DEI COMMITMENT & DISTRIBUTION 

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

4 Steps to Getting Started Self Publishing a Children’s Book

4 Steps to Getting Started Self Publishing a Children’s Book

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Blended Families and Picture Books

Blended Families and Picture Books

Family relationships are some of the most special ones we have, and they can also be the most challenging, especially when the family structure shifts from the familiar to something new. Many children find themselves navigating the waters of adjusting to a blended...

What’s In Your Pockets?

What’s In Your Pockets?

Three Pockets Full by Cindy L. Rodriguez (Illustrated by Begoña Fernández Corbalán) is a wonderful children’s book about love, family, and tradition. Beto does not want to wear a guayabera to his mother’s wedding. He even enlists his dog, Lupe, to try and avoid...

Cardinal Rule Press

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