Most of the
children’s imprints within Egmont were purchased from Reed Elsevier in 1998
when Reed divested itself of its consumer publishing division. Danish publisher
Egmont then amalgamated in to the structure Egmont World which had been based
Dean – the oldest imprint within Egmont dating from the early 1700s . It can be traced in 1767 as a company called Bailey & Dean, becoming Dean & Munday, Thomas Dean & Son and then Dean & Son. They published alphabet books for children and rag books moving into colouring books and story books in later years. This imprint came to Egmont as part of the Reed sale.
The Chicken House started as an independent imprint within Egmont but became totally independent in 2004.
Egmont Books Limited originally known as Egmont Children’s Books Limited and now currently known as Egmont UK Limited.
Egmont World derived from World Distributors of Manchester, and owned by the Pentos Group in the late 1960s. World’s claim to fame is being the first publishers of the hugely successful Mr. Men series originally written and illustrated by Roger Hargreaves.
Hamlyn Children’s Books – This imprint came to Egmont as part of the Reed sale.
Heinemann Young Books – This imprint came to Egmont as part of the Reed sale and brought Thomas the Tank Engine to Egmont.
Little Mammoth – This imprint came to Egmont as part of the Reed sale. It was the paperback picture book imprint of Reed Children’s Books.
Mammoth – This imprint came to Egmont as part of the Reed sale. It was the paperback imprint of Reed Children’s Books.
Historic company names include the children’s publications of the following publishers :
Kaye & Ward