Peppermint Toast Publishing is an independent small press out of New Westminster, British Columbia. We create children’s literature to showcase the talent of authors and illustrators from all walks of life. Beyond the exciting venture of turning scratchings and sketches into published works, we eagerly direct proceeds from each of our books to local charities and non-profit organizations. These valuable partnerships root Peppermint Toast in an unconventional business approach based on generousity, mutual flourishing, and imagination.
In January, 2010, Grayson Smith was on vacation and decided to write a short story for his niece, Grace, who had just turned four years old. The story took shape in an evening, and the result was a rhyming adventure about a tiny mite with a wild imagination who travels to the nearest star, or maybe to the light of the nearest lamppost. He approached his wife’s cousin, Alana Kyle, who brought the story to life with her masterful illustrations. Peppermint Toast Publishing emerged to publish this first book, Flight of the Mite, which was released in December, 2013.
Since then, Peppermint Toast has collaborated with authors, illustrators, and charity partners to create a distinctive catalogue of children’s literature that enriches readers and communities.
Grayson Smith was born in Alberta, but attended a boarding school in Germany for 11 years. After high school, he attended SFU, where he obtained a degree in Criminology and met his beautiful wife. Throughout university, Grayson wrote stories when he should have been paying attention in class. After completing his degree, he became a police officer, and still enjoys that job thoroughly. As a new dad, Grayson gets to re-envision the world through the eyes of his young sons. Writing is a wonderful way for Grayson to express the silliness and vagary that simmers beneath his well-practiced outer layer of respectability and professionalism.