Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Atheneum Books for Young Readers is an imprint of Simon and Schuster. They publish about 60 hardcover and 20 paperback books each year (both fiction and nonfiction). Atheneum does not accept unsolicited submissions. Here's a description from their website:
Founded in 1961 by Jean Karl, Atheneum Books for Young Readers is known for publishing enduring literary middle grade, teen, and picture book titles. The imprint has garnered over two dozen Newbery and Caldecott Medals and Honors throughout its celebrated history. It has also published a list of books that have won innumerable awards and accolades, including Coretta Scott King medals, National Book Award nominations, PEN USA Literary Awards, New York Times bestsellers, and being named to countless state reading lists.  Our commitment to publishing commercial books with outstanding literary merit is evident in every title we acquire as well as in our extensive backlist. Atheneum holds tight to this same publishing integrity as we look to ahead to new formats—high-end novelty properties, graphic novels, visual storytelling—for our esteemed list of authors and illustrators.

Getting to Know Atheneum Books for Young Readers

See staff bios here.

VP & Publisher – Justin Chanda

VP & Deputy Publisher – Anne Zafian

Executive Editor – Reka Simonsen

Senior Editor – Emma Ledbetter

Assistant Editor – Alex Borbolla

Editorial Assistant – Julia McCarthy

Editorial Assistant – Alyza Liu

Executive Art Director – Ann Bobco 

Books we had on hand (*indicates books we read):

The Music of Life: Bartolomeo Cristofori and the Invention of the Piano (2017); written by Elizabeth Rusch; illustrated by Marjorie Priceman

This House, Once (2017); written and illustrated by Deborah Freedman

Martin's Dream Day (2017); written by Kitty Kelley; photographs by Stanley Tretick

Rutabaga Boo! (2017); written by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen; illustrated by Bonnie Adamson

Antoinette (2017); written by Kelly DiPucchio; illustrated by Christian Robinson

Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story (2016); written by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus; illustrated by Evan Turk

*The Marvelous Thing That Came from a String (2016); written and illustrated by Gilbert Ford

The Storyteller (2016); written and illustrated by Evan Turk

Bloom (2016); written by Doreen Cronin; illustrated by David Small

The Sword in the Stove (2016); written and illustrated by Frank W. Dormer

*The Snurtch (2016); written by Sean Ferrell; illustrated by Charles Santoso

Mimi and Shu in I'll Race You (2016); written by Christian Trimmer; illustrated by Melissa van der Paardt

*A Hungry Lion or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals (2016); written and illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummings

Good Morning to Me (2015); written and illustrated by Lita Judge

*One Word from Sophia (2015); written by Jim Averbeck; illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail

*What About Moose? (2015); written by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Rebecca J. Gomez; illustrated by Keika Yamaguchi; edited by Emma Ledbetter

*. . . and Nick (2015); written by Emily Gore; illustrated by Leonid Gore

*I Don't Like Koala (2015); written by Sean Ferrell; illustrated by Charles Santoso; edited by Emma Ledbetter

Simon's New Bed (2015); written by Christian Trimmer; illustrated by Melissa van der Paardt

Counting Crows (2015); written by Kathi Appelt; illustrated by Rob Dunlavey

Billy's Booger: A Memoir (2015); written and illustrated by WIlliam Joyce

*Going Places (2014); written by Peter and Paul Reynolds; illustrated by Peter Reynolds

Grandfather Gandhi (2014); written by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus; illustrated by Evan Turk