Founded by Harry N. Abrams in 1949, ABRAMS was the first company in the United States to specialize in the creation and distribution of art and illustrated books. Now a subsidiary of La Martinière Groupe, the company publishes visually stunning illustrated books in the areas of art, photography, cooking, interior and garden design, craft, architecture, entertainment, fashion, sports, and pop culture, as well as children's books and general interest titles. The company's imprints include Abrams, Abrams ComicArts, Abrams Image, Abrams Books for Young Readers, Amulet Books, Abrams Appleseed, Stewart, Tabori & Chang, and STC Craft/Melanie Falick Books. Abrams also distributes books for The Vendome Press, Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate, Royal Academy of Arts, Booth-Clibborn Editions, Five Continents, and others.
Abrams Books is dedicated to publishing visually stunning illustrated books on the subjects of art, architecture, photography, graphic design, interior and garden design, fashion, comic arts and graphic novels, sports, and general interest. Its long list of distinguished and popular titles includes The Art of Walt Disney, Earth From Above, Richard Avedon: Performance, Time: Andy Goldsworthy, African Ceremonies, Slim Aarons: Once Upon a Time, The Ultimate Picasso, Worldchanging: A User's Guide for the 21st Century, Graffiti World: Street Art from Five Continents, Things I've Learned in My Life So Far, Vanity Fair: The Portraits, Twilight: Photographs by Gregory Crewdson, Kirby: King of Comics, William Wegman Polaroids, Tony Duquette, Louis Vuitton: The Birth of Modern Luxury, Landscape Design: A Cultural and Architectural History, Golf Magazine: Private Lesson's, and the best-selling 365 and Discoveries series. In Spring 2009, Abrams will launch a sub imprint devoted to comics and graphic novels, Abrams ComicArts. In addition, Abrams distributes books for the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate, Royal Academy, Vendome Press, Booth Clibborn Editions, Other Criteria, and 5 Continents.
ABRAMS launched Abrams Appleseed, a beautiful list of books for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers (ages birth to 5 years), in spring 2012. Appleseed features board books, novelty books, and young picture books, all artfully conceived and developmentally appropriate. By pairing the comfort of familiar objects with the introduction of something new or unexpected, each book serves to expand on what the child already knows and will transform his or her perception of the world. Some highlights include PANTONE: COLORS, a first colors book created in partnership with Pantone; GET DRESSED! by renowned artist and graphic designer Seymour Chwast; HIPPOPPOSITES, a surprisingly elegant opposites book; and the first-ever classic BABAR board books, BABAR AND HIS FAMILY and B IS FOR BABAR.
Abrams ComicArts publishes high quality, contemporary, groundbreaking illustrated books about the legends and history of comics art, animation, and cartoon-based material, as well as new graphic novels.
In Spring 2006, ABRAMS launched a new imprint, Abrams Image. Abrams Image publishes stylish illustrated and non-illustrated books with a little more edge in the categories of music, humor, reference, photography/design, and popular culture. Highlights of the list so far include the national bestsellers Plato and Platypus Walk into a Bar and Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste & Style. Other notable titles include Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington Pot Culture, The Facebook Book, Make the Bible Work for You, Three Wishes: An Intimate Look at Jazz Greats, and No Wave: Post Punk. Underground. New York. 1976-1980.
ABRAMS BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS
ABRAMS launched its first full list of books for children, Abrams Books for Young Readers, in 1999. The books range from story books to poetry to the fine arts and other nonfiction. Some highlights of this award-winning children's line for preschool to middlegrade readers include the bestselling Enigma by Graeme Base; Heart to Heart: New Poems Inspired by 20th–Century American Art, winner of the coveted Michael J. Printz Honor award; Maritcha by Tonya Bolden, winner of the Coretta Scott King Honor Award; The Jellybeans and the Big Dance by best-selling author Laura Numeroff; and Laurent de Brunoff's Babar's Museum of Art.
Abrams launched this list of novels and nonfiction for young adults and middle grade readers in 2004, under the direction of Senior Vice President and Publisher Howard Reeves and Associate Publisher Susan Van Metre. Since its inception, Amulet has attracted a stellar roster of authors, and published many bestselling and award-winning books, including Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Lauren Myracle's Internet Girls series, Michael Buckley's Sisters Grimm series, and Aidan Chambers' This Is All: The Pillow Book of Cordelia Kenn. Paperbacks from Amulet Books are released as Amulet Paperbacks.
Part of the Amulet Books imprint, this list of reprints and original paperbacks launched in 2005. The inaugural list included ttyl by Lauren Myracle, which became an instant bestseller.
STEWART, TABORI & CHANG
Stewart, Tabori & Chang (STC) was founded in 1981 by Andrew Stewart, Lena Tabori and Nai Chang, all three former Harry N. Abrams executives. STC was purchased by Editions de La Martiniere in 2000 and is now an imprint of Abrams.
STC is the publisher of high-quality illustrated titles that provide inspiration as well as practical information. The house specializes in the categories of cooking, crafts, interior design, sports, green living, sports, pets, and popular culture. Some of STC's bestselling titles are Alton Brown's I'm Just Here for the Food, Last-Minute Knitted Gifts, Bunny Williams' Affair with a House, and Grandmother Remembers, which has sold 2 million copies.
More than a dozen of STC's cookbooks have won James Beard and International Association of Culinary Professions awards over the years, and three STC cookbooks have been named Best Book of the Year by those organizations.