Brown Books Announces Major Chinese Rights Deal
Brown Books Publishing Group’s president and COO Tom Reale has closed a Chinese rights deal for three books by Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson, and one book by Michael Sampson and Bonnie J. Johnson, with China South Booky Culture Media, the world’s sixth-largest publisher.
According to the publisher, it is the largest children’s rights deal in China in the past year, with a six-figure advance greater than the amount Scholastic paid for the Harry Potter series. All three books by Martin and Sampson will be illustrated by Nathalie Beauvois, including Armadillo Antics, Ten Little Squirrels, and Bing! Bang! Chugga! Beep! Joshua Sampson will illustrate The Pig, the Elephant, and the Wisecracking Bird by Sampson and Johnson.
All four books will be imprinted with Booky Kids in association with China South Booky Culture Media and will carry the Brown Books Kids colophon.