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The Creative Company

The Creative Company

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The Creative Company was founded in 1932 by visionary, George Peterson, in Mankato, Minnesota. Originally named The Creative Educational Society, the fledgling company produced maps and diagrams for teachers and students, chalk game sets called Pla-Boards, and a set of rubber stamps called the Creative Pictured Printer. In the 1960s, George Peterson Jr. joined his father, and the newly re-named Creative Education, Inc. began its transformation into a leading children’s publisher. The company broadened its offerings and reputation, creating magnificently illustrated school and library books and publishing them in dozens of languages.

Now The Creative Company is led by third-generation owner and publisher, Tom Peterson, and has expanded to include three distinct imprints: Creative Education connects the company to its nonfiction roots with titles for schools and libraries; Creative Editions publishes picture books globally hailed for their innovation; and Creative Paperbacks, which encompasses both fiction and nonfiction.

Amicus Ink, which produces a mix of fiction and nonfiction with a child’s-eye view of the world, has been a distribution partner of The Creative Company since 2016.


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