New Publisher: Red Barn Books

I am super excited to announce this! As of Oct. 18, Alberta-based Red Barn Books Co. will be represented by Read+Co in British Columbia, Alberta, Northwest Territories, and Yukon. University of Toronto Press will be Red Barn Books’ distributor. Two titles you need to be aware of asap that are being dropped in for fall can be found on Bookmanager or below.

Alberta Blue

Alberta Blue, a stunning new baby board book, is shipping now from UTP November 1 and it is gorgeous. Interiors on Bookmanager. Based on the popular country song and produced in collaboration with the band The Travelling Maybelles who will be helping to promote this lovely board book. There will be copies at Raincoast Bookex and Alpine sooner than November 1. See info here.

John Ware
$17.99 PB

The John Ware book is also going to be at UTP November 1.This one is the winner of two book awards in Alberta Children’s Book of the Year, Alberta Book Publishing Awards, 2021 (Winner), Heritage Calgary Storytelling Award 2021. Kids love this book; it is a young comic book for age 7-10. See info here.

Here is more info from Ayseha Clough the publisher:

I started Red Barn Books in 2019 because I couldn’t find any “horsey” books for my cowboy-crazy son. Today, we have six titles for horse lovers and western types (even if they’re only cowgirls and cowboys at heart). Our books celebrate horses, western heritage and country living, a lifestyle I am lucky to enjoy thanks to my farm-raised husband. As an immigrant to Canada, diversity is important to me too, so you’ll see BIPOC characters in our books, and our growing stable of authors and artists. And, yes, we are characters!


It’s an exciting time for Red Barn Books. I recently incorporated and signed agreements with UTP Distribution and you. We’re also coming off two awards for our popular children’s book, Howdy, I’m John Ware, which has brought a fresh round of publicity in local papers (Albertan, Brooks Bulletin, Okotoks Online, Discover Airdrie) and is a topical title as we hurtle towards Black History Month in February.

She was also recently interviewed on the BookNet Canada blog so you may already have come into contact! Watch for more from this exciting new publisher!

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