Kids Can Press , the largest Canadian-owned children’s publisher in the world — home to major children’s brands Franklin the Turtle and Scaredy Squirrel, and to an array of international award-winning books — celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2013. From its early years as a small collective borne out of a desire to publish high-quality, socially responsible children’s books, Kids Can Press has evolved into a broad-based content company, adapting as the world of books and publishing has changed through the decades.
Kids Can Press consistently delivers high-quality print books that parents, teachers, librarians and children around the world have come to expect from the Toronto-based publisher, and currently leads the way in Canada with the most children’s illustrated ebooks in the market.
Franklin the Turtle continues to be the single most successful franchise in the history of Canadian children’s publishing, having sold over 65 million books in over 30 languages around the world, with worldwide licensing and partnerships, including the creation of a Canada Post stamp to honor the series’ 25th Anniversary.
Scaredy Squirrel, the lovable worrywart with legions of fans, is a rising international star, now published in 18 languages around the world. The Scaredy Squirrel series has sold more than 1.6 million books worldwide, with the award-winning Mélanie Watt library of books, including the popular Chester series, selling more than 2.5 million units combined.
In keeping with the mandate introduced 40 years ago, today Kids Can Press is proud to publish a nonfiction series that raises kids’ social consciousness, through the CitizenKid™ imprint. The only collection of its kind in the world, the series has sold more than 700,000 copies worldwide, and features perennial bestselling nonfiction books If the World Were a Village, One Hen and Tree of Life, all teacher favorites.
Kids Can Press also drives business for other brands through its custom publishing program, and has collaborated with Dove, Parmalat, Chick-fil-A and Kellogg’s, among others, on developing brand book promotions and custom publishing projects.
Kids Can Press books continually garner critical acclaim, and for the past five years the publisher has dominated the Governor General’s Literary Awards, having won five awards for children’s books in as many years — more than any other children’s publisher since 2003 — most recently for Virginia Wolf (2012) and Ten Birds (2011).
For 40 years, Kids Can Press has delivered exceptional children’s books through numerous formats (from audio books to game apps) and various marketplaces (from independent bookstores to ebook retailers), and looks forward to what the future brings to children’s publishing.