Founded in 2014, Kathy Dawson Books is dedicated to middle-grade and YA fiction across a variety of genres. In her more than twenty years at Penguin, Kathy Dawson has edited many bestselling award winners and her imprint will aim to continue in that tradition, publishing literary books with strong hooks and irresistible voices, with characters who live beyond the page.
She believes in celebrating the best examples of the form and strives to publish the authors who understand the craft on the deepest level, who can play with structure in unique ways, and who offer powerful voices from all walks of life—voices that have never been heard before.
That’s the mission—to publish stellar novels, with unforgettable characters, for children and teens that expand their vision of the world, provide wisdom for life, celebrate the written word, and last for generations. Books that break the mold, and the heart, and still have tons of child and teen appeal.
You’ll find reality-benders, survivor stories, unreliable narrators, speculative fiction, magical realism, humor, genre books with entry points for non-genre readers, all things apocalyptic, and brave authors in every sense of the word.
Kathy Dawson began her publishing career at G. P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers where she edited award-winning novels such asGetting Near to Baby by Audrey Couloumbis, Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko, and Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going, now a feature film directed by Matthew Lillard. After a brief time at Harcourt Children’s where she published New York Times bestsellers Graceling by Kristin Cashore and Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer, she returned to Penguin as Associate Publisher of Dial in 2009 where she edited Newbery Honor winner Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage (also an Edgar Award finalist) and Printz Honor winner The Returning by Christine Hinwood, as well National Book Award finalist, Chime by Franny Billingsley (also a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book for Fiction), and Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award Winner Fire by Kristin Cashore, and Edgar Award finalist Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano. She has taken great pleasure in launching the careers of several prominent authors, and looks forward to many more.