Frances Lincoln Children’s Books and London’s Natural History Museum Join Forces in New Publishing Venture

June 16, 2016

Frances Lincoln Children’s Books will create a new range of non-fiction books in association with the Natural History Museum. Launching in summer 2017 to coincide with the blue whale skeleton being unveiled in Hintze Hall, the list of around 10 books a year will feature a mix of activity and reference for children of all ages, from preschool to 10+, and will be sold worldwide.

Beautifully illustrated and carefully researched, each series of books will take inspiration from the Museum’s extensive collections, will incorporate the key themes of evolution, biodiversity and sustainability, and will be created in collaboration with a team of experts at the Museum. Artists from the Museum’s archive such as Neave Parker, whose drawings of prehistoric animals first featured in The Illustrated London News in 1950, will be brought into the spotlight for a new generation of naturalists in a series of newspaper-inspired activity books, the first entitled The Prehistoric Times. Contemporary artists such as Alice Bowsher and London-based designers Craig & Karl will add contemporary flair to the programme, with new colouring-in and sticker books based around key habitats and animal species. The publishing partnership was brokered by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Publisher Rachel Williams and Colin Ziegler, Publisher at the Museum.

Colin Ziegler said, ‘I’ve long admired the quality of books that Frances Lincoln publish and, having already worked with them on a number of titles over the years, I’m now really excited to be developing a whole publishing programme with them that can share the Museum’s understanding of the natural world with new audiences, helping to inspire the next generation of scientists.’

Rachel Williams said, ‘The Natural History Museum is London’s natural treasure trove, and one of the most inspiring places for families to spend a day out. Our hope is that these books allow readers of all ages to take home a piece of this treasure and inspire what Darwin called a “love for all living creatures”.’

The Quarto Group has maintained a long-term and close working relationship with NHM, and currently distributes its existing adult and children’s lists.


The Natural History Museum welcomes more than five million visitors a year and is a world-leading science research centre. Through its unique collection and unrivalled expertise it is tackling the biggest challenges facing the world today. It helps enable food security, eradicate disease and manage resource scarcity. It is studying the diversity of life and the delicate balance of ecosystems to ensure the survival of our planet.

Frances Lincoln Children’s Books in an imprint of The Quarto Group — a leading global illustrated book publisher and distribution group, publishing in over 45 countries and 25 languages. Founded in 1976, Quarto is celebrating its 40th year of publishing this year.