Children’s Book Publishers in UK

Children's Book Publishers in UK

Here’s our list of children’s book publishers in the UK – designed as a starting point for stocking primary and secondary school libraries, or finding similar books to titles that are already popular with your children and teens. These publishers’ lists cover baby & toddler fiction, picture books, fiction for children aged 5-7, early chapter books for 7-9-year-old children, middle-grade novels for 9-12-year-old tweens, 12-16 teen young adult fiction, poetry, nonfiction, textbooks and study guides – all available in the UK.

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UK Children’s Book Publishers A-Z


  • 360 Degrees – accessible and unique non-fiction for children. Browse
  • 8 Books – a select range of award-winning illustrated children’s books. Highly recommended. Browse



  • BabyLitBabyLit (Gibbs-Smith) books teach babies and toddlers basic concepts. Storybooks for 0-5. Browse
  • Badger Learning – teaching resources for Key Stages 1-4. Browse
  • Barefoot Books – carefully crafted children’s books, children’s CDs and children’s gifts that spark imagination, exploration, and creativity. Browse
  • Barrington Stoke – fiction and non-fiction adapted to different reading ages for reluctant, under-confident and dyslexic children and teens. Browse
  • Big Picture Press – spectacular, often large format, illustrated nonfiction. A must for the school library and topic book collections. Browse
  • Blink – gripping nonfiction for secondary-aged libraries. Browse
  • Bloomsbury Children’s Books – one of the most prolific children’s book publishers in the UK. The home of Harry Potter. Browse
  • Book Island – an independent publisher offering highly illustrated picture books from around the world. Browse
  • Booklife Publishing – curriculum and topic books for children aged 3-11. Very strong on PSHE. Browse
  • Boxer Books – picture books, fiction and activity books for younger children aged 3-11. Browse
  • Bridge House – an independent publisher that also offers services for writers. Browse
  • b small publishing – an inclusive publisher offering inspirational books that make children think. Great for classroom libraries. Browse
  • Buster Books – fiction, nonfiction and picture books for creative and curious children. Browse


  • Campfire – stylized graphic novels, including sporting heroes, myths, legends, and powerful dynasties. Great for KS3 and GCSE. Browse
  • Campbell Books – books for toddlers to explore and play with. Very interactive. Browse
  • Candy Jar Books – passionate about discovering new voices. Children’s and YA lists. Browse
  • Cranachan Publishing – a Scottish publisher whose imprints include Pokey Hat (8-12) and Gob Stopper (YA). Great for able readers who are reluctant to read fiction. Browse
  • Catch a Star – picture books for early readers and toddlers. Browse
  • Caterpillar Books – interactive and sensory books for babies and toddlers to help them learn through play. Browse
  • CGP Books – thorough and popular study and exam revision guides for all subjects – KS2, KS3 & KS4. Browse
  • Charlesbridge – a full range of children’s and YA fiction and nonfiction. Open for submissions. Browse
  • Cherrytree Books – an excellent starting point for picking distinctive and standout books for a primary school library. Browse
  • Chicken House – a truly forward-thinking UK children’s book publisher. Very strong on contemporary children’s and middle-grade fiction. Browse
  • Child’s Play International – the independent publisher behind Storysacks. Strong on child development. Browse
  • Cicada – beautifully illustrated picture books. Great for primary school libraries, and especially for eye-catching book displays. Browse
  • Crown House – an award-winning independent publisher that specialises in education, personal growth, and an expanding list of powerful issue-based YA and children’s books. The home of Anthony Kessel. Browse
  • Curved House Kids – strong on early literacy and promoting STEM. Good for KS2. Browse


  • David Fickling Books – A strong range of children’s, middle-grade and YA fiction and comics. Browse.
  • Dinosaur Books – ‘fresh fiction for children aged 5-12’. Browse
  • Downtown Bookwords – inclusive and diverse books for children and young adults. Very strong on illustrated nonfiction. Browse
  • DK (Dorling Kindersley) – an extensive range of often large format and hardback nonfiction and reference books. A staple for KS2 and KS3 school libraries. Browse
  • Dref Wen – the leading publisher of Welsh language original and translated books for children. An extensive list. Browse


