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International Youth Literature Collection

The International Youth Literature Collection is a representative collection of children’s and young adult books, both translated and in their original language, that celebrate writing, visual style and design from outside of this country.

International- and US-based publishers who emphasize the importance of sharing children's literature across cultures and languages, through dedicated translations and quality publications.

International Publishers with Distribution Centers in the US

African Books Collective: African Books Collective (ABC) is an African owned, worldwide marketing and distribution outlet for books from Africa  - scholarly, literature and children's books. They also run the website which profiles the work of African publishers and books.

Albatros (Czech Republic):  Albatros Publishing is the oldest Czech publishing house specializing in literature for children and the young (from its founding in 1949 to 1969 it operated under the name National Children’s Publishing).

Barefoot Books (England): Beginning as a small, home-based business in 1992, Barefoot Books exists by its manifesto to make a difference and honor diversity in every sphere of life by publishing visually captivating children's books and contributing to many literacy initiatives around the world.

Berbay (Australia) : Berbay Publishing is based in Melbourne Australia that has established a reputation locally and internationally for producing high quality, original and enriching children’s books for readers from ages 0-12.

Candied Plums (China): An independent children's publisher established in 2016, Candied Plums is dedicated to sharing Chinese picture books with Mandarin learners and picture book lovers alike.

Cassava Republic Press (Nigeria): Founded in Abuja, Nigeria, 2006 with the aim of bringing high quality fiction and non-fiction for adults, young adults and children alike to a global audience. 

Children's Book Trust (India): Founded in Shankar in 1957, Children's Book Trust is a pioneer for children's books, in promoting an appreciation for Indian cultural heritage, with titles published in English and various Indian languages.

Circada (UK): Circada Books is a New York Times Award winning children's pubilsher based in London that specializes in beautiful, high-end books for kids aged 4-11 that includes activity books, picture books and non-fiction. 

Ediciones Ekaré (Venezuela): A veteran independent children's publisher in Venezuela, Ediciones Ekaré was established in 1978 by two journalists, finding their beginnings with international books in translation before they began publishing original work from Latin American authors and illustrators as well.

Editorial Amanuta (Chile): Established in 2002, Amanuta has published over 150 titles for children, reaching readers across the world with translations in multiple languages, and includes over 70 authors and illustrators of a variety of nationalities.

Flying Eye Books (England): An imprint of the award-winning visual publishing house Nobrow Press, Flying Eye Books was established in 2013 and is an international company at it's core, with many titles translated into several languages, taking kids on a "journey of wonder" across worlds.

Gecko Press (New Zealand): Based in New Zealand, Gecko Press is an independent, international publisher of children's books "of good heart and strong character," focused on bringing children's books from around the world into the English language.

Greystone Books (Canada): A trade book publisher on non-fiction titles for a regional, national, and international audience, Greystone Books - through it's imprint Greystone Kids - produces visually appealing and sustainably produced picture books and non-fiction on a variety of subjects for young and middle-grade readers. Aldana Libros, and imprint of Greystone Kids, in particular publishes children's books from around the world in the English language.

Groundwood (Canada): An independent children's publisher based in Toronto, Groundwood Books titles are acclaimed throughout Canada and internationally, particularly dedicated to books for and about "children whose experiences of the world are under-represented elsewhere."

Inhabit Media: is the first Inuit-owned, independent publishing company in the Canadian Arctic. We aim to promote and preserve the stories, knowledge, and talent of the Arctic, while also supporting research in Inuit mythology and the traditional Inuit knowledge of Nunavummiut (residents of Nunavut, Canada’s northernmost territory).

Karadi Tales (India): An independent children's publishing house based in Chennai, India, Karadi Tales was established in 1996, and is dedicated to publishing picture books and audiobooks with the goal of creating a space for Indian culture in the world of children's books.

Katha Books (India): With beginnings in 1988 with a children's magazine for underserved communities, Katha Books has published over 400 titles, including translations of books in over 21 Indian and 12 foreign languages.

Kids Can Press (Canada): A leading Canadian-owned children's book publisher, Kids Can Press has published over 600 titles and has enjoyed critical acclaim around the world.

Lantana: (UK) Lantana is an award-winning children’s book publisher and social enterprise with a mission to publish inclusive books by under-represented voices celebrating every kind of child and family.

Lemniscaat (Netherlands): One of the oldest, most notable independent children's book publishers in Holland, Lemniscaat was established in 1963, publishing a collection of many award-winning, internationally appealing titles celebrating a global heritage that "the Dutch, at the crossraods of Europe, are famous for."

minedition: Initially an imprint of NorthSouth Books, minedition was founded in 2004 and has published children's books all over the world, in more than 30 languages, with the goal of opening "the door to the world for children."

Minerva-Astra Publishing House-Minerva is an evolution of the minedition US imprint and continues a publishing tradition devoted to opening children’s minds and hearts to the promise and challenges of the world we share.

Pajama Press (Canada): A small literary press established in 2011, Pajama Press publishes widely acclaimed, award-winning books designed to appeal to children, young adults, librarians, teachers, and parents alike.

