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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 respectfully acknowledges that the land on which we operate is the traditional territory of many nations, including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat peoples.

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, Ontario Creates, and the Government of Canada.

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Groundwood Books is an independent Canadian publisher of beautiful and thought-provoking books for children. For over 40 years we have been attracting attention, praise, starred reviews and awards for our warm and intelligent children’s books.



November 13, 2019 - I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of the artist Richard Rudnicki. I was privileged to work with Richard on two very different but wonderful picture books. He had an assuredly authoritative, unflappable, eminently professional approach to illustration, and it was a joy to work with him. I found myself envying his students […]

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Leo Yerxa

Illustration copyright © Leo Yerxa from

Ancient Thunder.


Marie-Louise Gay

Illustration copyright © Marie-Louise Gay from Mustafa.


Irene Luxbacher

Illustration copyright © Irene Luxbacher from Deep Underwater.

Nahid Kazemi

Illustration copyright © Nahid Kazemi from I’m Glad That You’re Happy.

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