9 Story Brands has named Penguin Young Readers the global publishing partner for the new animated series Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum.
The series is based on the New York Times best-selling Ordinary People Change the World series written by Brad Meltzer and illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos. Penguin will be releasing storybooks, leveled readers and sticker activity books, with the first titles set to launch in spring 2020.
The spring launch will feature three new releases, which all go on sale April 14, 2020: I Am Susan B. Anthony (8×8 storybook), I Am Cleopatra (leveled reader) and I Am Harry Houdini (8×8 storybook). The Ordinary People Change the World series will reach an exciting milestone with the 20th book, I Am Leonardo da Vinci, which will also go on sale April 14.
Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum is an animated adventure series, which goes back in time to meet real-life historical figures when they were kids. The series premiered on PBS KIDS in November 2019 and TVO Kids this past December. Produced at Brown Bag Films’ Toronto studio, the series takes a fresh approach to teaching kids ages 4 to 7 about important historical figures and the experiences that shaped their lives, while exploring social-emotional concepts and character traits such as courage, resilience and setting and accomplishing goals.
9 Story Distribution International has worldwide distribution rights outside Canada, while 9 Story Brands is managing global licensing and merchandising rights.