About

Pajama Press is a small literary press with big ideas.  We endeavour to publish titles of exceptional quality that will receive wide critical acclaim and awards; our books are designed to successfully appeal to children, young adults, librarians, teachers, and parents.  We produce all formats popular in children’s publishing across a fairly broad range of genres:  picture books, board books for the very young, middle-grade novels, young adult novels, and non-fiction for all juvenile categories.

Company Overview & General Information

Pajama Press was established in early 2011. Our first list of three books was announced in May 2011 and published in the Fall of 2011. The core of our company is a group of highly experienced industry veterans. Gail Winskill, Publisher, has more than 35 years experience with a focus on excellence in children’s publishing. Gail’s long-term editor and collaborator, Ann Featherstone, who has been editing for 23 years, brings an outstanding experience in all children’s book genres. Richard Jones, President, has a 42 year history in the industry with an exceptional knowledge of institutional sales. Pat Thornton Jones, Administration, has a brilliant and lengthy career in the library wholesale business.

Catherine Mitchell, Rights Manager, comes from a distinguished career in Marketing, Sales and International Rights Sales at Tundra Books. Our talented Art Director, Rebecca Buchanan, has been designing for several years now and her fresh new approaches to all aspects of design for our company give us a modern and upbeat look and beautiful books. Ellen Nodwell, our Contracts Manager, also addresses all permissions requests and assists with publicity. Erin Woods is both our Managing Editor and Publicist.

Mission

Our goal is to produce high quality, award-winning books that are appealing to children, young adults, librarians, teachers and parents. We think our books are the cat’s pajamas!

Our books

All formats of children’s books including the following genres: picture books, board books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, non-fiction for all juvenile categories.

The publisher gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council for its publishing program. We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book fund (CBF) for our publishing activities.

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Awards and Honours:

A Bear in War by Stephanie Innes & Harry Endrulat, illustrated by Brian Deines

  • OLA Silver Birch Express Award Honour Book
  • Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award finalist
  • Canadian Living Editor’s Pick
  • 2013 CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection
  • 2012 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection

A Brush Full of Colour: The World of Ted Harrison by Margriet Ruurs & Katherine Gibson

  • 2016 Crystal Kite Award winner
  • 2015 Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award winner
  • 2015 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award nominee
  • 2015 Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award nominee
  • 2016 OLA Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award nominee
  • 2016 Rocky Mountain Book Award nominee
  • 2015–2016 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award nominee
  • 2015 Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection
  • 2014 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection
  • 2014 OLA Best Bet

A Good Trade by Alma Fullerton, illustrated by Karen Patkau

  • 2015 Kentucky Bluegrass Awards nominee
  • 2014 Bank Street Best Book
  • 2014 OLA Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award nominee
  • 2013 White Ravens Choice
  • 2013 Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award finalist
  • 2013 OLA Best Bet
  • 2013 CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens selection

A Year of Borrowed Men by Michelle Barker, illustrated by Renné Benoit

  • 2017 Forest of Reading Golden Oak Award nominee
  • 2017 Chocolate Lily Book Award nominee
  • 2016 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award finalist
  • 2016 Best Books for Kids & Teens selection

Acts of Courage: Laura Secord and the War of 1812 by Connie Brummel Crook

  • 2013 Word Guild Historical Fiction Award finalist
  • 2013 World Guild Young Adult Award finalist
  • 2012 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection

Adrift at Sea by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch with Tuan Ho, illustrated by Brian Deines

  • 2017 Canadian Children’s Literature Roundtables Information Book Award finalist
  • 2017 Red Cedar Information Book Award nominee
  • 2017 Spring Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection

All the World a Poem by Gilles Tibo, illustrated by Manon Gauthier

  • 2017 Spring Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection

Bad Pirate by Kari-Lynn Winters and Dean Griffiths

  • 2017 Chocolate Lily Book Award nominee
  • 2016 Rainforest of Reading Award winner

Bear on the Homefront

  • 2015 Spring Best Books for Kids & Teens selection
  • 2014 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection

Ben Says Goodbye by Sarah Ellis, illustrated by Kim La Fave

  • 2016 Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection
  • 2015 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection

Cat Champions: Caring for our Feline Friends by Rob Laidlaw

  • 2015 Bank Street Best Book
  • 2015 OLA Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award honour book
  • 2014/2015 Hackmatack Award nominee
  • 2014 Red Cedar Information Book Award nominee
  • 2014 Spring Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection
  • 2013 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection

Community Soup by Alma Fullerton

  • 2013 CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection

Dance of the Banished by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

  • 2016 USBBY Outstanding International Book
  • 2015 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People winner
  • 2015 White Ravens Selection
  • 2015 Junior Library Guild Selection
  • 2015 Best Books for Kids & Teens selection

Don’t Laugh at Giraffe by Rebecca Bender

  • 2014 Rainforest of Reading nominee
  • 2013 OLA Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award honour book
  • 2012 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection

