Kids Can Press

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Kids Can Press
Parent company Corus Entertainment
Founded 1973
Headquarters location Toronto, Canada
Distribution Hachette Client Services[1]
Publication types Books
Fiction genres Children's literature
Official website

Kids Can Press is a Canadian owned publisher of children's books, with a list of over 500 picture books, non-fiction and fiction titles for toddlers to young adults. The Kids Can Press list includes characters such as Franklin the Turtle—the single most successful publishing franchise in the history of Canadian publishing, which has sold over 65 million books in over 30 languages around the world.


Kids Can Press started in 1973 as an initiative from the Ontario College of Art to take advantage of the growing nationalism within Canada during the '70s to provide locally relevant children's material. In 1986, the publisher became a privately owned business ran by Valerie Hussey and Ricky Englander.[2] In 1998, the company was purchased by Canadian animation firm Nelvana for $6.1 million.[3] Englander left that year.[2] In 2000, Nelvana itself was acquired by Corus Entertainment, who has operated Kids Can Press since.[4] Hussey remained at the company until 2006, when she stepped down and was replaced by Lisa Lyons.[2][5]

Kids Can Press has published in partnership with more Canadian public institutions than any other children’s publisher. Partners include: the Royal Ontario Museum, the Ontario Science Centre, the Federation of Ontario Naturalists, the National Museum, the Museum of Nature, World Wildlife and the National Hockey League.

Kids Can Press books have received critical acclaim and numerous nominations and awards. Some highlights include:

  • Winning the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustration in 2011 for Cybèle Young's Ten Birds.[6]
  • Franklin the Turtle series of stamps issued by Canada Post in May 2012, on the 25th Anniversary of the publication of the first Franklin book.[7]
  • Winning both Governor General’s Literary Awards for children’s literature in 2008 for John Ibbitson’s The Landing (English-language text) and Stéphane Jorisch’s The Owl and the Pussycat (illustration)[8]
  • Mélanie Watt’s multiple award-winning Scaredy Squirrel series[9]
  • The Independent Publisher Book Award for If the World Were A Village by David J. Smith[10]
  • Ryan and Jimmy And the Well in Africa That Brought Them Together by Herb Shoveller, a featured selection on[11]

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  1. ^ Hachette - Our Clients
  2. ^ a b c Williams, Leigh (January 31, 2014). "The Can-Do Spirit: Four Decades of Kids Can Press". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved December 20, 2017. 
  3. ^ Hoffman, Andy (August 24, 1998). "Nelvana buys kids' book pub". Playback. Brunico Communications. Retrieved December 20, 2017. 
  4. ^ Damsell, Keith (September 18, 2000). "Corus to buy Nelvana for $540-million". The Globe and Mail. The Woodbridge Company. Retrieved December 20, 2017. 
  5. ^ Adams, James (August 29, 2006). "Hussey steps down from helm of Kids Can Press". The Globe and Mail. The Woodbridge Company. Retrieved December 20, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Past Winner: Children's Illustration". Canada Council for the Arts. 29 September 2012. Archived from the original on 5 January 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-06-16. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
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