Nancy Paulsen Books

Nancy Paulsen Books


Nancy Paulsen Books launched its first hardcover list in Fall 2011. The imprint publishes fifteen books a year and focuses on picture books that are eye-opening and often funny, and fiction from diverse and distinct voices, especially stories that are inventive and emotionally satisfying. These are the kinds of books that are adopted by book clubs and that appear on state lists, generated by the votes of children.

Recent picture books include Coretta Scott King Honor-winner Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E. B. LewisThomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Everything by Maira Kalman,  Ol’ Mama Squirrel by Caldecott Honor winner David Ezra Stein and the New York Times Bestsellers Miss Maple’s Seeds by Eliza Wheeler and Strega Nona’s Gift by Tomie dePaola. Fiction includes One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt and Saint Louis Armstrong Beach by Brenda Woods, both nominated for numerous state awards.

Meet Nancy Paulsen Books

Nancy Paulsen

President & Publisher

Nancy Paulsen has been with Penguin her entire career, starting as an assistant at Viking Children’s Books, where many of the books she edited have established themselves as classics, including Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London, I Like Me by Nancy Carlson, and Horrible Harry by Suzy Kline. As publisher of Puffin Books, she published authors Roald Dahl, Gary Paulsen, and Mildred Taylor. As publisher of Putnam she edited three Newbery Honor winners by Jacqueline Woodson, Show WayFeathers and After Tupac and D Foster; Newbery Honor—winning Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer; Coretta Scott King Honor—winning The Road To Paris by Nikki Grimes; and National Book Award nominee Where I Want to Be by Adele Griffin. Classic picture books she edited at Putnam include The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson and E. B. Lewis, Fireboat by Maira Kalman, and Leaves by David Ezra Stein.

New Releases

Linda Ashman
Illustrator: You Byun
Lori Nichols
Illustrator: Lori Nichols
Daniel Kirk
Illustrator: Daniel Kirk
G. Brian Karas
Illustrator: G. Brian Karas


Jacqueline Woodson

Coming Soon

Aisha Saeed
Melissa Marr
Illustrator: Teagan White
David Ezra Stein
Illustrator: David Ezra Stein
Wendell Minor
Illustrator: Wendell Minor