British Library Publishing is launching a children’s list, starting in March 2016 with two activity books in a series entitled My Book of Stories.
Created by writer and editor Deborah Patterson, the first two books will be My Book of Stories: Write Your Own Adventures and My Book of Stories: Write Your Own Shakespearean Tales (both paperback, priced £9.99).
The adventure book features stories from authors such as Rudyard Kipling and J M Barrie, as well as storytelling tips, puzzles and space for readers to create their own tales. The Shakespeare title, launched in time for Shakespeare Week (14th–20th March 2016), includes similar content but inspired by the Bard’s plays such as “Henry V”, “A Winter’s Tale”, “The Tempest” and “Twelfth Night”.
Both books include more than 100 illustrations, taken from the library’s collection. Two further books in the series, one about myths and the other about fairytales, will follow in September 2016.
Rebecca Nuotio, publishing manager at British Library Publishing, said: “The British Library holds some of the best stories ever written, from the manuscript of
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to the only surviving play script in Shakespeare’s handwriting. We are the home of the book in Britain— what better place to launch a children’s list?”
The library will publish four children’s books a year and has commissioned titles about maps, history and world culture.
David Segrue of D J Segrue is handling sales to bookshops, museums, galleries and the gift trade, and freelance rights consultant Caroline Hill-Trevor is selling foreign rights.