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Stories for children (and their adults).

Hazy Dell Press is an independent children's book publisher based in Portland, Oregon. We specialize in exciting stories and monstrous characters that promote empathy, inclusivity and imaginationand that adults enjoy as much as children. Read more about our approach and philosophy below, or check out our amazing creators and the press we've garnered over the years.
Motivating frequent and memorable story-time engagement.

By creating thoughtful, hilarious and stimulating children’s books that appeal to adults as much as children, we motivate frequent and memorable story-time engagement for all ages.

When children and adults can enjoy books together, story time is more than a joyous bonding experience—it's also an inspirational spark for a child’s lifelong love of reading.

Monsters are for everyone.

Hazy Dell Press books often feature popular monsters and cryptids from U.S. and world folklore, including Sasquatch, Chupacabra, Krampus and Mothman. By presenting popular creatures in a non-threatening way, we introduce the fun and wonder of folklore to children in contexts that are free of fear and worry.

And while each book is perfectly acceptable for child consumption, there's plenty of gently irreverent humor to keep parents, guardians, teachers, and librarians entertained throughout.

In addition to being wondrous and whimsical, monsters are also very easy for any child to identify with. Any monster can simultaneously represent children from all backgrounds, making them perfect vessels for delivering relatable lessons and educational material. They are rough around the edges, uncouth and often make mistakes—just like the children who love them.

Social-emotional fun.

Our books are filled with humor and fun, but there’s always a point to the silliness. Each of our books carefully promotes values that help young children grow into thoughtful, empathetic and inclusively minded young adults.

Whether we’re using a story of compromise to help children consider empathy and the perspective of another, or providing fun, monster-filled stories to help children consider real-world topics like climate change, prejudice and democracy, each Hazy Dell Press book has a purpose beyond the humor, hijinks and lighthearted monster fun.

A refreshing change from saccharine kids’ stories.
The Seattle Times
Buoyant silliness and a positive message.
Booklist
Infinitely re-readable.
GeekDad.com
Unlike any other books for children.
Willamette Week
A great way to introduce children to the bizarre and fascinating worlds of monsters and mystery.
Dr. Emily Zarka, host of PBS’ Monstrum
Hilarious and energetic.
School Library Journal
Improbably special.
Kirkus Reviews
We're howling with love for this stunning book.
Illustoria Magazine
Innovative, modern and incredibly fun.
Creators Syndicate
Hip and entertaining, even for the grown-ups.
The Seattle Times
[D]estined to become a new bedtime favorite.
Foreword Reviews
Land acknowledgement

Hazy Dell Press acknowledges that our office headquarters rests on unceded Indigenous land. Portland, Oregon, occupies traditional village sites of the Multnomah, Wasco, Cowlitz, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Bands of Chinook, Tualatin, Kalapuya, Molalla, and many other tribes who made their homes along the Columbia River creating both permanent communities and seasonal encampments.

Equity and inclusion

Hazy Dell Press is fully committed to equity and inclusion in all aspects of our publishing company, including content creation, author and illustrator selection, audience development and recruitment of staff. All qualified artists, contractors and staff receive consideration for involvement without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, protected veteran or disability status or any factor prohibited by law.