Top Ten Children’s Book Publishers


I decided it was time for another Top Ten List. So, here we go…

Top Ten Children’s Book Publishers

that accept unsolicited submissions


10. Pants on Fire PressPants On Fire Press is an award-winning children’s book publisher of picture, middle-grade and young adult books. We publish big story ideas with high concepts, new worlds and meaty characters for children, teens and discerning adults. Disney is our heritage which is why we strive to follow a high degree of excellence while maintaining high-quality standards. Titles we publish will tell stories that entertain. At Pants On Fire Press entertainment is everything. We are always on the lookout for Action, Adventure, Animals, Comedic, Dramatic, Dystopian, Fantasy, Historical, Paranormal, Romance, Sci-fi, Supernatural and Suspense stories.

9. Templar PublishingFounded in 1978, Templar has become one of the world’s most respected publishers and packagers of illustrated children’s fiction, novelty and picture books. In 2008 Templar was recognised by the Independent Publisher’s Guild as UK Children’s Publisher of the Year and Independent Publisher of the Year.

  • Publishers of the popular “Ology” series, which includes the hit “Dragonology”.
  • Submission Guidelines

8. Little Tiger PressWith four imprints under one roof – each with its own unique style and distinctive voice – Little Tiger Press is a dynamic and busy independent publisher. We’ve been publishing high quality children’s books for over 25 years, seeking out the best fresh talent in writing and illustration to bring stories to life for our readers.


7. Capstone PressDriven by Intelligence, Innovation and Insight

Not only does Capstone rank Number One among students preK through high school, but we’re also the first choice among their librarians and teachers. Whether recognizing colors and shapes through pictures, learning history through interactive chapter books or encountering mystery and adventure through safe graphic novels, kids (and educators) choose Capstone because we connect.

6. Curious Fox –  An exciting new imprint for young readers of all ages.  Our mission is to publish imaginative, creative, and jaw-droppingly enjoyable books that will take readers on a journey through new adventures and experiences.

5. Flashlight PressFlashlight Press is a publishing house specializing in children’s picture books with captivating writing and outstanding illustrations, that explore and illuminate the touching and humorous moments of family situations and social interactions.

  • They only publish picture books. They are not interested in concept books, non-fiction, early readers, chapter books, or YA novels.
  • Submission Guidelines

4. Robinswood PressRobinswood is an independent educational and children’s book publisher, founded in 1989 and still moving from strength to strength.

Our aim is to help encourage every child – and every adult for that matter – to experience the joy of the written word, whether reading it, writing it or speaking it. That’s especially true for those who may have special learning needs or a degree of dyslexia, or who may simply have been ‘put off’ reading, or be aspiring readers whose English is a Second Language.

3. Chronicle BooksChronicle Books is an independent publisher offering bestselling books, children’s books, personalized books & other specialty gifts. Inspired by the enduring magic and importance of books, our objective is to create and distribute exceptional publishing that’s instantly recognizable for its spirit, creativity, and value. This objective also informs our business relationships and endeavors, be they with customers, authors, vendors, or colleagues.

  • Interested in fiction and nonfiction books for children of all ages as well as board books, decks, activity kits, and other unusual or “novelty” formats.
  • Submission Guidelines

2. Quirk BooksAn independent book publisher based in Philadelphia. Founded in 2002, Quirk Books publishes 25 strikingly unconventional books every year. Our bestsellers include the pop culture phenomenons Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. We also publish award-winning cookbooks, craft books, children’s books, and nonfiction on a wide range of subjects.

1. Nosy Crow“We’ve Got Something to Crow about!” Yes, they do. And it’s not just for being number one on my top ten list of children’s book publishers. Nosy Crow is a young, but bright and innovative star in the publishing universe that any reader or writer should be paying attention to.

Nosy Crow is a small, independent company. We began publishing child-focused, parent-friendly children’s books and apps in January 2011.

In 2012 and 2013, we won the Independent Publishers Guild’s Children’s Publisher of the Year award. We’ve also won many other prizes for individual books and apps, for international achievement, and for being innovative and entrepreneurial.


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  1. Young Angels International is a fast growing publication of children books with team of talented designers, outstanding artist and professional editors, performing more than 300 titles of interactive children’s books that gain popularity among publishers and distributors.

  2. I want to publish a children’s book entitled “Tito the Tunafish.”

  3. Deborah Callahan says:

    Can you tell me how to become a proofreader for a childrens’ book publisher?
    Thank you.

    • 40cooper says:

      Well Debbie, I’d love to help you with that one, but alas, I’m just a lowly children’s author. But like with anything that I want more information on, a good search on google is always a great place to start!

  4. adam says:

    This is a great and informative list. Thank you for taking the time to make it available to those of us who are lost in our humble quest.

