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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Finding ✨ joy ✨ in all the small things, under a bright springtime sky; the warm breeze beneath the trees, spare moments...
04/10/2021

Finding ✨ joy ✨ in all the small things, under a bright springtime sky; the warm breeze beneath the trees, spare moments seized with loved ones who make us smile, the sprouting & blooming of new beauty everywhere we look, the marvelous way the daylight stretches further daily, little by little. ☀️🌱🌷🐞

Taking inspiration from Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie & Ashleigh Corrin’s vibrant girl, LAYLA, to make a practice out of the art of noticing — to hold space for amazement and discovery, for laughter and stories, for the magic and fun and meaning in everything!

What’s making YOU smile today? A happy weekend to all! 💛



Magic in the form of illustrations & hand-lettered poetry, from 2020 @ejkfoundation Award winning treasure, LAYLA’S HAPPINESS. 🌻〰️
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We’re overflowing with joy as we wish a happy #bookbirthday to WHAT IS A RIVER?, an exquisite, intricate, richly woven b...
03/30/2021

We’re overflowing with joy as we wish a happy #bookbirthday to WHAT IS A RIVER?, an exquisite, intricate, richly woven book that travelled many streams to reach us here at ELB, and which we now send outward again, with all our love, to all of you! 💙🌷📖

“What is a river?” is the recurring question posed by creator Monika Vaicenavičiene, who explores it gorgeously, writing & illustrating deep beyond the surface. In a letter to readers, Monika shares,

“…I have come to love rivers, and I wanted to share their wonders with others, and make people care for them. I think that to care for something, you have to love it, and to love, to have to know it in its entirety. And so I embarked on my expedition to create a book that would explore rivers—what is all rivers, what is every river.

I began gathering river stories—facts and all sorts of curious miscellany—from encyclopedias, museum descriptions, news articles, old and contemporary photos, nature conservation webpages, ethnographic records, fairytale books, memories—both mine and of others—and other sources.

And out of this abundance, I tried to chart my own river map. I realized that for me a river was primarily a place of meeting, of connection: linking not only locations, but times as well, a link connecting us not only in a geographical sense, but in an emotional sense, too. Maybe that is why I feel rivers diminish the feeling of loneliness. Rivers make us all neighbors: we all live downstream, or upstream, from someone. That is a comfort—and a responsibility.” 🌀

To celebrate the life forces of curiosity, connection, & coexistence that course through this book, we’ve worked with Monika on a discussion guide to accompany the book, which you can download straight from our site! Link in our bio & Stories. We hope this stunning book offers you many new lenses through which to love, share, and wonder about the natural world.

For now –– what is a river to you?! Tell us below! ⬇️💙

Some paper-flowers for you on this bright, beautiful first day of spring! 💙🌼🌺One sunny day not unlike today, under an en...
03/20/2021

Some paper-flowers for you on this bright, beautiful first day of spring! 💙🌼🌺

One sunny day not unlike today, under an enormous blue sky, an intriguing old peddler arrives in the small Thailand village that a little girl named Miss Moon calls home. He carries a marvelous tree over his shoulder, fashioned from a bamboo stick & brightly colored bits of paper. Enchanted by the luminous paper-flowers as they flutter in the warm wind, Miss Moon smiles, longing to have one of her very own. As a parting gift, the old man offers her one of the flowers, pointing to a little black bead hanging from its string: “Plant it—and perhaps it will grow. I make no promises. Perhaps it will grow. Perhaps it will not.”

Determined, Miss Moon plants the seed deep in the earth, watching over it and shading it from the harsh sun. Despite the discouragement and skepticism of her community, Miss Moon tends her seed faithfully over many, many months. “She would wait. She was sure it would grow.”

And grow it does…even if not in the way Miss Moon expects! Early one morning, Miss Moon peers outside and there it is ––  a gorgeous paper-flower tree to call her own, right outside the window!

Teeming with bold color and unwavering in its line, this story is an inspiring reminder of everything that can flourish from hope, from a little imagination and insistence. Wishing you a springtime nourished by this sense of possibility; a receptiveness to everything that might take root, that can stem from, that will bloom… All of the great green journeys and surprises and paper-flowers to hold space for, under an enormous blue sky! 🌱



Originally published in 1962, this gorgeous book is one of four written & illustrated by Jacqueline Ayer while living and working in Thailand as a textile designer. Full of striking color and patterns, expressive mark making, and gestural linework, these pages are imbued with the same elegance and style as her fashion illustrations & design work. Keep swiping for some more colorful moments from this book, and from the world of its extraordinary creator!
(Photos supplied by Jacqueline Ayer’s estate.)
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Sometimes, there are just no words.From Snoozie, Sunny & So-So by @dafnabzvi & @ofra.amit —a gorgeous, musical, sensitiv...
03/18/2021

Sometimes, there are just no words.

