Lego Publishing will launch a new imprint, Lego Books, in partnership with children's book publisher Ameet.
The Danish toy company and long term partner, Polish-based children's publisher, Ameet say the new imprint "encompasses a new line of innovative playful reading experiences that captures the Lego spirit in print, digital and audio."
Lego Books will will complement the titles from existing publishing partners: Blue Ocean, Chronicle, Disney Press, Dorling Kindersley, Egmont, Kids Media, Scholastic and Universum.
Taking Lego Publishing away from the standard licensing approach, the terms of the new Lego Books partnership will allow Ameet to co-create and cooperate with Lego Publishing to develop a fresh range of unique books across multiple categories that will combine storytelling, play, learning and creativity – closely mirroring and enhancing the experience of playing with Lego bricks and building sets, said Lego.
Ameet will establish partnerships with publishers and retailers in all categories in territories worldwide from 2021 onwards. In preparation for Frankfurt Bookfair, Ameet will be starting conversations with publishing partners around the world for an expanded Lego Books book program that includes early readers, author-lead middle grade fiction, picture books and a learning and STEAM line launching 2021 alongside an existing portfolio of ever-evolving activity and novelty books with Lego bricks.
Andrea Ryder, global head of publishing, said: “The Lego system in Play is loved by children around the world because it is a unique play experience that combines storytelling, creativity and playful learning. The incredible growth of our publishing business proves that books are the perfect vehicle to capture this experience and has shown that the Lego brand occupies a unique position in a competitive licensing market. By launching Lego Books in a strategic partnership with Ameet, we will develop a range of ‘Playful Reading’ titles in multiple categories to capture the very essence of Lego play and occupy a unique position in the children’s publishing market worldwide. This partnership will also allow us to support the Lego Group’s vision to become a global force for learning through play.”
Piotr Modlinski, c.e.o. and founder of Ameet, added: “It has been a lifelong ambition of mine to create high-quality books for children around the world. I am honoured and excited to cooperate even closer with a world class partner like the Lego Group with whom we share common values and vision. Lego Books will write a new chapter in children’s publishing to promote reading, storytelling and creative play.