Kids Can Press

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Kids Can Press
Parent company Corus Entertainment
Founded 1973
Country of origin Canada
Headquarters location Toronto
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.


Started in 1973 by a small group of women in Toronto who wanted to produce books for Canadian children, the mandate broadened within a few years and Kids Can Press was creating books for kids worldwide.

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.[1]
  • 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.[2]
  • 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)[3]
  • Mélanie Watt’s multiple award-winning Scaredy Squirrel series[4]
  • The Independent Publisher Book Award for If the World Were A Village by David J. Smith[5]
  • Ryan and Jimmy And the Well in Africa That Brought Them Together by Herb Shoveller, a featured selection on[6]

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