The @MyLittlePony twitter account today released an announcement that a licensing deal has been struck with Little Brown Books, a well know publisher of “all ages” books owned by the Hachette Book Group, a United Kingdom based company. Apparently we did see one on the Barnes & Noble website back in September (see EqD article). A quick check of the Hachette Book Group reveals the various titles that will be appearing this spring.
(Updated 9pm ET 11/20/12)
We’ve teamed up with @lbkids on a line of ponyrific books for fans of all ages! Look for My Little Pony titles in spring 2013.— My Little Pony (@MyLittlePony) November 19, 2012
|MLP: Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart Spell
||MLP: Under the Sparkling Sea
||MLP: Meet the Ponies of Ponyville
|MLP: Welcome to Equestria
|| MLP: Untitled Chapter Book 2
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Full text version of press release seen above, plus additional articles from various media outlets after the page break:
Official Little, Brown & Company / Hasbro Press Release (courtesy of EqD):
[New York, NY and Pawtucket, R.I. ]; November 19th, 2012 – Little, Brown Books for Young readers has reached an agreement in principal for print and electronic rights in the United States and Canada, under license from Hasbro, Inc, for the blockbuster MY LITTLE PONY brand, and will extend its existing license for TRANSFORMERS into 2013, it was announced today by Andrew Smith, the division’s Vice President and Deputy Publisher and Michael Kelly, Director of Hasbro’s Global Publishing.
The standout titles in this deal, which was made by Erin Stein, Editorial Director at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, would include an Official Guide to the “MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC” animated television series, which releases in Spring 2013, and a TRANSFORMERS Pop-Up Book by maser paper engineer, Matthew Reinhart, scheduled for Fall 2013. Additional books based on the MLP:FiM animated series include 8x 8s, readers, chapter books and other companion and novelty forms ats, as well as an original MLP picture book by award-winning illustrator Mary Jane Begin, which will release in April 2013. For the youngest fans of TRANSFORMERS, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers plans to release books starting in May 2013 based on the “TRANSFORMERS: RESCUE BOTS” animated television series.
“We’re thrilled to expand our relationship with Hasbro to include the launch of a publishing program based on the phenomenal pop culture brand, MY LITTLE PONY, as we continue to publish exciting new formats for TRANSFORMERS,” said Andrew Smith at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. “We look forward to expanding on the great stories featured in both animated series, as well as to creating new reading experiences for the millions of lifelong devotees around the world and new readers, with collectible and innovative formats for fans of every age.”
“We are extremely pleased to see our relationship with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers growing with the addition of the new projects,” said Michael Kelly at Hasbro. “The enthusiasm and creative energy the whole team brings to each book promises exciting opportunities for fans to interact with our characters and brands.”
Featuring the beloved ponies from the popular MLP:FiM animated series, created by Hasbro STudios and currently airing on The Hub TV Network in the United States, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers will extend the series’ message of friendship to several new book releasing in April 2013. There’s a pony for everyone, and a book to delight every Pony fan in Little Brown Books for Readers’ MLP publishing Program.
– In MEET THE PONIES OF PONYVILLE, a Level 1 Reader (part of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers’ leveled reading program, Passport to Reading), the youngest of pony readers can read all about their favorite characters ($3.99 / Ages 4-8)
– WELCOME TO EQUESTRIA is a four color illustrated storybook that explores all of Equestria, from Ponyville to Canterlot. ($3.99 / Ages 4-8)
– TWILIGHT SPARKLE AND THE CRYSTAL HEART SPELL is the first book in a brand new chapter book series. Each book will feature a different pony character and an original story that ties in with the events in the MLP:FiM animated television series. Books will be released every three months and will feature bonus activity pages ($5.99 / Ages 6-9)
– And prehaps one of the most anticipated releases for Pony fans of all ages is MY LITTLE PONY: THE ELEMENTS OF HARMOY (“THE FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC” OFFICIAL GUIDEBOOK), which includes extensive character bios, a complete episode guide and a map of Equestria, which will appear in print for the first time. Don’t miss the complete lyrics to all the songs, a guide to the friendship lessons TWILIGHT SPARKLE and her friends have learned, and get Pony Words of Widsom – So you can live your life in harmony with all other creatures ($16.99 / Ages 12 & Up).
In addition to titles based on the “MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC” animated series, Little, Brown Book for Young Readers plans to publish a full-color original picture book in April 2013, entitled UDNER THE SPARKLING SEA. Celebrated artist Mary Jane Begin introduces fans to a brand-new land in the world of MLP – the underwater city of Aquastria, ruled by KING LEO. When Twilight Sparkle receives an invitation to visit the underwater world, she invities all her pony friends and SPIKE to travel with her. Together, they learn of the long-held rivalry between the seaponies and the mermares, and must navigate the oceanic world, confront danger, make new friends, and race to the finish in this adventure that takes place in the shimmering new MLP world that has never been seen before.
More Titles in LittleBrown Books for Readers’ MY LITTLE PONY publishing program
Meet the Ponies of Ponyville: the youngest of pony readers can read all about their favorite characters ($3.99 / Ages 4-8).
Welcome to Equestria: four-color illustrated storybook that explores all of Equestria, from Ponyville to Canterlot ($3.99 / Ages 4-8).
Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart Spell: “the first book in a brand new chapter book series” ($5.99 / Ages 6-9).
Under the Sparkling Sea: “Celebrated artist Mary Jane Begin introduces fans to a brand-new land in the world of My Little Pony – the underwater city of Aquastria”
New My Little Pony book teases Seapony reveal
The Seaponies were introduced back in 1983 and made few appearances in the years following, but have never been written out of current series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
However, a new illustrated hardback called Under the Sparkling Seais due in April 2013 and will “introduce fans to a brand new land and an underwater city of Aquastria.” Could it be that Friendship is Magic will lead viewers on a visit to Aquastria before the end of season three?
Three other books have been dated for April as well, according to the website for publisher Hachette: Meet the Ponies of Ponyville,Welcome to Equestria, and Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart Spell will be available in paperback and as e-books.
Also in the works are an asyet untitled book due in July, thought to be a Twilight Sparkle sequel, and a My Little Pony handbook called Elements of Harmony, which was first unearthed in September via retailer listings.