by Marsha Rakestraw

Writing is a powerful medium for social change. Words can be incredibly influential.

A number of humane educators turn to writing to educate and inspire others. But finding a publisher that shares at least some of your values (and that wants books on global ethical issues) can be challenging.

Here are six publishers that share common ground with solutionary-focused books.

1.  Ashland Creek Press is a small publishing house in Oregon which is “passionate about the environment, animal protection, ecology, and wildlife, and our goal is to publish books that combine these themes with compelling stories.” They have published fiction, non-fiction, and books for young adults. Find out about submitting to ACP.

2. Dawn Publications focuses on connecting children and nature. They’ve been publishing since 1979.  See their submission guidelines.

3. Gryphon Press, a “voice for the voiceless” publisher, focuses on children’s books about the human-animal bond and that “foster empathy in children for other living beings. See their submission guidelines.

4.  Lantern Books, based in Brooklyn, publishes non-fiction books on animal advocacy, vegetarianism, social justice, environmentalism, and religion. Find out about submitting a manuscript to Lantern Books.

5.  Lee & Low is the “largest multicultural children’s book publisher” in the U.S. They publish fiction and non-fiction books for grades PreK through high school and topics often focus on diversity issues. See their writing guidelines.

6.  Vegan Publishers, based in Boston, publishes books that “promote social consciousness and awareness related to veganism. We are interested in publishing books for children and adults that focus on positive themes emphasizing respect for all living beings.” Find out more about queries.

(Note that it’s important to follow all submission and query guidelines correctly and to understand that most small-press publishers only publish a very small number of titles each year.)

With digital innovations more authors are choosing to self-publish their books (such as through’s CreateSpace), which can be sold on large-market websites. (Many self-publishing sites have specific requirements and restrictions, so be sure to inform yourself thoroughly.)

Have you successfully published your humane education book? Share your story with us in the comments!