At Penguin Workshop, we make great books for every kind of reader, from birth to age twelve. Here, you’ll find unique board books, beautiful picture books, laugh-out-loud chapter books, the New York Times Best-Selling Who HQ series, Mad Libs, and Penguin’s award-winning leveled reader program.
We make readers laugh. We make readers feel accomplished. We make readers.
Francesco Sedita (President and Publisher) joined Penguin in 2008 and has focused on creating a quality, affordable book program for children ages 0-12. Francesco is fortunate to publish authors like Ann Hood; Dolly Parton; Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Kate Wetherhead; Giada De Laurentiis; Nancy Krulik; Lin Oliver and Henry Winkler; LJ Alonge; and Carlos Aponte.
He attended New York University’s Gallatin School, where he studied writing and graduated with his MFA. He began his career in publishing in the publicity department of Alfred A. Knopf before moving to Scholastic, where he worked in the school reading clubs, then moved to the trade division as the Creative Director. During this time, he developed and oversaw the marketing and creative campaign for the final book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the launch of which broke every sales record in the publishing industry.
Francesco is the author of the Miss Popularity series and is currently at work on a graphic novel series.
Francesco has worked with the board of 826NYC, Dave Eggers’ nonprofit organization, dedicated to supporting children develop their writing skills. He also wrote and directed interstitials that appear on NBC Saturday Morning, Telemundo, and Qubo, aimed at helping children discover the joys of reading.
As Vice President and Associate Publisher for Penguin Workshop, Daniel oversees Art and Design, Managing Editorial, and Licensing Acquisitions for the group. He collaborates on the development of more than 200 books a year, including Penguin Young Readers Licenses, Mad Libs, Cartoon Network Books, Grosset & Dunlap, and the New York Times Best-Selling series, Who Was? Daniel has spent the last thirty in children’s publishing and entertainment products. He has worked for some of the leaders in books and television, including Scholastic, Disney, Nickelodeon, and Simon & Schuster. Daniel loves to work collaboratively to create new and innovative experiences for children.
Editor of the New York Times Best-Selling The Answer by Rebecca Sugar; Shadows of the Dark Crystal, the first in a series of young adult novels set in the world of Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal; the illustrated chapter-book series Beasts of Olympus by Lucy Coats, Adam F. Watkins’s robot-themed picture books (Raybot and Weebot, Raybot, R is for Robot), and the gross-out middle grade horror series Monster Juice by M. D. Payne.
Cecily Kaiser joined Penguin in 2019 with a mission to create engaging, empowering, and elegant books for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. She has previously worked with major contributors to this category such as Norman Bridwell, Caroline Jayne Church, Barney Saltzberg, Jean Jullien, Leslie Patricelli, Chris Raschka, and Lotta Nieminen, and looks forward to continuing to publish groundbreaking talent for the youngest readers.
Cecily was previously the Children’s Publisher at Phaidon Press, and prior to that, launched the Appleseed imprint for 0-5 year olds at Abrams Books. She began her career almost 20 years ago at Scholastic, first as a Book Clubs manager, and then as Editorial Director of the Cartwheel imprint for 0-6 year olds. Cecily earned a degree in child development at Tufts University and a Masters in Business from NYU. She is devoted to her young readership, bringing a developmental perspective to her editorial work, and a commitment to ingenuity.
Paula Manzanero is an Executive Editor of the Who Was? series as well as the ancillary titles of the WHO HQ brand, such as activity books, journals, and joke books. She also publishes dynamic nonfiction on a wide variety of subjects for ages 8 and up.
Megan Roth has had the immense pleasure of editing and writing content at some of the top children’s book and media companies in the world. From award-winning Apps and interactive products to children’s board books, picture books, and chapter books, she enjoys creating smiles through reading.
Now at Penguin Random House, she’s collaborating across lists, including Penguin Young Readers Licenses, Mad Libs, Grosset & Dunlap, and The World of Eric Carle. Originally from Pennsylvania, where she earned her degree in English Literature, Film Studies, and Women’s Studies, Megan spends her time reading (for fun!), enjoying the sunshine, the sand, and the mountains, and creating new formats, books, and licensing partnerships that entertain and inspire young readers.
Renee Hooker is an Editor working on leveled readers, picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, and more. She’s drawn to stand-out characters with diverse, dynamic voices, and particularly enjoys stories with a good dose of girl power. Above all, she aspires to publish books that are inspiring, inclusive, and entertaining.
Karl Jones edits fiction and nonfiction board books, activity books, and picture books, as well as middle-grade and young adult novels. People have accused his authors and illustrators of writing New York Times best sellers, being critically acclaimed stage provocateurs, belonging to sea shanty bands, recovering from careers as child actors, microblogging inspirationally comedic illustrations, and proudly being Marvel Universe nerds of the highest order. He is most inspired by a strong sense of perspective and the development of character in fiction and the ability to make big truths relatable in nonfiction. He’s on the lookout for gender-, genre-, and format-bending projects with a well-crafted voice.
Anu Ohioma is an Assistant Editor working on titles within the WHO HQ brand, as well as chapter books, middle-grade novels, and YA novels. She is on the lookout for diverse narratives that are joyful, humorous, and heartwarming. She aims to publish books that will inspire and empower young readers.