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Award winning books

Pajama Press publishes exceptional children’s books for curious minds. Written for children of all ages and backgrounds, our award-winning fiction and nonfiction titles are relevant for the world today and enduring for tomorrow, taking a child-centred approach to big topics like conservation and social justice, focused ones like family and friendship, and everything in between.

Our mission

Working with skilled authors, illustrators, editors, and educators, we craft our books to spark curiosity, develop empathy, and grow joy and self-empowerment.

The story of Pajama Press

Pajama Press was founded in 2011 by a group of passionate and experienced publishing-industry veterans. That first year they published three award-winning books while working from their dining-room tables. Over the next few years they hired their first employee, leased their first office in downtown Toronto, and grew their list to twenty new titles per year.

Today Pajama Press is a bustling company with energetic staff members led by Publisher Gail Winskill. Pajama Press titles have received a wide range of honours, including the ALA Schneider Family Book Award, the CLA Book Award, USBBY Outstanding International Book Selections, White Ravens selections, and Governor General’s Award nominations. The company’s titles are distributed in Canada by University of Toronto Press Distribution, and in the United States and internationally by Ingram Publisher Services. Ebooks are distributed by eBOUND.

Our Mission

Pajama Press is a literary press with high editorial and production standards. We 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 believe in robust physical books that will never become wasteful throwaway products. We work with ethical printers who produce high-quality results in a wide range of products: picture books, our signature “Toddler Tough” padded hardcover and sturdy board books, novels, and nonfiction for all juvenile categories.

Our Team

Pajama Press is a team of literary professionals who are passionate about creating the very best in children’s books. Whether our team members work from our central office in Toronto or as remote freelancers across Canada, they are creative collaborators in the mission of bringing every Pajama Press title to its full potential.

Gail Winskill


Gail Winskill is the creative visionary and savvy businesswoman behind Pajama Press. With more than forty years of experience in Canadian publishing, Gail is always raising the bar for exceptional standards in children’s books.

Quinn Baker

Sales & Marketing Manager

Quinn Baker is an avid reader and never commutes without a book. He spends his time at Pajama Press marketing, publicizing, and advocating for our wonderful creators.

Jenny La


Jenny La has a skill with numbers and baking. Often with her dog, Otis, Jenny works to make sure everything from shipping to production runs smoothly.

Simin Dewji


Book lover Simin Dewji traded her medical degree for a life in publishing. As the designer at Pajama Press, she loves sharing our stories through her work and bringing books to life.

Emma Davis

Editorial & Marketing Assistant

Emma Davis has a love of details and is often found poring over a manuscript. From the first draft to the last draft, Emma enjoys working with Pajama Press creators to bring the best out of their book.


The Office Dog

Otis is the designated office dog at Pajama Press. When he isn’t reading new books, he is sleeping under a desk or eating treats. His favourite books include dogs for obvious reasons.

You can check out his book reviews on TikTok!

What’s New in Toddler Tough?

Our Toddler Tough formats include board books with extra-heavy boards for ages 1–3 and padded hardcovers with rounded corners and extra-heavy pages for ages 2–5. Check out the parental guide on the back of each book to find out what developmental skills it supports.

Support learning plans with

Pajama Press for Teachers

Our teaching guides include curriculum connections, further resources, read-aloud guides, and thoughtful cross-curricular activities.

Nurture education in the home with

Pajama Press for Parents

Looking for a colouring page or crossword? A worksheet or a poster? This is the place for you!

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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