those discoveries with you into the world around you—just as the best books always do,” Cunningham said.
ANIMALS: A STYLISH BIG PICTURE BOOK FOR ALL AGES written and illustrated by Ingela P. Arrhenius September 2016 | 13 1/16 x 17 7/8 | 40 pages | mixed media | $22.00 Know someone who loves creatures? Animal lovers will fixate on this giant book presenting thirty-two big, bold images of friendly beasts.
From a star of children’s design in Sweden comes an exquisite array of animals rendered with whimsy and stylish splendor. Every oversized page highlights a different specimen, from an adorable sheep to an elegant flamingo, from an endearing hippo to a silly-looking snake. Each animal’s name appears in a different eye-catching type treatment, making for an attractive graphic keepsake sure to find a prominent place in nurseries and bookshelves everywhere.
RETRO PHOTO: AN OBSESSION
A Personal Selection of Vintage Cameras and the Photographs That They Take Written and photographed by David Ellwand October 2016 | 10 ½ x 10 | 212 pages | $45.00 With exquisite original photos and boundless enthusiasm, David Ellwand offers a love song to film photography and the vintage cameras that capture it.
From the pinhole to the Pentax, Retro Photo: An Obsession is a visual journey through the history of photography, highlighting some of the iconic cameras of the analog era. Appealing to those new to film photography as well as the seasoned professional wanting to explore new avenues, this beautiful keepsake volume showcases more than one hundred cameras from the collection of photographer and author David Ellwand, along with photographs he has taken with them. At once an accessible guide to vintage cameras, a highly personal take on photographic history, and a celebration of classic design, here is a book that takes the fear out of old-style photography and puts the fun back in.
GIVE AND TAKE
written and illustrated by Lucie Félix
September 2016 | 7 11/16 x 8 11/16 | 16 pages | digital artwork | $19.99 Full of colorful pieces to pop out and move around, this striking, hands-on book of opposites is one that toddlers will love exploring over and over.
To play this game of opposites, press out a shape on each spread and turn the page to complete a new picture. Once readers reach the end, they will be eager to play their way back to the beginning! Not your ordinary board book, Lucie Felix’s highly original novelty title will help very young children practice early motor skills, shape recognition, sorting, and the vocabulary of opposites.
AN ARTIST’S ALPHABET
written and illustrated by Norman Messenger September 2016 | 9 1/16 x 11 13/16 | 48 pages | watercolor and colored pencil | $17.99 Readers will be mesmerized by these surreal and gorgeously rendered alphabet letters, cleverly shaped from flora, fauna, and more.
At first glance, this elegant alphabet book—showcasing both upper- and lowercase letters—seems to follow a familiar formula. There’s an acrobat standing atop a horse to form a big letter A and another curled under herself to make a small one. There’s a colony of beetles attached to the leaves they’ve munched, creating a big and a small letter B. But then comes the letter C, made of sea waves evoking the artist Hokusai. Or a lowercase I in the form of a pen that has left an ink smudge, or two kingly beasts that create the letter K. And what of the many letters, equally fantastical and fascinating, whose associations are left to the viewers’ imaginations? Ingenious and intriguing, beautiful and full of stunning detail, this is an alphabet book sure to invite many repeat explorations.
About Candlewick Press:
Candlewick Press is an independent publisher based in Somerville, Massachusetts. For over twenty years, Candlewick has published outstanding children’s books for readers of all ages, including books by award-winning authors and illustrators such as National Ambassador for Young People's Literature emeritus Kate DiCamillo, M. T. Anderson, Jon Klassen, and Laura Amy Schlitz; the widely acclaimed Judy Moody, Mercy Watson, and ’Ology series; and favorites such as Guess How Much I Love You, Where’s Waldo?, and Maisy. Candlewick is part of the Walker Books Group, together with Walker Books UK in London and Walker Books Australia. The Walker Books Group has a unique ownership structure that includes all of its employees worldwide. Visit Candlewick online at www.candlewick.com.
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