  5. Stefone says:

    I have written stories and scripts for over 15 years and I never thought about having one published until I went to school and read one of my stories to my sons class two years ago. Last year students are still coming up and asking me about those characters in that story. So, I wrote a second story and then my son asked where can his friends get one of my stories from. That made me realized that my stories could live on even after the story has been told. That’s why I looked up your info. I will keep you posted on my publishing journey. SP

    • 40cooper says:

      Thanks for the comment. I’d be interested in knowing how this plays out. You can contact me through this website anytime. Also, if you’re just starting out in the submission world, here’s a post I wrote awhile back with some tips that may help you. Top Steps to Unsolicitation

  6. Stefone says:

    The light went on for me when I read a story of mine at a local Elementary school several years ago. At a local music festival I saw some of the former students that wanted to know more about the story I had read. So, I wrote a second volume and realized that my words can go on forever. That experience made me look at the last 15 years of stories I had written and what would happen to those stories if I don’t try to get them published.

  7. Lucy Hodgkiss says:

    hi there, firstly thanks for providing all this great information.
    Just a quick question… I like to think I have some interesting ideas for some books for very young children, however I am not really very good at the illustration side of it all. Would I be able to simply send in my text – not a lot in some cases but quality not quantity of course(!) rather than illustrated pages of work.

    Thanks for your time, Lucy

    • 40cooper says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Lucy. Yes, most publishing companies prefer that you only send them your text. They will usually either hire an illustrator to work with you on your book or use one of their in-house artists(if they have them). I definitely am not qualified to handle the illustrations for my books, either, lol. Go to a publishing company’s website and read their submission guidelines carefully. Once you have your manuscript and query letter polished, follow their guidelines to the letter and submit away.

  8. Barbara says:

    Thanks so much, I started this journey with the Children’s Writer’s and Illustrators guide which was helpful, but a lot more work than your website. I have written and illustrated a book that I know has a market for minimally verbal/nonverbal kids and their parents and anyone interested in learning sign language. I just hope my artwork is up to par. I am talented, but not sure if it’s up to par with what the publisher would like. If I get rejected, would you recommend I resubmit without the artwork? I have sent mostly email submissions, many from your website, with a query and portfolio attachment.Thanks again for the quick links.

    • 40cooper says:

      First, I would expect to get rejected, lol. Many great and successful authors were rejected dozens, even hundreds of times. Just the way the game works. But you can limit those rejections by being careful about who you submit to. Make sure the publisher you’re sending your work has a history of publishing similar titles. And absolutely follow their guidelines to the proverbial “T”. If they reject it with the artwork, I’m not so sure it will make a difference without it. A lot of times, it depends on the publisher, what they’re interested in and how they prefer things. That being said, I wouldn’t recommend resubmitting too quickly, either way. Publishers and editors have a lot on their plates and receive TONS of submissions a month, so seeing the same title too soon could turn them off. You can use the contact form on this website to send me an email directly, if you like, Thanks!

  9. James Williamson says:

    I appreciate the effort you put into this post. It’s very helpful to aspiring authors, such as myself. I have written a children’s book, but before I submit it to a publishing company, I would like to get a Professional Opinion? Is there an online group or forum where I can submit a portion or all of my work to be reviewed by professionals?

    • 40cooper says:

      There are literally scores of communities and forums where you can receive reviews of your work. Most are free to join and post, such as Writer’s Network and some have free and paid options, like Scribophile. Do a google search for “writing communities” or “professional book review community” or something similar. That should be a good place to start. Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Jesse J says:

    Since last year I’ve been thinking about writing a children picture book. When I was in Elementary School and Junior High School I would write some creative stories that would even shock the teachers. I want to start writing again. I might need all the advisement I can get. Appreciate any tips. Thanks!

    • 40cooper says:

      Well, the first step is to write a unique story. Then, polish the pants off of it! Good luck on your quest. It can be a long, lonely road, but don’t get discouraged.

  11. Melissa McKee says:

    Thank you very much for your list. I received contact from one of your suggestions already, I have been lucky thus far. Cheers!

  12. Hi, we are new and small (launched Jan this year) but we have distribution to the US and are negotiating UK distribution. We accept unsolicited manuscripts for children’s fiction, or illustrations. Our focus is on stories for children aged 6-11

  13. Kate Wilson says:

    Hello! Thank you SO MUCH for including us in your top ten list… and at the top of it too! We know how important it is for us to find great new books (and authors and illustrators) so it is terrific to be listed in such a lively and popular blog. Thank you again.

  14. Paul Allen Jr says:

    Thank you for posting this information. I am looking for a publisher that will allow me to use my own illustrator. Any recommedations?

    • 40cooper says:

      None off of the top of my head. If you go through my list of publishers here, you will find some who will accept illustration samples and some who accept unsolicited submissions from illustrators. Most publishers, based on my experience, prefer to match you with illustrators unless you’re already established. My advice is to research their guidelines carefully and choose publishers that your work, as a whole, meshes well with.

