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.


UK Children’s Book Publishers A-Z

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  • 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

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  • BabyLitBabyLit 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

C

  • 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 and 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
  • Curved House Kids – strong on early literacy and promoting STEM. Good for KS2. Browse

D

  • 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

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  • 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 book ‘on themes that other publishers feat 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 ‘greater depth’ pupils in upper KS2 and lower KS3. Browse

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  • 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
  • Featherstone – teacher resources for preschool and early years children. An imprint of Bloomsbury. 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

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  • 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. A good opportunity to source quality children’s literature which 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 – 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

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  • 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
  • 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

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  • 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 focusses on edgy, gritty material suitable for KS4 and KS5. Highly recommended for secondary libraries. Home to Akemi Dawn Bowman. Browse

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  • 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

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  • 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
  • Lantana Publishing – beautifully realised illustrated fiction for younger children focussing on diversity and minorities. 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

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  • March Hamilton – an independent children’s and YA publisher based in the South West. Open for submissions.
  • 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, Jill Murphy. Browse
  • Matthew James Publishing – an independent publisher of fiction and nonfiction children’s books with notable religious education resources.
  • 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 focusses on historical fiction and graphic novels for children and teens. A good starting point for history topic books. Browse

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  • National Geographic Kids – nonfiction reference book about nature, science, and animals. Ideal for KS2 libraries. Browse
  • New Frontier Publishing – creating children’s books to educate uplift and inspire. 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

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  • O’Brien Press – an Irish publisher with an interesting list on children’s books for younger readers through to middle grade. Very strong on historical fiction. 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

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  • 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 – specialise 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
  • Puffin Books – perhaps the best-known children’s book publisher in the UK – 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

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  • 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

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  • 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
  • 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

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  • 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
  • Scribble Kids Books – award-winning picture books – very engaging for EYFS and KS1. Browse
  • The Secret Book Company – really engaging illustrated nonfiction suitable for KS1 and KS2. Recommended for primary school classrooms and libraries. 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 – fresh and edgy young adult/teen fiction. There’s always a good 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, 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

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  • 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
  • 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
  • Tiny Owl – beautiful 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

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  • 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

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  • 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 wallcharts. 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

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

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