The global publishing house, DK, has landed a strategic commercial partnership with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, to launch a range of children’s books that each take inspiration from art, history, and culture, to draw readers into the world curated by the museum.
Under the new deal, DK will commission original text and illustration, which will be informed with commentary by The Met’s unparalleled staff, works from the Museum collection, and archival assets to illustrate and explore 5,000 years of art.
The books will be available in bookstores across the world, including The Met Store.
Mark Searle, DK’s publishing director, licensing, said: “The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a historic cultural institution and we are very proud to be their partner for this new range of books.
“We are excited to be part of The Met’s mission to make art more accessible, and it is an honour to share this content with readers in every continent.”
Lisa Silverman Meyers, global head of licensing for The Metropolitan Museum of Art, added: “We are absolutely thrilled to be collaborating with DK on this partnership. DK has a long tradition of delivering content to children and families in the most engaging and interesting ways, and we are so pleased to be working with them to help us deliver our mission of access and education.
“As The Met celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, we look forward to creating books where all children can see themselves in these stories and activities.”
DK will act as The Met’s strategic partner for children’s commercial publishing, worldwide and in all languages, beginning with six children’s titles planned to publish next year. The list will include books on art, history and culture.