13 Middle Grade Publishers and 39 Imprints

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“I think we’re in a golden age of books for middle grade readers.” Those are the words of Charles Kochman, and Kochman knows what he’s talking about. After all, he’s an editorial director at Abrams who just happens to edit Jeff Kinney’s wildly popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

There are several publishing companies that publish middle grade fiction, including: Abrams, Bloomsbury, Disney Books, HarperCollins, Little Brown, Macmillan, Penguin, Scholastic, and Simon & Schuster.

Middle grade titles represented seven out of the 10 bestselling books in 2018 according to NPD Bookscan, which is good news for middle grade authors. The more successful the industry is, the more books they’ll publish. This article is intended to help you familiarize yourself with publishers who publish middle grade fiction.

What is a Publishing Company?

A book publishing company takes the responsibility for all aspects of book publication. They seek to attract top authors and to publish books that are both commercially successful and critically acclaimed. Some publish books across broad categories, while others specialize in a single category.

Large publishing companies typically employ editorial staff, book designers, sales teams, marketing departments, and public relations specialists. However, small and independent publishers may hire some or all of those roles by third party vendors or contract employees.

What is an Imprint?

An imprint is a trade name that allows a publisher to focus on a cohesive line of books under a single brand name. Often an imprint will focus on consumer segments like middle grade, young adult, or even romance.

Table of Contents: Middle Grade Publishers


Abrams

Website: https://www.abramsbooks.com

When ABRAMAS opened their doors in 1949, the were the first publishing company in the country to specialize in art and illustrated books.

They continue to publish bestselling and critically acclaimed works in a variety of areas including comics, middle grade fiction, young adult (YA) fiction, and both picture books and board books. ABRAMS both creates and distributes beautiful books with the high production value under a number of imprints, including:

  • Abrams Books for Young Readers publishes illustrated nonfiction for middle grade.
  • Amulet Books publishes graphic novels, novels, and even nonfiction for middle grade and young adult audiences. It’s the home for Jeff Kinney’s monster bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, which has exceeded 180 million copies in print. Amulet Books also publishes Newbery Honor books, El Deafo by Cece Bell and Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus. Other big hits include the Sister’s Grimm series by Michael Buckley, the Origami Yoda series by Tom Angleberger, and Hazardous Tales by Nathan Hale.
  • Amulet Paperbacks publishes original titles and reprints that include the Internet Girls series by Lauren Myracle, the Splintered series by A. G. Howard, and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews.

Notable Authors and Illustrators

  • Jeff Kinney
  • Lauren Myracle
  • Michael Buckley
  • Tom Angleberger
  • Nathan Hale
  • A.G. Howard
  • Jessse Andrews

Notable Books and Series

  • The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney
  • The Origami Yoda series by Tom Angleberger
  • Hazardous Tales by Nathan Hale
  • The Internet Girls series by Lauren Myracle
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

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Logo Middle grade publisher Albert Whitman & Company

Albert Whitman & Company

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Albert Whitman & Company is an independent publisher from Illinois. They’ve been in business since 1919, with a focus on clean, moral, and ethical stories for children.

They are looking for stories that intellectually respect children, have interesting characters and compelling storylines. Unlike larger publishers, they accept unsolicited from middle grade authors (along with young adult authors).

Notable Authors and Illustrators

  • Catherine Holt
  • Gary Urey
  • Linda Joy Singleton

Notable Books and Series

  • Midnight Reynolds (series) by Catherine Holt
  • Secrets of the X-Point (series) by Gary Urey
  • The Curious Cat Spy Club (series) by Linda Joy Singleton

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Middle grade publisher Bloomsbury

Bloomsbury

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Established in 1986, Bloomsbury Publishing is an independent publishing house. They have offices in New York City, London, Oxford, Sydney, and New Delhi. They also publish under a number of imprints, including Bloomsbury Children’s Books publishes books for middle grade readers and readers of all ages.

