Pizza, pasta, vino, gelato and… children’s books! Our Rights team just returned from the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in beautiful Italy. We previewed our highly anticipated children’s books releasing this fall and in the spring of 2013. Publishers from around the world came to the fair to get a sneak peek at new titles and to pick and choose what they would like to publish in their own language.
Not only is the fair an opportunity for Chronicle to spread our much adored children’s books to all corners of the globe, but we also get to witness early reactions to the books from fair-goers before the titles are even released here in the U.S. The verdict? Incredible! There isn’t just one standout story, but a whole bunch including The Templeton Twins Have an Idea, Open This Little Book illustrated by Suzy Lee, Good News Bad News, Flamingo Dancing, and Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth. And everyone loves an oldie but goodie – the #1 New York Times bestseller, Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, was proudly displayed and has sold 10 foreign editions so far! Stay tuned in the coming months for updates on these and more children’s books because we can’t wait for you to read them.
Next week we’ll be in London previewing our Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 lists. Be sure to follow @ChronicleRights on Twitter as we tweet about new books from the fair, and you can also follow our Pinterest board showcasing Chronicle covers from around the world.
Subsidiary Rights Coordinator