OUR DEI COMMITMENT

Books loved by one million children

Realistic, representative books for
socially thoughtful children.

Books loved by one million children

Realistic, representative books for
socially thoughtful children.

We help the next generation of readers fall in love with books that make a difference.

We are an independent publishing company that produces a select number of books each year. We work diligently to release children’s literature that represents today’s diversity while remaining dedicated to messages that make a difference.

Media Mentions

For Librarians

Cardinal Rule Press only provides books that empower, entertain & educate children. Order our titles for your library.

For Educators and Book Lovers

You will find a list ranging from timeless and modern topics like courage, empathy, diversity,  STEAM, LGBTQ and more on our bookshelf.

For Booksellers

We are pleased to work with you as you bring books to children and families worldwide. See how to order our titles for your collection.

Our Biggest Fans

“Smart, sassy, supportive girl power to the max!”

Kirkus

“The book succeeds in communicating the message promised in the subtitle.”

American Librarian Association

“Realistic portrayals of competition and teamwork make this a strong addition to any library.”

School Library Journal

“This book shows that people from different cultures have strikingly familiar emotional & familial similarities.”

City Book Review

“This earnest story of being a good sibling, neighbor, and friend may inspire readers to find ways to be generous in their own lives.”

Publisher’s Weekly

“Named Top 50 Books for Children”

The Huffington Post

“Reading comprehension in ELL students gets a boost when kids are exposed to culturally relevant books.”

NPR

Meet Our Founder

Maria Dismondy started out in the classroom years ago before writing ten books. She loved getting powerful messages into the world through realistic fiction. So much that she began Cardinal Rule Press in 2015. A million copies sold and counting, these books loved worldwide continue to share timeless messages with modern diversity.

From The Blog

Cardinal Rule Press and Flipgrid

Cardinal Rule Press and Flipgrid

Cardinal Rule Press has a mission to provide realistic fiction children’s picture books. Books that will empower children (and those that read to their children!) to make a difference in their world. As a team, we are constantly asking ourselves how we can broaden our...

5 New and Inventive Picture Books To Be Released in 2022

5 New and Inventive Picture Books To Be Released in 2022

Another year has faded into the rearview mirror, which means that it’s time for authors, publishers and book lovers alike to set our sights on the road to come.  2020 and 2021 were good years in terms of online and digital book sales. As local bookstores locked...

Inuit Children’s Books

Inuit Children’s Books

Inuit Childrens Books Inuit, literally meaning the people, are native to the Arctic circle of North America. With a distinct history and culture, they are sometimes mistakenly referred to as ‘Eskimos.’ Here at Cardinal Rule Press, we are excited to learn more about...

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