Enchanted Lion Books

Enchanted Lion Books Enchanted Lion Books, based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, is an independent publisher of beautifully illustrated books and some fiction for readers of all ages.
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Staunchly independent and family-owned, we opened our doors and published our first list in spring 2003. We love books, well-told stories, and beautifully-rendered illustrations, marked by a vivid, lively line and an awareness of space.

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🌧🌈🚲 “The arrival of a new Chirri & Chirra book is always a treat for those of us fond of deliciously illustrated tableau...
07/13/2021

🌧🌈🚲 “The arrival of a new Chirri & Chirra book is always a treat for those of us fond of deliciously illustrated tableaux in the books we read with children… The joy of these books lies in the pure enchantment that they offer to children ages 2-8. There is no snark, no cynicism, no deceit or retribution in Chirri and Chirra’s world. All is kindness, softness, curiosity and good fortune. The two adventurers are forever coming upon dear little cafes and hotels run by friendly animals; each book finds them tucking into exquisite and surprising dainties. 🫖🍬

On this excursion, for instance, Chirri and Chirra take refreshment at a tiny woodland shop that’s only open on rainy days, [ordering] ‘chrysanthemum tea with lemon marmalade,’ peppermint tea with green-apple syrup,’ [and] ‘bowls of frozen raindrop candy,’ we read, devouring these delicacies with our eyes…

When the friends pedal away again, they feel a bit floaty and soon discover that they’re cycling above the rain, which falls beneath their wheels like a pretty blue curtain. How to get down at the end of the day? By blowing bubbles after eating ‘ripe and sparkling’ gumdrops, of course. What did you expect?” 🌈 —𝘞𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘚𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘵 𝘑𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘢𝘭 @wsj

𝘾𝙃𝙄𝙍𝙍𝙄 & 𝘾𝙃𝙄𝙍𝙍𝘼, 𝙏𝙃𝙀 𝙍𝘼𝙄𝙉𝙔 𝘿𝘼𝙔 is out in the world for one week, today. Celebrating with luminous gummy gumdrops, of course... And the warmest review! 🎈💕

🔗 This beautiful treasure is available now at the link in our bio! 🚲🚲✨
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𝘿𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜-𝙙𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜, 𝙙𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜-𝙙𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜! 🚲🚲 Chirri & Chirra are off again on a new whimsical adventure — this time, with the distinctiv...
07/06/2021

𝘿𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜-𝙙𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜, 𝙙𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜-𝙙𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜! 🚲🚲 Chirri & Chirra are off again on a new whimsical adventure — this time, with the distinctive sound of their bicycle bells chiming in with the patter of the rain! 🌧

Happy #BookBirthday to the seventh (!) installment in Kaya Doi’s series about these beloved explorers, translated from the Japanese by David Boyd. 🎈Through and through, Chirri and Chirra find pure delight in the natural world, in befriending the creatures they meet along their journeys, and in the small wonders all around them (often in the form of surprising and lovely treats and refreshments 🍬🫖).

Not even a rain shower can dampen their curiosity and enthusiasm, for on this latest bike riding excursion they serendipitously happen upon a cafe that is only open on rainy days. Naturally, the shop is lined with picturesque windows that are meant just for watching the droplets fall, and as the pair sits peacefully, sipping tea with a side of sweet rock candy, that is exactly what they do! 

When Chirri and Chirra leave the cafe in their (nearly) matching raincoats, the adventure only becomes more magical — the rain begins to fall upside down, lifting them and their bicycles up into the treetops! There, they enjoy some more discoveries in the reverse-rainfall. In the company of sweet animals who become fast friends, they watch the sun peek out from behind the clouds, and conclude their day with a beautiful rainbow. 🌦 Kaya Doi’s illustrations, rendered in glowing colored pencil, are warm and inviting, ushering her readers into pages that feel like a haven from the rain outside. 🌈

We're delighted to welcome you on this newest adventure! Happy reading! 💙 (Link in bio & in Stories)
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What could be MORE cozy than curling up into the whimsical world of Chirri & Chirra during a summer storm? 🌧💞 A world wh...
07/01/2021