From Snoozie, Sunny & So-So by @dafnabzvi & @ofra.amit —a gorgeous, musical, sensitive book, with a whole lot of charm, translated from Hebrew.

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Today we take time to celebrate LOVE as it unfolds across the pages of our books: through acts of closely looking & trul...
02/14/2021

Today we take time to celebrate LOVE as it unfolds across the pages of our books: through acts of closely looking & truly seeing; of walking together; of making space for one another across all of the possibilities we share, if only we listen and see and care enough. There are loves that are easy, blessed as they are with immediate sympathy, but there are loves that take courage and grace. 

Today we keep faith with the manifold possibilities of connection between us, affirming as always the thinking heart and the loving mind, and all the attunements that are possible. 

♥ Pages from DAYTIME VISIONS by Isol, BERTOLT by Jacques Goldstyn, DRAWING ON WALLS by Matthew Burgess & Josh Cochran, BALLAD by Blexbolex, JEROME BY HEART by Thomas Scotto & Olivier Tallec, and WHEN YOU LOOK UP by Decur. ♥   
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Today, the United States of America is recognizing the peaceful transfer of power from one presidential administration t...
01/20/2021

Today, the United States of America is recognizing the peaceful transfer of power from one presidential administration to another. Millions of people voted across the country, their votes were counted (and recounted!) and Joe Biden beat Donald Trump both in absolute numbers and in the Electoral College. This sort of election is what most Americans think of when they think of "democracy" but we hope the USA becomes more like Beaston and celebrates other forms of democracy as well. 

Here in Beaston, we also hold elections for our leaders (and impeach them when they misbehave) but we also voted on who should control our Phantastic Noodler. Through a public vote, the town decided that it shouldn't be owned by one Okapi, but it should be shared as a public good.  Our friends over at Bookshop Santa Cruz in California will soon vote on whether to form a Union, so that workers have more power to make decisions and negotiate for better conditions and wages. 

What are some things that you'd like to vote on? What do you think should be democratically controlled?

We’re thrilled to be sharing THE most ✨ enjoyable ✨ book review ever, from our friends at @illustoria_mag ! ⭐️ Featuring...
12/02/2020

We’re thrilled to be sharing THE most ✨ enjoyable ✨ book review ever, from our friends at @illustoria_mag ! ⭐️ Featuring @ehaidle ’s star team of reviewers, Bird n' Bird & House, this review from Issue 13: MAPS covers @Decur ’s gorgeous graphic novel, WHEN YOU LOOK UP. 💛

Swipe through ➡️ to get a glimpse into the stunning world-within-a-world of this book, as discovered by Lorenzo, a boy who moves into a strange new house and begins to explore a mysterious, drawer-filled desk. ✨

Thank you so much, @illustoria_mag , for the feature, @ehaidle , for the wonderful art, and Bird n’ Bird & House, of course, for their delightful commentary! 💛

Be sure to visit Illustoria ’s page for a spark of creative inspiration, and to explore the MAPS issue –– out now!
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Dear friends,We’d like to take a moment to express our gratitude for you, our wonderful community of readers, artists, w...
11/26/2020

Dear friends,

We’d like to take a moment to express our gratitude for you, our wonderful community of readers, artists, writers, translators, story tellers and story lovers of all kinds. During a year that has brought us all so much uncertainty and distance, we’ve been continually heartened by the unwavering presence and support of our community, alongside whom we’ve felt encouraged to keep space alive to celebrate beauty, the creative spirit, and the telling of stories. You’ve shown us incredible love and generosity, all of which we weave with deep appreciation and fond memory into the fabric of Enchanted Lion’s future. 🧡

As we spend today at our respective Thanksgiving tables, we look forward to continued gatherings at the ELB table together & with all of you, with immense gratitude to have such a table; a space held open for hope in hard times, a space to collectively insist on beauty & meaning despite uncertainty, and warm company with which to share & create new stories.🧡

Wishing you a happy, love-filled, safe and peaceful day. 🧡

Love,
Team ELB

(Art from CHIRRI & CHIRRA ON THE TOWN, LITTLE BOY BROWN, LAYLA’S HAPPINESS, and THE FOREST.)
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It’s TODAY! 💫 Join author Jacob Kramer & illustrator K-Fai Steele, the team behind Noodlephant and Okapi Tale, and child...
11/15/2020

It’s TODAY! 💫 Join author Jacob Kramer & illustrator K-Fai Steele, the team behind Noodlephant and Okapi Tale, and children's literature scholars Philip Nel and Julia Mickenberg, as they discuss radical leftist politics, children's books, and the many surprising ways in which the two intersect throughout the history of children's literature. 💬

Co-hosted by our friends at Greenlight Bookstore, we’d absolutely love for you to “join” us for this exciting conversation! Register through the link in our bio!

As the leaves change vibrantly in color and fall to the ground, we’re reminded of the dynamic beauty of nature that is s...
10/14/2020

As the leaves change vibrantly in color and fall to the ground, we’re reminded of the dynamic beauty of nature that is so magnificently celebrated in EVERY COLOR OF LIGHT, which celebrates its official ✨ #BookBirthday ✨ today!

