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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!”


“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.”


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

Building Your Dream

Building Your Dream

BLUE COLLAR WRITER When I wrote my latest book, Someone Builds the Dream, the idea began while I tiled the shower in my bathroom. I struggled horribly with the task. I began to think of the people who do this work on a daily basis. Yes, I had a vision for how I wanted...

Free Online Resources For Writers

Free Online Resources For Writers

Whether you are an aspiring writer or an established author, chances are you wound up here looking for some new inspiration to get your next project started. Sometimes the best approach to helping yourself is allowing the help of others; hearing about a different...

Literary Agent Interview Series {Karly Caserza}

Literary Agent Interview Series {Karly Caserza}

Welcome to our Literary Agent Interview Series! This series originally took place in the Fall of 2020. This is a recap of one of the interviews. These recaps are perfect for aspiring writers and authors who are looking to get published. Learn the inside scoop on...

Cardinal Rule Press

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