Children's Book Press History


When Harriet Rohmer founded Children's Book Press in 1975 with a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, she established the country’s first publisher to focus exclusively on quality multicultural and bilingual literature for children. Children's Book Press’s earliest books presented folktales and legends based on the oral traditions of indigenous peoples from across the Americas. Children's Book Press soon expanded its editorial vision to include stories set in the contemporary United States, poetry collections, and multicultural anthologies. Her commitment to multicultural and bilingual children’s literature, and to fostering emerging authors and artists, forever changed the children’s publishing landscape.

Today, Children's Book Press, now an imprint of LEE & LOW BOOKS, continues Ms. Rohmer’s legacy, publishing contemporary stories from the Latino, African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American, and multiracial communities. Children's Book Press books have gone on to win numerous awards, including the prestigious Coretta Scott King Award and Pura Belpré Award from the American Library Association.

“Through the ongoing support of those who buy our books and believe that art and literature can improve the lives of children, we have been able to grow as a premiere publisher of multicultural and bilingual books for children. When a child opens a book and sees someone like herself or himself, it has the power to change that child’s life and create an ongoing relationship to reading.”

— Harriet Rohmer, Founder, Children's Book Press

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