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Kids Can Press
Stand at 2013 Festival of Trees in Toronto
Parent companyCorus Entertainment
Founded1973; 51 years ago (1973)
FounderFrieda Forman[1]
Headquarters locationToronto, Ontario, Canada
DistributionHachette Client Services[2]
Publication typesBooks
Fiction genresChildren's literature

Kids Can Press is a Canadian-owned publisher of children's books, with a catalogue of nearly 1,000 picture books and 500 e-books, nonfiction, and fiction titles for toddlers to young adults.[3] The Kids Can Press list includes well-known characters such as Franklin the Turtle.

The press was chosen as the principal distributor of the Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada.[4]


Kids Can Press started in 1973 as an initiative from the Ontario College of Art to take advantage of growing nationalism within Canada during the 1970s to provide locally relevant children's material. In 1986, the publisher became a privately owned business ran by Valerie Hussey and Ricky Englander.[1] In 1998, the company was purchased by Canadian animation firm Nelvana for $6.1 million.[5] Englander left that same year.[1] In 2000, Corus Entertainment acquired Nelvana and they have operated Kids Can Press ever since.[6] Hussey remained at the company until 2006, when she stepped down and Lisa Lyons assumed leadership.[1][7]

Kids Can Press has published in partnership with Canadian public institutions such as 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:

See also


  1. ^ a b c d Williams, Leigh (January 31, 2014). "The Can-Do Spirit: Four Decades of Kids Can Press". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  2. ^ Hachette - Our Clients
  3. ^ "Publisher: Kids Can Press | Open Library". Retrieved 2022-07-14.
  4. ^ Royal Canadian Geographical Society (21 June 2018). "The Royal Canadian Geographical Society celebrates a Canadian first: The Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada" (Press release). Canada Newswire. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  5. ^ Hoffman, Andy (August 24, 1998). "Nelvana buys kids' book pub". Playback. Brunico Communications. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  6. ^ Damsell, Keith (September 18, 2000). "Corus to buy Nelvana for $540-million". The Globe and Mail. The Woodbridge Company. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  7. ^ Adams, James (August 29, 2006). "Hussey steps down from helm of Kids Can Press". The Globe and Mail. The Woodbridge Company. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  8. ^ "Past Winner: Children's Illustration". Canada Council for the Arts. 29 September 2012. Archived from the original on 5 January 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  9. ^ "Canada Post - Collecting". Archived from the original on 2012-06-16. Retrieved 2012-12-04.
  10. ^ "Winners". Archived from the original on 2013-01-06. Retrieved 2012-12-04.
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  12. ^ "2003 Independent Publisher Book Awards Results".
  13. ^ "Thanksgiving -". Archived from the original on 2010-05-17.
  14. ^ "My Name is Elizabeth!". Kirkus Reviews. 5 April 2011. Retrieved 20 January 2023.