Blackbirch Press publishes educational, nonfiction books for upper elementary and middle school students. Launched as an independent imprint in 1992, Blackbirch grew out of Blackbirch Graphics, the highly successful company that had been creating and developing books for major publishers in the school library market since 1979.
The founders of Blackbirch Press combined strong backgrounds in book design and production with a well-seasoned editorial perspective. From the beginning, they strived to bring a highly "visual" look to all Blackbirch books – one that coupled a pleasing design esthetic with a unique and refreshing editorial slant on curriculum-based subjects. The Press has been recognized many times for its ability to cover American history, natural science, biography, and social studies in fresh and exciting ways. Award-winning titles that anticipated – and provided for – the growing demand in "visual literacy" have led the way.
In July 2001, Blackbirch Press was purchased by Gale, a leading publisher of library reference products.