Cardinal Rule Press | Realistic, Representative Children's Books
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Books Loved by Over Four Million Children

Realistic, representative books for socially thoughtful children.

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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.

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For Librarians

Cardinal Rule Press only provides books that empower, entertain & educate children. Browse our catalog to order titles for your library.

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For Educators & Book Lovers

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

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For Booksellers

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

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Our Biggest Fans

"Sassy & supportive girl power to the max!"


Cookie & Milk

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

American Librarian Association

Dazzling Travis

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

School Library Journal

Evie's Field Day

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

City Book Review

Raja's Pet Camel

“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

The Jelly Donut Difference

“Named Top 50 Books for Children”

The Huffington Post

Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun

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


Chocolate Milk Por Favor

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 so 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.

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