About Tanglewood Publishing

Our Story


The legendary editor, Ursula Nordstrom, said she published “good books for bad children.” Rather than books oriented toward adult mores, she looked for books with authentic characters whose speech and spirit and experiences reflected the real world and issues of young readers.

Tanglewood Publishing strives to do the same. With a focus on inspiring readers to pick up a book for the pleasure of reading, Tanglewood’s list features titles with strong sales and critical acclaim, often by authors and illustrators who may have been overlooked by others.

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Our Books


Just like Tanglewood’s NYT Best-selling title The Kissing Hand, in every Tanglewood book readers will find a sense of comfort that comes with being seen and understood.

Through humor, adventure, disaster, disappointment, friendship, and love, Tanglewood brings the authentic young reader’s voice to the forefront for an unforgettable page-turning experience, opening up the doors to more adventures rooted in more pages.

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Our Outreach


Young Reviewers InitiativeTanglewood takes pride in creating fun books kids want to read. To ensure that every book we publish is kid-focused, we have created the Young Reviewers Initiative. This program connects kids and teens across the country with books in the Tanglewood Publishing process. They read the stories and provide us with their unfiltered feedback so we can really make the best books for them.

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Our brand new newsletter is built with you in mind. We get so excited to tell our readers about new titles, initiatives, partnerships, promotions and giveaways, and events, but we only want to send you things that will make just as excited. That’s why our e-mails are tailor-made for parents and caregivers, teachers, librarians, and booksellers — those who care as much about getting the right book into their kids’ hands as we do.

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Our Team

Tanglewood Publishing was founded by Peggy Tierney in 2003, just after her move to the Midwest. Peggy has been a children’s book editor and publisher in the UK and in the US since 1995. She has a degree in comparative literature from the American University of Paris, has loved to read since she first learned her alphabet, and has a son who constantly inspired her to find good books for reluctant readers.

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Ayanna Coleman is the Director of Marketing at Tanglewood Publishing. Before joining the company in 2016, she worked as a children’s librarian, partnerships and strategic planning director at a nonprofit for children’s publishers, and as a development director for a literacy nonprofit. In every role, she has focused on helping wonderful, diverse books reach the readers who crave them.

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Matt Buchanan joined the Tanglewood team in 2017. For the past seven years, he worked as a development editor and enjoyed bringing titles of all kinds to print—from instructional digital photography books to video game strategy guides to books about professional wrestling. Working in publishing allows Matt to share his passion and enthusiasm for reading and writing with the wider world.

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Rachel Overby is the Editorial Intern at Tanglewood Publishing. She is a senior at Butler University studying Organizational Communication, International Studies, and French. Books have been a constant source of inspiration for her throughout her life. She aspires to have a career where her love of reading and book collection can grow even further.

James Akinaka is excited to serve as Tanglewood Publishing’s Marketing Intern. He is a recent graduate from Haverford College and is also interning with Kensington Publishing. As he pursues a career in book marketing, he strives to help connect readers young and old with books that provide inclusive representation.