G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers publishes approximately fifty trade hardcover books a year for children, including lively, accessible picture books and some of today’s strongest voices in fiction.
In 1838, George Palmer Putnam and John Wiley established the publishing house of Wiley & Putnam, which became known as G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1872. One of the first children’s titles published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons was the 1925 Newbery Honor book Nicholas by Anne Carroll Moore. In 1936, Putnam merged with Coward McCann, bringing The Five Chinese Brothers by Claire Hutchet Bishop, illustrated by Kurt Wiese, and Millions of Cats by Wanda Gág to the list. In 1980, Eric Hill‘s classic lift-the flap Where’s Spot? was published and became an international sensation. With the acquisition of Dodd, Mead’s juvenile division in 1989, Putnam welcomed one of its brightest stars—Jan Brett, whose picture books annually climb to the top of the bestseller list.
For years Putnam has been publishing some of the best fiction for young adult and middle-grade readers. Recent successes include Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson, winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal, the Caldecott Honor, and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book; the New York Times bestselling The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, the Mickey Bolitar series by Harlan Coben and the Legend series by Marie Lu; the National Book Award Finalist Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff, the E.B. White Award-winning The Apothecary by Maile Meloy, and the Edgar Award-nominated The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson. Celebrated authors Melissa de la Cruz, Betty Birney, Sherri L. Smith, Sheila O’Connor, and Kristin Levine have also garnered tremendous readership and critical praise.
Putnam is also the home of popular chapter book series featuring Humphrey, Princess Posey, and Amber Brown, as well as a wealth of distinguished picture books. Notable picture book creators include Matt de la Peña, Keiko Kasza, Peggy Rathmann, and David Catrow, as well as exciting new talent like The Brothers Hilts, Yoko Tanaka, Dan Santat, Mike Lowery and Christian Robinson.
Jennifer Besser joined G. P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, in 2010 as Vice-President and Publisher. She was previously Executive Editor at Disney Book Group where she edited bestselling authors such as Rick Riordan, Melissa de la Cruz, Eoin Colfer, Ally Carter, and Jonathan Stroud.
Susan Kochan is Associate Editorial Director of G. P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group. She joined Putnam in 1994 after teaching elementary school. She acquires fiction and nonfiction young picture books through middle-grade novels and loves stories that masterfully mix humor and heart. Susan has edited successful series including Betty G. Birney’s Humphrey, Stephanie Greene’s Princess Posey, First Grader, and Victoria Coe’s Fenway and Hattie. She has also edited Corey Rosen Schwartz and Dan Santat’s beloved ninja fairy tales, The Three Ninja Pigs, Ninja Red Riding Hood, and Hensel and Gretel, Ninja Chicks, and Laura Murray and Mike Lowery’s classroom favorites, the Gingerbread Man on the Loose books, as well as children’s books luminaries Jan Brett, Gennifer Choldenko, Keiko Kasza, and David Catrow.
Arianne Lewin is an Executive Editor at G. P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group. Since joining Penguin Random House in 2010, Arianne has acquired and edited the work of the Geisel Award-winning picture book author/illustrator Ethan Long; middle-grade and young adult fiction from New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hawkins; and Rick Yancey’s #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling 5th Wave series.
Stacey Barney is a Senior Editor at G. P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group. She acquires middle grade, young adult and select nonfiction and picture books. She has edited the #1 New York Times bestselling The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh, as well as the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award-winning Firebird by Misty Copeland and illustrated by Christopher Myers. Stacey also has the pleasure of editing New York Times bestselling Traci Chee (The Reader) as well as award-winning authors Kristin Levine (The Lions of Little Rock), Tara Sullivan (The Bitter Side of Sweet) and Sheila O’Connor (Sparrow Road).
Stephanie Pitts is an Editor at G.P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group. Prior to joining the team at Putnam, Stephanie worked at Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. She once pulled a darling picture book manuscript, Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller, out of the slush pile. It published to four starred reviews and was named an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor Book. She has edited the middle grade novels My Brother’s Shadow and Not as We Know It, both by Tom Avery, and the picture book Jackrabbit McCabe and the Electric Telegraph by Lucy Margaret Rozier and illustrated by Leo Espinosa, among others. Before working in publishing, Stephanie taught first grade and ESL in the Bronx.
Katherine Perkins is an Associate Editor at G. P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group. Katherine migrated to Penguin Young Readers from the adult division in 2013 and worked with Susan Kochan and Arianne Lewin before building her own list. The books she has worked on include The Matchstick Castle by Keir Graff, A Problematic Paradox by Eliot Sappingfield, and Maggie Hall’s Conspiracy of Us trilogy. She’s also thrilled to work with award-winning authors Sherri L. Smith and Stacey Lee.
Kate Meltzer is an Assistant Editor at G. P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group. Kate joined Putnam in 2014 and has worked with Jennifer Besser and Stacey Barney on books such as Matt de la Peña’s Last Stop on Market Street, H. M. Bouwman’s A Crack in the Sea and Marie Lu’s The Young Elites series. According to IMDb, she is an actress known for The Last Five Years (though she thinks her two-second role as “Handelman Twin #1” barely counts). When she’s not reading, you can find her at the theater with her twin sister or scouring the streets of Manhattan looking for the perfect croissant.
Amalia Frick is an Editorial Assistant at G. P. Putnam’s, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group. She joined Penguin in 2013 in Subsidiary Rights and graduated from Occidental College with a B.A. in English and Comparative Literary Studies. She works with Susan Kochan and Arianne Lewin.