Top Ten Children’s Book Publishers


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

**Links updated 10/16/2015**

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.

  • Looking for Chapter Books, Middle-grade and Young Adult fiction
  • Submission Guidelines *As of 10/16/2015 their website is being revamped. Submissions page is currently pointing to their homepage*

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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