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Publisher Profile: Zonderkidz

The CBC asks Jessica Westra, Publicity Director of Zonderkidz, questions about the publisher.

Where in the country is your house based? What do you love about being based there?

We are a division of Zondervan, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We are part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, a HarperCollins company. Our team loves the four seasons here in our state and exploring near the shores of Lake Michigan. Along with our many faith-based titles we are known for, we also publish general market releases. We love to inspire young lives through imaginative, innovative, and educational resources.

Which title has your house recently rallied behind?

Walking Grandma Home: a Story of Grief, Hope, and Healing by Nancy Bo Flood.

Which title does your house feel deserves more love than it got?

Literary Critters: William Shakesbear’s Journey for Inspiration by UK illustrator Sophie Corrigan.

Which upcoming titles is your house buzzing about?

The Smallest Spot of a Dot: The Little Ways We’re Different, the Big Ways We’re the Same by ABC News anchor and Emmy Award-winning journalist Linsey Davis, with author Michael Tyler.

Which of your frontlist titles would be great for a school or public library?

Come Home Safe: A Novel (Blink YA imprint, our general market YA division, clean teen fiction) by lawyer and legal analyst Brian Buckmire.

Which of your frontlist titles would be great for a classroom?

I’m Going to Have a Good Day: Daily Affirmations with Scarlett by Tiania Haneline and Scarlett Gray, for 1st grade.

Which of your frontlist tiles would be great for an at-home library?

Literary Critters: William Shakesbear’s Journey for Inspiration.

Name a few of your favorite backlist titles that people should check out.

  • Love Is by Paola Escobar.
  • Fiona, Love at the Zoo and Fiona the Hippo, both by New York Times bestselling illustrator Richard Cowdrey.
  • A Kite for Moon by Jane Yolen.
  • This Farm is a Family by Barn Sanctuary’s Dan McKernan.

Thank you, Zonderkidz!

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