Best expressed in a review by Publishers Weekly, EVERY COLOR OF LIGHT is “a story that sharpens the senses and quiets the soul.” Hiroshi Osada’s original text, beautifully translated by David Boyd, is lyrical and filled with delightful onomatopoeia, inviting us to engage all of our senses in a meditative celebration of the natural wonders all around us.

Illustrated by the masterful Ryōji Arai, and gorgeously printed in Italy, the pages of this book dazzle with lush color and breathtaking depictions of the sky as it undergoes its various transformations, from rain to shine, and day to night.

Harmonizing our human experience with the aliveness of the natural world in a way that is rare amid the currents & storms of daily life, this bedtime story from Japan invites readers to hold imaginative space for our oneness with everything around us. 🌤

Swipe for a look at some stunning art from the book! With painterly, uncropped edges, these spreads are a nourishing reminder of life, creation, and all of the beauty to be discovered alongside the margins. 💛
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As the leaves change vibrantly in color and fall to the ground, we’re reminded of the dynamic beauty of nature that is s...
10/14/2020

As the leaves change vibrantly in color and fall to the ground, we’re reminded of the dynamic beauty of nature that is so magnificently celebrated in EVERY COLOR OF LIGHT, which celebrates its official ✨ #BookBirthday ✨ today!

Best expressed in a review by Publishers Weekly, EVERY COLOR OF LIGHT is “a story that sharpens the senses and quiets the soul.” Hiroshi Osada’s original text, beautifully translated by David Boyd, is lyrical and filled with delightful onomatopoeia, inviting us to engage all of our senses in a meditative celebration of the natural wonders all around us.

Illustrated by the masterful Ryōji Arai, and gorgeously printed in Italy, the pages of this book dazzle with lush color and breathtaking depictions of the sky as it undergoes its various transformations, from rain to shine, and day to night.

Harmonizing our human experience with the aliveness of the natural world in a way that is rare amid the currents & storms of daily life, this bedtime story from Japan invites readers to hold imaginative space for our oneness with everything around us. 🌤

Swipe for a look at some stunning art from the book! With painterly, uncropped edges, these spreads are a nourishing reminder of life, creation, and all of the beauty to be discovered alongside the margins. 💛
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“Publishing books in translation is important because of the narrative, aesthetic, conceptual, philosophic, and cultural...
09/27/2020

“Publishing books in translation is important because of the narrative, aesthetic, conceptual, philosophic, and cultural richness they present. Books created in different languages and cultures often pose more open-ended questions than US books, which tend to offer answers and resolution. Books created by people formed within the crucible of other languages offer different understandings of family, community, economy, life, death, happiness, sorrow, and so on.

In Spanish-language cultures and Scandinavian cultures, for example, there is a tendency to publish “darker” picture books, meaning ones that are more honest and open about the relationship between sadness and happiness, life and death, and how all of that connects to a sense of meaning and purpose. So, books in translation give children a global literature and a bigger frame for thinking about the world and our place in it. We don’t think adults deserve only a national literature. Why should we think that children aren’t also nourished by a global literature?” 💫

In the days remaining of #WorldKidLitMonth , we’re eager to share some recent interviews with you, that expand on Enchanted Lion’s loving commitment to the art of translation. This quote is from a recent interview with ELB publisher, editor, and art director, Claudia Bedrick. 💛 Link in our Stories for the full interview, in which Claudia reflects on the creative spirit, the stories and voices that thrive on the margins, and the challenges and rewards of being an indie publisher. Thank you to Nancy Bo Flood of Bookology Magazine for the great conversation, and stay tuned in the days to come for more translation insights!

Art from CRY, HEART, BUT NEVER BREAK (translated from Danish by Robert Moulthrop), SEVEN PABLOS (translated from Spanish by Mara Faye Lethem),
MY LITTLE SMALL (translated from Swedish by Annie Prime), forthcoming THE MOST BEAUTIFUL STORY (translated from Norwegian by Kari Dickson), and MALLKO AND DAD (translated from Spanish by Mara Faye Lethem)
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It’s hard to believe we are in the final stretch, but we are, and it feels good, for so many reasons. Because there are ...
09/23/2020

It’s hard to believe we are in the final stretch, but we are, and it feels good, for so many reasons. Because there are so many of us. Because you have given us new ground from which so many vital stories will flourish; because we are sharing in an act of faith and vision; because we have formed a grassroots channel for books and art which suggests a possible departure from the exploitative structure that is amazon; because together we are saying YES to beauty & to stories that frame better realities.

On Thursday we will announce a new aspect of our vision, something long in the dreaming, now become possible. We believe it will allow us to share even more voices and a broader vision across the space of the illustrated book. All power to the imagination!

Art from “What Is a River?”

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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!
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