Three Quarto Books Listed on the Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2017

January 24, 2017

Three Quarto Titles have been selected as part of the Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2017 in the US. This annual cooperative project of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the Children’s Book Council aims to gather “an annual reading list of exceptional books for use in social studies classrooms, selected by social studies educators.”

The selection committee looks for books that emphasize human relations, represent a diversity of groups and are sensitive to a broad range of cultural experiences, present an original theme or a fresh slant on a traditional topic, are easily readable and of high literary quality, and have a pleasing format and, when appropriate, illustrations that enrich the text.

We are very proud to have the following three titles selected on the list:

  • Amelia Earhart – Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
  • Mabrook! A World of Muslim Weddings – Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
  • The Hello Atlas – Wide Eyed Editions

 A preview of the Notable Social Studies list is available on the CBC site. 

 Quarto had four titles selected in the 2016 list. 

Quarto Author Peter Dazeley Awarded The British Empire Award

January 19, 2017

Author of Unseen London and London Uncovered published by Frances Lincoln, an imprint of The Quarto Group, Peter Dazeley has been awarded The British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for his services to photography and charity.

The British Empire Medal is described by gov.uk as “Awarded for a ‘hands-on’ service to the local community. This could be a long-term charitable or voluntary activity, or innovative work of a relatively short duration (3 to 4 years) that has made a significant difference.” And is part of the Queen’s Honours system.

The system recognises people who have, made achievements in public life, committed themselves to serving and helping Britain. They’ll usually have made life better for other people or be outstanding at what they do.

From Dazeley’s success as a photographer he was able to give back to communities by donating his time as a photographer, to a variety of different charities. In his career he has guided and inspired the young through his mentoring in photography and  has also donated his skills to charities in support of their campaigns. Described as ‘the working class gong’ the British Empire Medal prize trophies long term commitment to charities.

Now at the age of 68, Dazeley is still working hard and can look back with great satisfaction at what he has achieved. He will be meeting the Queen later on this year to receive his award. 

Four Quarto Kids books selected as Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students by the National Science Teachers Association and the Children’s Book Council

December 21, 2016

In the US, four Children's books from Quarto imprints have been selected to the Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 for 2017 list, a cooperative project of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the Children’s Book Council.

Reading science trade books is the perfect way for students to build literacy skills while learning science content. The books that appear in these lists were selected as outstanding children's science trade books. They were chosen by a book review panel appointed by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and assembled in cooperation with the Children's Book Council (CBC). NSTA and CBC have joined forces on this bibliographic project since 1973, when the list was known as Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children and was primarily targeted at grades K through 8. Beginning in 2002, the list has been expanded to include high school as well.

Our four selected titles are:

 

The Quarto Group Announces Changes to Senior Leadership Structure

July 25, 2016

LONDON, 20 July 2016 – The Quarto Group (LSE: QRT) is pleased to announce the following Leadership appointments, effective from 1 January 2017 and reporting to Marcus E. Leaver, Chief Executive Officer of The Quarto Group:

Ken Fund, currently President & CEO, Quarto Publishing Group USA, will become Chief Operating Officer of The Quarto Group.

In this new global role, Ken will lead the company’s commercial management. In addition to leading global Publishing Operations and global IT infrastructure and systems, Ken will now lead the Sales teams and be tasked with exploring new distribution channels and markets.

Ken has over 30 years of experience in the publishing industry and has been a successful, trusted and respected leader of Quarto for over 15 years. Prior to joining Quarto, Ken held several leadership positions at Dino DeLaurentiis Productions, Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins San Francisco. Ken is a graduate of SUNY Oswego and holds an MBA in Finance from Pace University.

David Breuer, currently Director, Quarto International Co-editions Group, will become Chief Creative Officer of The Quarto Group.
In this new global role, David will lead the creative management of the business.

David joined Quarto in 2011. A graduate of Oxford University, he has worked for the art publishers Phaidon Press and with André Deutsch. He was Managing Director of the art publishers and bookshop chain Zwemmer, Commercial Director for the Royal Pavilion, Art Gallery and Museums of Brighton, and was for 15 years the Chief Executive of Royal Academy Enterprises organizing the business activities of London's Royal Academy of Arts. He is also the founder of Iqon Editions.

