By Rachel Deahl -- Publishers Weekly, 3/28/2008 8:00:00 AM
Julie Andrews has left HarperCollins for Little, Brown. The British star launched her imprint, The Julie Andrews Collection, at HarperCollins in 2003. At Little, Brown Books for Young Readers the venture, which Andrews founded with her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton, will be overseen by editorial director Liza Baker.
The Collection's 25-title backlist will stay with Harper. At LBBYR the imprint will maintain its focus, doing more illustrated titles that, like the previous titles, provide a glimpse into the doings and likes of the titular artist. The Collection will relaunch in fall 2009 with Julie Andrews' Collection of Favorite Poems, Songs and Lullabies, which LBBYR describes as "a deluxe fully illustrated anthology" both of Andrews's childhood favorites and of original songs and verses she composed with her daughter. The book will be packaged with a CD featuring recordings by Andrews. In Spring 2010, LBBYR plans to release, from The Collection, a new picture book, The Very Fair Princess, featuring a new character that is planned to reappear in future titles.