Overview

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.

Meet Penguin Workshop

Francesco Sedita

President & Publisher

Francesco Sedita is the publisher of Penguin Workshop, where he works with an incredible team of people.  Together, they make lots of things.  Things like books of all shapes and sizes, from the sweetest of board books and pictures books like Jessica Hische’s Tomorrow I’ll Be Brave to Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.  And series like Johnny Marciano and Emily Chenoweth’s Klawde, about an evil alien warlord cat who really is just looking for a friend on planet Earth.  And beautiful middle-grade like She Loves You (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah) by the incomparable Ann Hood.

Francesco and the Workshop team also make the bestselling Who HQ series—and even made the Emmy Award winning and hilarious The Who Was? Show on Netflix.

Daniel Moreton

Vice President and Associate Publisher

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.

Rob Valois

Editorial Director

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.

Rob Valois's Featured Titles

Mightier Than the Sword
Drew Callander
Alana Harrison
Illustrator: Ryan Andrews
Tides of the Dark Crystal #3
J. M. Lee
Illustrator: Cory Godbey
Beast Keeper #1
Lucy Coats
Illustrator: Brett Bean
Meet More

Cecily Kaiser

Director of Preschool Publishing

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.

Nick Magliato

Editor, Pop Culture and Trends

Nick Magliato is an editor who publishes high-quality books in response to cultural trends. Whether fiction or non-fiction, board or picture book, middle-grade or YA, he keeps a close finger on the cultural pulse of America to create books that are welcome additions to young readers’ shelves.

Paula Manzanero

Executive Editor

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.

Paula Manzanero's Featured Titles

Who Was Bob Marley?
Katie Ellison
Who HQ
Illustrator: Gregory Copeland
Who Was Stan Lee?
Geoff Edgers
Who HQ
Illustrator: John Hinderliter

Meg Roth

Senior Editor

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

Editor

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.

Renee Hooker's Featured Titles

Karl Jones

Editor

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.

Karl Jones's Featured Titles

Nathaniel Tabachnik

Associate Editor

Nathaniel Tabachnik's Featured Titles

Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat #1
Johnny Marciano
Emily Chenoweth
Illustrator: Robb Mommaerts
No One Likes a Fart
Zoe Foster Blake
Illustrator: Adam Nickel
Mightier Than the Sword: The Edge of the Word
Drew Callander
Alana Harrison
Illustrator: Ryan Andrews
Wannabe Farms
Brian McCann
Illustrator: Meghan Lands

Anu Ohioma

Assistant Editor

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.

Anu Ohioma's Featured Titles

No One Likes a Fart
Zoe Foster Blake
Illustrator: Adam Nickel
Who Is Oprah Winfrey?
Barbara Kramer
Who HQ
Illustrator: Dede Putra