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Authors & Artists

Barefoot Books is proud to work with some of the most talented authors and artists in the world to create our award-winning picture books. Want to learn more about our amazing authors, illustrators and other contributors? Look for the About the Contributors section on any product page.


Barefoot Books is an independent children’s book publisher focusing on diverse, inclusive, beautifully illustrated board books and picture books for ages 0–12. To learn more about the kinds of books we publish, please explore our website and online catalog catalogue.

As a small team, we are not able to respond individually to every submission we receive or handle queries about submission status. We will get in touch with you if we are interested in pursuing your submission. We are always actively looking for diverse writers and artists.

Please read our submissions guidelines carefully before sending us your work:


As a small team with a large backlog of manuscripts to review, we are currently closed to unsolicited submissions.

We accept agented manuscripts, and we also read submissions through occasional pitch events and special calls, which we publicize on social media and on our website.

Thank you for considering sharing your work with us at Barefoot Books!