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Random House Children’s Publishers is one of the UK’s largest children’s publishers, made up of eight imprints. Our oldest, The Bodley Head, was originally founded in the nineteenth century. We are part of The Random House Group Ltd.

Today, we are proud to be the home of award-winning authors and illustrators as well as commercial contemporary writing, seminal classics and exciting new talent.


The Bodley Head is our oldest imprint, having been founded in 1887. Today the Bodley Head Children’s imprint is an eclectic list – literary, compulsive, occasionally prize-winning, but always entertaining! The list includes books by bestselling authors such as Joseph Delaney, Aidan Chambers and Susan Cooper.

Doubleday has its roots in the American publisher Doubleday & McClure, which was founded in 1897. The UK imprint of Doubleday Children’s is now the hardback home to some of the biggest names in children’s fiction, including Terry Pratchett, Jacqueline Wilson, Malorie Blackman, Jonathan Stroud, Joanne Harris and Christopher Paolini. Its focus is on fantasy, blockbuster fiction, brand authors, and truly absorbing reads.

Jonathan Cape was a bookshop errand boy who worked his way up to found his eponymous publishing house in 1919. These days its children’s side is home to such beloved heritage authors such as Arthur Ransome, Roald Dahl, Ian Serraillier, Edward Lear and Joan Aiken.

Red Fox publishes a wide range of paperbacks for various age groups. The list includes series fiction and non-fiction including Steve Cole, Chris Ryan, Willard Price, Kes Gray and Mitchell Symons. It also publishes a selection of greats from our rich heritage on the Red Fox Classics list.

Corgi Children’s is both the paperback home for our Doubleday authors as well a source of original paperback publishing. It features an outstanding list of fiction from bestselling authors, including Philip Pullman, Anne Fine, Dick King-Smith, Lucy & Stephen Hawking, Bali Rai, Lauren Kate and Michael Morpurgo. It’s also the home of action adventure from Andy McNab, Bear Grylls and Simon Mayo.

Definitions books will give you a challenging, gritty, or possibly controversial YA read. The list includes such moving and original works as Tabitha Suzuma’s Forbidden, Aidan Chambers’ Postcards From No Man’s Land, Anthony McGowan’s Henry Tumour and Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief.

Tamarind was founded by Verna Wilkins in 1987. Verna’s mission was to redress the balance in publishing by giving a high positive profile to children from ethnic minorities and those with disabilities. This is done unselfconsciously with engaging and enjoyable stories and stunning illustrations. All Tamarind stories, including the biographies, offer positive role models for success, and its list includes such talented authors as Jamila Gavin, Malaika Rose Stanley, Ann Cameron and Narinder Dhami.

Bantam Children is home to a number of television and film licensed publications, including Tree Fu Tom, DC Super Friends, Stardoll and Woolly and Tig.

David Fickling Books was an imprint of Random House between 2001 and 2013. The founder of the imprint, David Fickling, left Random House in July 2013 to establish DFB as an independent publisher. During the period of transition, Random House Children’s Publishers continues to publish books scheduled in the DFB imprint.

For more information about David Fickling Books published by Random House Children’s Publishers visit http://dfb.randomhousechildrens.co.uk/.


The Random House Group Ltd is based in the UK and comprises five publishing companies: Cornerstone, Ebury Publishing, Transworld Publishers, Vintage Publishing and Random House Children’s Publishers and associated distribution businesses. It is a Penguin Random House Company. Penguin Random House 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.


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About Random House Children’s Publishers
Random House Children's Publishers
Random House Children's Publishers | One of the UK’s largest children’s publishers
Random House Children's Publishers | One of the UK’s largest children’s publishers