About Annick

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Excellence and Innovation in Children’s Literature

Annick Press publishes dynamic, groundbreaking fiction and nonfiction for children and teens, and our books have been recognized with numerous awards and honors. We strive to create educational, entertaining books that will spark a lifelong love affair with the written word.


Annick Press is a member of the Association of Canadian Publishers.


We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Government of Canada for our publishing activities.  

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Annick Press is recognized as one of the most innovative and cutting-edge publishers of fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults. With editorial offices in Toronto and Vancouver, Annick publishes over 25 titles per annum, which are distributed in the United States by Publisher’s Group West, represented in Canada by Ampersand and University of Toronto Press, and licensed internationally. Annick also publishes e-book editions of select titles, which are available through Kobo, Sony, Barnes & Noble, Blio, Follett, and OverDrive. Watch our website for more information on e-book developments.

Founded in 1975 by Rick Wilks and Anne Millyard, Annick’s reputation was built on a commitment to literature for youth that remains our guiding philosophy to this day. Annick publications are dynamic and written to the highest literary standards. We encourage critical thinking and the development of a child’s inner resources so that, in addition to becoming confident, contributing members of their community, they are also engaged with society at large and their peers around the globe. Most of all, we are passionate about ensuring that our books be pleasurable, self-affirming, informative, and entertaining.

Annick publishes books for toddlers through to young adults. We’re widely recognized for picture books by such popular authors as Robert Munsch, whose book The Paperbag Princess has sold millions of copies around the world and continues to be a bestseller in 15 languages. Select Munsch titles are also available as board books (Mortimer) and as plays (Munsch at Play, Munsch at Play Act 2). Other popular picture book authors include Ruth Ohi (author and illustrator of the popular Chicken, Pig, Cow series), Kathy Stinson (Red Is Best, A Pocket Can Have a Treasure in It), and Hazel Hutchins (Mattland, Up Cat, Up Dog).

In recent years, Annick has become known for our award-winning middle grade non-fiction. Annick titles put an intriguing spin on topics from ancient history (Adventures on the Ancient Silk Road, Royal Murder) to modern science (The Great Motion Mission), and from animal behavior (Animal Snoops) to the compelling stories of people from around the world (Fatty Legs).

Annick’s non-fiction offerings include a number of successful series:

• The 50 Questions series takes a humorous look at scientific and historical topics such as fire (50 Burning Questions), poison (50 Poisonous Questions), underwear (50 Underwear Questions), and the environment (50 Climate Questions).

•The Jobs in History series invites kids to picture themselves in ancient civilizations from around the world, from Egyptian times (Pharaohs and Foot Soldiers) to ancient China (Warriors and Wailers).

•The We Thought of It series celebrates a variety of cultures, showcasing their amazing inventions and innovations, many of which are still in use today—such as sunscreen (A Native American Thought of It) and coffee (Latin Americans Thought of It).

Annick has a deep commitment to books for young adults, and we are proud to have published award-winning titles that speak to the issues young people deal with every day: drugs (In Ecstasy), bullying, relationships and sexuality (Leslie’s Journal; Dear Diary, I’m Pregnant), advertising and mass media (Made You Look), and depression (My Kind of Sad). Annick’s young adult fiction ranges from historical adventures (A Sword in Her Hand, The Hangman in the Mirror) and fantasy (Dennis Foon’s Longlight Legacy) to contemporary novels dealing with topics such as gambling (Double or Nothing), Stockholm syndrome (Held), and HIV (Chanda’s Secrets). Annick stories are frequently set outside of North America to offer readers a wider perspective on their world (Thunder Over Kandahar; Cry of the Giraffe).

Annick books have won prestigious awards and honors around the world, including the Michael L. Printz Honor Award for Allan Stratton’s Chanda’s Secrets, which was also adapted for the movie Life, Above All. Annick authors have also won the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-fiction for The Bite of the Mango in 2009 and Adventures on the Ancient Silk Road in 2010.

Annick is extremely active in the area of foreign rights. To date, we have licensed editions in over 15 languages and 40 countries. Annick also licenses adaptations for film, TV, stage, audiobooks, and e-books.