Mission Statement

Kokila (pronounced KO-ki-la) brings together an inclusive community of authors and illustrators, publishing professionals, and readers to examine and celebrate stories that reflect the richness of our world. 

By centering stories that have been historically marginalized and making space for storytellers to explore the full range of their experiences, we deliver books that inspire and entertain readers, and add nuance and depth to the way children and young adults see the world and their place in it.

Kokila will publish work for children and young adults across all formats and genres.

Submissions Window

We’re excited to hear from new voices and accept unagented submissions that fit our mission. This year the Penguin Young Readers division is hosting a live Zoom event for unpublished and early career writers and artists from historically marginalized communities. Our imprint will be represented on the panel and accepting submissions from attendees only. This event will also be solely focused on picture book manuscripts. Click here to register to by December 13th, 2022: http://tinyurl.com/44sazdcb. Learn more about the Emerging Voices & Visions program and the event here: http://tinyurl.com/bp95as9s.

Educator Guides

Meet the Team