In spring 2009, Candlewick Press will debut its first imprint, Templar Books. A partnership with Britain’s Templar Publishing (which was recently acquired by Bonnier Publishing), the line will bring selected Templar titles to the U.S. market, including picture books, novelty titles an board books.

Templar’s premiere list will consist of eight titles, including the Whitbread-winning The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast by William Plomer, illustrated by Alan Aldridge; Alex and Lulu, first in a series by Lorena Siminovich; Art for Baby, a board book featuring images by contemporary artists such as Damien Hirst and Julian Opie; and storybooks To the Beach and Little Boat by Thomas Docherty.

Titles sold in the U.S. through the Templar Books imprint are selected by mutual agreement between Candlewick and Templar Publishing. Templar’s U.K. titles that are not chosen to be published in the U.S. under the Templar imprint would be available to other houses.