Bodleian Library launches children’s imprint

Bodleian Library launches children’s imprint

Bodleian Library Publishing is launching a children's imprint with the aim of republishing “forgotten gems” and beautifully illustrated titles.

The publisher will publish at least two titles per season under the Bodleian Children’s Books imprint, starting with Penguin’s Way and Whale’s Way, on the 18th September, both priced at £10.99. Written by US author Johanna Johnston and illustrated by Leonard Weisgard, the books were first published in the 1960s.

The titles for spring 2016 are Veronica by US author Roger Duvoisin, a book, again from the 1960s, about a hippo who travels to the city, and The Story of Babar by Jean de Brunhoff, first published in 1931.

All the books will be published in a gift hardback format and Penguin’s Way and Whale’s Way will have a board cover, cloth binding and endpapers.

Publisher Samuel Fanous said: “Many children’s books from the 20th century have that magic combination of timeless stories perfectly illustrated with gorgeous art which can fire the imagination, as many of us remember well from our own childhood.”

Bodleian Library Publishing is part of Oxford University’s Bodleian Library, which is the second largest library in the UK.

Distribution is by John Wiley & Sons.