Nancy Paulsen Books launched its first hardcover list in Fall 2011. The imprint publishes fifteen books a year and focuses on eye-opening, often funny picture books and fiction from diverse and distinct voices, especially stories that are inventive and emotionally satisfying. These are the kinds of books that are adopted by book clubs and that appear on state lists, generated by the votes of children.
Picture books include the New York Times bestsellers The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael López and Miss Maple’s Seeds by Eliza Wheeler, as well as Coretta Scott King Honor winner Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson and E. B. Lewis, Leaves and Honey by Caldecott Honor winner David Ezra Stein, and I Hear A Pickle by Rachel Isadora. Fiction includes National Book Award winner Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, Pura Belpré Award winner Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar, and New York Times bestsellers Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt and Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed.
Nancy Paulsen has been with Penguin her entire career, starting as an assistant at Viking Children’s Books, where many of the books she edited have established themselves as classics, including Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London, I Like Me by Nancy Carlson, and Horrible Harry by Suzy Kline. As publisher of Puffin Books, she published authors Roald Dahl, Gary Paulsen, and Mildred Taylor. As publisher of Putnam she edited three Newbery Honor winners by Jacqueline Woodson, Show Way, Feathers and After Tupac and D Foster; Newbery Honor-winning Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer; Coretta Scott King Honor-winning The Road To Paris by Nikki Grimes; and National Book Award finalist Where I Want to Be by Adele Griffin. Classic picture books she edited at Putnam include The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson and E. B. Lewis, Fireboat by Maira Kalman, and Leaves by David Ezra Stein.