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Thursday, 28 June 2018 at 4:00 pm
Posted On 2018-06-28 15:21:58 |  Last Update 2018-06-28 15:21:58 |  Read 4274 times | 0 Comments

Stripes is thrilled to announce the launch of a range of B-format, full-colour illustrated original fiction for newly independent readers.

We shared the news with The Bookseller earlier today. The books, intended to bridge the gap between picture books and more sparsely illustrated black and white fiction, will be ninety-eight pages long, average around three thousand words and feature colour illustrations on each spread. The first four titles will publish in hardback in the first half of 2018. The launch titles are:

The Climbers - written by Ali Standish, illustrated by Alette Straathof

Two Sides – written by Polly Ho-Yen, illustrated by Binny Talib

Little Rabbit’s Big Surprise – written by Swapna Haddow, illustrated by Alison Friend

The Missing Bookshop – written by Katie Clapham, illustrated by Kirsti Beautyman

Stripes will follow with further titles in Autumn 2018 and Spring 2019. Authors confirmed to pen the next tranche of books are: Sylvia Bishop, Karl Newson, Lara Williamson, Candy Gourlay, Jeanne Willis and Pat Hegarty.

Stripes Associate Publisher Jane Harris said: “We are known for publishing child friendly, accessible fiction with innovative cover designs, sensitively designed pages and high production values. We are now taking that expertise into colour fiction, creating a collection of original and diverse stories with global appeal, written by new and established authors all with their own voice and passions. I am thrilled to have such a talented list of authors and illustrators contributing to the collection.”

Each story has a unique voice, and encourages children to think and see the world differently, helping to develop empathy, tolerance and understanding.  They celebrate difference, collaboration, exploration, extraordinary acts of kindness, unlikely unions and loving relationships, challenging stereotypes and empowering children with the tools they need to make sense of the world and see it through different eyes.

Stripes Art Director Paul Coomey said: “Pictures mean business, certainly, and with that, art makes magic. We’re creating full colour books that draw this into focus. We have more pages to play with than a picture book, giving our authors the space to tell a bigger story and our artists the scope to explore a more expansive, richer visual narrative – one that will connect with story lovers everywhere, especially those still discovering the confidence to read solo. I love what we’re creating here, and I can’t wait to see our readers fall in love with these books too.”


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