Nathalie Le Du at Odd Dot, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, has signed a licensing deal with the World of Eric Carle for a line of books based on the Brown Bear and Friends classics. The inaugural list will include BABY BEAR’S BUSY DAY WITH BROWN BEAR AND FRIENDS, an interactive novelty board book that follows Baby Bear from sunrise to sunset, as well as BEAR HUGS! FROM BROWN BEAR AND FRIENDS, a charming board book that celebrates hugs of all kinds—perfect for Valentine’s Day or any day of the year. Publication is planned for Fall 2023.

The mission of this partnership is to inspire children with unique reading experiences by bringing Odd Dot’s expertise in play, design, and novelty innovations to Eric Carle’s beloved and brilliant artwork. Says Nathalie Le Du, publisher of Odd Dot, “The World of Eric Carle and Odd Dot share so many important values for children’s books today–a child-centered approach, the importance of play and exploration, the wonder of vibrant art and impeccable design, and so much more

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