Tundra Books

Tundra Books
Parent company McClelland & Stewart
Founded 1967
Founder May Cutler
Country of origin Canada
Headquarters location Toronto
Publication types Books
Official website www.tundrabooks.com

Tundra Books is the oldest children's book publisher in Canada.[1]

Tundra Books was founded in 1967 by May Cutler, a Montreal-based writer and editor. Cutler established the publishing company in the basement of her home,[2] becoming the first woman to publish children's books in Canada.[2] The U.S. division of the company, Tundra Books of Northern New York, was founded in 1971.

One of Tundra Books' best selling titles has been the 1980 short story, The Hockey Sweater, which was written by Roch Carrier, published by May Cutler[3] and illustrated by filmmaker Sheldon Cohen. After 28 years, Tundra Books was sold to McClelland & Stewart.[4] In 1996, Tundra Books' headquarters moved to Toronto from its former home in Westmount, Quebec, a suburb of Montreal, and a new publisher, Kathy Lowinger, took over.

In the late 2000s, Tundra reissued many children's titles, including Mordecai Richler's Jacob Two-Two books, The Olden Days Coat by Margaret Laurence, Monica Hughes' Isis trilogy, and Veronica Tennant's On Stage, Please. On May 15, 2007, Tundra Books celebrated its 40th anniversary.[1]

On June 24, 2009, Kathy Lowinger announced her retirement as Publisher of Tundra Books. No new Publisher was named, instead Kathryn Cole was promoted to Editorial Director and Alison Morgan was promoted to Managing Director.[5] Company founder May Cutler died in March 2011.[3]


  1. 1 2 Kerbel, Josh (2007-05-17). "Tundra Turns 40". Children's Bookshelf. Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2009-04-06.
  2. 1 2 Block, Irwin (2011-03-04). "Former Westmount mayor dies at 87". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 2011-03-06.
  3. 1 2 "Cutler remembered as pioneering publisher, mayor". CBC News. 2011-03-04. Retrieved 2011-03-06.
  4. McClelland & Stewart: About
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