November 6, 2017, NEW YORK – Hachette Book Group announced today that it has entered into an agreement to purchase a successful line of books from Minnesota-based Meadowbrook Press, a publisher known for its high-quality titles in the areas of pregnancy, childcare, and parenting. Going forward, these books will be published by Da Capo Lifelong Books, part of Perseus Books, a Hachette Book Group company.
The purchased backlist to be published by Lifelong comprises approximately 25 titles, including Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn, which has sold 1.5 million copies, as well as The Simple Guide to Having a Baby, Discipline with Love and Limits, 100,000+ Baby Names, and the Busy Book series of creative learning activities for children. Going forward, Meadowbrook’s children’s and gift/humor books will be published by Running Press, also part of Perseus Books.
John Radziewicz, Vice President and Publisher of Da Capo, said, “We’ve long admired Meadowbrook’s market-savvy publishing program and authors, and we’re thrilled to welcome these innovative, authoritative, and engaging books to the Lifelong list. They’re a terrific complement to our current offerings in the pregnancy and parenting categories and allow us to expand into new areas within these categories as well.
“I couldn’t ask for a more nurturing home for these books than Da Capo Lifelong Books and Hachette Book Group,” said Meadowbrook President Bruce Lansky. “Over the past few months I have come to the conclusion that Lifelong Books will be a great fit with our pregnancy and parenting line, and I know that the books will benefit from the vision and energy of the entire Hachette Book Group team.”
Since being founded by Bruce Lansky in 1975, Meadowbrook Press has grown to become one of America’s leading publishers of pregnancy, childcare, and parenting books. It is the number one publisher of baby name books in the country, with six baby-naming books in print and total sales of over eleven million copies.
Meadowbrook Press was represented in this transaction by Susan Reich and David Lamb of Book Advisors LLC.
Da Capo Press is an imprint of Perseus Books, a division of Hachette Book Group. The Lifelong Books imprint within Da Capo includes the bestselling Your Pregnancy Week by Week series by Dr. Glade Curtis and Judith Schuler, Dr. Marshall Klaus’s The Doula Book, Dr. Stanley Greenspan’s The Challenging Child, and the Touchpoints books by “America’s Pediatrician,” Dr. T. Berry Brazelton.
Running Press Book Publishers, an imprint of Perseus Books, has been providing consumers with an innovative list of quality books and book-related kits since 1972. It focuses on lifestyle and pop culture, including food, humor, craft and activity, style and beauty, entertainment, memoir, and self-help, as well as children’s picture and board books and YA and middle-grade fiction and nonfiction.