  • Egmont Publishing – established publisher of children’s fiction, graphic novels, nonfiction, and magazines. Their website features useful teacher resources to download. Browse
  • EK Books – publishing children’s books ‘on themes that other publishers fear to touch’. A good starting point for beefing up a primary PSHE resource cupboard. Browse
  • Electric Monkey – ‘high voltage’ YA fiction. Ideal for that Year 9 group that doesn’t respond to anything in printed form. Highly recommended for KS3/4. Browse
  • The Emma Press – a really interesting range of children’s fiction, picture books, poetry, and translated works. Guaranteed to make children think. Browse
  • Enchanted Lion Books – an independent publisher with a stunning collection of inspirational picture books, children’s fiction, and YA. Really good for picture books with more complex themes to read aloud to KS2. Browse
  • Everything with Words – a small independent publisher with a growing list of award-winning children’s and YA fiction. No fillers here. A good starting point for ‘greater depth’ pupils in upper KS2 and lower KS3. Browse


  • Faber and Faber – one of the longest-established children’s book publishers in the UK. A wide range of children’s fiction, real-life narrative, picture books, and young adult novels. Browse
  • Faros Books – an independent publisher ‘with a vision to inspire and entertain children.’ Very strong on illustrated fiction for younger children. Browse
  • Firefly Press – an award-winning children’s and YA publisher based in Wales. Very strong on fun and gripping fiction for junior and middle-grade-aged children. Browse
  • Floris Books – Edinburgh-based publisher with an extensive children’s list including Kelpies. The home of The Nowhere Emporium and Ruby McCracken. Browse
  • Flying Eye Books – no KS2 library is complete without a Flying Eye book on display in the non-fiction section. These large format books are lavishly illustrated and ooze awe and wonder from every double-page spread. There’s also an increasing range of picture books, poetry, and graphic novels. Browse
  • Frances Lincoln Children’s Books – a wide range of culturally diverse illustrated picture books. A must-see for KS1 librarians. Browse
  • Full-Media – a growing collection of full-colour, high-quality picture books and charity tie-ins with organisations including the Rainforest Trust UK. Browse.


  • Galore Park – a leading publisher of textbooks and revision guides for KS2 and KS3. A good selection of materials for 11+ and 13+ entrance exams and Common Entrance teacher and revision. Browse
  • Gecko Press – picture books and books for younger children. A good range of downloadable teacher resources on the publisher’s website. Browse
  • Gill Books – An Irish publisher with a full range of children’s fiction, nonfiction and picture books. Checking their range is a good opportunity to source quality children’s literature that might not be in your local bookshop. Browse
  • Girls Gone By Publishers – republished and reimagined classic children’s books with an emphasis on fiction for girls. Browse
  • Gob Stopper – a range of gripping YA novels set in Scotland. A great source of new material for KS3/4 libraries. Browse
  • Graffeg – a diverse range of vibrantly illustrated books for children. A good range for KS1 and early KS2. Browse
  • Greystone Kids – a range of stunningly illustrated fiction picture books for younger readers and engaging non-fiction for 9-12s. Browse
  • Guppy Publishing – an independent publisher based in Oxford. Authors include Sharon Creech and Beverley Birch. Browse


  • Harper Collins Children’s Books – one of the biggest children’s book publishers in the UK. Home to Katherine Applegate, Grace Byers and Dan Gutman. Browse
  • HQ Young Adult – An imprint of Harper Collins. A great starting point for stocking your KS3 and KS4 fiction library. Authors include Melissa de la Cruz and Robin Talley. Browse
  • Hamish Hamilton – publishing a small number of children’s books each year. Home of ‘The Lost Words’. Browse
  • Hawthorn Press – ‘Thoughtful books to support a creative, peaceful and sustainable world.’ Browse
  • Hashtag Press – a small publisher that includes children’s picture books and YA on its list. passionate about strong female characters. Browse
  • Head of Zeus – Independent Publisher of the Year in 2017, and joined the Bloomsbury family in 2021. Browse
  • Heinemann – a leading publisher of resources and professional development materials for teachers in primary and secondary schools.  Browse
  • Hodder Children’s Books – a wide-ranging list of fiction for KS2, KS3, and KS4. Browse
  • Hogs Back Books – illustrated picture books for primary school children.  Browse
  • Hot Key Books – books for ‘the young and young at heart’. A really interesting output, including Robert Muchamore and Chris Ryan. One of the first places to look for KS3 fiction with bite. Browse
  • Hubble & Hattie Kids – for all things animal – fiction and nonfiction. Great for KS2. Browse


