Location: Somerville, MA
Indie or Imprint: Indie! They’re a part of Walker Groups, which is based in the UK and also has offices Australia.
Genres: Children’s and young adult
Well-Known Publications: Where’s Waldo; the ‘Ology series; Because of Winn-Dixie, Flora and Ulysses, The Tale of Despereaux, and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo; A Monster Calls, More Than This, and the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness; and The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing and Feed by M.T. Anderson
Why You Should Know Them:
Even though Candlewick Press is one of the biggest publishers in the US, they haven’t lost sight of the mission that began with just six people over twenty-five years ago. “Whatever the future brings, we will remain staunchly independent and single-mindedly focused on one simple aspiration: creating and publishing the very best stories for children and young readers on the market.”
Not only are they publishing quality stories, but feel a strong sense of responsibility towards the content they publish, but also in regards to the way that they conduct business. Candlewick aims to be transparent as possible about things like paper sourcing, recycling and product testing practices. They donate books to schools and educators, work with a variety of nonprofit organizations, and encourage employees to get involved in literacy programs in the community.
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