Written by Emily Harstone

Pelican Children’s Books: Now Accepting Book Queries

Pelican Children’s Books has always been an imprint of Pelican Publishing. In 2019 Arcadia Publishing purchased Pelican Publishing, and now Pelican Children’s Books is an imprint of Arcadia.

Pelican Children’s Books is based in New Orleans, as it always has been, and they’ve published a lot of regional children’s books, although they are open to submissions regardless of the author’s location. In fact some of their regional picture books are based in Texas and New York. You can see their list of past publications here. Their covers lean toward a little old-fashioned for my taste.

They primarily publish illustrated children’s books, but they are also open to middle grade books, as well as nonfiction and fiction intended for a young adult audience.

To learn more and see their full submission guidelines, visit their website here.


Emily Harstone is the author of many popular books, including The Authors Publish Guide to Manuscript SubmissionsSubmit, Publish, Repeat, and The 2021 Guide to Manuscript Publishers.

She regularly teaches three acclaimed courses on writing and publishing at The Writer’s Workshop at Authors Publish. You can follow her on Facebook here.

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