32 Children's Book Publishers You Need to Know

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Reading is a vital part of children’s development, enhancing their literacy skills, boosting their vocabulary, and instilling in them a love for reading. It’s important to spark this interest in children when they’re young, and if you’ve written a children’s book to encourage kids on this journey, there are plenty of publishers out there ready to get your book into children’s hands. Whether your book is geared toward 4-year-olds or 14-year-olds, there’s a children’s publisher here for you.

Albert Whitman & Company has been publishing award-winning children’s books since 1919. Often known for The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Albert Whitman’s picture books, novels, nonfiction, and special interest titles delight children and teens of all backgrounds and experiences.

Albert Whitman & Company

Park Ridge, IL, USA

August House curates a highly acclaimed, award-winning selection of picture books, story collections, and resource books from the world’s great oral traditions.

August House

Atlanta, GA, USA

Azro Press, founded in 1997, is devoted to bringing to life the works of authors and illustrators of the Southwest. It publishes illustrated children’s books for ages two to six, easy readers for ages five to eight, and fiction and nonfiction for older children and young adults. Azro Press is in the vanguard of publishers of children’s picture books in Santa Fe.

Azro Press

Santa Fe, NM, USA

Founded by two young mothers in England in 1992, Barefoot Books has published 600+ books for children that encourage discovery, compassion, creativity, and global awareness. Its first app, Barefoot World Atlas, has 4 million downloads, and its YouTube channel has +80 million views. Most importantly, over nearly a quarter of a century, Barefoot has put more than 20 million books into the hands of children around the world. With a mission to “Share Stories, Connect Families, and Inspire Children,” Barefoot is now leveraging its vibrant, timeless family brand with a social selling model that empowers women entrepreneurs.

Barefoot Books

Cambridge, MA, USA

Bearport’s titles have received many accolades, including Children’s Choices, Teachers’ Choice Awards, and honors from the NSTA, NCSS, ASPCA, and AEP. Its books have also been praised by review journals, such as School Library Journal, Booklist, Library Media Connection, NSTA Recommends, and more.

Bearport Publishing

New York NY, USA

Bethlehem Books is a small, home-grown publishing company dedicated to restoring to children and families a treasury of wholesome, character-building literature. It is more than just a business. Its work springs from the heart of the Bethlehem Community of Benedictine Oblates, a lay group of families and single people which began in 1971.

Bethlehem Books

Bathgate, ND, USA

Building Voices is an independent publishing company that specializes in children’s fiction and nonfiction resources for home and school. It publishes chapter books, coloring books, journals, and more. In addition, it offers critiquing services and writing mentorships for aspiring writers.

Building Voices

Harbor City, CA, USA

In 1992, Candlewick Press opened its doors as an independent children’s publisher, and it remains an independent publisher today. As part of Walker Books Group, Candlewick Press enjoys a unique ownership structure which includes more than 100 employees in its US office, staff in its UK and Australian offices, and more than 150 authors and illustrators.

Candlewick Press

Somerville, MA, USA

Helping children develop a love of reading and learning, no matter their ability level, is at the heart of what Capstone does. A passion for creating inspired learning has made Capstone the most trusted publisher of children’s books and digital solutions for libraries, classrooms, and consumers for 25 years. Capstone’s content comes in a variety of print and digital formats including board books, picture books, interactive books, apps, audio, and databases.

Capstone

North Mankato, MN, USA

Charlesbridge publishes high-quality books for children, with a goal of creating lifelong readers and lifelong learners. Its books encourage reading and discovery in the classroom, library, and home. Charlesbridge believes that books for children should offer accurate information, promote a positive worldview, and embrace a child’s innate sense of wonder and fun. To this end, it continually strives to seek new voices, new visions, and new directions in children’s literature.

Charlesbridge Publishing

Watertown, MA, USA

Crow Flies Press is a green and independent publishing company dedicated to offering books that help to entertain, uplift, and enlighten, ultimately making the planet a cleaner, happier, and more peaceful place. Crow Flies Press and its printers are part of the Green Press Initiative and have signed the Treatise on Responsible Paper. This treatise promises the use of managed forests, recycled products, and soy-based inks in printing as well as reducing the carbon footprint in all business practices.

Crow Flies Press

South Egremont, MA, USA

The home of Dog-Eared Publications is a perfect place to create children’s nature books! Perched on a hilltop, the office is surrounded by wild meadows and oak forests where deer, wild turkeys, and even bobcats leave their marks.

Dog-Eared Publications

Middleton, WI, USA

Flashlight Press books explore and illuminate the touching and humorous moments of family situations and social interactions through captivating writing and outstanding illustrations.

Flashlight Press

Brooklyn, NY, USA

Free Spirit Publishing is known for its unique understanding of what kids want and need to navigate life successfully. Its reputation as the leading publisher of self-help for kids and self-help for teens is grounded in books and other learning materials that are practical, positive, pro-kid, and solution focused. Free Spirit Publishing is not afraid to tackle tough topics such as teen depression, kids and anxiety, grief and loss, juvenile justice, and conflict resolution. Free Spirit also offers sound advice with a sense of humor on relevant issues including stress management, character building, puberty, school success, self-esteem, service learning, and more. It aims to support toddlers, teens, and everyone in between in developing their talents, building resiliency, and fostering a positive outlook on life so they can reach their goals.

