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 Astra House, dedicated to publishing the best non-fiction and fiction writers from the US as well as from around the world; the newly formed Astra Books for Young Readers featuring six children’s book imprints, Astra Young Readers (formerly Boyds Mills Press), Calkins Creek, Hippo Park, Kane Press, mineditionUS, and Wordsong; and Astra Magazine, a new international literary magazine

Leying Jiang
Leying Jiang
President and CFO
Benjamin Schrank
Benjamin Schrank
COO and Publisher of Astra House
Alisa Trager
Alisa Trager
Managing Editor
Jack Perry
Jack Perry
Director of Sales & Analytics
Sarah Christensen Fu
Sarah Christensen Fu
Senior Marketing Manager
Lisa Taylor
Lisa Taylor
Senior Production Manager

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How We Got Here

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

2020 • Astra Publishing House established. MineditionUS joins the Astra Publishing House family with Maria Russo as Editorial Director, mineditionUS; Leonard Marcusas 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.

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

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.


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

Please review submission guidelines here for Kane Press.

Sales and Distribution

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

Foreign Rights and Permissions

Astra House foreign rights are sold through 2 Seas Agency.

For all Astra Books for Young Readers inquiries, please reach out to 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

Contact info@astrapublishinghouse.com