A French Publishers Agency

Hannele & Associates is a French publisher’s agency specialized in children’s books and coffee-table books. We represent French independent and creative companies, offering a wide range of titles from novelty books to picture books, non-fiction, fiction, etc. With such a variety of quality books, our bet is that everyone can find the right addition to their list! The agency also proposes workshops on selling rights and can provide expertise on publication and subsidiary rights.

Cover image from Björn, six histoires d’ours, by Delphine Perret

The agents

Hannele Legras

I have a Finnish mum (and first name!), though I am very French in fact. I studied publishing at Oxford Brookes University and English literature in Paris. My first job was with Gallimard Jeunesse’s foreign rights, then I went to London and worked for the joined company De Agostini-RandMcNally. The first publisher I represented as an independent agent was Thierry Magnier, back in 2000. I very much enjoyed presenting these children’s books that were not sweet nor conventional. Since then, I have specialized in quality children books and the publishers I represent, together with their authors and illustrators, bring to me their view of the world. I have grown up as an adult with these books.

My favourite story is Wangari Maathai, the woman who plants millions of trees, because I discovered her in Rue du monde’s title and her life still impresses me.

My favourite image is from The bird on the Branch, by Anne Crausaz. Nature is essential to me and I have looked at it from a new perspective with Anne’s images.

My favourite character is Dany the Gravel, by Claire Schvartz, because anything can happen in children’s books, as well as in life, and a stone can indeed reach the seaside if he dreams so.

Hannele is in charge of English language, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic, Russian and Eastern European languages. You can contact her at: hannele@hanneleandassociates.fr

Emilie Boujon

I was born by the Brittany sea side. For years I have moved a lot and now my home is also close to the ocean: Bordeaux. I studied literature and languages for five years, and spent my graduating year in Ireland. I have always loved books and speaking foreign languages. I thought I had to choose either one, but eventually I was able to conciliate both becoming a foreign rights agent. I am more than glad to help in getting the books we stand for across borders.

My favourite story is Bigoudi, by Delphine Perret, I love how tenderly it depicts life even in its darker moments.

My favourite image is from L’Ombre de chacun, by Mélanie Rutten. It magically translates the warmth you feel inside when surrounded by loved ones.

My favourite character is Petite Lune by Kouam Tawa, because she is strong, full of joy and lives for her passion.

Emilie is in charge of Spain and Latin America, Nordic countries, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Israel, Iran. You can contact her at: emilie@hanneleandassociates.fr