We are a new independent publisher of children’s books based in the United States and a subsidiary of the award-winning, London-based publisher Nosy Crow Ltd. We strive to create books that inspire children to read for pleasure and, ultimately, to become lifelong readers.
We publish high-quality, commercial fiction and nonfiction books for children from ages 0-12 by well-known authors and illustrators and by new talent. Making well-designed physical books is important to us, and we think carefully about covers, paper type, and paper weight so that our books are attractive to look at and pleasing to hold. All Nosy Crow picture and board books come with a free digital audio version using an innovation we’ve called Stories Aloud. Books with this amazing extra include a free audio reading, complete with sound effects and original music, accessible via a QR code on the back or inside cover.
We know engagement between child and book is critical to development. Whether you are a parent, a bookseller, a teacher, or a librarian, we hope you will be excited to share our books with your children, your customers, your students, or your patrons.
We believe in the importance of the physical book. Our books are sourced responsibly using sustainable materials and we look for ways to lower our environmental footprint.
Authors, illustrators, and creative talent
We recognize that it’s a privilege to be entrusted with other people’s creative work. We aim to be nurturing, responsive, and fair in our relationships with authors, illustrators, and other creative people. We want them to enjoy working with us and being part of Nosy Crow.
We endeavor to publish inclusive books by and about a diverse population.
We have, between us, decades of relationships and friendships in the international world of reading. In our careers, we have made books that have been successful throughout the world and we have a strong understanding of global markets. We are looking for books that will translate well, and we look forward to selling throughout the world.
Being part of something bigger
We like being small, but we are proud to be part of a bigger industry. Nosy Crow is a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association (https://www.ibpa-online.org), New England Independent Booksellers Association (https://newenglandbooks.org), the Educational Book and Media Association (https://www.edupaperback.org/), and the Children’s Book Council (https://www.cbcbooks.org).
Doing the right thing
At Nosy Crow we believe it is very important that we source the suppliers and materials used for our books responsibly.
We are committed to working only with factories that operate ethically and responsibly and so we only source directly from a small number of suppliers globally who all have environmental and CSR accreditation. We require all of our suppliers to be audited using the SMETA methodology. We also expect that, as a minimum, all of our novelty book suppliers hold ICTI care accreditation (but most have accreditation from many other bodies too).
We are members of the Book Chain Project and use their tools to ensure that all of the wood fibers used in our paper and boards comes from sustainable sources. Where possible we use FSC or PEFC papers, but when this isn’t possible we commit to only using papers scoring a 3* minimum on the PREPS paper grading system.
We regularly test the materials used in our books to ensure that they aren’t harmful to the children who enjoy them and require all of our suppliers to itemize every material that goes into our books.