American publisher of children's books mainly, established by Walker Books (UK) as sister company
Candlewick Press, established in 1992 and located in Somerville, Massachusetts, is part of the Walker Books group. The logo depicting a bear carrying a candle is based on Walker Books's original logo.
Sebastian Walker launched Walker Books from his spare bedroom in his London home in 1978. Walker Books grew and he founded Candlewick Press in 1992. Candlewick Press opened with only six employees and now has one hundred.
Candlewick was first known for picture books but expanded to include board books, novelty books, e-books and middle-grade and young adult fiction and non-fiction. Candlewick is an important children's book publisher thanks to publications such as a series known as the Ologies; Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart's pop-up books; the Judy Moody and Stink franchises from author Megan McDonald and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds; Guess How Much I Love You; Martin Handford's Where's Waldo? books; Lucy Cousins' Maisy Mouse books, and National Book Award winner The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Volume 1: The Pox Party by M. T. Anderson. Candlewick's books continue to be in demand as demonstrated by recent The New York Times bestsellers I Want My Hat Back and This is Not My Hat (also winner of the 2012 Caldecott Medal) by Jon Klassen and Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis.
Candlewick Press is home to author Kate DiCamillo, having published her first novel, Because of Winn-Dixie (a Newbery Honor Book), along with The Tiger Rising (a National Book Award finalist), The Tale of Despereaux and Flora & Ulysses (Newbery Medal winners), The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner), the Mercy Watson series and Tales from Deckawoo Drive series of early readers, and The Magician's Elephant.
M. T. Anderson, author of the award-winning Octavian Nothing series of speculative historical fiction, is another of Candlewick's authors.
Toon Books was an imprint of Candlewick Press from 2010 to 2014.
In 2019, Candlewick won six American Library Association Youth Media Awards including a Newbery Medal for Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina, a Caldecott Medal honor for Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator award for The Stuff of Stars illustrated by Ekua Holmes, a Stonewall Book Award for Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love, a Schneider Family Book Award for Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship by Jessica Kensky, Patrick Downes and illustrated by Scott Magoon and a Margaret Edwards Award for M.T. Anderson.The Walker Books Group is made up of Candlewick Press, Walker Books UK and Walker Books Australia. In May 2020, the group was acquired by Trustbridge Global Media.
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