About Us

tundra-new-300x300Tundra is the acclaimed publisher of unique books for children of all ages. We are committed to telling important stories to children in interesting and engaging ways. Our books are award-winners, known for their literary merit and artistic integrity. Some of our earliest titles are still in print and we continue to celebrate their success while reaching to the future with exciting new acquisitions.

Founded over forty-nine years ago, Tundra is Canada’s oldest children’s book publisher. In 2012 we were acquired by Random House of Canada. We offer our authors the benefits of working with a small house—which include close and responsive editorial guidance—with a big house infrastructure that drives sales and marketing efforts, online promotion, digital support, and top-notch distribution.

Our future lists include works by well-known musicians; exceptional individuals keen to share experiences that are simply out of this world; and many superb titles by dynamic authors and illustrators, all working with us to create the very best books for children.

Tara Walker, Publisher, Penguin Random House Canada Children’s Publishing Group
Lynne Missen, Publishing Director, Penguin Canada Young Readers
Elizabeth Kribs, Senior Managing Editor
Samantha Swenson, Editor
Jessica Burgess, Associate Editor
Peter Phillips, Editorial Assistant
Liza Morrison, Executive Sales Director
Charidy Johnston, Sr. Director Indigo Acct Mgr
Vikki VanSickle, Publicity & Marketing Manager
Pamela Osti, Publicity & Marketing Manager
Sylvia Chan, Publicity & Marketing Coordinator
Ruta Liormonas, Publicity Manager 

Fenn_TundraFenn/Tundra will be a line of commercial books with partnerships with the NHL, the NHL Players Association, Hockey Canada, and NASCAR.

Elizabeth Kribs, Managing Editor
Peter Phillips, Editorial Assistant
Ruta Liormonas, Publicity Manager

PRH_logoPenguin Random House (http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/) is the world’s first truly global trade book publisher. It was formed on July 1, 2013, upon the completion of an agreement between Bertelsmann and Pearson to merge their respective trade publishing companies, Random House and Penguin, with the parent companies owning 53% and 47%, respectively. Penguin Random House comprises the adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses of Penguin and Random House in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and India, Penguin’s trade publishing activity in Asia and South Africa; Dorling Kindersley worldwide; and Random House’s companies in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, and Chile. Penguin Random House employs more than 10,000 people globally across almost 250 editorially and creatively independent imprints and publishing houses that collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually. Its publishing lists include more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.

The social media at Tundra Books is managed by Sylvia Chan! She blogs, tweets, and update facebook about Tundra’s authors and illustrators.

Hello! We love hearing from you, so please write to us. Bookstores, book sellers, educators, readers, bloggers, librarians, event coordinators, and fans: feel free to send us photos of our author events or books. We would love to post them on our blog.

If you would like to request for review copies, please send us an email with “Review Request” in the subject line to tundra@mcclelland.com.

Fun facts about Tundra Books:

  • The artwork from our blog’s banner is from Little Blue Chair by Cary Fagan, illustrated by Madeline Kloepper. The artwork from our blog’s background is from the endpapers of Little Blue Chair.
  • Most of our picture books have a poster printed on the reverse of the dust-jacket!
  • Les Tait’s illustrations from The White Stone in the Castle Wall are displayed in Casa Loma!
  • Tundra Books is Canada’s oldest English language children’s publisher!
  • Tundra Books won its first award in 1967 for I Once Knew an Indian Woman by May Ebbitt Cutler.
  • Tundra Books will be celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2017!


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