Lerner Publisher Services Announces New Distribution Agreement with Soaring Kite Books

MINNEAPOLIS, MN–Lerner Publisher Services, a division of Lerner Publishing Group™, today announced a new distribution arrangement with Soaring Kite Books to be their exclusive book distributor beginning January 1, 2022. Lerner Publisher Services will grow sales for Soaring Kite Books by leveraging the market reach, expertise, and reputation for exceptional quality and customer service that has made Lerner Publishing Group a leader in independent children’s book publishing for more than 60 years.

Soaring Kite Books are uplifting and diverse children’s books that give a voice and a presence to underrepresented characters. Building off the pillars of diverse representation, family values, self-esteem, and kindness, the vision of Soaring Kite Books is to build a collection of books by diverse authors that parents and readers can trust.

The inaugural Soaring Kite Books list distributed by Lerner Publisher Services includes the picture book Dear Mama’s Loving Arms, written by Ceece Kelley and illustrated by Sawyer Cloud. The list also includes Drawn to Friends and Classroom Confidence, two new books from the Georgie Dupree series for new and emerging readers, written by Ceece Kelley and illustrated by Chloe Guevara.

“Lerner Publisher Services is dedicated to inclusion in children’s books and that is the main mission of Soaring Kite Books,” said David Wexler, Executive Vice President of Sales for Lerner Publishing Group. “Children will build confidence and self-esteem as they relate to the characters and the beautiful illustrations featured in books from Soaring Kite.”

“From one family business to another, Soaring Kite Books is excited about our distribution partnership with Lerner Publisher Services,” said Ceece Kelley, Principal Author and Publisher for Soaring Kite Books. “What started as a way to ensure families like mine were represented in books has turned into a platform for diverse authors around the world to share their cultures in children’s literature.”

Soaring Kite Books will be available for pre-sale through Lerner starting on November 11, 2021.

About Lerner Publisher Services
Lerner Publisher Services, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, distributes high-quality children’s books from clients including Andersen Press USA, Big & Small, Cheriton Children’s Books, Creston Books, Full Tilt Press, Gecko Press, Hungry Tomato, JR Comics, Lantana Publishing, Live Oak Media, James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Maverick Arts, New Frontier Publishing, Page Education Foundation, Quarto Library, Red Chair Press, Ruby Tuesday Books, and We Do Listen. For more information, visit www.lernerbooks.com or www.lernerpublisherservices.com or call 800-328-4929.

About Lerner Publishing Group
Lerner Publishing Group, one of the nation’s largest independent children’s book publishers, is proud to celebrate 60 years of creating high-quality fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults. Founded in 1959, Lerner Publishing Group has fifteen imprints and divisions: Lerner Publications, Millbrook Press™, Carolrhoda Books®, Twenty-First Century Books™, Graphic Universe™, Darby Creek™, Kar-Ben Publishing™, Carolrhoda Lab®, LernerClassroom™, ediciones Lerner, First Avenue Editions™, Lerner Digital™, Zest Books™, and Lerner Publisher Services™. For more information, visit lernerbooks.com or call 800-328-4929.

About Soaring Kite Books
Founded in April 2020, Soaring Kite Books is a small independent publishing company formed to give a voice and a presence to underrepresented characters in children’s books. According to 2019 children’s publishing statistics, characters with diverse racial or ethnic backgrounds make up only 27% of children’s books. While children can learn important values from book characters of any background, it builds children’s confidence and self-esteem to see and read literature featuring characters that look like them.

Media contact:
Lindsay Matvick
Publicity Manager
800-328-4929, x385

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