What could be MORE cozy than curling up into the whimsical world of Chirri & Chirra during a summer storm? 🌧💞 A world where every encounter is a slip into easy friendship, a lovely surprise lies around every corner, and the clouds always part to reveal a rainbow. 🌦🌈 CHIRRI & CHIRRA THE RAINY DAY, book #7 in this treasured Japanese series, is out this Tuesday, July 6th! ✨

“Doi’s trademark illustrations, made with colored pencils to evoke the look of mid-20th-century lithographs, depict the protagonists with pale skin, rosy cheeks, and black pageboys. They cycle ever to the right across the spreads, which take advantage of the book’s unusual trim size to open to a 6.5-inch-tall by 18-inch-wide panorama that’s somehow both cozy and expansive. Another delightful outing in this winsome Japanese series.” — @kirkus_reviews 🚲🚲
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“In this gloriously unruly feminist fable, THE TRUE STORY OF A MOUSE WHO NEVER ASKED FOR IT explores the power of art-ma...
06/22/2021

“In this gloriously unruly feminist fable, THE TRUE STORY OF A MOUSE WHO NEVER ASKED FOR IT explores the power of art-making, the tedium of the domestic, and the dangers of heteronormativity, all within beautiful pictures and tender words. I was enchanted by the pairing of graphic illustration and tight prose on every page. It is luminous and evocative from start to finish.” —Alisson Wood, author of Being Lo**ta ✨

We’re thrilled to have arrived at the long-awaited #BookBirthday of this stunning, layered, uncategorical book — the debut from our new imprint, Unruly! ✨ To celebrate all of the love with which the book is being received, and in support of the American Booksellers Association’s #BoxedOut initiative, we are continuing to send art prints from the book to those who buy a copy from an indie bookstore today or tomorrow! 💙

ABA’s #BoxedOut campaign speaks to the critical choice between shopping indie and shopping Amazon, supporting independent bookstores while Amazon promotes its “prime day” deals. Anyone who purchases THE TRUE STORY OF A MOUSE WHO NEVER ASKED FOR IT from their favorite indie bookstore by Wednesday, June 23rd, whether online or in person, can email us* their receipt & mailing address for a beautiful archival print of one of the images in the book, stamped with artist Violeta Lópiz’s insignia.❣️

Thank you for supporting the independent spirit that makes books like this one possible. We can’t wait for you to hold it in your hands! 

* 💌 please send receipt & mailing address to [email protected] 
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It’s World Refugee Day, and we’re reflecting on the power of reading & story-sharing to provoke empathy and action.
Swip...
06/20/2021

It’s World Refugee Day, and we’re reflecting on the power of reading & story-sharing to provoke empathy and action.

Swipe 〰️ for some stunning pages from two stories that touch on what it is to seek refuge, and that offer reality along with hope —

• LES POINGS SUR LES ÎLES, a gorgeous book from France, chronicling the relationship between a young boy and his grandfather, who spent his youth working hard, without a home, and never learned to read or write. Despite this, he is a wonderful gardener, a talented cook and artist, and speaks the language of all the birds. His grandson wants to be just like him, and the two enjoy a very special relationship, exploring nature together, drawing, and playing music. 🌿🧡

•THREE BALLS OF WOOL, IS a story about a family that moves from Fascist Portugal to Communist Czechoslovakia, in search of a freer place where every child can go to school. Different as this new country is, however, it is far from ideal. In this new, gray world, the lack of freedom is felt in the simplest things, such as the colors one can and cannot wear. In an act of resistance, the children’s mother unravels the threads of all their sweaters, recombining them in unique and expressive ways. 🧶💫

Celebrations of the connections and transformations that come through acts of storytelling, these stories highlight the power that art-making has as a form of resistance, voice, and expression. Translated from French and from Portuguese, these books remind us that small acts of translation happen between us all on a daily basis, and that to extend oneself in these acts is a way of offering love. 💛

Swipe up on our Stories to explore more from THREE BALLS OF WOOL (CAN CHANGE THE WORLD), written by Henriqueta Cristina, illustrated by Yara Kono, and translated from Portuguese by Lyn Miller-Lachmann. Keep an eye out for our forthcoming edition of LES POINGS SUR LES ÎLES (written by Élise Fontenaille, illustrated by Violeta Lópiz, and translated from French by ELB’s Emilie Robert Wong) — coming in Fall 2022!! ✨

