Disney Princesses, Fancy Nancy and more will appear on a range of multi-lingual titles.
NORTH AMERICA–Disney Consumer Products has inked a multi-year deal with BuzzPop, an imprint of Bonnier Publishing USA, for a slate of bilingual books featuring a multitude of Disney characters.
The three-year deal will see BuzzPop release bilingual English-Spanish, English-Mandarin and English-French storybooks, board books, leveled readers and more that feature Classic Disney, Disney Princess, Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney Pixar characters.
The book series will also aim to appeal to new language learners and bilingual readers, and will introduce new concepts including numbers, colors and simple words, as well as new stories.
“We’re happy to add Disney stories to these formats,” says Sonali Fry, publisher, BuzzPop. “Children’s books play such a crucial role in early development. Dual language books can help children build fluency in both languages and raise social and cultural awareness. Adding easily recognizable characters to the mix helps grab the attention of even the most reluctant reader, encouraging bilingual literacy at a young age.”
The first books, Disney Princess Numbers and Disney Princess Colors, will hit store shelves this July in English and Spanish. Meanwhile, dual language titles featuring Moana and Coco will be released in August and 10 additional titles featuring Frozen, Fancy Nancy, “Elena of Avalor” Mickey Mouse and more will be released at the end of the year and into 2019.