Thames & Hudson is expanding its children’s list and aims to publish 20 books per year, starting in 2015.
New editorial director Roger Thorp, who joined Thames & Hudson in September from Tate publishing, said: “We were publishing very few titles for children until very recently, and in the last year or so have been publishing around five to ten titles per year. From 2015 we anticipate over twenty titles a year going forward.”
The range will include activity books, such as Dinosaurs: My Beastly Activity Book by Victor Escandell, which will be published in March, and picture books from international publishers. Stripe Island by Tupera Tupera, a Japanese illustration duo, and It Might Be an Apple by Shinsuke Yoshitake, also Japanese, will both be published in April.
On the non-fiction side, Thames & Hudson is publishing How Things Work, a book which looks at how to build a house or what powers a rocket to reach the moon, and Genius! by Deborah Kespert, which is about great inventions, in the spring.
“Our intention will be to publish books that set the standard for visual and design quality in children's publishing, whether that be with titles from established artists, books from completely new illustrators, or classic reissues,” said Thorp.
Thames & Hudson began publishing children’s books in earnest in 2012, when it announced plans to increase its children’s book list from one or two titles to 10.