Authors, We Publish Picture Books, and...

We're Accepting Submissions!

At Best Children's Books, we publish picture books

It's true. We are a paying market for picture book manuscripts, and we are currently accepting submissions.

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What makes us unique:

  • Our books are for download and printing (and coloring!)

  • We provide feedback on rejected manuscripts
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How to Proceed

Please note: We charge $20 to consider your submission. Why? Because we provide benefits to writers that most picture book publishers don't:

  1. We promise a response to your submission within one week.
  2. We accept simultaneous submissions.
  3. We provide feedback on rejected submissions.

We can't publish your picture book if you don't submit!


Please tell your friends about our store! More traffic = more need for picture book authors!!!

Want more info? You got it!

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As you can see, we've come up with a new way for people to buy picture books, and that's required us to come up with a new way to publish them. Our books feature coloring book art. Why?

  • Because kids love coloring!

  • Because printing a full color picture book would cost you in ink cartridges!

Now parents can order and download a picture book instantly. And when Junior scribbles in's okay! Mom and Dad can just print out another copy. And frame this one!

Publish picture books electronically, but print them on paper

Our store started out with coloring book versions of public domain picture book classics (like the work of Beatrix Potter), along with the popular Children's Behavior Books authored by this site's creator, Steve Barancik. But we're eager to expand. We're now considering new manuscripts from other authors.

Here's a little more about the kind of picture book manuscripts we're looking for

  • Short! Our format features 16 pages of text combined with pictures, so that the whole package can be stapled. The ideal length is between 100 and 1500 words.

  • Engaging and original! We feel picture books are something more than bunnies and bears being nice to each other.

  • Visual! If your manuscript doesn't feature action and variety in its settings, it's probably not what we're looking for.

One warning: we will be selective! Just like any other publishing company, we expect to reject many more manuscripts than we'll publish. We want our customers to know they can expect quality from us!

How to Proceed

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