There’s something distinctive about Enchanted Lion Books publications. Yes, this family-owned indie publisher of translated and original children’s books maintains a multinational scope with an emphasis on European titles. Yes, Enchanted Lion Books offers a range of children’s fiction, wordless picture books, comics, and nonfiction titles from around the world. However, it is the press’ dedication to lively language, books-as-art aesthetics, and young reader engagement that makes their titles shine.
Aesthetics play an essential role in Enchanted Lion Books creations: from exuberant writing, unique illustration, and elegant book design, each title is a consciously constructed work of art. Consider the forthcoming A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader as an example. Coedited by Brain Pickings’ Maria Popova and Enchanted Lion Books owner Claudia Bedrick, this epistolary collection’s stunning cover art and lyrical title invites readers of any age to lose themselves in its illustrated pages. This curated compendium epitomizes the quality and creativity I’ve come to expect from Enchanted Lion Books, landing it among my most anticipated children’s releases of 2018.
The Enchanted Lion Books website is currently undergoing renovation. Luckily, their distributor, Consortium Book Sales and Distribution, offers a search tool for librarians to explore titles from specific publishers. Click here to see what’s next for Enchanted Lion Books.
By Chelsey Slattum