As part of the children's book workshop course I am taking, the publisher from Simply Read Books was invited to speak to our class. I have admired their books for quite a while. They are a local publishing house and have the most wonderful aesthetic. The books seem to be illustrated and designed to be as beautiful as possible, rather than to pander to a market or what parents and kids are perceived to enjoy. The books are simply as lovely as possible. They publish the charming board books by Paola Opal, including Saffy. Matthew Porter has illustrated a whole series of books, including the beautiful Flowers.
Can't imagine why I'd like that one so much (wink)! They have also published Julie Morstad's books.
One of their authors is Kari-Lynn Winters, a professor of mine from the UBC Education program, a former student of the same children's book workshop course, and an increasingly prolific author.
It is refreshing to see a publishing house put faith in a child's ability to enjoy something modern and well-designed, and to put faith in an adult's desire to read, gift, or keep a well-designed book for children.