Overview

Meet Penguin Young Readers Group

Jennifer Loja

President

Jen Loja is currently the president of Penguin Young Readers (a division of Penguin Random House) where she oversees the division.

Jen began her career in books as a buyer for Joseph-Beth Booksellers. She then moved into the publishing world at Candlewick Press as a National Account Manager.  There she called on a variety of national accounts both retail and wholesale.  Jen then moved to a sales position at Houghton Mifflin where she was responsible for the wholesale channel as well as Canadian sales.  She joined Harcourt in September of 2004 as VP of Sales, Children’s Books and was named VP of Sales & Marketing, Children’s Books in 2007. At the merger of Houghton Mifflin and Harcourt she became the Associate Publisher of the HMH children’s list.

She joined Penguin Young Readers in 2009 as the Associate Publisher of the group.

Jocelyn Schmidt

Vice President, Associate Publisher

Jocelyn Schmidt is Vice President, Associate Publisher Penguin Young Readers. She currently oversees the development of the PYR list, working with ten publishers to bring the perfect book to every reader at the perfect time.

Jocelyn joined PYR in 2005 as brand director, managing picture book and author brands as mini-businesses within PYR. Prior to her time at PYR, she was in the Random House adult mass merchandise sales division for 12 years, taking on many roles. She sold to airport retailers then moved to a liaison position, partnering with the publishers under the Random House umbrella and setting positioning and goals for their books in the mass channel. Along the way, she oversaw the sales team for Target, Walmart and the airports, and in her last role managed the mass merch field sales force. Jocelyn started her career in books as a Barnes and Noble bookseller, with training in both in-store operations and merchandising.

Stephanie Sabol

Executive Director of Brand and Business Management

Stephanie Sabol is the Executive Director of Brand and Business Management at Penguin Young Readers. In her current role, she works on the business strategy for PYR’s key brands, working closely with the publishing, marketing and sales teams. She is the business contact for authors, agents and estates for these brands. Stephanie also manages the licensing rights for non-book products on a selection of PYR brands.

Prior to working in the Penguin Young Readers publishing office, Stephanie worked in the sales department of Penguin Young Readers and Random House for ten years, selling to Barnes & Noble, the warehouse clubs, and digital accounts. She originally joined Random House in 2004.

New Releases

Cozy
Jan Brett
Illustrator: Jan Brett
Into the Storm #3
Samuel P. Fortsch
Illustrator: Manuel Gutierrez
On the Freedom Trail #4
Samuel P. Fortsch
Illustrator: Manuel Gutierrez
Merry Christmas, Corduroy!
Illustrator: Jody Wheeler
Matilda
Roald Dahl
Illustrator: Sarah Walsh
Concrete Kids
Amyra León
Illustrator: Ashley Lukashevsky
Farm Fresh Fun #2
Veera Hiranandani
Illustrator: Christine Almeda
A Passport to Pastries! #3
Veera Hiranandani
Illustrator: Christine Almeda
Who Was Benedict Arnold?
James Buckley, Jr.
Who HQ
Illustrator: Gregory Copeland
Who Was Nellie Bly?
Margaret Gurevich
Who HQ
Illustrator: Laurie A. Conley

Bestsellers

Bunheads
Misty Copeland
Illustrator: Setor Fiadzigbey
I Am Every Good Thing
Derrick Barnes
Illustrator: Gordon C. James
Who Was Kobe Bryant?
Ellen Labrecque
Who HQ
Illustrator: Gregory Copeland
What Is LEGO?
Jim O'Connor
Who HQ
Illustrator: Ted Hammond
Pages & Co.: The Bookwanderers
Anna James
Illustrator: Paola Escobar
Tomorrow I'll Be Kind
Jessica Hische
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
Love from the Crayons
Drew Daywalt
Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
The Crayons' Christmas
Drew Daywalt
Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers

Coming Soon

A Father's Love
Hannah Holt
Illustrator: Yee Von Chan
Tomorrow I'll Be Kind
Jessica Hische
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
Look at Rollo!
Reed Duncan
Illustrator: Keith Frawley
You Know How to Love
Rachel Tawil Kenyon
Mary Lundquist
Vessel of Promises
Stephen Cowan
Illustrator: Ed Young
Song of the Old City
Anna Pellicioli
Illustrator: Merve Atilgan
The Runaway No-wheeler
Peter Stein
Illustrator: Bob Staake
Counting Creatures
Julia Donaldson
Illustrator: Sharon King-Chai
Who Was Duke Ellington?
M. D. Payne
Who HQ
Illustrator: Gregory Copeland
Who Was Confucius?
Michael Burgan
Who HQ
Illustrator: Robert Squier
Brick x Brick
Adam Ward
Jingle Jangle: The Invention of Jeronicus Jangle
Lyn Sisson-Talbert
David E. Talbert
The Square Root of Possible: A Jingle Jangle Story
Lyn Sisson-Talbert
David E. Talbert
Hands Up!
Breanna J. McDaniel
Illustrator: Shane W. Evans
Pippi Goes on Board
Astrid Lindgren
Illustrator: Ingrid Vang Nyman
Pippi in the South Seas
Astrid Lindgren
Illustrator: Ingrid Vang Nyman
I Love My Mom Because
Petra James
Illustrator: Alissa Dinallo

Award Winners

Matilda
Roald Dahl
Illustrator: Sarah Walsh
Big Red Lollipop
Rukhsana Khan
Illustrator: Sophie Blackall
Otis
The Moon Over Star
Dianna Hutts Aston
Illustrator: Jerry Pinkney
Sandy's Circus
Tanya Lee Stone
Illustrator: Boris Kulikov