Larkshead cherry picks publishing deal

Sweet Cherry publishing house to produce kids’ book lines for hit pre-school brands Alphablocks and Numberblocks

Written by Rhys Thomas

Posted 08.03.2019 | Pre-School

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Larkshead Media has signed its first publishing deal for Alphablocks Ltd with independent children’s publishing house Sweet Cherry.

Sweet Cherry will develop Numberblocks and Alphablocks books that celebrate the humour and inventive imagination of both brands’ colourful and dynamic characters. The books are aimed at kids up to the age of six and will provide plenty of fun learning and development when they hit shelves in late 2019.

Clare Piggott, Director at Larkshead Media says: “Sweet Cherry have a real enthusiasm and commitment to bringing these two incredibly popular fun learning brands to life. The whole Sweet Cherry team really engaged with both Numberblocks and Alphablocks from the outset, so I know they will produce some wonderfully visual and entertaining books that will be enjoyed by our ever growing fan base. 

"There’s a real demand for Numberblocks and Alphablocks product and Sweet Cherry are well placed to capitalise on this given their exceptional distribution capabilities. We’re really looking forward to sharing their initial range of product in the coming months.”


Sweet Cherry’s Managing Director, Abdul Thadha, adds: “We are excited to be working with Larkshead Media and Joe on a range of new books which will translate the Alphablocks and Numberblocks core values from screen to print. As an innovative children’s publisher, I’m confident the team here at Sweet Cherry will be able to pave the way in creating exciting new book formats with rich content across both of these delightful pre-school series.”

Numberblocks has been enjoying continuous top-ranking positions on BBC iPlayer, holding its own against far more established pre-school brands. With 90 CGI episodes commissioned to date, the series first debuted on CBeebies in 2017 and follows the dynamic adventures of colourful block characters who live in Numberland, helping children to understand how numbers really work. The Alphablocks are twenty-six delightful living letters who simply fall out of the sky and realise if they hold hands and make a word, it comes magically to life. 

Both shows are produced by Blue Zoo Productions alongside creators Alphablocks Ltd. They broadcast twice daily on CBeebies.

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