RHCB to Publish Marie Kondo’s Debut Children’s Picture Book in Fall 2019

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International tidying superstar and New York Times bestselling author Marie Kondo will bring her unique method to young readers in KIKI & JAX: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship, a charming picture book about how tidying up creates space for joy in all parts of your life, co-written and illustrated by beloved children’s book veteran Salina Yoon, it was announced today by Barbara Marcus, President & Publisher, Random House Children’s Books. North American rights were negotiated with Neil Gudovitz, Gudovitz & Company Literary Agency (for Marie Kondo) and Jamie Weiss Chilton, Andrea Brown Literary Agency (for Salina Yoon). The book will release with a 250,000-copy first printing on November 5, 2019 and be published by the Crown Books for Young Readers imprint.

Inspired by Marie Kondo’s KonMari Method, KIKI & JAX tells the endearing story of two best friends who couldn’t be more different. Kiki is a collector, and Jax is a sorter. The one thing they always agree on is how much fun they have together. But when things start to get in the way, can they make room for what has always sparked joy—each other?

Says Kondo: “I’m pleased to share this timeless story about friendship, and I hope that the characters of Kiki and Jax inspire children and families to tidy and embrace joy!”

Marie Kondo is a tidying expert, bestselling author, star of Netflix’s hit show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, and founder of KonMari Media, Inc. Enchanted with organizing since her childhood, Marie began her career as a tidying consultant while a 19-year-old university student in Tokyo. Today, Marie is a renowned tidying expert helping people around the world to transform their cluttered homes into spaces of serenity, inspiration, and joy.

Marie Kondo

In her #1 New York Times bestselling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie took tidying to a whole new level, teaching that if you properly organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Marie has been featured in Time Magazine, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the London Times, and Vogue, and on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Ellen Show, and more than fifty major Japanese television and radio programs. She has also been named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Salina Yoon is a Geisel Honor­–winning author/illustrator of a dozen picture books and early readers and nearly 200 innovative novelty books for young readers. Her Penguin and Bear and Floppy picture book series have been featured in Kohl’s Cares and have sold around the world.

Emily Easton, VP & Publisher, Crown Books for Young Readers, will edit the project.

KIKI & JAX will also be available simultaneously as an audiobook, published by Listening Library.


Posted: May 22, 2019