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About Candlewick Press

About Candlewick Press

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Information about Candlewick Press, its history, its authors/illustrators, its titles and its imprints.
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Candlewick Press
Candlewick Press opened its doors in 1991 as an independent children’spublisher and remains an independent publisher today. It is 100 percent ownedand operated by its employees, including some 85 staff members in Somerville,Massachusetts, and more than 155 authors and illustrators.In the years since Candlewick Press arrived on the scene with its first list of high-quality picture books, the company’s offerings have grown to encompass all agesand formats, from board books to e-books, high-end novelty to cutting-edgefiction. What hasn’t changed is Candlewick’s goal of excellence, its model of independence, and its commitment to the authors and illustrators who create itsbooks and the readers who seek them out. Two decades and more than 2,000awards and accolades later, Candlewick Press is as committed as ever toindependent thinking.
History
When a young Englishman named Sebastian Walker set out to publish books for children in 1978, he launched his company in the spare bedroom of his Londonhome and convinced a team of ambitious people to join him. The company’smessage was clear: books and their creators were the stars of Walker Books. Hiscommitment, support, and generosity went on to infuse Candlewick Press,founded in Massachusetts in 1991, and Walker Books Australia (also founded in
 
1991). Today, Sebastian Walker’s legacy has expanded to three continents, andCandlewick Press is part of a global publishing enterprise.
The company today
Candlewick Press opened in 1991 with just six employees. Today the staff numbers nearly one hundred. The company has published more than 3,000children’s books, including the classic picture books
Can’t You Sleep, LittleBear?
by Martin Waddell, illustrated by Barbara Firth,
Guess How Much I LoveYou
by Sam McBratney, illustrated by Anita Jeram, Lucy Cousin’s Maisy series,and Martin Handford’s
Where’s Waldo?.
Candlewick’s picture books continue tobe much in demand, as demonstrated by Jon Klassen’s recent
New York Times
bestsellers
I Want My Hat Back 
and its follow-up, the Caldecott Medal winning
This Is Not My Hat.
 For children who are just beginning to read, Candlewick Press created BrandNew Readers, and for those who are mastering the skill, the company launchedCandlewick Sparks. Candlewick has also dipped into the canon of children’sliterature to issue such titles as
My Very First Mother Goose,
edited by Iona Opieand illustrated by Rosemary Wells, as well as acclaimed graphic interpretationsof 
Beowulf 
and Shakespeare’s works, among many other classics.Candlewick’s reputation for high-quality nonfiction began with the publication of the groundbreaking
It’s Perfectly Normal 
by Robie H. Harris, illustrated by
 
Michael Emberley. That reputation is sustained by such award-winning titles as
Master of Deceit 
by Marc Aronson,
 Almost Astronauts
by Tanya Lee Stone, and
Beyond Courage
by Doreen Rappaport, among many other acclaimed nonfictionbooks.In recent years, Candlewick Press has greatly expanded its list of middle-gradeand young adult titles, among them the National Book Award winner 
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume One: ThePox Party 
by M. T. Anderson and the Newbery Medal winners
The Tale of Despereaux 
by Kate DiCamillo and
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from aMedieval Village
by Laura Amy Schlitz. Popular series such as Judy Moody,Mercy Watson, Emily Windsnap, and Clarice Bean keep younger readerslaughing, while Chaos Walking, Klaatu Diskos, and Angel Burn provoke andchallenge young adults.Candlewick Press is also the publisher of the innovative ’Ologies series. After taking flight with
Dragonology,
the
New York Times
best-selling publishingphenomenon continues to produce a series of lavish and whimsical noveltybooks.
Logos
The original corporate logo for Candlewick Press (designed by renownedillustrator Helen Oxenbury) depicts a Big Bear spiriting a candle through the dark.

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