Small Press Saturday

As you may or may not know, I have a certain schedule I follow each week with my reviews: Middle grade Monday, Third Grade Thursday (for early chapter books…not enough to do one every Thursday, unfortunately), Factual Friday, and Storytime Sunday. This year, I’m introducing a new one: Small Press Saturday. In an effort to celebrate the creativity and courage of small presses who go up against the Big Five publishing industry, I will review a book published by an independent press each Saturday. My biggest challenge here will be getting my hands on the books, which aren’t always available at my local library. I’ve reached out to a number of small presses, but if any of you has any connections, please feel free to let me know.

4 thoughts on “Small Press Saturday

  1. Janet – That is an admirable goal!

    There are 2 publishers of hi – lo content that I admire. I don’t have contacts there, but I believe they might be willing to send you books to review :
    Orca Book Publishers is an independently owned Canadian children’s book publisher. With over 1,000 titles in print and more than 80 new titles a year, Orca prides itself on publishing Canadian authors and bringing them to a wider market.
    Saddleback – Saddleback creates engaging, age respectful content for grades 3-12 at accessible reading levels in a variety of styles. We live by the saying “If you want a child to read a book, give them a book they want to read.”


  2. Fitzroy Books (an SCBWI PAL-listed publisher) is the Children’s/YA imprint of Regal House Publishers, a tiny traditional publisher in NC. They are relatively new (I believe the first MG list came out in 2018; my own novel in verse debuted last fall, 2020). Since I became aware of them in 2018, they have taken deliberate and important steps to increase their visibility by switching to a major distributor, joining CBC, and more. Initially what attracted me to them was their social justice imprint, PACT Press, and the fact that there published poets work to bring poetry to the underserved schools in the Raleigh area. Publisher and Editor-in-Chief is Jaynie Royal: editoratregalhousepublishingdotcom


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