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Kids Can Press

Established in 1973, Kids Can Press is an award-winning, internationally recognized publisher of quality children’s books and home to major children’s brands Franklin the Turtle and Scaredy Squirrel. From its early years as a small collective with a mandate to publish socially responsible children’s books, Kids Can Press has evolved into a broad-based print and digital content company.

Kids Can Press consistently delivers exceptional 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, the single most successful franchise in the history of Canadian children’s publishing, has sold over 65 million books in over 30 languages, with worldwide licensing and partnerships, including the creation of a Canada Post stamp to honor the series’ 25th Anniversary in 2012.

Scaredy Squirrel, the lovable worrywart with legions of fans, is an international superstar, published in over 20 languages around the world. Combined with creator Mélanie Watt’s other bestselling books, including the popular Chester series, the award-winning author-illustrator has more than 2.5 million copies in print.

In keeping with the mandate introduced over 40 years ago, today Kids Can Press is proud to publish a nonfiction series that teaches young readers about global issues, 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 VillageOne Well 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 prestigious prizes, most notably with eight Governor General’s Literary Awards, recently for Virginia Wolf (2012) and Ten Birds (2011) and a 2015 Ezra Jack Keats Award for Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin.

View the complete catalog at KidsCanPress.com



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