Dragonfly Song by Wendy Orr

  • 2017 Children’s Council of Australia Book of the Year – Younger Readers Honour Book
  • 2017 Junior Library Guild selection

Elliot by Julie Pearson, illustrated by Manon Gauthier

  • 2017 OLA Best Bets selection
  • Elizabeth Bird’s “2016 Books with a Message” selection
  • 2016 Best Books for Kids & Teens selection
  • Elizabeth Bird’s “Some of the Best Picture Books of 2016 Thus Far (Mid-Year Summary)” selection

Elephant Journey by Rob Laidlaw, illustrated by Brian Deines

  • 2017 Forest of Reading Silver Birch Express Award nominee
  • 2016–2017 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award nominee
  • 2016 Red Cedar Book Award nominee
  • 2016 Best Books for Kids & Teens selection

Evie Brooks is Marooned in Manhattan

  • 2015 Literacy Association of Ireland Children’s Book Award shortlist

French Toast by Kari-Lynn Winters, illustrated by François Thisdale

  • 2017 Shining Willow Award finalist
  • Elizabeth Bird’s “2016 Books with a Message” selection

Going for a Sea Bath by Andrée Poulin, illustrated by Anne-Claire Delisle

  • 2016 Best Books for Kids & Teens selection

Giraffe Meets Bird by Rebecca Bender

  • 2015 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection

Graffiti Knight by Karen Bass

  • 2016 Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader’s Choice Award nominee
  • 2015 USBBY Outstanding International Book selection
  • 2015 Bank Street Best Book
  • 2014 CLA Young Adult Book Award winner
  • 2014 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People winner
  • 2014 R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature winner
  • 2014 CAA Exporting Alberta Award winner
  • 2014/2015 B.C. Teen Readers’ Choice Stellar Award nominee
  • 2014 Spring Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection
  • 2013 OLA Best Bet
  • 2013 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection

Hat On, Hat Off by Theo Heras, illustrated by Renné Benoit

  • 2017 Spring Best Books for Kids & Teens selection
  • Elizabeth Bird’s “2016 Great Board Books” selection

Hoogie in the Middle by Stephanie McLellan

  • 2014 Crystal Kite Award finalist
  • 2013 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection
  • 2013 CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens selection
  • 2013 TVO Parents “Books to Read as a Family” Selection

How Do You Feel? by Rebecca Bender

  • 2017 Spring Best Books for Kids & Teens selection

In a Cloud of Dust by Alma Fullerton, illustrated by Brian Deines

  • 2016 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award finalist
  • 2016 OLA Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award nominee
  • 2016 Rainforest of Reading Award winner
  • 2015 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection
  • 2015 Best Books for Kids & Teens selection

Kiss, Kiss by Jennifer Couëlle, illustrated by Jacques Laplante

  • 2016 Best Books for Kids & Teens selection

Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan’s Rescue from War by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

  • 2015-2016 Children’s Crown Award nominee
  • 2013 Red Cedar Information Book Award winner
  • 2013 OLA Forest of Reading Red Maple Non-Fiction Award honour book
  • 2013 Top-5 Finalist for the CYBILS Award
  • 2013 Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choice
  • 2013 Bank Street Best Book
  • 2012 Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award finalist
  • 2012 Hamilton Literary Award finalist
  • 2012 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection
  • 2012 OLA Best Bet

Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess by Shari Green

  • 2017 Junior Library Guild Selection

Moon at Nine by Deborah Ellis

  • 2016 Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award nominee
  • 2015–2016 BC Teen Readers’ Choice Stellar Award nominee
  • 2015 Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award nominee
  • 2015 Amelia Bloomer Project selection
  • 2015 Bank Street Best Book
  • 2015 Cooperative Children’s Book Center best-of-the-year Choice
  • 2015 Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book Award shortlist
  • 2015 SYRCA Snow Willow Award nominee
  • 2014 Quill & Quire Book of the Year
  • 2014 OLA Best Bet
  • 2014 Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection

My Beautiful Birds by Suzanne Del Rizzo

  • 2017 Junior Library Guild selection
  • Elizabeth Bird’s “2017 Books I’m Really Looking Forward To” selection

Namesake by Sue MacLeod

  • 2014 National Chapter of Canada IODE Violet Downey Book Award shortlist
  • 2013 Best Books for Kids & Teens selection

Nat the Cat Can Sleep Like That by Victoria Allenby, illustrated by Tara Anderson

  • 2015 Bank Street Best Book
  • 2014 Preschool Reads Award winner
  • 2014 SYRCA Shining Willow Award nominee
  • 2015 Spring Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection
  • 2015 Learning Partnership “Welcome to Kindergarten” selection

Next Round: A Young Athlete’s Journey to Gold by John Spray

  • 2017 Spring Best Books for Kids & Teens selection
  • 2017 Forest of Reading Golden Oak Award nominee
  • CBC Books’ pick “15 Books for Young Readers During the Rio 2016 Olympic Games”

