We love Wordsong Poetry of Boyds Mills Press!

I’m working on fine-tuning a manuscript I hope to submit for publication to Boyds Mills Press. I love this publisher! They are the trade division of Highlights for Children, Inc. and the same values evident in these magazines are represented by every book they publish. Can a mission statement get any better than this?

Respect for children is among the highest priorities when we (Boyds Mills Press) acquire a manuscript. We aim to publish good stories with lasting value. We avoid the trendy and never publish a book simply to fill a market need.
We believe in and are committed to publishing and exposing young readers to the best literature available in other countries, cultures, and languages. We believe in new voices. Finally, we believe books should be beautiful to look at and to hold.

BMP has 5 imprints:

Boyds Mills:  “Imaginative, socially-conscious, educational picture books and informative, lively nonfiction.”

Calkins Creeks: “Revealing stories from America’s past”
Calkins Creek Books introduces children to the many people, places, and events that shaped our country’s history. Our picture books, chapter books, and novels—nonfiction and historical fiction for ages eight and up—combine original and extensive research with creative, energetic writing. History is key at Calkins Creek-front and center. Our authors transport their readers back in time to recognizable places with living and breathing people.

Front Street: “High quality fiction for children and young adults and sophisticated picture books from here and abroad.”
Front Street’s young adult fiction often deals with children in crisis or children at risk, offering hope and succor, however difficult the subject. Our picture books emphasize art and design. We strive to expose young readers to the best literature available in other countries, cultures, and languages.

Lemniscaat: “The best picture books published in Holland.”
Lemniscaat is a highly esteemed publishing house located in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The list represents the broad traditions of European picture books and incorporates the best contemporary art, design, and story.

And most important…(to this blog, at least):

WordsongFresh voices in contemporary poetry.
The only imprint in children’s publishing in America dedicated to poetry, Wordsong captures the vibrant, unexpected, emotional connections between text and young readers. Our books range from the silly to the serious and are infused with the wordplay and imagery that allow readers to view the world in new and thoughtful ways.

Here are some of Wordsong’s newer and award-winning titles you might want to check out:

Book Cover: Another Jar of Tiny StarsBook Cover: In the Spin of Things (p)Book Cover: Scarum FairBook Cover: Zombies! Evacuate the School!

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