CN Launches Publishing Imprint

Cartoon Network has inked a deal with Penguin Young Readers Group to launch a publishing imprint under its name in summer 2015.

April 6, 2018

CN Launches Publishing Imprint

Cartoon Network has inked a deal with Penguin Young Readers Group to launch a publishing imprint under its name in summer 2015.

The new Cartoon Network Books imprint will publish a range of formats including Mad Libs, original fiction novels and chapter books, activity and doodle formats, non-fiction handbooks, gift sets and kits.

The 2015 launch will feature books based on the animated series "Uncle Grandpa" and "Steven Universe," followed by "Clarence," the upcoming "We Bare Bears" and the return of "The Powerpuff Girls" in 2016. These new lines will build on Penguin’s current CN publishing program which includes titles for "Adventure Time," "Regular Show" and "The Amazing World of Gumball."

“We’ve seen tremendous success and growth with our Cartoon Network publishing program,” says Francesco Sedita, president and publisher of Grosset and Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group. “So it was a natural next step to truly hold hands with Cartoon Network on a dedicated imprint. There’s

just so much creativity and fun that happens when we all sit down together.” 

In addition to creating publishing formats and concepts that expand the network’s key franchises, Penguin will also collaborate with show creators and producers to create new original fiction series that will be released solely on a publishing platform. 

“Publishing plays a vitally important role in the success of our consumer products programs, and Penguin has been a valuable partner in creating engaging books that capture the fun and humor of our characters and shows,” says Pete Yoder, vice president of consumer products, North America, Cartoon Network Enterprises. “This dedicated imprint and expanded partnership will allow us to continue to tell great stories with our brands within the pages of our books.”

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