TOON Books has signed with Diamond Distribution as its international direct comic book and book market distributor outside the U.S. and Canada.

Consortium Book Sales & Distribution will continue to distribute TOON Books’ publications to the trade market in North America, with Diamond distributing to direct comic retailers.

TOON Books publishes graphic novels with educator-approved text for beginning readers, and launched a new imprint for older readers last year (see "Toon Books Launches New Imprint").

"We are pleased to start this relationship with TOON Books as their publications are recognized as influential books among younger readers," John Wurzer, Diamond’s Vice President of Purchasing said.  "By working with TOON Books, we can offer retailers worldwide more choices of kid-friendly comics which we know will make parents, educators and kids happy to see their local comic book shop as a place for kids to want to go to for fun stories they will want to continue to read."