The Picture Book Agency is a French publishers agency, founded in 2013 by Stéphanie Vernet. The agency represents French publishers abroad - we aim to introduce exceptional books that stand out for their content as well as their form – surprising, awakening, entertaining objects.
The children’s book and comic publishers promoted share the same aims: create and distribute exceptional publishing for its spirit, creativity and originality, guide the readers through their discoveries, arouse children’s curiosity and stimulate their sensitivity to the aesthetics of books and images. Our publishers pay very special attention to the book-making process as it is at the heart of their project; therefore, the agency is also specialised in international co-editions.
I would be glad to be in touch with you. Feel free to contact me with any questions you might have!
stephanie (a) thepicturebookagency.com
L’Agrume is an independent publishing house focused on contemporary illustration, and was established in 2012 by Guillaume Griffon and Chloé Marquaire. They publish comics and children's books. The Agrume children's books are created as playful and attractive works of art. Highly poetic and colourful, they offer children new reading experiences.
These books can be manipulated and read in various ways which stimulate the senses and arouse curiosity in both children and adults. They captivate the reader by their originality and creativity.
benjamins media has been creating audio books for a very very long time. 30 years in 2017! Our specialties: stylised illustrations, funny – and meaningful!– stories, high quality books printed on offset paper. As for the audio, no sound effects but soundscapes (the sound makes sense).
benjamins media , with it's 3 editors, has been in place for nearly 15 years. There is Sophie, the director, Ludovic, the artist of benjamins media, and Rudy, responsible for youth workshops. They all have very different backgrounds: theatre for Sophie, cartoons for Ludovic and radio for Rudy, but all share the same goal: to edit literature of the highest quality for all children to enjoy.
Every month Biscoto stands up for a daring, independent and audacious press by offering children a thematic newspaper full of surprising ideas and images. Biscoto explores graphic territories and makes them accessible for the younger ones. Biscoto is aimed at everybody! We defend antisexist and antiracist values and we make sure that genders are represented equally. During the Angoulême International Comics Festival, Biscoto's approach received the « Fauve de la BD Alternative », a prize which rewards an alternative comic artist or project. Since 2017, Biscoto also publishes beautiful, funny and clever books !
COMME DES GEANTS
Comme des géants is a young independent publishing house dedicated to children's books. It is located in Varennes, Quebec. Comme des géants wishes to spark children's interest in literature, storytelling, and illustration so that the discovery of a book is something they'll want to repeat. Comme des géants' mission is to develop children's passion for books. The titles published by the house stand out for their narrative, literary, and graphic qualities. Even though fictional work is at the core of its publishing program, Comme des géants is open to varying types of illustrated books, ranging from comics to word books and non-fiction books.
Since 1991, the leading series in France to discover art. More than 200 issues published and 10 000 copies sold per issue. 9 high quality issues per year, dealing with a wide range of topics, from ancient to contemporary art. DADA is distributed through bookshops and by subscription, and is very present in schools and libraries. Dada now publishes beautiful non-fiction books!
L'ETAGERE DU BAS
L'Etagère du bas was created in 2016 by Delphine and Fredrik Monteil. The catalog is filled with illustrated picture books (French creations and foreign adaptations - mainly Swedish) for children from 2 to 10: beautiful books for children.
LES EDITIONS DES ELEPHANTS
Elephants are strong, graceful, and intelligent and have an enduring memory. They also symbolize wisdom and longevity. Les Éditions des Éléphants is a publishing house that aims to embody all of the above qualities. Powerful fiction and nonfiction, stories that need to be told, picture books, nonfiction with a twist, all our books give prominence to traditional illustrative mediums such as ink, etching, engraving, or traditional Chinese painting and showcase high quality graphics.
LE LIEVRE DE MARS
Le Lièvre de Mars republishes out of print books and texts that were initially published over the last six decades. The idea behind this project is to give selected, classics or lesser-known works, a new life. Our mission is to preserve, reissue (or republish) and distribute works of children’s literature, from around the world, that have been acclaimed for their strong literary and artistic merit. Founded by Nadine Robert, cofounder of publishing house Comme des géants, the idea grew out of her enthusiasm for past works of children’s literature and her desire to reintroduce them to young readers and their parents.
Maison Georges is a publishing house with a singular journey. It started to publish Georges, an innovative bookzine for kids. Next came the adventure of the first picture books and comics.
The books and magazines share a common approach, both ambitious and playful, and an elegant but dynamic graphic design. Georges, that’s also an unconventional tone and a happy and joyful world. Georges is fascinated by contemporary illustration, by design, by typography, and the staff is working on every project with the greatest care. More than anything they believe in the natural curiosity of children. That’s why they offer them new aesthetic and editorial horizons.
Illustrated novels? For adults? Yes we can! Tishina's Collection is made of illustrated editions of famous contemporary novels, in which images and words, face to face, offer new stories.
4048: a collection devoted to children! Illustrated picture books, comic books; carefully chosen titles, published at a steady pace; books by authors and stories full of adventure, energy or humour: 2024 still going what it does best, with a desire to reach out to younger readers.