Notable Authors and Illustrators

  • Shannon Hale
  • Dean Hale
  • Nathan Hale
  • Sarah J. Maas
  • Danielle Paige
  • Jessica Day George
  • Leah Thomas
  • Emery Lord

Notable Books and Series

  • The Princess Academy series by Shannon Hale
  • Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, and Nathan Hale
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  • Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
  • Wednesdays in the Tower by Jessica Day George
  • Because You Love to Hate Me by Leah Thomas
  • When We Collided by Emery Lord

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Middle grade publisher Candlewick Press

Candlewick Press

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Candlewick Press was established in 1992, starting out as a picture book publisher. In time, their list grew to include titles for all ages. They are proud of their standard for excellence, their independent business model, and the commitment they show to their authors.

Imprints

Notable Authors and Illustrators

  • Kate DiCamillo
  • Shannon Hale
  • Dean Hale
  • LeUyen Pham
  • Matt Forbeck

Notable Books and Series

  • The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
  • Fiora & Ulysses The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo
  • Raymie Nightengale by Kate DiCamillo
  • Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo
  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
  • The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, and LeUyen Pham
  • Dungeons & Dragons series by Matt Forbeck

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Disney Books

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Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) is the largest publisher of children’s books in the world. Formerly known as The Disney Publishing Group and Buena Vista Publishing Group, it is a publishing subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company.

Imprints

Notable Authors and Illustrators

  • Rick Riordan
  • Eoin Colfer
  • Mo Willems
  • Roshani Chokshi
  • Yoon Ha Lee

Notable Books and Series

  • Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
  • The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan
  • The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
  • The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan
  • Elephant and Piggie by Mo Willems
  • Aru Shah series by Roshani Chokshi
  • Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

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HarperCollins Publishers

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HarperCollins is headquartered in New York City, New York. It’s the second-largest book publisher on the planet, with publishing operations in 17 countries.

They have more than two hundred years of history and 120 imprints that publish close to ten thousand books in 16 languages each year. Their authors have won Newbery and Caldecott Medals, the Nobel Prize, the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Man Booker Prize.

Imprints

Notable Books and Series

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
  • Warriors by Erin Hunter
  • CHAOS Trilogy by Jon S. Lewis
  • Pan’s Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun by Guillermo del Toro, Allen Williams, and Cornelia Funke

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Middle grade publisher Levine Querido this is Arthur Levine

Levine Querido

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Arthur A. Levine founded Levine Querido in April, 2019, after a 23 year career at Arthur A. Levine Books, which was an Imprint of Scholastic Inc. He helped launch J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, which is arguably the most popular series of books for a middle grade audience in the history of publishing.

He has also published works by notable authors like Philip Pullman, Shaun Tan, and Bill Konigsberg.

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Middle grade publisher Hachette Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Little, Brown and Company (Hachette Book Group)

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Hachette Book Group (HBG) is a leading publisher headquartered in New York City. They have offices in Boston, Massachusetts; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Berkley, California; Nashville, Indiana; and Lebanon, Indiana. Each year, HBG publishes approximately 1,700 books (300 books for young readers) and 8700 audiobooks.

Imprints

  • Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (LBYR) was formed in 1926. They have a diverse list of books for young readers, and they were the first division to win a Caldecott Medal three years in a row.

Notable Authors and Illustrators

  • Peter Brown
  • Jessica Townsend
  • Neil Patrick Harris
  • Chris Colfer
  • Derek Benz
  • J.S. Lewis

Notable Books and Series

  • Grey Griffins: Clockwork Chronicles by Derek Benz and J.S. Lewis
  • The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
  • Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
  • The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris
  • The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer

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Middle grade publisher Macmillan

Macmillan

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Macmillan Publishers operates in more than 70 countries, with imprints in the United States, the UK, Germany, Australia, India, and South Africa. The publisher is a division of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, in Stuttgart, Germany.

Their authors have won the Nobel Prize, the National Book Award, the Man Booker Prize, the Printz Award, and the Pulitzer Prize.

Imprints

Notable Authors and Illustrators

  • Shannon Hale
  • LeUyen Pham
  • Jason Henderson
  • Marcus Emerson
  • K.D. Halbrook
  • Ilse Gort

Notable Books and Series

  • Young Captain Nemo by Jason Henderson
  • Ben Braver by Marcus Emerson
  • Silver Batal by K.D. Halbrook and Ilse Gort
  • Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham

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Penguin Books USA

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The Penguin Publishing Group want literature to fuel your imagination and guide your soul. Originally founded in 1935 in the UK by Allen Lane, the opened an office in the United States back in 1939.