Free Spirit Publishing Inc.

Minneapolis, MN, USA

In 1971, Leah Curry-Rood and Larry Rood, guided by a respect for the work of teachers and parents of young children, started Gryphon House, which began as a distributor of quality children’s books. In 1979, Gryphon House expanded the business to include the distribution of teacher resource books. Gryphon House became a publisher in 1981.

Gryphon House Inc.

Lewisville, NC, USA

Heryin publishes outstanding children’s picture books for readers of all ages. The publisher hopes that at the heart of each book there is humanity and sympathy, conveyed by the author or artist with words and artwork of the highest quality. It aims to provide reading experiences that are joyful and touching.

Heryin Publishing

Hsinchu, Taiwan

Holiday House is a publisher of children’s books only. It specializes in quality hardcovers, from picture books to young adult, both fiction and nonfiction.

Holiday House

New York, NY, USA

House of Lore Publishing is an independent book publisher, dedicated to providing amazing educational material, fantastic adventures, and picturesque picture books for kids.

House of Lore Publishing

Salem, OR, USA

Lee & Low Books is the largest multicultural children’s book publisher in the country. It is also one of the few minority-owned publishing companies in the United States.

Lee & Low Books

New York, NY, USA

Lemniscaat is one of the oldest and most well-known children’s book publishers in Holland. Founded in 1963 and still independent today, Lemniscaat represents a unique, high-quality list of authors and illustrators. Over the last 15 years, it has published a list of picture books in the United States.

Lemniscaat

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Lerner Publishing Group is one of the nation’s largest independently owned children’s publishers, with more than 5,000 books in print. It creates nonfiction and fiction books for pre-school to young adult readers and for libraries, classrooms, and homes across the country.

Lerner Publishing Group

Minneapolis, MN, USA

Little Bee Books is a children’s book publisher founded in 2014, dedicated to making creative and fun books for busy little bees ages zero to twelve. It is an imprint of Bonnier Publishing USA.

Little Bee Books

New York, NY, USA

Founded by Margie Blumberg in 2003, MB Publishing offers engaging, educational, and beautifully illustrated books for children of all ages, from picture books to middle grade novels to an illustrated reference on English grammar.

MB Publishing, LLC

Bethesda, MD, USA

Norwood House Press is a children’s book publisher for grades PK to 8. Its mission is to produce informational and fiction books that help kids learn and do well in school and life. The publisher takes pride in the quality of its books and in the support it provides to teachers, librarians, and caregivers.

Norwood House Press

Chicago, IL, USA

OnStage Publishing is a small independent publishing house specializing in children’s literature. It currently publishes chapter books, middle-grade fiction, and YA. At this time, it only publishes fiction books for ages 8 to 18.

OnStage Publishing

Madison, AL, USA

Parragon has built strong and lasting partnerships with Disney, Marvel, Nickelodeon, the World of Eric Carle, and more. Its popular own-brand properties include Little Learners, Start Little Learn Big, and Factivity.

Parragon

New York, NY, USA

The Project WET Foundation is a nonprofit educational publisher of children’s activity booklets, children’s story books, educators’ guides, maps, and posters that teach a variety of critical water topics through hands-on, science-based activities.

Project WET Foundation

Bozeman, MT, USA

The mission of Publishing Illuminations is to publish children’s books that “Inspire the Mind, Touch the Heart, and Uplift the Spirit.” As well as inspiring joy and laughter, its books also promote respect, forgiveness, tolerance, and love, helping to create a more enlightened world through inner peace and self-awareness.

Publishing Illuminations

Vancouver, WA, USA

Founded in 2016, Salaam Reads is an imprint that aims to introduce readers of all faiths and backgrounds to a wide variety of Muslim children and families and offer Muslim kids an opportunity to see themselves reflected positively in published works. The imprint, which takes its name from the Arabic word for “peace,” plans to publish books for young readers of all ages, including picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult.

Salaam Reads

New York, NY, USA

Scholastic was founded in 1920 as a single classroom magazine. Today, Scholastic books and educational materials are in tens of thousands of schools and tens of millions of homes worldwide, helping to “Open a World of Possible” for children across the globe.

Scholastic Corporation

New York, NY, USA

Star Bright Books is an independent publishing company dedicated to producing the highest quality books for children. Deborah Shine established the press in 1994 with the goal of making “Great Books for Great Kids.”

Star Bright Books

Cambridge, MA, USA

Tilbury House is an independent publishing company founded as the Harpswell Press, publishing Maine books. It grew slowly, adding some children’s books, and in 1990 merged with another small publisher, the Dog Ear Press, to become Tilbury House, Publishers. Its children’s book division became a major emphasis with the publication of Talking Walls in the early 1990s, and since then, it has continued to publish award-winning children’s picture books about cultural diversity, social justice, nature, and the environment.

Tilbury House Publishers

Thomaston, ME, USA

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