FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 27, 2020
The Creative Company announced today that it will commence distribution of two independent children’s book publishers, Amicus Publishing and Black Rabbit Books, effective June 1, 2020. The Creative Company currently provides fulfillment services for all three publishers, but will now add sales, marketing, customer service, and accounts receivables services, enabling the three publishing companies to bring hardcover books, paperbacks, and e-books to their library and classroom customers with greater ease and efficiency.
Under this new partnership, each of the three publishers will continue to publish their signature juvenile lists. Customers can still expect high-end, literary series nonfiction, picture books, and board books from The Creative Company, including perennial series favorites Seedlings and Amazing Animals. Amicus Publishing will continue to release friendly, accessible picture books, board books, and series nonfiction, including the imprints Spot and Amicus Illustrated. Additionally, Black Rabbit Books will continue to serve readers at risk with hi/lo and humorous imprints, Bolt, Hi Jinx, and Bolt Jr. All products may now be combined on one purchase order and purchased directly from The Creative Company.
“We’re thrilled to be merging the marketing and distribution of these three publishers, all of which are individually well-known names in the K-12 publishing industry,” said Jen Besel, newly appointed vice president of Brand Development for The Creative Company. “Among the three groups, we can offer educators products for every student from beginning readers to struggling readers to readers preparing for college. Each group produces inspiring, high-quality books, and we are simply better together.”
The Creative Company, a Minnesota-based publisher founded in 1932, currently has more than 1,500 titles in its library catalog. The Creative Company also publishes picture books and board books for the retail market as part of its Creative Editions program, which is distributed by Chronicle Books. Amicus Publishing was formed in 2010 and offers more than 650 titles in its library catalog. Amicus also publishes picture books and board books in its Amicus Ink imprint. Earlier this year, Amicus acquired Bookstaves, which is best known for its 12-Story Library imprint, and paperback publisher RiverStream. Founded in 2006, Black Rabbit Books publishes more than 400 titles in its proprietary imprints and distributes more than 400 titles for Brown Bear Books and Book House.
Anna Erickson, VP, Sales
Jen Besel, VP, Brand Development
The Creative Company
P.O. Box 227
Mankato, MN 56002