Vancouver, B.C., nonfiction publisher Greystone Books is launching Greystone Kids, a new imprint to publish picture and middle grade books. The publisher, which focuses on nonfiction, has had several bestsellers in recent years, including The Hidden Life of Trees by German environmentalist Peter Wohlleben, which has sold more than 250,000 copies since it was published in 2016.
The children's imprint will focus on publishing books in the areas of natural history, the environment, sports and social justice. Among the debut list, which will be published this fall, will be Can You Hear the Trees Talking?, a children's version of Wohlleben's bestseller. Others include Birdsong by Julie Flett; Spur, A Wolf’s Story by Eliza Robertson, illustrated by Nora Aoyogi; and Hello, Crow! by Candace Savage, illustrated by Chelsea O’Byrne. Five titles are scheduled to appear on the first list.
Within Greystone Kids, Groundwood Books founder and former publisher Patricia Aldana who is also a highly regarded children's publisher, will run Aldana Libros, an imprint focused on publishing books from around the world. Her first title will be The Moose of Ewenki by Gerelchimeg Blackcrane, illustrated by Jiu’er, about the indigenous people of Mongolia.
Others joining the Greystone Kids team include author-illustrator and former Chronicle Books children’s design director Sara Gillingham, who will serve as consulting creative director; and children’s author and editor Kallie George, who will be in charge of picture books. Rob Sanders, publisher of Greystone Books, will also serve as publisher of Greystone Kids.