World Wisdom Launches Children’s/Young Adult Imprint
According to Publisher’s Weekly, World Wisdom, the Bloomington, Ind.-based publisher of perennial philosophy books, is launching Wisdom Tales, a new imprint for children and young adults. The first title, The Man who Dreamed of Elk-Dogs and Other Stories from Tipi by Caldecott Medal-winner by Paul Goble, will be released in June this year. Elk-Dogs tells the stories of how horses came to the Plains tribes.
Also on the Wisdom Tales debut list are books that focus on classic Christian topics, such as Christmas and St. Francis of Assisi. The imprint’s second release is The Knight, The Princess and the Magic Rock: A Classic Persian Tale by Sara Azizi (July). There is an initial line-up of five books on Native American culture for teens. The Wisdom Tales Web site launches May 31.
I’m not an expert on the success of religious based YA fiction but I’m going to take a stab in the dark and say that they are probably not something your regular teen is going to buy for themselves. Perhaps bible study classes and christian schools will buy these texts and add them to their book reading/English program. Is that a cynical viewpoint to take?