"I always take in books as a reader first—I want to know how the book makes me feel, what’s the human reaction, before I consider it as a publishing opportunity. My favorite kids’ books have characters that any reader at any age can relate to because the perspective and the emotion reflected there are true—whether the character is joyous or sad or afraid or curious or feeling silly, or maybe they’re feeling a feeling they can’t yet identify. I always hope to find that moment of emotional recognition and/or to see the character have agency, whether that’s achieved through imaginative writing or expressive illustrations or both, and whether the intended reader is young or old. Answers aren’t always easy to come by in the real world when you’re a kid—sometimes it’s enough to ask a question and feel supported while you work out an answer for yourself. I love books that embrace that ambiguous, uncertain space. . . . that push the boundaries of what a kids’ or an adult book “should” be."
—Ruth Weiner, publisher of Triangle Square Books for Young Readers and publicity director of Seven Stories Press
Visit Words Without Borders to read all about our decade of publishing unconventional world literature for children of all ages.
If publishing imprints were people, 10-year-old Triangle Square Books for Young Readers would be Seven Stories’ Mini-Me. The concept for an activist children’s line parallels the adult division, with books for “skeptical young readers.” The resulting titles have sold so well, particularly during the pandemic, that TSBYR is about to double its list and introduce two new series.
“The children’s division is thematically and philosophically an offshoot of Seven Stories,” said Seven Stories publicity director and newly appointed TSBYR publisher Ruth Weiner.
“We believe at Seven Stories, and I do, first and foremost, that books can change the world,” added Seven Stories founder Dan Simon. “It can seem a little bit earnest in the adult world, but it works in the kids’ world.”