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 both Art and Design, and Licensing Acquisitions for the group. He collaborates on the development of more than 250 books a year, including Penguin Young Readers Licenses, Mad Libs, The World of Eric Carle, 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.

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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.

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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.

Paula Manzanero

Director of Nonfiction Publishing

Paula Manzanero edits 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
Amazing Ancients! World of the Maya
Elaine A. Kule
Illustrator: DGPH Studio

Renee Kelly

Senior Editor

Renee Kelly works 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.

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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.

Nick Magliato's Featured Titles

Save the Sanctuary #1
Samuel P. Fortsch
Illustrator: Manuel Gutierrez
Who Was Kobe Bryant?
Ellen Labrecque
Who HQ
Illustrator: Gregory Copeland
The ABCs of Christmas
Jo Parker
Illustrator: Flora Waycott

Nathaniel Tabachnik

Associate Editor

Nathaniel Tabachnik edits everything from board books through young adult. He’s on the look-out for fresh, diverse voices that share the weird and funny, extraordinary and authentic experiences of kids and young adults: self-aware, laugh-out-loud picture books, emotionally resonant, humorous middle grades, and incisive, inclusive YAs. When he isn’t editing, you can find him somewhere outdoors.

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
Journey to the Moon #1
Cathy Hapka
Ellen Vandenberg
Illustrator: Gillian Reid
Halloween, Here I Come!
D.J. Steinberg
Illustrator: Laurie Stansfield

Rachel Sonis

Assistant Editor

Rachel Sonis is an Assistant Editor, who has worked on a number of critically-acclaimed and bestselling books such as Jessica Hische’s Tomorrow I’ll Be Kind and the Pocket Change Collective — pocket-sized books written by today’s leading activists and artists like Kimberly Drew, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Alok Vaid-Menon, and Adam Eli. Her books range from commercial upper middle-grade to YA and graphic novels across all genres. She’s on the lookout for projects that center inclusion, joy, and exploration, contain well-crafted voice-driven narratives, and make readers ask themselves one fundamental question: what’s next? Follow her on Twitter: @RachelJSonis.