Photograph by Michael Nichols/Nat Geo Image Collection
Photograph by Michael Nichols/Nat Geo Image Collection

Our Program

National Geographic Books creates and distributes print and digital works that inspire, entertain, teach, and give readers access to a world of discovery and possibility. Each year we publish more than 175 new books for adults, families, and children on a wide range of nonfiction subjects from animals to travel, cartography to history, fun facts to moving stories.

We are one of the world’s leading nonfiction publishers, proudly supporting the world of our scientists, explorers, photographers, and authors, as well as publishing a diverse list of books that celebrate the world and all that is in it. A portion of our proceeds is used to fund exploration, conservation, and education through ongoing contributions to the work of the National Geographic Society.

We publish about 75 titles each year for adults in the categories of history, science, health, travel, photography, reference, memoir, and narrative nonfiction. Our books are distributed by Penguin Random House, the world's largest trade publisher, and are available in 38 languages in more than 60 countries and can be found in countless bookstores, mass-market outlets, schools, libraries, and specialty retailers throughout the world.

National Geographic Kids teaches children about the world and how it works, empowering them to succeed and make it a better place. We are consistently recognized as industry leaders in the field of children’s nonfiction books. Our titles are vetted by experts, tested by a kid panel, and approved by parents. National Geographic Kids publishes more than 100 titles each year, including the best-selling National Geographic Kids Almanac, Weird But True books, and a series of leveled readers.

In our efforts to support the mission of the National Geographic Society and inspire children’s curiosity, we are category leaders in atlases, kid-driven books on high-interest topics with strong visuals and amped-up fun, as well as curriculum-based language, literacy, and STEM programs. We also create activity and gift titles, as well as award-winning narrative nonfiction.


National Geographic Books does not accept unsolicited submissions, proposals, manuscripts, photography, illustrations, or artwork at this time.

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