Nix Minus One by Jill MacLean

  • 2014 White Ravens selection
  • 2014 Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature winner
  • 2014 CLA Young Adult Book Award finalist
  • 2014 SYRCA Snow Willow Award nominee
  • 2014 OLA Forest of Reading White Pine Award nominee
  • 2014 Bank Street Best Book
  • 2013 OLA Best Bet
  • 2013 Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection
  • 2013 Publishers Weekly “Best New Books” selection
  • 2013 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection

No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs by Rob Laidlaw

  • 2015 Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award nominee
  • 2013 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award winner
  • 2013 OLA Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award winner
  • 2013 Bank Street Best Book
  • 2012 Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award Finalist
  • 2012 OLA Best Bet

Once Upon a Line by Wallace Edwards

  • 2016 Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection
  • 2015 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection

One Step at a Time: A Vietnamese Child Finds Her Way by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

  • 2014 OLA Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award winner
  • 2014 Bank Street Best Book
  • 2013 Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award finalist
  • 2013 Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection

Peach Girl by Raymond Nakamura, illustrated by Rebecca Bender

  • 2015 Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choice
  • 2014 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection
  • 2014 Toronto Public Library “First & Best” List

Princess Pistachio by Marie-Louise Gay, translated by Jacob Homel

  • 2014 OLA Best Bet

Princess Pistachio and the Pest by Marie-Louise Gay, translated by Jacob Homel

  • 2015 Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection

Revenge on the Fly by Sylvia McNicoll

  • 2016 Rocky Mountain Book Award nominee
  • 2015 Kerry Schooley Book Award nominee
  • 2014 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection
  • 2014 Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection

Rhino Rumpus by Victoria Allenby, illustrated by Tara Anderson

  • 2017 Spring Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection

Root Beer Candy and Other Miracles by Shari Green

  • 2018 Chocolate Lily Book Award: Novels nominee
  • 2018 Rocky Mountain Book Award for Fiction nominee
  • 2018 MYRCA Award nominee
  • 2017 Spring Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection
  • 2017 SCBWI Crystal Kite nominee

Uncertain Soldierby Karen Bass

  • 2016 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People Winner
  • 2016 IODE Violet Downey Book Award nominee
  • 2016 OLA Forest of Reading Red Maple Award nominee
  • 2015 Best Books for Kids & Teens selection

Skydiver: Saving the Fastest Bird in the World by Celia Godkin

  • 2016 Rainforest of Reading Award nominee
  • 2015 Bank Street Best Book
  • 2015 Green Earth Book Award nominee
  • 2015–2016 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award nominee
  • 2014 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection
  • 2014 Best Books for Kids & Teens selection

Sky Pig by Jan. L. Coates, illustrated by Suzanne Del Rizzo

  • 2017 Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration winner
  • 2017 Shining Willow Award finalist
  • 2016 School Library Journal blogger Elizabeth Bird’s “The Best Picture Books of 2016” selection
  • 2016 Best Books for Kids & Teens selection
  • 2016 School Library Journal blogger Elizabeth Bird’s “Some of the Best Picture Books of 2016 Thus Far (Mid-Year Summary)” selection

The Hill by Karen Bass

  • 2018 Rocky Mountain Book Award for Fiction nominee
  • 2017 Sunburst Award for YA longlist
  • 2017 Snow Willow Award finalist
  • 2017 Forest of Reading Red Maple Award nominee
  • 2017 OLA Best Bets Honourable Mention
  • 2016 White Ravens Selection
  • 2016 Junior Library Guild Selection
  • 2016 Best Books for Kids & Teens selection

The Stowaways by Meghan Marentette, illustrated by Dean Griffiths

  • 2014 Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy finalist
  • 2014 CLA Book of the Year for Children Award finalist
  • 2014 Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature finalist
  • 2014 Spring Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection
  • 2013 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection
  • 2013 OLA Best Bets honourable mention

Timo’s Garden by Victoria Allenby, illustrated by Dean Griffiths

  • 2016 New York Public Library Best Books for Kids & Teens selection
  • 2016 Best Books for Kids & Teens selection
  • 2015 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection

Timo’s Party by Victoria Allenby, illustrated by Dean Griffiths

  • 2017 Spring Best Books for Kids & Teens selection

True Blue by Deborah Ellis

  • 2013 Bank Street Best Book
  • 2012 Hamilton Literary Award winner
  • 2012 John Spray Mystery Award nominee
  • 2012 Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice Award nominee
  • 2012 OLA Best Bets honourable mention

Tweezle into Everything by Stephanie McLellan, illustrated by Dean Griffiths

  • 2014 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection

Two Times a Traitor by Karen Bass

  • 2017 Junior Library Guild selection

When Emily Carr Met Woo by Monica Kulling, illustrated by Dean Griffiths

  • 2014 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection
  • 2014 Best Books for Kids & Teens selection

When the Rain Comes by Alma Fullerton, illustrated by Kim La Fave

  • 2017 Spring Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection
  • 2016 Elizabeth Bird’s “2017 Books I’m Really Looking Forward To” selection

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