French rights to Sinikka and Tiina Nopola’s Hayflower & Quiltshoe series sold to Didier Jeunesse

VilttitossunewsletterJune2015We are happy to announce that Didier Jeunesse has acquired French rights to books 14-17 in Sinikka Nopola and Tiina Nopola’s beloved Hayflower and Quiltshoe series.

Titles 14 and 15, Hayflower, Quiltshoe and the Sassy Schoolgirl (Tammi 2013) and Hayflower, Quiltshoe and the Annoying Pest (Tammi 2014) will publish in 2016 as part of Didier Jeunesse’s new children’s imprint. The following two entries, Hayflower, Quiltshoe and Big Elsa (Tammi 2014) and Hayflower and Quiltshoe as Poets (Tammi 2015) will publish in the coming years.

“We are so excited and proud to publish the Hayflower and Quiltshoe series in France! We are sure that French readers will fall in love with these two incredible sisters.”
– Editors Michèle Moreau and Stéphanie Bourgeois, Didier Jeunesse

The Hayflower and Quiltshoe books, the first of which was published in 1989, star two sisters: Hayflower is sweet and responsible while Quiltshoe is spirited and mischievous. The girls’ family includes their mother, their loving but impractical father, and a little brother. Their adventures often involve their neighbors, the Misses Alibullen, and the two town policemen. The well-known stories have been adapted to the stage and screen. The books, aimed for a 6+ readership, are memorably illustrated by award-winning Salla Savolainen.

Hayflower and Quiltshoe as Poets will hit Finnish bookstores this fall. In the brand-new story the girls’ mother enrolls them in a poetry competition in hopes of bringing their bickering to a stop. As expected, Hayflower receives a prize for her lovely poem about mushrooms, and Quiltshoe decides to add some excitement to the award ceremony.

Original publisher: FINLAND, Tammi
CHINA, Hubei Children’s Press
DENMARK, Turbine
FRANCE, Didier Jeunesse
HUNGARY, Cerkabella
LITHUANIA, Nieko Rimto
TURKEY, Beyaz Balina Yayinlari

Hayflower and Quiltshoe books have also been published in (rights reverted): Estonia, Japan, Latvia, Russia, Serbia and Sweden.

Reading materials:
Full English text of book 13
English sample of books 14 and 16
French sample of book 1