      Thanks for stopping by!

    • Tina says:

      You can take a look at Mascot Books.

      Another option is to self-publish through CresteSpace (Amazon). Then you can choose your illustrator freely.


    • 40cooper says:

      Yes, as Tina said, self-publishing is always an option. Self-publishing used to have a negative stigma attached to it, and still does to some extent. A lot of people view it as giving up or view a self-published author as someone who wasn’t good enough to get published the “normal” way. But that is not always the case. Truly, there is a large amount of lower quality books self-published, but there are also many many terrific ones, as well.

      However, I must caution you on self-publishing. It is a long and difficult road, filled with hard work, and often, disappointment. If you are self-publishing a picture book, that can be very expensive since most authors will have to pay an illustrator on top of all the other costs associated with it. In your case Paul, you are also the illustrator, so that helps. But you will also do the majority of the editing, marketing/promoting and you will also assume the majority of the financial risk involved. It is a high-risk, medium-reward situation.

      Going down the self-publishing road often comes down to your goal in writing. Are you seeking publication for fame and fortune? To build a lasting legacy as an author? Or do you dream of seeing your name in print and sharing the experience with friends and family? If it’s the latter, then it may be a good option for you. If you’re seeking widespread recognition or fame and fortune…Your time might be better spent perfecting your craft, improving as an author and plugging away at getting traditionally published.

      And just so we’re clear, Mascot Books is a self-publishing company, not a traditional publisher. This is why you won’t find them on my list of publishers. But thanks for the suggestion just the same, Tina.

  15. Tina says:

    Very informative! Thanks so much Jason!

  16. Toby says:

    I’ve been told all my adult life that I should get into writing kids books. I didn’t think I had a story idea unique enough until about a year ago. I have plot outlines for 3 stories and character illustrations. My day job is my small business where I make fantasy costuming pieces and my plushies. Some of the plushies are actually the characters for the stories.

    Now, my question: I’m selling the plushies and they have logos on their tags and a motto/tag line. Do I get personal copyrights for the plushies and logo/motto, or will that make a publisher run away screaming?

    • 40cooper says:

      I’m in no way a copyright or trademark expert. It doesn’t sound like something I would worry too much about at this point. If a publisher becomes interested, then you can talk to them about it. As far as copyrights go, again, I’m no expert on it, but copyrights are not required by the author for their submitted material. But I have been advised before that getting a copyright on completed works before submission is a good idea. You can actually do so online through a government website.


  17. Garland Smith says:


    Great article… Thank you!

    My mother used to sing to us and there was one song that my sister, brother, and I loved dearly. I’ve just produced a picture book, which is an adaption of this song (words and music), which was published in 1903. I worked with an artist to produce colorful illustrations. I worked with a musician to produce professional sheet music with notes, chords, and lyrics. And I’m working to get a professional recording of the music. I haven’t decided whether to add my own voice or record a professional singer.

    The picture book doesn’t need the music; it can stand on its own. However, adding the music makes it a lot more fun.

    Do you have any idea whether a publisher would be interested in publishing this work since it’s now in the public domain? What’s unique is my adaptation, the illustrations, and the recorded song.

    Follow-up question:

    There are several ways this could be sold:

    Picture book by itself without companion CD.
    Picture book with companion CD.
    e-Book with/without audio playing the song.
    CD or MP3 containing recording of the song.
    Sheet music.

    Do you know of any publishers that works with all of these different products?

    One final question:

    In addition to offering the recording of the song with the picture book, I think the song could be sold by itself on iTunes or other sites that sell music. The song doesn’t need the picture book to be something folks might want to purchase.

    Do you know how one goes about allowing a book publisher to sell the audio by itself and also allow the song to be sold by other music houses? Can the same song be sold on multiple music sites?

    I’ve stacked a few questions here. I hope it doesn’t overwhelm.

    I’ve got several websites but none relating to writing or publishing. This is a side-project that I’ve wanted to do for some time.

    Thank you,
    Garland Smith

    • 40cooper says:

      Hello and thanks for stopping by. I’ll do my best addressing your questions. I have no experience with publishing music. My first thought was about copyright issues. There may be some permissions problems if it’s a direct adaptation of a previously published work. That being said, there are some publishers who may be interested. I worked with a publisher before, Tate Publishing, that does books, audio books and also music. So, you could check them out. Also, Usborne and Barefoot Books publish books with music cd’s. Nosy Crow is another awesome publisher that also does book apps and “stories aloud” and are known for being creative and innovative. I’m sure there are more, but that’s off the top of my head.

      As far as selling the song individually, that will depend on the publisher. That’s something that can be worked out with the contract. Of course, you could always turn to self-publishing and have more control over everything. But I would still be concerned about permissions and copyright issues, either way.

      Feel free to ask any other questions you may have. Thanks!

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