Jennifer Klonsky, President & Publisher
G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers publishes approximately fifty 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).
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. Putnam is also the proud publisher of the beloved Goodnight, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann, published in 1994 and continuing to delight readers today.
Some of Putnam’s recent successes include Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson, winner of the Newbery Medal, the Caldecott Honor, and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book; The Cat Man of Aleppo by Irene Latham and Karim Shamsi-Basha, illustrated by Yuko Shimizu, winner of the Caldecott Honor; The Beautiful quartet by New York Times bestselling author Renée Ahdieh; Frankly in Love by New York Times bestselling author David Yoon; The Queen’s Assassin by New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz; The Downstairs Girl by New York Times bestselling author Stacey Lee; the Iggy series by New York Times bestselling author Annie Barrows; The 5th Wave series by Rick Yancey; the Legend series by Marie Lu; and the E.B. White Award-winning Apothecary series by Maile Meloy. Celebrated authors Betty G. Birney, Sherri L. Smith, Sheila O’Connor, Greg Howard, Katherine Arden, Deborah Marcero, and Kristin Levine have also garnered tremendous readership and critical praise. We have a steady pipeline of exciting new books so please check back often to see our latest publications!