Imprints

Notable Authors and Illustrators

  • Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Judy Blume
  • Harlan Coben
  • Ally Condie
  • Andrea Cremer
  • Roald Dahl
  • Anthony Horowitz
  • Marie Lu
  • Mike Lupica
  • Rick Yancey

Notable Books and Series

  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
  • Superfudge by Judy Blume
  • Blubber by Judy Blume
  • Encyclopedia Brown
  • The Outsiders
  • Nancy Drew
  • The Hardy Boys
  • Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz

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Scholastic

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Founded in 1920, Scholastic was originally a classroom magazine. Today they are amultinational publishing company, education company, and media company.

They are best know for the Scholastic Book Clubs and Scholastic Book Fairs, but are also the publisher of two of the biggest series in the last century: Harry Potter and Hunger Games.

Imprints

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  • The Blue Sky Press
  • Cartwheel Books
  • Chicken House
  • David Fickling Books
  • Graphix
  • Klutz
  • Little Shepherd Books
  • Orchard Books

Notable Authors & Illustrators

  • JK Rowling
  • Dav Pilkey
  • Derek Benz
  • J.S. Lewis
  • Suzanne Collins
  • Tui T. Sutherland
  • Chris D’Lacey

Notable Books & Series

  • The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
  • The Dog Man series by Dav Pilkey
  • The Grey Griffins series by Derek Benz and J.S. Lewis
  • The Gregor the Overlander series by Suzanne Collins
  • Wings of Fire series by Tui T. Sutherland
  • The Last Dragon Chronicles by Chris D’Lacey

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Middle grade publisher Simon & Schuster

Simon & Schuster

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Founded in 1924 by Dick Simon and Max Shuster, Simon & Schuster, Inc. is one of the leading publishers in the world. The company started by publishing a crossword puzzle book and today they publish over 2000 titles each year distributed in over 200 countries.

They’re imprints have won an incredible 56 Pulitzer Prizes, along with a number of Newbery Medals, Caldecott Medals, and National Book Awards.

Imprints

  • Simon Spotlight publishes middle grade fiction for multiple genres. They strive for entertaining books about relatable characters. And they like to tackle real-life issues like adjusting to middle school, first crushes, and cyber bullies.
  • Aladdin Books publishes a diverse range of books that are both culturally relevant and enduring. Their list includes middle grade fiction and nonfiction that seek to readers mirrors to see themselves along with windows that allow them to understand others.

Notable Authors and Illustrators

  • Brandon Mull
  • Lisa McMann
  • Shannon Messenger
  • James A. Owen
  • Rachel Renee Russell
  • H.K. Varian

Notable Authors and Illustrators

  • Beyonders by Brandon Mull
  • The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann
  • Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
  • Here, There Be Dragons by James A. Owen
  • Dear Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell
  • The Changers by H.K. Varian

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Tanglewood Books

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Tanglewood Publishing is best known for the New York Times bestselling picture book, The Kissing Hand.

They put a focus on inspiring young readers to open a book for the joy of reading. The list of titles has earned strong sales and critical acclaim alike, it is often works published featuring authors and illustrators who have been overlooked by the industry. 

Notable Authors and Illustrators

  • Audrey Penn
  • Hildi Kang
  • Kim Williams Justeen

Notable Books and Series

  • Mystery at Blackbeard’s Cove by Audrey Penn
  • Chengli and the Silk Road Caravan by Hildi Kang
  • Kiss Kiss Bark by Kim Williams Justeen

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Related Questions

What is a Middle Grade Book? A middle grade book is typically defined as a book marketed to children between the ages of eight to 12 who are enrolled in fourth grade through sixth grade. Middle grade books can cross several genres, including fantasy, science fiction, horror, biographies, humor, and more.

What is the Difference Between a Middle Grade Fiction and YA Fiction? There are several key differences between middle grade fiction and YA fiction, but the leading difference is subject matter. Middle grade fiction focuses on issues like friendships, loyalty, and dealing with bullies. YA books often feature explicit language and deal with mature subjects like sexuality, drugs, and alcohol.