  • Imagine That Publishing – an award-winning independent publisher of children’s fiction and picture books. Open for submissions. Browse
  • Ink Road – A young adult imprint that focuses on edgy, gritty material suitable for KS4 and KS5. Highly recommended for secondary libraries. Home to Akemi Dawn Bowman. Browse


  • Jessica Kingsley Publishers – an outstanding collection of books for children and teens that deal with difficult issues such as Asperger’s, autism, dyslexia, loss, and bullying. Browse


  • Knights Of – “a multi-award-winning inclusive publisher focused on bringing underrepresented voices to the forefront of commercial children’s publishing.” Browse 
  • Knockabout Comics – producing comics, books, and graphic novels since 1975.


  • Ladybird Books – a wide range of fiction and nonfiction for children aged 0-11 from one of the best-known children’s publishers in the UK. Browse
  • Laurence King – a really strong collection of illustrated nonfiction suitable for KS1 and KS2. Useful for sourcing contemporary books for a primary school library. Browse
  • Lemniscaat – specialises in beautiful picture books. No primary school library is complete without books from this list. Browse
  • Letts Educational – a leading publisher of revision and study materials for KS2-Ks5. Browse
  • Little Gestalten – distinctive and compelling illustrated fiction and nonfiction for children up to 11. Books to be looked at as well as read. Browse
  • Little Tiger Press – an independent publisher with a wide range of predominantly fiction for preschool to teenaged children. Home to Nicola Penfold and Barry Timms. Browse
  • Lonely Planet Kids – a collection of engaging and colourful guides to cities, countries, animals, and worlds. Ideal for KS2. Browse


  • Macmillan Children’s Books – one of the longest-established children’s book publishers in UK. Authors and illustrators include Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler, Rod Campbell, Chris Riddell, Emily Gravett, and Jill Murphy. Browse
  • Magic Cat Publishing – ‘Open a book. Open a mind‘. Magic Cat publishes “beautiful children’s books that do more”, promoting themes of kindness, togetherness, friendship, inclusivity and ideas about the future of our planet, culture, activism, and mindfulness. Highly recommended for illustrated nonfiction and high quality thought-provoking picture books. Browse
  • Mama Makes Books – “a small, young, independent UK publisher that creates books for children, from newborns to 8-year-olds.” Browse
  • Matthew James Publishing – an independent publisher of fiction and nonfiction children’s books with notable religious education resources. Browse
  • Maverick Books – picture books for younger readers and an exciting range of middle-grade fiction. Authors include Saviour Pirotta and Alison Donald. Browse
  • Miles Kelly Publishing – contemporary picture books and children’s fiction and nonfiction for children aged 3-9+. There’s a spectacular range of books that fold together to create a vehicle, ship or train to get inside. Browse
  • Mogzilla – an independent publisher that focuses on historical fiction and graphic novels for children and teens. A good starting point for history topic books. Browse


  • National Geographic Kids – nonfiction reference book about nature, science, and animals. Ideal for KS2 libraries. Browse
  • Neem Tree Press – features a growing list of children’s and YA titles. This publisher is producing ‘books that change and broaden perspectives’ and ‘dedicated to the enthusiastic discovery of both British and international literature’. Browse
  • Neon Squid – Offering ‘beautiful non-fiction books for inquisitive kids’, this range of detailed narrative non-fiction books is perfect for primary school libraries, or to browse for book gifts for 7-12-year-olds.  Browse
  • New Frontier Publishing – creating children’s books to educate uplift and inspire. Browse
  • Noodle Juice – books that are “visually exciting, fact-packed, laugh-out-loud eyeball magnets”, according to the publisher. Browse
  • Nosy Crow – a prolific UK children’s book publisher with fiction, picture books and nonfiction books for children aged 3-12+. A very strong middle-grade fiction output with authors including Nizrana Farook, Catherine Bruton, Philip Ardagh, and Christopher Edge. Browse