David Inman, currently Managing Director, Quarto Publishing Group UK will become Managing Director, Quarto Partners.

In this newly created role, David will manage our new entrepreneurial business, Quarto Partners. He will have ownership of Quarto’s distribution services across the US and the UK, with an objective to develop further distribution and partnership agreements. He will also manage Quarto’s international joint ventures and look for opportunities for growth around the world, in both English and foreign language. 

David first joined Quarto as Sales and Marketing Director in 2009 before returning as Managing Director of Quarto Publishing Group UK in 2013, following a period with Templar Publishing. A graduate of Cambridge University, David began his career with Macmillan Publishers. In 1990, he co-founded TV tie-in publisher Boxtree which grew from a start-up company to an £8 million business, prior to its later acquisition by Macmillan. He then held several senior management positions with Hachette Illustrated in Paris and Octopus Publishing.

Quarto Foreign Rights, People and Communications will continue to report to CEO Marcus Leaver.

Marcus E. Leaver, CEO of The Quarto Group, commented: "Ken, David and David have been trusted senior leaders of Quarto for many years and I have every faith in them to make these new roles a success. These changes all support the next chapter of Quarto’s story, which we will fully unveil later this year.

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For Further Information
Dorothée de Montgolfier
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020 7700 9002

About The Quarto Group
The Quarto Group (LSE: QRT) is the leading global illustrated non-fiction book publisher and distribution group, whose mission is to make and sell great books that entertain, educate and enrich the lives of adults and children around the world.

Quarto creates and owns proprietary content, publishing books from a diverse portfolio of imprints that are creatively independent and expert in developing long-lasting content across specific niches of interest.

Quarto sells books across 45 countries and in 35 languages through a variety of traditional and non-traditional channels, while constantly looking for new ways to create and deliver content that people need.

Quarto employs over 400 talented people in the US, UK, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand. The group was founded in London in 1976. It is domiciled in the US and listed on the London Stock Exchange.

For more information, visit quartoknows.com or follow us on Twitter at @TheQuartoGroup.

Ancient Earth Journal Selected for Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students List

November 18, 2015
Ancient Earth Journal: The Early Cretaceous has been selected for the Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 for 2016 list, a cooperative project of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the Children’s Book Council. The list and full reviews of the books will be available in the March 2016 issues of NSTA’s K–12 journals. The list is also promoted at their meetings and trade show, as well as their social media outlets.

See the full list of science books selected here .

Founded in 1944, the Arlington, Virginia–based NSTA is the largest organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA membership—approximately 55,000 strong, and representing more than 100 countries—includes science teachers; science supervisors; informal science educators; administrators; scientists; and leaders in business, industry, and government. Along with its members, NSTA’s 58 state chapters, 33 associate groups, nine affiliates, and nearly 100 student chapters work together to further promote and support quality science education.

Publishers Weekly Highlights Quarto Kids Books in Craft Story

August 4, 2015
Publishers Weekly reports in its Aug. 3 issue that “the maker trend has expanded the scope of juvenile crafts and hobbies to include technology projects like coding, but a ‘digital detox’ movement among parents – even those who don’t consider themselves crafts – is nurturing a continued enthusiasm for children’s hobby and craft titles.”

PW quoted Anne Lande, vice president and group publisher, who oversees Walter Foster Jr., who said that a desire by millennial working parents to give their children hands-on experiences, coupled with an increasing savvyness among children who understand what “quality” craft pojects look like means that parents are willing to spend more for quality books that offer sophisiticated creative companions to what can be found in online craft communities.

PW highlighted a couple of Walter Foster Jr. and Quarry Books in its story.

The Quarto Group Announces QuartoKnows.com

July 8, 2015
The Quarto Group is delighted to announce the launch of QuartoKnows.com, a new consumer facing site that showcases and promotes The Quarto Group's entire global publishing programme. The site allows consumers to discover more books in subjects they are interested in and presents books in ten subject areas each distinctly branded with a unique icon: Quarto Cooks, Quarto Homes, Quarto Drives, Quarto Kids, Quarto Lives (health & MBS), Quarto Plays (sport & games), Quarto Creates (art, craft & design), Quarto Thinks (culture), Quarto Explores (history, travel, science) and Quarto Gifts.

