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Egmont is the largest specialist children’s publisher in the UK. Our goal is to inspire children to read and we love to see them become readers thanks to the writers that we turn into successful authors and the brands that we shape to be just as engaging on the page as they are on the TV, tablet or toy shelf.

We only make books for children, so from our CEO down, that’s what everyone in the team is focused on. That means that books for children are at the heart of our strategy; they’re what all of our meetings are about; they’re where all of our revenue comes from; and they are, most importantly, what we’re passionate about – and experts in.

That’s not to say that our range is limited. Quite the opposite – our portfolio of books for young readers is incredibly diverse, covering everything from the classic to the contemporary in everything from graphic novels to annuals and from fiction for all ages to the most successful and recognisable character publishing on the market.

Egmont is the largest specialist children’s publisher in the UK. Our goal is to inspire children to read and we love to see them become readers thanks to the writers that we turn into successful authors and the brands that we shape to be just as engaging on the page as they are on the TV, tablet or toy shelf.

“Scolding must be very, very fun, otherwise children would be allowed to do it.”

Lemony Snicket

We only make books for children, so from our CEO down, that’s what everyone in the team is focused on. That means that books for children are at the heart of our strategy; they’re what all of our meetings are about; they’re where all of our revenue comes from; and they are, most importantly, what we’re passionate about – and experts in.

That’s not to say that our range is limited. Quite the opposite – our portfolio of books for young readers is incredibly diverse, covering everything from the classic to the contemporary in everything from graphic novels to annuals and from fiction for all ages to the most successful and recognisable character publishing on the market.

Take a quick look through our online catalogue and you might be surprised by how much of our list that you know and love. Some of it you may have even grown up with yourself, and remember from the time when you became a reader.

Egmont is the home of Winnie-the-Pooh, the Mr. Men, Tintin, Thomas the Tank Engine, The Magic Faraway Tree and many other classics that remain as relevant today as they were generations ago. Husbanding that backlist is at the core of our success, the most recent example of which being our long-term commitment to keeping Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse in print – a commitment which was rewarded when the National Theatre decided to adapt it for the stage and Steven Spielberg saw the potential for a blockbuster in it.

Backlist has to be accompanied by vibrant new publishing and there’s no shortage of that at Egmont either. Our success as a licensed character publisher has always been the envy of our competitors, which was cemented with our launch of Minecraft – the biggest new brand in children’s books – in late 2013 and our successful pitch for the publishing rights to Star Wars from 2014 onwards.

We’ve grown our market share in fiction dramatically over the past decade, with highlights including our launch of Lemony Snicket, who went on to sell over 60 million books worldwide; our acquisition and successful building of Michael Grant (the Bookseller described Egmont’s work on his GONE series as ‘Exhibit A in series sales building’); and our recent publishing of the Barry Loser books, where writer Jim Smith has gone on to become a Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner and World Book Day £1-read author.

Our picture book range is bursting with brilliant bedtime stories, where we offer parents delightful rhyming texts from Julia Donaldson; swashbuckling adventure with Kristina Stephenson’s Sir Charlie Stinky Socks; and a whole host of current favourites including books for tots like Lydia Monks’ Mungo Monkey and wacky twists on old favourites like Old MacDonald had a Zoo from Curtis Jobling and Tom McLoughlin. And whether children want to learn about what lies beneath the sea, quirky Roman facts or how food goes in one end and out the other, our non-fiction imprint Red Shed does the business.

So whatever the book, Egmont has a track record for innovation, quality and success, all because of that focus on and expertise in publishing books for children. Because whatever the age, stage or taste of the child, we bring stories to life.