  • O’Brien Press – an Irish publisher with an imaginative list of children’s books for younger readers through to middle grade. Very strong historical fiction list. Good for something different in your primary library. Browse
  • Old Barn Books – board books, picture books, and children’s fiction. Authors include Paul Jennings and Alison Jay. Browse
  • Orchard Books – home to popular children’s book series including Beast Quest, Rainbow Magic, and Animal Ark. Be prepared to buy them all since KS2 children can’t get enough of them! Browse
  • Otter-Barry – stunningly presented and illustrated picture books, poetry, early fiction, and middle-grade novels. Their list includes the Lolo series, authors Helen Bate and Fiona French, and poets Justin Coe and James Carter. Browse
  • Our Street Books – an independent publisher of children’s books ‘for all ages’. Open for submissions. Authors include Mick Inkpen and Andy Robb. Browse
  • Owlet Press – a collection of very engaging books for younger children. Ideal for EYFS/KS1 libraries and PSHE discussion. Browse
  • Oxford University Press – an established UK children’s book publisher with a vast selection of academic material, teaching resources and fiction for children – including authors such as Valerie Thomas, Tom McLaughlin, Harriet Muncaster, and Philip Reeve.  Browse


  • Palazzo Editions – a wide and varied collection of beautifully illustrated nonfiction and republished classic fiction. Worth looking at for a KS2 library. Browse
  • Pandora Books – specialises in reading schemes and reading age-banded collections of books.
  • Pat-a-Cake Books – books for preschool children to aid with learning development. Browse
  • Pavilion Children’s – picture books for EYFS-KS2. Home to Sam Lloyd, Michael Foreman, Matt Sewell and Simon Tyler. Some really gorgeous large-format hardbacks. Browse
  • Peahen Publishing – self-publishing for children’s authors with design and illustrating services. Some really well-printed and good-looking books. Browse
  • Phaidon – beautiful large-format art books focussing on creative subjects. Great for the reference section of your KS2/3 library. Browse
  • Piccadilly Press – a children’s book publisher in the UK with a great range of junior and middle-grade fiction. Home to Caroline Lawrence, Fleur Hitchcock, and Alex Milway. Browse 
  • Pikku Publishing – illustrated books for children aged 3-12. Some fantastic illustrators, including William Papas. Browse
  • Pokey Hat – fiction books for children aged 8-12 – ideal for KS2. Browse
  • Prestel Publishing – owned by Penguin Random House, Prestel offers an exciting range of large format hardback non-fiction books for children, in addition to its adult architecture, art and photography titles. Browse
  • Puffin Books – perhaps the best-known children’s book publisher in the UK – with new and classic fiction and nonfiction books for children and early teens, including Robin Stevens, Eric Hill, Eoin Colfer, and Charlie Higson. Browse
  • Pushkin Children’s Books – a great range of contemporary middle-grade and YA fiction. Authors include Liz Hyder, Tonke Dragt, Celia Rees, and Dave Eggers. Browse


  • QED Publishing – part of the Quarto group – a great collection of early themes fiction and topic books suitable for KS1 and KS2. Browse
  • Quirk Books – quirky and different, there’s bound to be something from left field that’s perfect for your KS3 library. Browse


  • Ragged Bears – an independent publisher with particular strengths in illustrated picture books for KS1 and KS2 and multicultural folk tales. Browse
  • Raintree – a wide range of banded reading fiction, topic books, graphic novels and resources for teachers. A good starting point for finding books for EAL and reluctant readers. Browse
  • Ransom Publishing – a wide range of books for reluctant readers – with suggested age bands for each book. The list includes books for the earliest readers through to YA fiction for KS4 teens. Particularly useful for secondary SENDCOs. Browse
  • Red Robin Books – an independent publisher based in Somerset. Picture books and fiction for children aged 0-12. Browse
  • Red Shed – an imprint of Harper Collins Children publishing “award-winning non-fiction books that entertain, engage and inform.” Browse
  • Rockpool Children’s Books – an independent publisher of illustrated children’s picture books based in the North East of England. Browse
  • Rock the Boat – ‘books from around the world, aiming to give a voice to those stories that are shied away from, that are ignored, that go unspoken’. A really good sauce of diverse fiction and narrative nonfiction for upper KS2 and KS3. Browse
  • Robinswood Press – an excellent list of books for SEND and EAL pupils, including fiction and graphic novels. Very strong on handwriting resources for pupils and teachers. Browse


