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Groundwood Books is an independent Canadian children's publisher based in Toronto. Our authors and illustrators are highly acclaimed both in Canada and internationally, and our books are loved by children around the world. We look for books that are unusual; we are not afraid of books that are difficult or potentially controversial; and we are particularly committed to publishing books for and about children whose experiences of the world are under-represented elsewhere.

Groundwood Books is proud to be a part of House of Anansi Press.

We acknowledge for their financial support of our publishing program the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Ontario Media Development Corporation, and the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund.

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Groundwood Books is an independent Canadian publisher of beautiful and thought-provoking books for children. For over 35 years we have been attracting attention, praise, starred reviews and awards for our warm and intelligent children’s books.



The King of the Birds Written by Acree Graham Macam and Illustrated by Natalie Nelson
September 22, 2016 - In The King of the Birds, inspired by the life of Flannery O’Connor, a young fan of fowl brings home a peacock to be the king of her collection, but he refuses to show off his colorful tail. The girl goes to great lengths to encourage the peacock to display his plumage — she throws […]

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Geraldo Valério

Illustration copyright © Geraldo Valério from Turn on the Night.

Natalie Nelson

Illustration copyright © Natalie Nelson from The King of the Birds.

Carey Sookocheff

Illustration copyright © Carey Sookocheff from Buddy and Earl and the Great Big Baby.

Jan Thornhill

Illustration copyright © Jan Thornhill from The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk.

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