Puffin has signed Blue Planet II by Leisa Stewart-Sharpe, the first in a brand-new series of four major non-fiction books in collaboration with BBC Earth.
Editorial director Anna Barnes Robinson acquired world rights from Louise Lamont at the LBA Agency, on behalf of BBC Earth, to create an illustrated books series inspired by BBC Planet programmes.
Puffin commissioning editor Emily Lunn struck a deal with Alice Sutherland-Hawes at the Madeleine Milburn Agency for non-fiction storyteller Leisa Stewart-Sharpe. Emily Lunn also bought illustration from Molly O’Neill at Root Literary for illustration from certified naturalist Emily Dove. Art director Liz Catchpole at Puffin will lead the design. The first title in the series, Blue Planet II, will publish on the 5th November this year as a £14.99 hardback.
Barnes Robinson said: "This is a truly exciting addition to our Puffin non-fiction publishing. The BBC Planet programmes have shaped the way we think about our natural world, and we are delighted to publish these inspiring non-fiction books for children and parents alike. Bringing together dramatic story-telling and stunning illustration, these books will showcase the very best of Puffin and the BBC."
Jan Paterson, head of book and audio publishing at BBC Studios added: "Collectively, the BBC Planet series have transformed our relationship with the world we inhabit. Family viewing, and children’s engagement is more important than ever with the environmental crisis and so the collaboration with Puffin for a range of illustrated and photographic books for children is really exciting. These books will further engage children with the natural world through the illustrations, storytelling and through a celebration of beauty and wonder of nature. We are excited to be working with the team at Puffin which will be a perfect accompaniment to the programmes and indeed the long-standing adult bestselling books that have been published by BBC Books."
Illustration by Emily Dove.