It’s so exciting to see SO many of you embracing Unruly — making space for its first title on your shelves, between your...
06/17/2021

It’s so exciting to see SO many of you embracing Unruly — making space for its first title on your shelves, between your hands, and in your imaginations. 〰️ We wanted to share some of the remarkable words with which the book has already been received. THANK YOU, @publisherswkly , @alissonwood , and @kirkus_reviews , for such glowing early insights into this disarmingly uncategorical picture book. 💙 And an enormous “thank you,” as well, to all of you who have left us such thoughtful, enthusiastic comments, or who have pre-ordered a copy of your own. 💌

FOR THE NEXT 5 DAYS • if you order The True Story of a Mouse Who Never Asked for It before its pub date on 6/22, you’ll also receive a beautiful archival print of one of the images in the book, stamped with artist Violeta Lópiz’s insignia.❣️

In this contemporary, deeply feminist retelling of an old folk tale found throughout Spanish-speaking countries, creators Ana Cristina Herreros and Violeta Lópiz put a lens on the societal expectations of girls and women. Here (keep swiping! 〰️) the frame is widened to great effect in a wordless coda that explores, by casting a light across the whole book, how women hold, lose, repossess, and actualize their agency and themselves.

Be sure to visit us at ✨ enchantedlion.com/unruly ✨ to read more about the creators’ journey to realize this brilliant, complex dual-narrative of word & image. We’re thrilled to be welcoming you into the world of Unruly, with so much more to come, and to be sharing this first book with you!
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ONLY 7 DAYS UNTIL THE RELEASE OF THE FIRST TITLE UNDER OUR NEW UNRULY IMPRINT! ✨ PRE-ORDER NOW & RECEIVE A COLLECTIBLE A...
06/15/2021

ONLY 7 DAYS UNTIL THE RELEASE OF THE FIRST TITLE UNDER OUR NEW UNRULY IMPRINT! ✨ PRE-ORDER NOW & RECEIVE A COLLECTIBLE ARCHIVAL PRINT! 💙

"The book’s brilliance lies in its intriguing disjunction between word and image. As the narrative advances...the solution to the illustrated puzzle reveals a nuanced feminist interpretation of the original folktale, and the promise of healing through autonomous creative fulfillment.” —STARRED REVIEW, Publishers Weekly

Created by author and folklorist Ana Cristina Herreros and illustrator Violeta Lopiz, The True Story of a Mouse Who Never Asked for It is a contemporary, deeply feminist retelling of an old folk tale found throughout Spanish-speaking countries that puts a lens on the societal expectations of girls and women. Here, the frame is widened to great effect in a wordless coda that explores, by casting a light across the whole book, how women hold, lose, repossess, and actualize their agency and themselves.

Complex, provocative, and brilliantly structured upon a dazzling interplay between word and image, this book was so uncategorical, so UNRULY, that it catalyzed the creation of our new imprint. This mouse and cat quite simply needed a new space for the expansive, complex, sophisticated vision of their story, so beautifully and boldly told by Herreros and Lopiz. 〰️

Welcome to Unruly! 💛 Over the next week, we will be sharing artwork from the book's interior and notes from the book's creation and process, so stay tuned!

(If you order this extraordinary book before pub day on 6/22, you’ll receive a beautiful archival print of one of the images in the book, stamped with artist Violeta Lópiz’s insignia. Swipe through to take a look.) ✨✨✨



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“From the time he was four-years-old drawing with his Dad at the kitchen table, until the day he died at thirty-one, Kei...
06/15/2021

“From the time he was four-years-old drawing with his Dad at the kitchen table, until the day he died at thirty-one, Keith remained spontaneous and free, following his line wherever it would lead.

And though his life ended too soon, Keith’s line is still with us...

