about us

Like the kids who read our books, Hardie Grant Egmont is young and small with boundless energy. Born in 2002 to two proud parents – Hardie Grant Publishing and Egmont UK Ltd – our business has grown rapidly to become Australia’s largest independent publisher. We purposely keep our team small and use our size to our advantage: we handpick the people and projects we work with, and dedicate all our efforts and resources into making them a success.

We make brilliant books for everyone from tots to teens, and bookworms to reluctant readers. Under the Hardie Grant Egmont banner, we publish books on the following lists:

  • Our Little Hare team creates award-winning picture books to delight the smallest children.

  • The HGE Fiction team publishes best-selling series and fiction that will compel kids and teenagers to stay up late reading.

  • Our Licensed Brands team creates amazing books for the most exciting global brands, including Star Wars, Adventure Time, Winnie-the-pooh and Thomas & Friends.

As well as our local publishing, we market, sell and distribute a number of international publishers’ lists. This includes the iconic Egmont UK list, which features best-loved authors such as Enid Blyton, A. A. Milne and Michael Grant. We’re also the home of several independent lists, including Big Picture Press, Little Tiger and Button Books.

Across all our publishing, we pride ourselves on being children’s specialists. We know that kids pay attention to the ‘facts’ in their fiction, like: Can you use a lightsaber to toast your sandwich while cutting it? What actually is the cutest pet? And how many settings does a fart machine need to be considered deluxe? So we pay attention to it too.

We also know what kids are into. We play Minecraft, we argue about which is the best land at the top of Faraway Tree, and we keep toys at our desks for play-battling during lunchtime (for work, obviously). And we believe in the healing power of cake.

But don’t be fooled: publishing is a serious business. Early childhood literacy is one the best predictors of success in later life, so we are acutely aware of the importance of children’s books. After all, you won’t go on to read Austen or Steinbeck if you haven’t cut your teeth first on Billie B Brown or Zac Power.