Nosy Crow signs with US' Candlewick Press

Children's publisher Nosy Crow has signed a deal with American publisher Candlewick Press to co-publish the majority of its titles in the US and Canada.

Nosy Crow will become a new imprint of Candlewick Press, which will publish 10 of its titles in 2011. Among the titles to be released in North America are Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler's new series about toddlers, Pip and Posy.

Karen Lotz, president and publisher of Candlewick Press, said: "Kate Wilson's exceptional depth of experience in global children's publishing and her innovative vision for our industry's future both shine through the launch of Nosy Crow. We at Candlewick are thrilled to be able to offer these fantastic books for young children to the US and Canadian audiences through our joint imprint."

Kate Wilson, managing director of Nosy Crow, said: "Choosing a US partner is a huge step for our fledgling company, but the match between Nosy Crow and Candlewick on illustrated publishing felt right from the start of our discussions. Though our lists are complementary, we share the culture and liberties of independent publishers, and we share our exclusive focus on – and passion for – creating great things for children to read."