Thursday, January 15, 2009

Andersen Press

andersen logo bitmapI’m very happy to report that Lerner will be distributing books from the Andersen Press list in the US, beginning in fall 2009. The full press release is below. Andersen Press is home to many of the UK’s best children’s book authors and illustrators, and I’m looking forward to introducing these books to American audiences.

January 14, 2009

CONTACT: Lindsay Chall
1-800-328-4929, ext. 385
lchall@lernerbooks.com

Lerner Publishing Group Announces
USA Distribution Agreement with Andersen Press

MINNEAPOLIS – Minneapolis-based Lerner Publishing Group is now the USA distributor of a selected list of titles from London based publisher Andersen Press. The new Americanized titles will be published under the imprint of Andersen Press USA beginning Fall 2009.


The first Andersen Press USA titles that will be sold through all channels of Lerner Publishing Group’s na-tional sales and distribution network include Elmer’s Special Day, Flabby Cat and Slobby Dog, Millie's Marvellous Hat, and The Wild Washerwomen.


Founded in 1976, Andersen Press publishes some of the most well-known and best loved names in the world of children's books. Authors and illustrators such as David McKee (Elmer’s Special Day), Jeanne Willis (Flabby Cat and Slobby Dog), Tony Ross (Flabby Cat and Slobby Dog), Satoshi Kitamura (Mille’s Marvellous Hat), and Quentin Blake (The Wild Washerwomen) have made Andersen Press one of the most award-winning inde-pendent children’s book publishers in the UK.


“It is an honor to be distributing such a prestigious list directly for the first time to US readers,” said Adam Lerner, president and publisher of Lerner Publishing Group. “American booksellers, parents, and librarians will recognize many of Andersen’s authors and artists and the launch list is a classic.”

“We are delighted to increase our readership by distributing US editions with Lerner Publishing Group,” said Klaus Flugge, founder and publisher of Andersen Press. “Lerner’s solid background in the institutional sector combined with a strong trade presence makes them a perfect partner for Andersen and working together we are proud to offer an exciting range of picture books to American schools and families.”


Andersen Press USA titles will be edited for the American audience by Carolrhoda Editorial Director An-drew Karre. Karre will be working directly with Andersen Press to choose the most suitable titles for the imprint.
Lerner Publishing Group also distributes fiction and nonfiction titles from other publishers including Darby Creek Publishing, based in Columbus, Ohio, and Kane Press, based in New York City.

About Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.
Lerner Publishing Group creates high-quality fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults. Founded in 1959, Lerner Publishing Group is one of the nation’s largest independent children’s book publishers and currently has nine imprints and divisions: Lerner Publications, Carolrhoda Books, Millbrook Press, Twenty-First Century Books, Graphic Universe, ediciones Lerner (a Spanish-language imprint), First Avenue Editions, LernerClassroom, and Kar-Ben Publishing. For further information, visit Lerner Publishing Group’s Website at www.lernerbooks.com.

About Andersen Press, Ltd.
Andersen Press is one of UK’s foremost independent children’s book publishers creating internationally famous picture books and a range of prize-winning fiction for young adults. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge, the com-pany now consists of more than 1000 published titles. For further information, visit Andersen Press at www.andersenpress.com.