Philomel was created in the early 1980s as part of World Publishing Books for Young People, by Editor and Publisher Ann Beneduce. The imprint’s name, which literally means “lover of song,” implied that these books would be lyrical, beautiful in concept and form, and fine enough to be celebrated as gifts. The early lists included such future classics as Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which has sold hundreds of millions of copies worldwide; Virginia Hamilton’s Newbery Honor winning Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush; and Ed Young’s Caldecott Honor winning The Emperor and the Kite.

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