Egmont has signed four books by Jess French, a zoologist and wildlife presenter of kids TV channel CBeebies.
The books are non-fiction titles about “minibeasts” and Egmont will publish Fluttering Minibeast Adventures and Tickly Minibeast Adventures in March 2016 with a further two books, Slimy Minibeast Adventures and Crawly Minibeast Adventures, to follow in March 2017. The books will be released in hardback and priced at £6.99.
Egmont acquired the world rights in all languages from Gill McLay of the Bath Literary Agency and will publish under the Red Shed imprint.
Editor Alice Bartosinski said: “With her CBeebies presenting background, zoologist Jess knows exactly how to grab the attention of pre-schoolers with lots of fascinating facts about minibeasts. She is also passionate about giving children from all backgrounds the opportunity to learn about these amazing creatures and has made sure that plenty of the bugs in her books can be found in urban environments.”