Cottage Door Press Announces Partnership with Smithsonian


Cottage Door Press to Collaborate with Smithsonian

Smithsonian Board Books for 0–5 Year-Olds Coming in Fall 2017

BARRINGTON, IL (February 17, 2017) — Cottage Door Press announced today that it has entered into a multiyear publishing agreement with Smithsonian to develop board books for children age 0–5. The new titles will feature engaging, educational content that reflects the integrity of the Smithsonian. The four titles included in the initial launch will incorporate interactive elements with topics such as natural habitats and outer space, and will be available in the fall of 2017.

“Given its expansive collection of educational resources and its significance to American history and culture, we believe that our partnership with Smithsonian will bring world-class content to the littlest readers,” says Richard Maddrell, President and Founder of Cottage Door Press.

Beyond the initial launch, expect many more titles featuring high-quality content, interactive elements, and a continued focus on developing the early literacy skills that are essential for pre-readers.



The Smithsonian Institution, established in 1846 “for the increase and diffusion of knowledge,” is the world’s largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities. Approximately 28 million people from around the world visited the Smithsonian in 2014, with more than 175 million visits to the Smithsonian websites. The total number of objects, works of art, and specimens at the Smithsonian is estimated at 156 million.


Cottage Door Press is an independent publisher of high-quality children’s books for babies and toddlers. Based in Barrington, Illinois, the company was founded on the belief that every child deserves an excellent first book experience—beginning on the day they’re born. Reading is learning is their driving philosophy, and they strive to help parents understand why reading aloud from birth is so important. Their Early Bird Learning Guide™ is a system to help parents understand which skills they’re reinforcing when they read a Cottage Door book to their little one.



Melissa Tigges, Marketing Manager


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