...and it goes on forever” 〰️

Celebrating that infinite, inclusive line today and always. 🌈〰️ A twisting, turning, traveling line, capacious enough to hold all truth & disposed to embrace all people, all love. 💛✏️〰️

A luminous homage to the incomparable Keith Haring, Matthew Burgess & Josh Cochran’s DRAWING ON WALLS is a 💫2021 Rainbow Book List selection!💫

Being selected as 1 of 10 books on this List for Young Readers is a BEAUTIFUL celebration of the expansive love, respect, and acceptance with which Keith Haring greeted all people, and his belief in and actions for equality & freedom. It is a celebration of @matthewburgessj and @joshcochran ‘s magical work together — to sensitively, authentically channel Keith’s bright light forward, in picture book form. 🌟



This, from the Rainbow Round Table of the @americanlibraryassociation , about the List —

“We’re delighted to see so many remarkable offerings in the expanding landscape of LGBTQIA+ literature for youth. The range of these contributions ensures that more young readers can see themselves reflected in the pages of a book. This year’s offerings give us everything from precious board books, touching picture books, astonishing true stories and biographies of remarkable people. We provide you with titles that incorporate the wide and varied lives of young people, non-fiction titles that challenge the status quo, and fiction that will break your heart and mend it together again.” 💛



THANK YOU, @rrt_ala , for the thoughtful & important work you do, and for seeing the magic in DRAWING ON WALLS. ✨ Keep swiping to see Keith beaming on the front cover, in great company, in the complete Top 10 roundup! 💛

“My mom thinks Jerome is very polite.
‘So, so charming.’
But she never says anything about how warm his smile is. She do...
06/12/2021

“My mom thinks Jerome is very polite.
‘So, so charming.’
But she never says anything about how warm his smile is. She doesn’t seem to notice that I have a secret hideout there, where I feel protected by Jerome’s two eyes.”

May we all have the space to take refuge in a love that puts a warm wash over everything else. 💛 Affirming and sensitive, JEROME BY HEART is a celebration of the unclouded, uncomplicated, unquestioning heart; the beating compass inside; the instrument that has no other rhythm to choose but truth. 🥁🎺🗺🧭💓

We’re delighted that this tender treasure was included in June’s “Indie Playlist,” celebrating Pride, and put together by our friends from the Independent Publishers Caucus. 💛✨ Tap through our Stories to check out the full “playlist” of Pride picks, on which we are in great company! 💿🌈Thank you, @indiepubs , for creating this wonderful Pride spotlight, and for working with bookstores around the country to share these expansive, powerful titles from indie publishers like ELB. ✨
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“My mom thinks Jerome is very polite.
‘So, so charming.’
But she never says anything about how warm his smile is. She do...
06/12/2021

“My mom thinks Jerome is very polite.
‘So, so charming.’
But she never says anything about how warm his smile is. She doesn’t seem to notice that I have a secret hideout there, where I feel protected by Jerome’s two eyes.”

May we all have the space to take refuge in a love that puts a warm wash over everything else. 💛 Affirming and sensitive, JEROME BY HEART is a celebration of the unclouded, uncomplicated, unquestioning heart; the beating compass inside; the instrument that has no other rhythm to choose but truth. 🥁🎺🗺🧭💓

We’re delighted that this tender treasure was included in June’s “Indie Playlist,” celebrating Pride, and put together by our friends from the Independent Publishers Caucus. 💛✨ Tap through our Stories to check out the full “playlist” of Pride picks, on which we are in great company! 💿🌈Thank you, @indiepubs , for creating this wonderful Pride spotlight, and for working with bookstores around the country to share these expansive, powerful titles from indie publishers like ELB. ✨
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Congratulations on the the Batchelder Award for Telephone Tales!!! So very exciting.
Le favole al telefono di Rodari in inglese: si possono ascoltare gratuitamente fino al 31 dicembre
Could you please share contact info for Mara Popova? Or if I E mail you would you be kind enough to forward to her? Thank you!
Hi -- are you hoping to print another edition of The River please?
Do you have submission guidelines for writers?
Congratulations on the stellar review and exploration of "The Forest" by Maria Popova's Brain Pickings!
Happy publication day to Helen Borten for The Jungle! Go Mom, and go Enchanted Lion!
Just read and reviewed Emma AdBage's The Grand Expedition. Loved it!
Thank you for your great website. We wish to have the opportunity to work with you We can manufacture paper toys, including magnetic toys, puzzles, stickers, and books. We can also work with you to produce custom orders and designs. Our products are suitable for use as teaching aids or can be used as gifts. Our company currently does work for such brands as Disney, Egmont toys, Benesse, and TigerTribe. We have long-term relationships with these companies and have received praise for our work. We can also do OEM manufacturing for our clients. I really believe that you will not be disappointed by our products, and I am personally available to discuss anything at anytime. [email protected]