Walker Books

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Walker Books
Walker Books logo.png
Founded 1978
Founder Sebastian Walker
Country of origin United Kingdom
Headquarters location London
Distribution The Book Service
Publication types Books

Candlewick Press

Walker Books Australia
Official website www.walker.co.uk

Walker Books is an independent British publisher of children's books, founded in 1978 by Sebastian Walker. The best ideas are often simple ones, and Walker Books’ founder, Sebastian Walker, had a simple vision for the company: a publisher dedicated to creating the best stories and pictures for children everywhere. “All that counts,” he said, “is that a child says at the end of the book, ‘Again!’” Sebastian created Walker Books with colleagues Amelia Edwards and Wendy Boase in a spare bedroom. From those small beginnings, with just 18 books in 1980, they now create over 300 books per year.[1]

Walker Books outgrew the spare bedroom years back, but they still have Sebastian’s ethos at heart and continue to be Britain’s leading independent children’s book publisher. The success of their Where's Wally? series enabled them to expand into the American market, starting a sister company called Candlewick Press in 1991.[2] Additionally, Walker Books was also able to expand into the Australian market by establishing another sister company called Walker Books Australia in 1993.[3]

Amelia Edwards, co-founder of Walker Books, was presented with the Eleanor Farjeon Award in 2001 for her contributions to children's literature through her role as the publisher's art director.[4]

The company's logo of a bear holding a candle was designed by Helen Oxenbury and has come to be seen as "a symbol of quality books for children."[5]

The company have supported Bliss, the special care baby charity since 2008.


  1. ^ "About Walker: The Beginning". Walker Books. Retrieved 2014-11-29. 
  2. ^ "Candlewick Turns Sweet 15". Publishers Weekly. 2007-01-29. Retrieved 2008-05-25. [dead link]
  3. ^ "About Walker: The Beginning". Walker Books. Retrieved 2014-11-29. 
  4. ^ "In the Winners' Circle". Publishers Weekly. 2002-07-01. Retrieved 2008-05-25. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Picture perfectionist". The Age. 2006-05-28. Retrieved 2008-05-25. 

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