Kids Can Press is the largest Canadian owned publisher of children's books, with an award-winning list of over 500 picture books, non-fiction and fiction titles for toddlers to young adults. The Kids Can Press list includes beloved characters such as Franklin the Turtle -- the single most successful publishing franchise in the history of Canadian publishing, which has sold over 65 million books in over 30 languages around the world.
Started in 1973 by a small group of women in Toronto who wanted to produce books for Canadian children, the mandate broadened within a few years and Kids Can Press was creating books for kids around the world. More than three decades later, and with a long list of award-winning titles, Kids Can Press has become a favourite among parents, teachers, librarians and kids worldwide.
Kids Can Press has published in partnership with more Canadian public institutions than any other children’s publisher, reflecting the recognized quality of its publishing program. Partners include: the Royal Ontario Museum, the Ontario Science Centre, the Federation of Ontario Naturalists, the National Museum, the Museum of Nature, World Wildlife and the National Hockey League.
Kids Can Press books have received critical acclaim and numerous nominations and awards. Some of our highlights include:
- Winning the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustration in 2011 for Cybèle Young's Ten Birds.
- Franklin the Turtle series of stamps issued by Canada Post in May 2012, on the 25th Anniversary of the publication of the first Franklin book.
- Winning both Governor General’s Literary Awards for children’s literature in 2008 for John Ibbitson’s The Landing (English-language text) and Stéphane Jorisch’s The Owl and the Pussycat (illustration)
- Mélanie Watt’s multiple award-winning Scaredy Squirrel series
- The Independent Publisher Book Award for If the World Were A Village by David J. Smith
- Ryan and Jimmy And the Well in Africa That Brought Them Together by Herb Shoveller, a featured selection on Oprah.com.
Today, Kids Can Press continues to be in the forefront of children’s publishing by creating books that raise kids’ social consciousness with the CitizenKid series. The series features If The World Were a Village, Tree of Life, One Well, Ryan and Jimmy, and One Hen, which help children and their families to understand complex global issues and demonstrate how every one of us, young or old, has the power to make a difference.