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 Klonsky joined G. P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, in 2018 as Vice President and Publisher. She was previously Editorial Director at HarperCollins where she oversaw the publications of authors including Victoria Aveyard, Katharine McGee, Robin Benway, Sara Shepard, Misa Sugiura, and Jodi Lynn Anderson.
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 an Executive 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 a Senior Editor at G. P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group. She acquires a healthy mix of picture books, middle grade, YA, nonfiction, and graphic novels for young readers. She has edited the YA novels The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee, Jo & Laurie by Margaret Stohl and Melissa de la Cruz, and Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan; the middle grade novel Dress Coded by Carrie Firestone; and the picture books What Kind of Car Does a T. Rex Drive? by Mark Lee and Brian Biggs and In a Jar by Deborah Marcero, among many others.