Each subject area has carefully curated recommendations, accompanying blogs full of rich content drawn from the books and focused social media accounts to drive consumer engagement. Direct to consumer sales will launch from 31st August in the USA and 30th September in the UK.

Marcus Leaver, CEO, The Quarto Group commented: "What better way could there be to enable consumers to discover more books than to present them clearly in response to their interest and searches? We want to be able to connect our books and their authors directly with consumers in a way that is responsive to what they're searching for. We know that what draws people to our books is that they provide critical and dependable information about the subjects they're passionate about. With the enormous breadth of subjects about which we have real expertise, deep content reservoirs, and fantastic communities around our authors, it is clear that Quarto really does know. We're excited at the opportunity this gives us to engage consumers and develop deeper and lasting relationships and provide more meaning to the Quarto brand."

About The Quarto Group:
The Quarto Group, Inc. (LSE: QRT) is the leading global illustrated book publisher and distribution group and is listed on the London Stock Exchange. Quarto employs about 400 talented and creative people in four distinct but complementary businesses – Quarto International Co-Editions Group; Quarto Publishing Group USA; Quarto Publishing Group UK and Books & Gifts Direct, Australia & New Zealand.

The Group is well positioned in resilient segments of book publishing with rich reserves of Intellectual Property. Quarto is uniquely positioned for growth as the industry adapts to new means of marketing, sales and routes to market. The Group's headquarters are in London where the Company was founded in 1976.

Lerner Publisher Services to Distribute Quarto Library Titles

June 16, 2015
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Lerner Publisher Services, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, today announced a new partnership with Quarto Library, a new imprint of library bound titles, to be the exclusive USA and Canadian distributor of their fall frontlist titles to the school and public library markets beginning August 2015. Lerner Publisher Services will grow sales for Quarto Library 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 55 years.

Lerner Publisher Services will distribute 30 new titles from Quarto Library this fall in library-bound editions. Quarto Library will include a collection of titles from the following divisions of the Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc.: Walter Foster Jr., Zenith Press, Quarry, and QEB Publishing. The seven new fall 2015 series include 20 Ways to Draw, an introduction to drawing objects using simple methods; Graphic Histories, which profiles iconic events from American history in comic book form; Animal Lives, which showcases the day-to-day lives and habits of interesting animals; How to Code: A Step by Step Guide to Computer Coding, which breaks down the complicated process of computer coding into clear, manageable steps; Looking After Me, an informative series that promotes a healthy lifestyle and prepares young readers for their first visits to the doctor and the dentist; Learn to Draw, a fun and educational series featuring step-by-step drawing instructions; and Learn To Draw  Favorite Characters, an art series that includes drawing tips for Disney's Palace Pets and characters from Dreamworks' Madagascar and Disney's Frozen.

'With the addition of Quarto Library, Lerner Publisher Services expands its offerings by adding well-known and high quality imprints and a diverse range of books—from instructional art books to nonfiction history titles that will easily engage readers through their comic book format,' said David Wexler, executive vice president of sales for Lerner Publishing Group.

Anne Landa, vice president and group publisher for Walter Foster/Walter Foster Jr. who oversees Quarto Library, added, 'With the expertise of Lerner Publisher Services our books will now be available in more schools and libraries than ever before.'  

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, The Kane Press, We Do Listen Foundation, Gecko Press, JR Comics, Red Chair Press, Live Oak Media, Scobre Educational, and Stoke Books.

About Lerner Publisher Group, Inc.

Lerner Publishing Group creates high-quality fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults. Founded in 1959, Lerner Publishing Group is one of the nation's largest independent children's book publishers with thirteen 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™, and Lerner Publisher Services.

