Home Grown Books is an independent publisher devoted to supporting organic learning and creativity in early education. We create books that are educationally sound enough to be used in your child's classroom and visually captivating enough to be displayed on your coffee table at home.
We are guided by a simple philosophy: your children deserve reading material as rich as their imaginations.
ORGANIC LEARNING:We reject the one-size-fits-all education model, and are committed to treating all children as unique, creative individuals.
Our books honor your child's innate intelligence with compelling content that will spark their curiosity. Because our books engage the imagination, your little reader will revisit our books, effortlessly strengthening their reading habits and fostering confidence in themselves as a reader.
Creativity:We believe in the power of art to engage your little reader's minds.
Our books feature artwork by emerging and established artists that will capture the imaginations of your little one. The language is simple and the artwork is complex, leaving room beyond the words for your child's imagination to explore.
SUSTAINABILITY:We are the only independent publisher that manufactures all of our books in the United States with eco-friendly practices.
Our board books are printed in New York with 100% recycled (min 35% post consumer) CCNB paperboard with an aqueous coating. Our paperback books are printed on 50% post consumer paper using low-VOC vegetable inks, and renewable wind-powered energy. Our book pack packaging is printed in New York on paper from managed forest using low-VOC vegetable inks and renewable wind-powered energy.
We manufacture locally to support fellow small businesses and strengthen our community.
Giving Back:We believe in giving back to our community and to our artists.
The emerging artists of the Little Reader Series and Toddler Series receive a portion of all profits from their books.
Access free resources for parents of little readers on our Parent Resource page and our blog, where you will find tips, activities, and videos centered around creativity and organic learning. We also hold local art and reading events that are open to the community. If you are a NYC-based shop or event space and are interested in collaborating on an event, contact us!
During her work within homeschool collectives as a reading specialist, Kyla saw a need for creative and compelling reading content for children. In 2012, she founded Home Grown Books to develop resources that empowered parents and inspired little readers. Kyla is a mother of two boys and an advocate of organic learning for children. She embraces thinking, playing, and creating as the building blocks for learning. Kyla has a Masters in Early Childhood Education and a Reading Specialty from Bank Street College. She taught for 12 years in the public school system, tutored, and worked with a homeschool collective.
Jessica's interest in creating began as soon as she could hold a crayon and started drawing on every surface she could find: walls, books, floors, furniture, other people's paintings, and, occasionally, paper. She is a firm believe in the power and necessity of creativity in learning, both inside and outside of the classroom. Jessica is a graduate of Florida State University's Fine Arts program, and worked as an art educator in museums and non-profit organizations for 6 years before joining Home Grown Books.
Born a book lover, Kristin memorized the words to Cat in the Hat before she could even walk. Eventually, she begrudgingly put down Dr. Seuss and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Studio Art at Florida State University. Before joining Home Grown Books, Kristin worked in Montessori preschools, homeschool co-ops, and independent publishing companies. She is inspired by the creativity and passion kids put into everything they do, and is committed to making beautifully made books accessible for little ones everywhere.