Walker Books has joined the growing licensing programme for The Adventures of Abney & Teal.
BBC Worldwide has appointed the firm as the global master book publisher for the popular brand.
Walker Books will be publishing the first three Abney and Teal titles in time for Christmas 2012. They will launch with stand-alone picture books and a simply novelty title, illustrated by Joel Stewart.
"We are delighted to bring the experience, expertise and quality reputation of Walker Books to the Abney and Teal stable for this key category," said Nick Kirkpatrick, brand manager at BBC Worldwide. "Walker Books, together with our master toy partner Rainbow Designs, will deliver the highest quality Abney and Teal consumer products to retail.
"We will be announcing new licensing partners shortly as we build our global merchandising programme for 2012 and beyond."
Denise Johnstone-Burt, publisher at Walker Books, added: "We were instantly drawn to Abney and Teal, which combines the originality of Ragdoll with the artistic brilliance of Joel Stewart. Working with Joel, we know we can create books that not only complement the already successful television series but stand in their own right as beautiful illustrated books."