About Quarto Library
Quarto Library offers beautifully designed reference and instruction books on art and lifestyle topics. In addition, its focus includes historical non-fiction in narrative, illustrated and graphic formats, featuring engaging American stories with a firm historical foundation

About The Quarto Group
The Quarto Group (LSE: QRT) is the leading global illustrated book publisher and distribution group and is listed on the London Stock Exchange. Quarto employs about 400 talented and creative people in four distinct but complementary businesses - Quarto International Co-Editions Group; Quarto Publishing Group USA; Quarto Publishing Group UK and Books & Gifts Direct, Australia & New Zealand. The Group is well positioned in resilient segments of book publishing with rich reserves of Intellectual Property. Quarto is uniquely positioned for growth as the industry adapts to new means of marketing, sales and routes to market. The Group's headquarters are in London where the Company was founded in 1976.

Publishers Weekly Notes New Era for Quarto

April 23, 2014
The Quarto Group was featured in Publishers Weekly London Book Show Daily on April 9, 2014. Here are a few excerpts from the article:

The figures are enough to make every publisher envious: a business that's 70% backlist, writes Liz Thomson. "That's a good position to be in," agrees Marcus Leaver, CEO of the Quarto Group. "As we look for growth both in our existing business and with any potential digital way forward, it makes life slightly easier knowing we have that solid foundation."

...In both the UK and US, the "tidying up" has seen the Aurum Publishing Group and Quayside Publishing Group names dispensed with in favour of the Quarto Publishing Group UK and USA, respectively. Together, those "traditional" publishing businesses represent 48% of Quarto turnover-a surprise to the many who think of Quarto merely as "the world's biggest packager".

...The continual re-invention of Quarto is key to Leaver in this dynamic and changing publishing environment. "Ken Fund who leads the US business has done an excellent job bringing about a re-bound in 2013 after a disappointing 2012. He re-conceived the entire business and has built an excellent senior team." He and his colleagues look for talent in both obvious and less obvious places-at Walter Foster, one key figure began her career at the LAPD! "We're not sitting at the Ivy looking to agents for the next book, so we need diversity because we need to come up with a lot of ideas.

...Quarto's ideal book is All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew, a Long Island retiree. "It was first published in 1981 and still it did over three-quarters of a million dollars last year." A second edition was published last month and Leaver is touching wood that Quarto has hit pay-dirt again with Straw Bale Gardens by Joel Karsten.

 

See the entire story, along with an org chart of Quarto imprints here.

Quarto Rebrands Publishing Division; Adds New Visual Identity

February 26, 2014
Quarto (LSE: QRT.L), the leading global illustrated book publisher and distribution group, on February 26 announced a rebrand of its publishing divisions, comprising new names and a new visual identity, which better represents how the divisions work together. With shared domestic, international and foreign language sales teams Quarto is one integrated supplier to customers worldwide. The new names and logos make this clear while capitalizing on the company's 38-year-old heritage.

This rebrand applies to Quarto's publishing divisions under names aligned to group identity and not individual imprints: Quarto International Co-Editions Group (unchanged), Quarto Publishing Group UK (formerly Aurum Publishing Group), Quarto Publishing Group USA (formerly Quayside Publishing Group). The many imprints within The Quarto Group, both those started organically and those acquired over the years, will keep their existing identity and visual style.

The designs from Sydney-based creative studio Philter take into account Quarto Group's visual foundations in illustrated books and the sophisticated design of the books published but with a modern, accessible look and feel in a vibrant color palette.

The publishing divisions of The Quarto Group are presented in line with a new group logo. The new group logo consists of a Q and a circle. The Q can be used on its own as a simple expression of the brand, while the circle which houses ‘The Quarto Group' becomes a flexible graphic device to display key positioning statements and convey The Quarto Group as the nucleus around which its divisions work. Each publishing division has a logo comprising its name within a circle in a distinct colour.

The distinctive and different Books & Gifts Direct logo was also designed by Philter as part of the recent consolidation and rebrand of two previous businesses and in support of a renewed marketing push for the direct marketing business.

Roll-out begins with this announcement with all divisions using the new branding immediately.

Marcus Leaver, CEO of Quarto, said: 'The transparency this re-branding exercise brings gives clarity to our customers and partners. It represents how all parts of Quarto works together to make great books and put them in customers' hands globally, wherever, whenever and however they want them through our consolidated multi-channel marketing and sales teams.'