Independent comics publisher Dynamite Entertainment has announced plans to partner with Curiosity Ink Media, a producer of original children’s and family multiplatform entertainment, to create children’s books under the Curiosity Books banner. The partnership will focus on developing children’s books based on Curiosity Ink Media properties, in addition to producing properties owned by other brands. The first titles will be released in spring 2022.
The first two properties to be released by Curiosity Books will be Baldwin’s Big Adventure, a picture book about an unassuming but fearless little train, and a series of novelty format books for preschoolers based on PAW Patrol, the popular Nick Jr. series. Following the release of the first two properties, the Dynamite/Curiosity partnership will publish additional children's titles, including picture books, early reader chapter books, and graphic novels. Dynamite will serve as the publishing distributor for Curiosity’s catalog of licensed and original properties.
Jon I. Rosenberg, executive v-p and publisher of Curiosity Books, will oversee the development of the books and consumer products based on them. Rosenberg said the partnership “underscores Curiosity’s commitment to premium publishing and our mission to entertain kids through unique immersive storytelling content. Dynamite shares our vision of promoting reading as one of the joys in life we hope to instill in kids at a young age and embrace as a lifelong habit.”
Dynamite is a longtime publisher of adult comic books and graphic novels as well as a number of properties for children. Dynamite CEO and publisher Nick Barrucci said the agreement will allow Dynamite to add more works aimed at younger readers to its list.
"The best way to grow the industry is to have diverse offerings for younger readers, and then encouraging them to continue to read both our children's books, and then our comics,” Barrucci added. “By offering Curiosity’s immersive content alongside our proven portfolio of bestselling properties, Dynamite can embrace a wider fan base with new, premium titles.”