About Astra Publishing House

Astra Publishing House is dedicated to publishing books for children and adults that celebrate excellent storytelling, have a strong point of view, and introduce readers to new perspectives about their everyday lives as well as the lives of others.

What We Do

We advocate for authors, illustrators, and translators who experience their subject deeply and personally, and value works that are authentic, ask new questions, present counter-narratives and original thinking, challenge our assumptions, spark our imaginations, and broaden and deepen our understanding of the world. 

Who We Are

Astra Publishing House includes the adult literary imprint Astra House, dedicated to publishing the best fiction and nonfiction writers from the US and around the world; DAW Books, devoted exclusively to science fiction and fantasy; and Astra Books for Young Readers, which features seven children’s book imprints, Astra Young Readers, Calkins Creek, Hippo Park, Kane Press, Minerva/minedition, TOON Books, and Wordsong.

Benjamin Schrank
Benjamin Schrank
COO and Publisher of Astra House
Juliana Lauletta
Juliana Lauletta
VP of Operations
Jack Perry
Jack Perry
Director of Sales & Analytics
Lisa Taylor
Lisa Taylor
Senior Production Manager
Elizabeth Koehler
Elizabeth Koehler
Production Supervisor
Rachael Small
Rachael Small
Director of Publicity (she/her/hers)

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Adult Imprints

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Toon Books Imprint
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How We Got Here

2022 • DAW Books, dedicated to science fiction and fantasy, joins Astra Publishing House.
TOON Books joins the Astra Publishing House family.

2021 • Astra Books for Young Readers division formed. Hippo Park launched, led by Editorial Director Jill Davis.

2020 • Thinkingdom LTD becomes Astra Publishing House
mineditionUS joins the Astra Publishing House family with Maria Russo as Editorial Director, mineditionUS; Leonard Marcus as Editor-at-Large, and Astra Publishing House launched its adult imprint, Astra House, headed by publisher Ben Schrank and Editorial Director Alessandra Bastagli.

2019 • Boyds Mills Press, Wordsong and Calkins Creek merged with Kane Press to create Boyds Mills & Kane.

2016 • Kane Press acquired by Thinkingdom Media Group.

2008 • TOON Books launched by Françoise Mouly.

2004 • Calkins Creek, featuring fiction and nonfiction focused on the lesser-known stories of American history, was formed by executive editor Carolyn Yoder.

2004 • minedition founded by Michael Neugebauer.

1992 • Kane Press, award-winning publisher of fiction and nonfiction books for children ages 2 to 11, was founded by Joanne Kane.

1990 • Wordsong, the only children’s imprint in the United States specifically dedicated to publishing poetry, was founded by Dr. Bernice Cullinan.

1990 • Boyds Mills Press founded by Kent Brown, Publisher, and Clay Winters, President.

1971 • DAW, the first publishing company ever devoted exclusively to science fiction and fantasy, founded by Donald A. Wollheim and Elsie B. Wollheim


Please visit the Kane Press page for submission guidelines.

Astra House, DAW, Astra Young Readers, Calkins Creek, Hippo Park, mineditionUS, TOON Books, and Wordsong are not currently open to unsolicited submissions.

Sales and Distribution

All Astra Publishing House books are distributed by Penguin Random House.

Placing orders:

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Customer Service
400 Hahn Road
Westminster, MD 21157
Phone: 1-800-733-3000
Fax: 1-800-659-2436

Foreign Rights and Permissions

Astra Books for Young Readers & Astra House foreign rights are sold through 2 Seas Agency.

For permissions inquiries and rights for North America and Asia, please contact permissions@astrapublishinghouse.com

Thinkingdom Media Group

Thinkingdom Media Group Ltd. is an innovation-driven leading company in the content industry, operating in following fields: books planning, publishing and distribution, e-books, books retail business, and copyrights related business such as book-to-film adaptation projects.

Influencer Program

We would love to partner with you! Please fill out our influencer form if you’d like to be the first to receive our adult’s and/or children’s titles. 

Contact Us

General Inquiries

Publicity Inquiries
For Astra Young Readers, Calkins Creek, Kane Press, Wordsong titles:
Kerry McManus, marketing@astrapublishinghouse.com

For Hippo Park, mineditionUS, Toon Books titles:
Deborah Sloan, marketing@astrapublishinghouse.com

For Astra House titles:
Rachael Small and Alexis Nowicki, ahpublicity@astrahouse.com

For DAW titles:
Laura Fitzgerald, dawpublicity@astrapublishinghouse.com

Royalty Inquiries

Fraud Alert

Please be advised that scammers have targeted authors in attempts to solicit money and personal information. Some of these attempts have involved the fraudulent use of Astra Publishing House’s company and imprint names and logos. These emails are often sent from addresses that closely resemble APH’s. Please be vigilant and pay close attention to the sender’s email address and identity. If you have been targeted by email, the FTC recommends forwarding the phishing emails to reportphishing@apwg.org, an address used by the Anti-Phishing Working Group. If you have been the victim of such a scam, we encourage you to report the incident directly to the FTC: https://reportfraud.ftc.gov.