Overview

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).

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 series 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 The 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!

Meet G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

Jennifer Klonsky

President & Publisher

Jen joined G. P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, in 2018. Her select list includes authors David Yoon, Deb Caletti, Lisi Harrison, and actor Max Greenfield. She was previously Editorial Director at HarperCollins where she oversaw or edited the publications of many authors including Victoria Aveyard, Katharine McGee, Robin Benway, Sara Shepard, Misa Sugiura, Claudia Gray, and Jodi Lynn Anderson.

Susan Kochan

Associate Editorial Director

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 board books, picture books, and middle-grade novels, and loves stories that masterfully mix humor and heart. Susan has edited successful series including the Iggy books by Annie Barrows, the Planet Omar series by Zanib Mian, and Betty G. Birney’s Humphrey series. She has also edited Patty Lovell and David Catrow’s Molly Lou Melon books, Corey Rosen Schwartz and Dan Santat’s beloved ninja fairy tales, starting with The Three Ninja Pigs, 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, and Keiko Kasza.

Susan Kochan's Featured Titles

The Best of Iggy
Annie Barrows
Illustrator: Sam Ricks
Old Rock (is not boring)
Deb Pilutti
Illustrator: Deb Pilutti
Planet Omar: Unexpected Super Spy
Zanib Mian
Illustrator: Nasaya Mafaridik
Cozy
Jan Brett
Illustrator: Jan Brett

Stephanie Pitts

Senior Editor

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 edited the instant New York Times Bestseller Milo Imagines the World by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Christian Robinson, the #1 Indie Bestseller In a Jar by Deborah Marcero, and The Octopus Escapes, written by critically acclaimed novelist Maile Meloy and illustrated by Felicita Sala, among other picture books. Stephanie has also edited many novels for young readers, including The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee, Jo & Laurie by Margaret Stohl and Melissa de la Cruz, Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan, and Dress Coded by Carrie Firestone.

 

New Releases

Calvin
JR Ford
Vanessa Ford
Illustrator: Kayla Harren
I Don't Want to Read This Book
Max Greenfield
Illustrator: Mike Lowery
Kingston and the Echoes of Magic
Rucker Moses
Theo Gangi
Good Dogs in Bad Sweaters
Rachel Wenitsky
David Sidorov
Illustrator: Tor Freeman
Nina
Traci N. Todd
Illustrator: Christian Robinson
If You Were an Elephant
Leslie Staub
Illustrator: Richard Jones
Big Ideas for Little Philosophers: Kindness with Confucius
Duane Armitage
Maureen McQuerry
Illustrator: Robin Rosenthal
Big Ideas for Little Philosophers: Love with Plato
Duane Armitage
Maureen McQuerry
Illustrator: Robin Rosenthal
Up, Up, Up, Down!
Kimberly Gee
Illustrator: Kimberly Gee