Polifonía (Peru): A small independent publishing house founded in 2010, Polifonía publishes unique children's books in a variety of fields, and has won several international awards and prizes (White Ravens, IBBY, etc).

Pratham Books (India): A nonprofit publisher established in 2004, Pratham Books displays its stated values of joy, inclusion, empowerment, and integrity through through an emphasis on producing children's books in a multitude of languages and formats.

Tara Books (India): An independent publisher established in 1994, Tara Books is known for their handmade books, including titles for children and young people, as well as their dedication to incorporating the diversity of Indian folk and tribal art into book design. Tara Books primarily publishes English and Tamil, but other companies have published their titles in over 20 languages.

Tiny Owl Publishing (England): An independent children's publishing house established in 2015, Tiny Owl believes that "stories act as bridge," providing new experiences and connecting kids with the world. They are also developing an intercultural program paring authors and illustrators from around the globe.

Tulika Books (India): Established in 1996, Tulika Books is an independent publishing house with a focus on multilingual children's picture books (though a variety of genres are covered) in languages such as English, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu, Marathi, Gujarati, and Bengali, in order to increased accessibility and and create an inclusive, representative reading experience for children.

US Publishers

Amazon Crossing Kids: Focused on children's books in translation, Amazon Crossing Kids is an imprint of Amazon Publishing with the goal of increasing diversity in children's books and encourage reading from a wide breadth of cultural perspectives.

Catalyst Press: Publishes books that reveal the world from different perspectives, tilting or reversing or tweaking our own understanding of what’s real, true, necessary, or beautiful with an emphasis on books emerging from the African continent. Plans are in progress to expand to include indigenous writers from other parts of the world that exposes the truth and pursues justice and peace.

Eerdmans Books for Young Readers: An imprint of Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers offers a range of books celebrating diversity and a variety of cultures, exploring history, and relating to contemporary issues, from board and picture books for children to fiction and nonfiction for young adults. Publishes approximately 12 to 18 new books per year.

Elsewhere Editions: A children's imprint of Archipelago Books, Elsewhere Editions is devoted to translating picture books from around the world into English with the goal of enriching children's imaginations and encourage curiosity about the world. Elsewhere Editions has published translated books originating far and wide, from China and Iran to France and the Netherlands.

Enchanted Lion: An independent children's publisher based in Brooklyn, New York, Enchanted Lion has published culturally rich, imaginative books from authors and illustrators from all over the world, seeking to help young readers cross "boundaries and borders" and connect with diverse methods of story.

trade book publisher that focuses on high-quality non-fiction books that appeal to regional, national, and international readers.

The company is a leading publisher of books about nature and the environment, travel and adventure, sports, social issues, science, and health, as well as books that are exceptional literary expressions of personal passions. 

Hoopoe Books: An imprint of the Institute for the Study of Human Knowledge, an educational nonprofit, Hoopoe Books publishes children's books to both entertain kids and help them understand the world. Also publishes books in a number of non-English languages, including bilingual editions.

Levine Querido: An independent children's publisher, Levine Querido publishes two lists - the Arthur A. Levine list with a focus on underrepresented voices and Em Querido, a partnership with the Dutch Publisher, with a focus on finding quality creators form around the world.

Little Bee Books: A children's book publisher based in New York, Little Bee Books offers a range of creative books for kids 0 through 12, from early learning concept and board books to picture and chapter books.

NorthSouth Books: Originating as an English language imprint of Swiss-based publisher NordSüd Verlag, NorthSouth Books publishes about 30 titles per year that span the globe. Known as the publisher of Marcus Pfister’s The Rainbow Fish and Hans de Beer’s The Little Polar Bear, which have been translated into over 30 languages worldwide.

Piñata Books: Founded in 1994 as an imprint of Arte Publico Press, Piñata Books publishes about 10 books per year focusing on US Hispanic culture, including bilingual picture books for children.

Red Comet Press: Launching in Fall 2021 with five books by international authors, this small independent publisher is dedicated to publishing books that books provide a rich storytelling experience that will ignite the imagination of readers. 

Tapioca Stories: An independent New York-based publishing house, Tapioca Stories introduces readers to quality Latin American children's books translated from Spanish and Portuguese.

Book Distributors & Promoters


Consortium: A full-service distribution company serving over 125 award-winning independent publishers, Consortium distributes from publishers of fiction, books in translation, poetry, comics, children's books, and more, with a goal to "foster a vibrant community of independent publishers by distributing a diverse selection of thought-provoking books to the widest possible audience."

Independent Publishers Group: Established in 1971, IPG is an independent distributor of books, ebooks, and audiobooks from publishers around the world, and is a top 10 supplier of book content to retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, independent bookstores, libraries and more. IPG also has a wide market consisting of academic, Spanish-language, children's, and general fiction and nonfiction titles.

Publishers Group West: Established in 1976 and a brand of Ingram, Publishers Group West is a full-service distribution company based in California.


Publisher Spotlight: Located in Tennessee as part of Myrick Marketing & Media LLC, Publisher Spotlight has been in the publishing industry for over two decades, serving and offering marketing support to independent booksellers, independent publishers, and library collection developers alike.


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