About Us



Kane Press is an award-winning publisher of illustrated titles for children ages 3 to 11. Connecting fiction and nonfiction stories with authentic content and relating that content to a child’s everyday experiences are the focus of all Kane Press books.

Our titles have earned praise from School Library Journal, Booklist, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Instructor, Your Big Backyard, and Learning magazines as well as from Reading Rainbow and the Children’s Book Council. Animal Antics A to Z® is the recipient of a Learning Magazine Teachers’ Choice Award for the Family and a TCA for Children’s Books. The Milo & Jazz Mysteries® received a Booklist Starred Review for The Case of the Stinky Socks and three Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards. Three titles from Social Studies Connects® have been recognized by the NCSS/CBC Committee as Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People. How to Be an Earthling® is the recipient of a Moonbeam Gold Medal for Best Chapter Book Series. (See more awards.)

Kane Press books:

  • improve students’ content literacy skills by combining informational text with kid-friendly narrative stories
  • demonstrate to youngsters how what they learn in school is an invaluable tool for navigating the world they live in
  • engage and intrigue children with clever plots, appealing characters, and kid-sized dilemmas that children can relate to
  • inspire youngsters with relatable characters who model positive traits, such as honesty, acceptance, responsibility, and perseverance

Company founder Joanne Kane states, “Whether the underlying concept relates to science or math, letter sounds or problem solving, the goals of all Kane Press books are the same: to engage, involve, and inspire youngsters while fostering in them a lifelong enthusiasm for words and ideas.”

Kane Press books are written by respected and award-winning authors and artists. They are perfect for independent reading or, with younger children, as part of a shared read-aloud experience.

Kane Press titles are distributed by Lerner Publishing Group.


Illustration from Play Date

Illustration from Play Date

To order books from our distributor, Lerner Publishing Group:

Lerner Publishing Group
1251 Washington Avenue N.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Phone: 800.328.4929
Fax: 800.332.1132

To contact us at Kane Press:
Kane Press, Inc.
300 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022

Kane Press books are written for children ages 3–11. Our new trade imprint, StarBerry Books, which launches in Spring 2018 with five picture books, focuses on diverse, imaginative stories with bright, colorful illustrations. We are actively seeking submissions for the StarBerry imprint. Books in the Kane Press line are series-based, with an educational underpinning. For example, each title in the Math Matters series features a fictional narrative in which kids find fun ways to use math in everyday life. Books in the popular Milo & Jazz Mysteries chapter books series feature kids using problem-solving skills. While Kane Press is not currently seeking submissions for titles in our ongoing series, we are open to discussing ideas for new series.

Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we respond only to manuscripts of interest to us. If you have not heard back from us after three months, you may assume your project is not the right fit for our program. We prefer that all manuscripts be submitted by email:


Senior Editor Joy Bean
“I am drawn to humorous books, nature/sustainability/environmental stories, lively non-fiction of all types, and I have a special affection for stories featuring cats. I also love character-driven stories and a new approach to telling a story.”

Editor Jes Negrón
“I love humor, an element of the absurd, magic, space, robots, and mystery. On the more serious side, I would love to see characters and narratives that help children explore concepts too often discussed in whispers. I am especially interested in stories featuring characters, authors, and illustrators from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.”