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Children's Literature: Publishers, Writers and Illustrators

A Library Services Subject Guide


The following are all leading publishers in the field of children's literature.  Some include lists of the authors, illustrators and poets they publish, with information about them and links to their personal websites.

Independent Booksellers

Independent bookshops are often owned and run by people knowledgeable about all aspects of children's books and passionate about promoting reading for pleasure. So if you love and respect children's books, seek out an independent bookseller in your area. The nearest to the University is Lindum Books, opposite the White Hart Hotel in Bailgate.

Publishers of Multicultural Resources

The following the main book suppliers and publishers of  multicultural books and resources.  Their books also promote diversity, equality and and inclusion.

Author Visits

This page on the BookTrust website explains how to go about organising an author visit and provides links to organisations and agencies who offer advice about finding a writer or make bookings on your behalf.

If you can't arrange an author you can also try Authors Live, an excellent resource created by Creative Scotland and the BBC which gives schools the opportunity to link up with with a live author event. The event is recorded and the events can be watched on demand. Each event has a learning resource attached to it so that you can embed the event in the classroom. The authors include Julia Donaldson, Michael Morpurgo, David Walliams and Jacqueline Wilson.

Information about individual Authors, Illustrators and Poets

Almost all authors, illustrators and poets have their own websites, where you will find among other things biographical information, the books they have written, their blog, and how to contact them. If they are willing to do school visits they will often list here what they will do and their terms and conditions.