Mango & Marigold Press: Market Spotlight

For this market spotlight, we look at Mango & Marigold, a children's book publishing house focused on stories with protagonists of South Asian origin.
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Founded in 2014, Mango & Marigold Press is a children's book publishing house. They create board books, illustrated books, early readers, and "art series texts"—all with protagonists of South Asian origin.

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The editors say, "With the impending birth of her oldest child, founder Sailaja Joshi searched for books about her Indian culture. Upon reading the few stories that existed, Sailaja realized that many of them were inappropriate or worse, insensitive. Sailaja knew the power of representation and set out to change home libraries. We began with releasing Hanuman and the Orange Sun. And we saw the magic of kids seeing themselves firsthand."

A few recent titles include Always Anjali, Finding Om, and Bindiya in India.


What They're Looking For

Mango & Marigold Press looks for picture books, illustrated books, and early readers with protagonists of South Asian origin.

(How to Pitch a Picture Book.)

The editors add, "We love stories that help to tell the stories of the South Asian experience, whether it be from the perspective of the diaspora, religion, or home country. We look for stories that are own voices and encourage both authors and illustrators to submit their work."

How to Submit

Potential authors can submit to CEO Sailaja Joshivia via email to Queries should include a hook, summary (including target age), social media stats and marketing information, and biographical information.

Click here to learn more and submit.


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