Wednesday, August 16, 2017

G.P. Putnam's Sons

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (A Division of Penguin Young Readers Group) publishes about 50 hardcover trade books each year including "lively, accessible picture books and some of today’s strongest voices in fiction." The 2016 Newbery medal winner "Last Stop on Market Street," written by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Christian Robinson,  is one of their books. They also publish select nonfiction. Putnam includes the Nancy Paulsen Books imprint. You'll find a list of Nancy Paulsen Books that we read here. Putnam does not accept unsolicited manuscripts.

Getting to know G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

President & Publisher – Jennifer Besser
On the SCBWI conference blog

VP, Editorial Director – Sally Kim
Job announcement

President & Publisher, Nancy Paulsen Books – Nancy Paulsen
See post on Nancy Paulsen Books

Associate Editorial Director – Susan Kochan

Executive Editor – Arianne Lewin
Another interview

Senior Editor – Stacey Barney

Editor – Stephanie Pitts
What she's looking for

Associate Editor – Shauna Fay Rossano

Associate Editor – Katherine Perkins

VP & Art Director: Cecilia Yung

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

Play with Me! (2017); written and illustrated by Michelle Lee

Sometimes It's Storks (2017); written by L. J. R. Kelly; illustrated by the Brothers Hilts

*The Water Princess (2016); written by Susan Verde; illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

Little Bitty Friends (2016); written by Elizabeth McPike; illustrated by Patrice Barton

Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks (2016); written by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Rebecca J. Gomez; illustrated by Dan Santat

The Mermaid's Purse (2016); written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco

*The Biggest Smallest Christmas Present (2016); written and illustrated by Harriet Muncaster

The Great Spruce (2016); written by John Duvall; illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon

*The Wrong Side of the Bed (2016); written by Lisa M. Bakos; illustrated by Anna Raff

*The Turnip (2015); written and illustrated by Jan Brett

Putting the Monkeys to Bed (2015); written by Gennifer Choldenko; illustrated by Jack E. Davis

*Finders Keepers (2015); written and illustrated by Keiko Kasza

When the Wind Blows (2015); written by Linda Booth Sweeney; illustrated by Jana Christy

Little Sleepyhead (2015); written by Elizabeth McPike; illustrated by Patrice Barton

Max and Marla (2015); written and illustrated by Alexandra Boiger

*Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears (2014); written by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Beth Coulton; illustrated by Nate Wragg

A Recipe for Bedtime (2014); written by Peter Bently; illustrated by Sarah Massini

The Soccer Fence: A Story of Friendship, Hope, and Apartheid in South Africa (2014); written by Phil Bildner; illustrated by Jesse Joshua Watson

I Wanna Go Home (2014); written by Karen Kaufman Orloff; illustrated by David Catrow

*Little Roja Riding Hood (2014); written by Susan Middleton Elya; illustrated by Susan Guevara

*The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade (2014); written by Justin Roberts; illustrated by Christian Robinson

*Firebird: Ballerina Misty Copeland Shows a Young Girl How to Dance Like the Firebird (2014); written by Misty Copeland; illustrated by Christopher Myers

Cat Napped! (2014); written and illustrated by Leeza Hernandez

*Little Burro (2013); written and illustrated by Jim Arnosky

*Knit Your Bit: A World War I Story (2013); written by Deborah Hopkinson; illustrated by Steven Guarnaccia

Blanket and Bear, a Remarkable Pair (2013); written by L. J. R. Kelly; illustrated by Yoko Tanaka

The next post will cover picture books published by Alfred A. Knopf.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Nancy Paulsen Books

Nancy Paulsen Books is an imprint of the Penguin Young Readers Group. Nancy Paulsen has worked for Penguin for her entire career in publishing. She started out as an assistant at Viking Children's Books. She was Publisher at Puffin Books and at Putnam (where she edited three Newbery Honor winners) and in Fall 2011 her eponymous imprint, Nancy Paulsen Books, launched its first hardcover list. The imprint publishes fifteen books a year and focuses on "eye-opening, often funny picture books and fiction from diverse and distinct voices, especially stories that are inventive and emotionally satisfying." (source)

Of the 25 Nancy Paulsen books we had at the meeting, 19 were done by author-illustrators and we are very happy to announce that our own Molly Ruttan will soon be among them. Be on the lookout for The Stray in the summer of 2019. Congratulations, Molly!! 

Getting to know Nancy Paulsen Books

President & Publisher - Nancy Paulsen
2015 Interview
At SCBWI 2017
Nancy Paulsen Books is part of G. P. Putnam's Sons. See our Putnam post for a full list of editorial staff.

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

Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis (2016); Written by Jabari Asim; Illustrated by E.B. Lewis

I Hear a Pickle (and Smell, See, Touch, and Taste It, Too!) (2016); Written and illustrated by Rachel Isadora

*From Wolf to Woof (2016); Written and illustrated by Hudson Talbott

*With Any Luck, I'll Drive a Truck (2016); Written by David Friend; Illustrated by Michael Rex; Edited by Nancy Paulsen; Q&A with Nancy Paulsen and David Friend

Rock-a-Bye Romp (2016); Written by Linda Ashman; Illustrated by Simona Mulazzani

*Daniel Finds a Poem (2016); Written and illustrated by Micha Archer

Bea in the Nutcracker (2015); Written and illustrated by Rachel Isadora

Love is My Favorite Thing (2015); Written and illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark

*Edmund Unravels (2015); Written and illustrated by Andrew Kolb

*Bunny-Roo, I Love You (2015); Written by Melissa Marr; Illustrated by Teagan White

*Sleepover with Beatrice and Bear (2014); Written and illustrated by Mônica Carnesi

*The Baby Tree (2014); Written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Ten Thank-You Letters (2014); Written and illustrated by Daniel Kirk

*Maple and Willow Together (2014); Written and illustrated by Lori Nichols

*When an Alien Meets a Swamp Monster (2014); Written and illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright

Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything (2014); Written and illustrated by Maira Kalman; Edited by Nancy Paulsen

Jake at Gymnastics (2014); Written and illustrated by Rachel Isadora

Ol' Mama Squirrel (2013); Written and Illustrated by David Ezra Stein

Twenty-Six Pirates: An Alphabet Book (2013); Written and illustrated by Dave Horowitz

The Girl Who Heard Colors (2013); Written by Marie Harris; Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Dream Friends (2013); Written and illustrated by You Byun

Old Mikamba Had a Farm (2013); Written and illustrated by Rachel Isadora

How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow (2013); Written and illustrated by Wendell Minor

Strega Nona Does it Again (2013); Written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola

Bea at Ballet (2012); Written and illustrated by Rachel Isadora

The next post (coming very soon!) will focus on books published by G. P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Random House.