Grosset & Dunlap

Grosset & Dunlap


Grosset & Dunlap publishes over 200 titles a year and creates high-quality books at affordable prices. Focused on ages 0-12, this imprint offers a collection of original paperback series, leveled readers, nonfiction, brands, and licenses to captivate even the most reluctant of readers.

George T. Grosset and Alexander Dunlap founded the imprint in 1898 as a way of extending books to the masses. Success came early with the publication of silent film tie-in books, though their transition to juvenile paperbacks made Grosset a household name. Classic series such as Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys solidified the imprint’s school and library presence, and the legacy continues with their current crop of original series. Additionally, the imprint works to expand the world of in-house brands like The Little Engine That CouldThe World of Eric Carle, Skippyjon Jones, Ladybug GirlLlama Llama, and more.

Successful Original Series

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Grosset & Dunlap also remains focused on the development of their nonfiction portfolio. The imprint’s successful Who Was?/What Was? brand is soon to expand to include the geography-based Where Is? Another curriculum tie-in, the Penguin Core Concepts 8×8 line, exposes young children to a diverse range of literary and informational texts which will help them develop important literacy and cognitive skills necessary to meet many of the Common Core State Standards.

The Penguin Young Readers leveled reading program further integrates curriculum into Grosset & Dunlap’s catalog. This program unites the best authors, illustrators, and brands from the Penguin Young Readers Group, including a comprehensive mix of original stories, favorite characters, nonfiction, and licensed properties. Penguin Young Readers feature a traditional numbered leveling system, as well as the Guided Reading leveling system, to ensure quick recognition for educators, parents, and kids.

Meet Grosset & Dunlap

Francesco Sedita

Francesco Sedita

President & Publisher

Francesco Sedita joined Penguin in 2008 as the publisher of Grosset & Dunlap, Price Stern Sloan ,and Frederick Warne, where he focuses on creating a quality, affordable book program for children ages 0-12.  Francesco is fortunate to publish authors like Ann Hood, Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Kate Whetherhead, Giada De Laurentiis, Nancy Krulik, Henry Winkler, Emma Thompson, and (13 year old) Jake Marcionette.  He also oversees the licensed publishing area which includes greats like Strawberry Shortcake, Skylander, and the incomparable Cartoon Network .

He attended New York University’s Gallatin School, where he studied writing and graduated with his MFA.  He began his career in publishing in the publicity department of Alfred A. Knopf, and then moved to Scholastic, where he worked in the school reading clubs and then moved to the trade division as the Creative Director.  During this time, he developed and oversaw the marketing and creative campaign for the final book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the launch of which broke every sales record in the publishing industry.

Francesco has worked with the board of 826NYC, Dave Eggers’ nonprofit organization, dedicated to supporting children develop their writing skills.  He also wrote and directed interstitials that appear on NBC Saturday Morning, Telemundo and Qubo, aimed at helping children discover the joys of reading.

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