Learn how to publish a quality
children's picture book with a company that truly cares about your success.
Specializing in high quality children's book publishing, Jungle Wagon Press publishes the
best kids' books, family read aloud books, and family literacy activities to promote family
Our business name and logo were inspired by our
son's jungle themed bedroom and the jungle jeep style bed we built for him. It is in the
"jungle wagon" that we read together every single night. As a direct result of this shared
family reading, at just four years of age, he is already reading at a second-grade
level! We are so passionate about family literacy in fact; we create special family literacy activities to complement our
family read aloud
We value our authors and
illustrators, sharing our expertise to convert their visions into quality kids' books
unparalleled by our corporate competitors. We recognize the extraordinary talent that lies
within the ordinary people we encounter. We all have a story to share. We choose
great, unique stories with underlying educational themes; combine them with truly
original artistic talent and turn them into "classic books, belonging to that special group
of literary giants-stories that are read to, and by all ages and are passed down from
generation to generation. (Virginia Polizzi)"
We publish high quality educational picture books
unlike any you will find on the shelf. Our family read
aloud books are purposefully crafted to capture and hold the attention of both
children and their parents. A combination of bold illustrations, powerful text, and explicit
nonfiction educational elements is our fool-proof recipe for bringing families together again
for shared reading.
We are proud to produce
books that are written, designed, printed, and assembled in the
Check out some
of the best books for
kids to begin your reading
How to publish a kids' book:
publishing has changed drastically in recently years. Determined authors have a lot of options when deciphering
how to publish their children’s picture book. It is absolutely necessary that authors educate themselves and
research all of the children's book publishing options available in today’s market.
Wagon Press is a small family owned and operated independent publishing house operating out of Rockford, IL. Our
approach to publishing children's picture books is unique and deserves a detailed explanation.
will start by telling you what we are NOT. We are not a traditional publishing
house (Random House, Penguin Books, Scholastic).
These publishing giants are overwhelmed with hundreds of submissions per day. Their "slush piles" would be best
termed "slush mountains." In years past, being published by a traditional publisher was the dreamy-eyed ambition
of all would-be authors. In reality, the chance of un-agented, non-celebrity authors getting published by one of
these giants is very slim to none. The process for submitting to these publishers is often complicated, lengthy,
and disheartening. Even in the event an author's manuscript is accepted, their input in the publishing process
is rarely heard let alone considered and royalties paid to the author are often pennies after all the middlemen
take their share of the profit.
Wagon Press is NOT a vanity
press or a Print on
Demand publisher. Vanity presses take advantage of passionate, misinformed authors by playing
on their fantasies of fame and fortune. These companies provide pre-publication and printing services for
authors despite the fact that in many cases, their manuscripts will unlikely succeed in today’s competitive
we do ask authors to make an investment in their own work, we are SELECTIVE in the
submissions that we decide to publish. We will not allow a potential client to purchase a publishing package
until we have reviewed a snippet of their manuscript and spoken with them personally about their goals for their
provide a distinctive service to a select group of talented authors who have a unique story to share. We have a
particular sense for greatness and a proven ability to unite fantastic stories with creative artwork to produce
good old-fashioned tangible books to be adored by families everywhere.
presses and POD publishers DO NOT CARE if the books they publish succeed. They assign one or several "author
reps" to process your order. There is no artistic communication, no sharing of goals, no exchange of ideas
between the author and the publisher. How tragic.
Jungle Wagon Press, our customer service department consists of ME, the owner and president of the company.
Communication is never screened and you will never be dumped onto a "representative." I will give you my time,
dedication, creativity, and honest feedback. I collaborate with professional editors, artists, designers, and
American printers to create only the highest quality children’s books.
Jungle Wagon Press, our authors and illustrators can say with pride that their work was especially selected for
publication by an independent publishing company. Purchasing a publishing package from Jungle Wagon Press will
NOT classify you as a self-publisher. We only accept great work that will be worthy of our
passion, mission, and logo.
the author who requires complete control over their project, I might recommend self- publishing. Proceed with
caution, however. Most self-published books are easy to spot due to their format, poor cover design, clear lack
of editorial gatekeeping, and poor printing quality. Unless you have A LOT of time, money, talent, and
publishing expertise to bring to the table-why reinvent the wheel?
Wagon Press will require you to surrender some artistic control because that is what you are paying us to do! We
will offer editorial advice that may take your manuscript in a completely new direction. We may suggest
illustrations that were very different than what you imagined. Our gift is bringing out the best in
opinion will always be considered in the publishing process and your approval of final editing and general
illustration plans will always be necessary before books go to print.
are a small company with a big heart. Offering these publishing packages allows us to provide our unique
services to more authors and to publish more books that will bring families together for shared literacy! As one
illustrator shared, "Jungle Wagon Press is
full of integrity, honesty, creativity, and compassion. (Jeffery Gale)"
return for the author’s investment, they will receive 100% of the books' rights and 100% of the inventory. After
all-it is their investment! There are no loopholes or surprises. We are one of few children's book publishers accepting
submissions. With our professional publishing packages, we charge a flat fee
that covers our publishing services from start to finish AND your entire inventory, delivered to your
encourage authors to avoid the misleading traps of our competitors. They really try to convince authors that
their books will succeed as long as they are e-book compatible and have distribution through Amazon.com. At
Jungle Wagon Press, we are certainly not opposed to keeping up with technology; however we encourage authors to
retain their grass-roots marketing strategies as well. I have single-handedly sold HUNDREDS of copies of my
first book, You Are a Twisting Tornado. There is nothing like meeting your customers face to face and sharing
your passion with them. My life has been profoundly changed by the people that have crossed my path because of
my book and its profound impact on their lives! And as a bonus-it is now an extra stream of revenue for our
family! THAT is what book publishing SHOULD be about...not just mass distribution to faceless, nameless