Penguin Workshop Team

Penguin: Because Reading Matters

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.

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Anu Ohioma, Associate 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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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Rob Valois, Associate Publisher, Editorial Director, Penguin Workshop

As Director of Licensed Publishing, Rob oversees editorial planning and execution of the licensed publishing portfolio for Penguin Young Readers Licenses.As Director of Licensed Publishing, Rob oversees editorial planning and execution of the licensed publishing portfolio for Penguin Young Readers Licenses.As Director of Licensed Publishing, Rob oversees editorial planning and execution of the licensed publishing portfolio for Penguin Young Readers Licenses.As Director of Licensed Publishing, Rob oversees editorial planning and execution of the licensed publishing portfolio for Penguin Young Readers Licenses.As Director of Licensed Publishing, Rob oversees editorial planning and execution of the licensed publishing portfolio for Penguin Young Readers Licenses.As Director of Licensed Publishing, Rob oversees editorial planning and execution of the licensed publishing portfolio for Penguin Young Readers Licenses.As Director of Licensed Publishing, Rob oversees editorial planning and execution of the licensed publishing portfolio for Penguin Young Readers Licenses.As Director of Licensed Publishing, Rob oversees editorial planning and execution of the licensed publishing portfolio for Penguin Young Readers Licenses.As Director of Licensed Publishing, Rob oversees editorial planning and execution of the licensed publishing portfolio for Penguin Young Readers Licenses.As Director of Licensed Publishing, Rob oversees editorial planning and execution of the licensed publishing portfolio for Penguin Young Readers Licenses.As Director of Licensed Publishing, Rob oversees editorial planning and execution of the licensed publishing portfolio for Penguin Young Readers Licenses.As Director of Licensed Publishing, Rob oversees editorial planning and execution of the licensed publishing portfolio for Penguin Young Readers Licenses.As Director of Licensed Publishing, Rob oversees editorial planning and execution of the licensed publishing portfolio for Penguin Young Readers Licenses.As Director of Licensed Publishing, Rob oversees editorial planning and execution of the licensed publishing portfolio for Penguin Young Readers Licenses.As Director of Licensed Publishing, Rob oversees editorial planning and execution of the licensed publishing portfolio for Penguin Young Readers Licenses.As Director of Licensed Publishing, Rob oversees editorial planning and execution of the licensed publishing portfolio for Penguin Young Readers Licenses.As Director of Licensed Publishing, Rob oversees editorial planning and execution of the licensed publishing portfolio for Penguin Young Readers Licenses.As Director of Licensed Publishing, Rob oversees editorial planning and execution of the licensed publishing portfolio for Penguin Young Readers Licenses.

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Daniel Moreton, VP & Publisher, Grosset & Dunlap, Brands & Licenses

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?

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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.

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