AZ Hackett, Editorial Assistant

AZ Hackett is an editorial assistant at Viking Children’s Books, assisting Tamar Brazis and Jenny Bak. She began her publishing career as an editorial intern at Candlewick Press and a We Need Diverse Books grantee. In December of 2021, AZ graduated from Emerson College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, with a…

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Rocky Pond

Rocky Pond Books is Penguin’s newest children’s and YA imprint, with its first titles set to launch in Spring 2023. The imprint will publish books for two through teen, both fiction and nonfiction, with a primary focus on mental health and social-emotional learning.

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Asiya Ahmed, Design Assistant

Design Assistant Asiya Ahmed is a Black and South Asian Muslim creative, and currently lives in New York. A graduate with a degree in Advertising and Public Relations, she has a Certificate in Visualization and Design and worked as a graphic designer for four years before joining Kokila. She believes in transforming powerful narratives through literature and design, and…

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Nicole Fox, Associate Editor

Nicole Fox

Cecily Kaiser joined Penguin in 2019 with a mission to create engaging, empowering, and elegant books for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. She has previously worked with major contributors to this category such as Norman Bridwell, Caroline Jayne Church, Barney Saltzberg, Jean Jullien, Leslie Patricelli, Chris Raschka, and Lotta Nieminen, and looks forward to continuing to publish groundbreaking talent for the youngest readers.

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Viking Children’s Books

Penguin Viking

G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers publishes approximately seventy-five books a year for children, from lively, accessible picture books to some of today’s strongest voices in fiction and nonfiction. We strive to publish a book for every reader (ages 0-18).

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Caitlin Tutterow, Associate Editor

Caitlin Tutterow is an associate editor at Nancy Paulsen Books and worked at Putnam Young Readers before joining the Paulsen team in 2021. She’s looking for children’s books for kids of all ages but is especially interested in acquiring novels where the lyrical meets the fantastical and stories told from strong, driven, vulnerable voices that…

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Simone Roberts-Payne, Editorial Assistant

Simone Roberts-Payne (she/her) joined the Razorbill team in 2021 as an Editorial Assistant. She graduated from Wesleyan University with a Bachelors in African American Studies. Prior to working at Razorbill, she worked with Jacqueline Woodson, where she did historical research and proofreading for various writing projects. She is drawn to heartbreaking romance, unique familial relationships,…

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Polo Orozco, Editor

Polo Orozco is an Editor at G. P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group. He acquires YA, middle grade, and graphic novels, and he’s drawn to stories that are highly entertaining, remarkably imaginative, and wholly human. At Putnam, Polo works with authors including Aislinn Brophy, Kyla Zhao, and #1 New York Times…

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Meriam Metoui, Assistant Editor

Meriam Metoui is an Assistant Editor who joined Viking Children’s Books in 2019 after several years in School & Library marketing (PYR) and adult editorial (Hachette). After graduating from the University of Michigan, she moved to New York and received a master’s degree in English literature from Hunter College. She considers herself a serial hobbyist…

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