Charlesbridge publishes high-quality books for children, with a goal of creating lifelong readers and lifelong learners. Our books encourage reading and discovery in the classroom, library, and home. We believe that books for children should offer accurate information, promote a positive worldview, and embrace a child's innate sense of wonder and fun. To this end, we continually strive to seek new voices, new visions, and new directions in children's literature.
In 2010 Charlesbridge acquired Imagine Publishing and expanded our children’s picture book list with books that included CD performances by notable personalities such as Peter Yarrow, Judy Collins, Kenny Loggins, and Neil Sedaka. Imagine Publishing also brought Charlesbridge into the adult trade publishing business with an eclectic list of nonfiction titles and cookbooks, as well as a popular list of puzzle books.
A land acknowledgment is a formal statement that recognizes that we benefit from owning or existing on lands that were taken without consent from Native Nations who have lived here for tens of thousands of years. The purpose of posting publicly on our website is to show support for Native Nations and their citizens today and to point out that colonization has ongoing negative effects on the sovereignty, cultures, languages, and overall humanity of Indigenous peoples.
Since our founding, Charlesbridge has had offices in Watertown, Massachusetts, which is located on the ancestral and unceded lands of the Massachusett and Pawtucket people. Today there are two federally recognized Native Nations in our state—the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah)—and one state-recognized Nation—the Nipmuc Nation.
Charlesbridge is dedicated to uplifting voices that have traditionally been left out of children’s publishing. Part of that work is to recognize the full history of our country. We are committed to educating ourselves about Indigenous peoples’ history and present-day realities and to publishing Native authors’ and illustrators’ work.