  • Salariya Book Company – an innovative independent publisher that aims to publish books with a direct appeal to children. Lots of resources for primary school teachers on their website. Includes Book House, Scribo and Scribblers. Browse
  • Scallywag Press – a new publisher with an exciting list aimed at younger children. Browse
  • Scholastic – a long-established cornerstone in children’s fiction and resources for teachers. Very strong in the primary sector. Browse
  • Scribe (Scribble imprint) – award-winning picture books – very engaging for EYFS and KS1. Browse
  • Simon & Schuster Children’s Books – a wide range of new and classic fiction for children and young adults. The home of Ben Miller and Abi Elphinstone. Browse
  • Stone Cold Fox Press – edgy young adult/teen fiction. A good archive range for Y9 and above in KS3/4/5 libraries. Browse
  • Strident Publishing – distinctive fiction for children and young adults – including cartoons and poetry. Browse
  • Stripes Publishing – a great range for all ages of children – very strong in illustrated fiction for younger children in EYFS and KS1. Browse
  • Studio Press Books – an interesting range of mainly nonfiction books, branded series and positive message books for primary and younger secondary-aged children. Browse
  • Sweet Cherry Publishing – an independent publisher from Leicester specialising in engaging stories for children from all backgrounds. Browse


  • Tamarind – championing diversity and inclusion in children’s literature since 1987. Browse
  • Tango Books – a cracking collection of pop-up books for children. Browse
  • Tarquin Group – specialises in STEM and enrichment books and resources, including a fantastic range of books to make teaching shape and space more exciting.  Browse
  • Taschen – beautiful large format hardbacks that make excellent gifts. Most of their list is aimed at an adult market (not all of their website is suitable for the classroom) but there are some fabulous children’s titles and plenty of books that will appeal to older teens interested in photography, art and pop culture. Browse
  • Tate Publishing – a stunning range of art books for children produced by the Tate Gallery. Browse
  • Templar Publishing – a leading children’s publisher of primary-aged fiction and nonfiction. Browse
  • Thames and Hudson – offers a growing range of vibrant picture books, superb illustrated nonfiction and engaging short chapter books. Browse
  • Tiny Owl – a range of beautifully illustrated books for children. Strong on teacher resources to download from their website. Browse
  • Tiny Tree Books – a wide range of picture books and chapter fiction for children. Accepting submissions. Browse
  • Troika Books – a small publisher with an unfailingly interesting list of inspirational children’s and YA books. Browse
  • Tuttle Publishing – a diverse range of children’s books with an Asian theme. Browse
  • Two Hoots – picture books, narrative nonfiction and poetry for children. A good starting point for an EYFS & KS1 library. Browse


  • Uclan publishing – an independent publisher producing beautiful fiction and non-fiction titles for children. Described as “a disruptive spirit and an infectious enthusiasm”. Lots of debut authors in their catalogue. Browse
  • Usborne Publishing – one of the best know nonfiction and fiction UK children’s book publishers. Browse


  • Wacky Bee Books – an independent publisher of books for primary-aged children. Books with bite. Browse
  • Walker Books Ltd – a leading publisher of children’s fiction, nonfiction, picture books, and poetry. Browse
  • Wayland Books – stunning nonfiction books for the primary school library. Part of Hachette. Browse
  • What on Earth Publishing – amazingly detailed and thorough nonfiction books and timelines. Every classroom should have one of their wall charts. Browse
  • Wide Eyed Editions – distinctive and original nonfiction for children and middle-grade. Books to appeal to every child – every title is inspirational. The starting point for stocking your primary reference section. Browse
  • Winged Chariot Press – children’s books in translation.
  • words+pictures – imaginative picture books for younger children.
  • Wren & Rook – edgy and inclusive books for children and YA. Always an interesting list. Browse


  • ZonderKidz – Christian-themed books for younger children. Browse
  • Zuntold – an independent UK children’s book publisher of chapter books and YA books based in Manchester. Browse

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About Tom Tolkien

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Tom Tolkien is a highly qualified (BA Hons, PGCE, QTS) children's literature expert and teacher with over 25 years of experience. He has led inset courses, developed curriculum materials, spoken at conferences, advised on longlisting for several international children's literature literature awards and written for educational publishers including contributing to a BETT award-nominated app. Social profiles: Twitter | Linkedin

This resource was last updated on April 28th, 2024 and first published in 2020.