The program will be published by the Doubleday Books for Young Readers, Random House Studio and Random House Graphic imprints of RHCB and will cross a range of ages and formats, including picture books and graphic novels. Mallory Loehr, senior vice president and publishing director, Random House Books for Young Readers Group, and Lee Wade, vice president and publisher, Random House Studio, negotiated world rights with Trina Storfer and Erica Kane at Orchard Street Ventures.
“We celebrate and support ABT’s dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion, and those tenets will be reflected in the stories we publish for young readers, with guidance and support from the team at ABT,” says Loehr. “It is our hope to educate children and foster a love of dance through thepowerful medium of storytelling.”
The program’s debut list will feature two picture books releasing on September 22, of this year. “B is for Ballet” and “Boys Dance! B is for Ballet” is an alphabetical celebration of the world of ballet including its dancers, dances, choreographers, positions, terminology and history, by John Robert Allman and illustrated by Rachael Dean.
“As American Ballet Theatre celebrates eight triumphant decades and looks to the future, we are thrilled to introduce eight children’s books to inspire the next generation of artists and audiences,” says Kara Medoff Barnett, executive director, American Ballet Theatre. “With Random House Children’s Books, we will tell unexpected stories that reveal the adventure and the humanity behind the scenes as dancers pursue their dreams.”
Additional titles are slated for release at a later date.
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