Thursday, September 23, 2021

Kids Can Press seeks Picture Books, Nonfiction, and Early Fiction

What if Bunny's Not a Bully by Lana Button,
illustrations by Christine Battuz, published by Kids Can

Kids Can Press

25 Dockside Drive
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5A 0B5

Kids Can Press publishes picture books and fiction and nonfiction manuscripts for young readers. It’s been around since 1973 and is the  home of beloved, best-selling series such as Franklin the Turtle, Scaredy Squirrel and CitizenKid.

Currently Kids Can is seeking:

Non-rhyming picture books for ages 3 5, 3–7, and 4–8  

Nonfiction for ages 5–8, 7–10, 8–12, and 10–14

Early fiction for ages 6–9

Graphic novels (fiction and nonfiction) for all ages.

They especially like funny, genuine, thoughtful, heartfelt and clever approaches to all sorts of stories and subjects. {Or any combination of those qualities}. That goes for nonfiction, too, with particular interest inhSTEM/STEAM, global citizenship and awareness, and the environment.

Submit by mail to Acquisitions:

For picture books: send the entire manuscript (and remember, no rhyming!) 

For nonfiction: outline + 2–3 sample chapters/sections
For fiction: synopsis, outline + 3 sample chapters
For graphic novels (whether fiction or nonfiction): synopsis and/or outline + 3 sample chapters

Full submission guidelines hereIllustrator guidelines here.

Literary agent Olga Filina

If you’re interested in meeting an agent and in getting published, don’t miss our online How to Get Published workshop with literary agent Olga Filina of 5 Otter Literary, Saturday, Sept 25. Details here.

If you’re interested in writing for children or for young adults, don’t miss out Kid Lit workshop Sunday, Nov 14, with guest Katie Hearn,  editorial director, Annick Press. Details here.

Beyond that, Brian Henry’s schedule continues to take shape...

September ~ Weekly classes ~ Still space in one class:

In-Person: Writing Personal Stories, 9 weeks of creativity and companionship. Wednesday evenings, Sept 29 – Nov 24, in Burlington. Details here.


Online: Writing for Children and for Young Adults,  Saturday, Oct 2, with guest Anne Shone, executive editor, Scholastic Books (see here– This workshop is full.  

Online: How to Write Great Characters, Saturday, Oct 16. Details here.

Writing Retreats:

Algonquin Park: Writing Retreat at Arowhon Pines Resort, Friday, June 3 – Monday, June 6, 2022. Details here.

Jackson’s Point on Lake Simcoe: Writing retreat at The Briars Friday, March 4 – Monday, March 7 – to be confirmed. But if you’re interested, let me know.



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