At Penguin Workshop, we make great books for every kind of reader, from birth to age twelve. Here, you’ll find unique board books, beautiful picture books, laugh-out-loud chapter books, the New York Times Best-Selling Who HQ series, Mad Libs, and Penguin’s award-winning leveled reader program.
We make readers laugh. We make readers feel accomplished. We make readers.
Meet Penguin Workshop
President & Publisher
Francesco Sedita (President and Publisher) joined Penguin in 2008 and has focused on creating a quality, affordable book program for children ages 0-12. Francesco is fortunate to publish authors like Ann Hood; Dolly Parton; Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Kate Wetherhead; Giada De Laurentiis; Nancy Krulik; Lin Oliver and Henry Winkler; LJ Alonge; and Carlos Aponte.
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 before moving to Scholastic, where he worked in the school reading clubs, 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 is the author of the Miss Popularity series and is currently at work on a graphic novel series.
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.
Inspired by a children’s literature course at college, Sarah has spent her entire career working in children’s books. Sarah aims to create books that inspire, challenge, and entertain young readers, and that young readers will want to share with each other.
Editor of the New York Times Best-Selling The Answer by Rebecca Sugar; Shadows of the Dark Crystal, the first in a series of young adult novels set in the world of Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal; the illustrated chapter-book series Beasts of Olympus by Lucy Coats, Adam F. Watkins’s robot-themed picture books (Raybot and Weebot, Raybot, R is for Robot), and the gross-out middle grade horror series Monster Juice by M. D. Payne.
Eve Adler is a Senior Editor at Penguin Workshop. She acquires and edits books for ages 0–12, including board books, chapter books, middle-grade series, and licensed projects. Some of her titles are This Book Is Magic by Ashley Evanson, an interactive picture book where kids can perform magic tricks, and Phoebe G. Green by Veera Hiranandani, a chapter-book series about a budding third-grade foodie. Eve enjoys working on engaging and inspiring books that comfort and entertain kids, and—above all!—make them fall in love with reading.
Paula Manzanero is a Senior Editor of the Who Was? series and ancillary titles of the WHO HQ brand, such as activity books, journals, and joke books. She believes that nonfiction can be every bit as magical and compelling as the best novels, and that facts will always matter.
Laura Roberts is an editor for Penguin Workshop specializing in licensed publishing and Mad Libs. She currently edits the Llama Llama novelty and TV tie-in titles. In the past, she has worked with licenses like Angelina Ballerina, Strawberry Shortcake, and WWE. Laura oversees the Mad Libs program, publishing approximately 30 titles a year, and works with companies such as Disney and FOX to produce licensed Mad Libs for some of the hottest toy, TV, and film properties, including Hello Kitty, Frozen, Pokemon, Minions, and more. She also oversees the publication of generic Mad Libs titles for all ages, which includes the Adult Mad Libs and Mad Libs Junior lines. Laura also co-edited the critically acclaimed YA fiction series Blacktop by debut author LJ Alonge.
Karl Jones edits fiction and nonfiction picture books, and middle-grade and early-YA titles. His first acquisition, of then twelve-year-old Jake Marcionette’s Just Jake series, became a New York Times Best Seller. Other notable authors in both original and licensed publishing programs include infamous stage provocateur and 2 Broke Girls screenwriter Justin Sayre; comic book writing and role-playing geek genius, Gabe Soria; and comedian and actor, Brandon T. Snider. He is a frequent faculty member at SCBWI regional conferences and loves character-driven realistic fiction and boundary-breaking activity and picture book projects.
Renee Hooker is an Assistant Editor working on fiction and nonfiction leveled readers, picture books, chapter books, and licenses. She’s drawn to stand-out characters with diverse, dynamic voices, and particularly enjoys stories with a feminist bent. Above all, she aspires to publish books that make readers laugh, think, and feel included.
Max Bisantz joined Penguin in 2013, and edits middle grade, young adult, picture books, and licensed titles. His authors include LJ Alonge (the Blacktop series), Carlos Aponte (A Season to Bee), Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Kate Wetherhead (Jack & Louisa series), Landry Q. Walker (Project: Terra series), and more. Originally from Lowell, Massachusetts, Max currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Hannah primarily edits activity and fiction formats for many of Penguin’s brands and licenses. She has worked with Cartoon Network, Sanrio, Activision, and other licensed partners, and has also developed activity tie-ins to Roald Dahl’s classic backlist.