Dutton Children’s Books



One of the oldest continually operating children’s book publishers in the United States, Dutton Children’s Books has existed for over 160 years with a mission of creating high-quality books that engage and transport young readers.

Edward Payson Dutton opened the doors of his Boston bookshop in 1852 and shortly thereafter began to release “fresh and entertaining” books for young readers. Ingenuity has always marked Dutton’s publishing, and in January 2011, Dutton transitioned into a boutique middle grade and YA imprint, which now publishes 10–15 hardcover titles per year.

Exceptional literary works with distinctive narrative voices and strong commercial appeal are the heart of the current Dutton list. Rich with history, Dutton is committed to the next generation of excellence with a small and highly curated list that never loses sight of audience. Our goals are to build authors for their careers and create lasting relationships with readers.

Our list is home to classic pillars of children’s literature, like A.A. Milne and Ernest H. Shepard’s Winnie-the-Pooh books, Newbery medal–winning The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin and My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George, and works by Paul O. Zelinsky. Continuing the tradition of literary excellence and distinctive voice, Dutton’s current list includes authors such as John GreenAdam GidwitzE.K. JohnstonStephanie PerkinsAlly CondieTahereh MafiNina LaCour, and Ransom Riggs, to name a few.

Meet the Team