Viking Children’s Books Team

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Meriam Metoui, Assistant Editor

Meriam Metoui is an Assistant Editor who joined Viking Children’s Books in 2019 after several years in School & Library marketing (PYR) and adult editorial (Hachette). After graduating from the University of Michigan, she moved to New York and received a master’s degree in English literature from Hunter College. She considers herself a serial hobbyist…

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Tracy Gates, Editor-at-Large

Tracy J. Gates is Editor-at-Large at Viking. She has Midwestern roots, a New England childhood, and a Catskills mailing address. Armed with an undergraduate degree in Sociology and a graduate degree in Journalism, she of course edits picture books. Her favorite authors and illustrators are always the ones she currently is working with, but over…

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Aneeka Kalia, Associate Editor

Aneeka Kalia is an Associate Editor at Viking Children’s Books, where she primarily focuses on picture books and graphic novels for all ages. Aneeka also acquires middle grade and YA fiction, as well as select narrative nonfiction. Aneeka has worked with creators like Nidhi Chanani, Anoosha Syed, and Bianca Xunise. She looks for contemporary/realistic, humorous,…

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Maggie Rosenthal, Editor

Maggie Rosenthal is an Editor at Viking, which she joined in 2014 with a certificate from the Columbia Publishing Course. After graduating as a Phi Beta Kappa from Kenyon College with a degree in Anthropology and a minor in English, she moved back to her hometown of New York City. She works on books for kids of…

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Kelsey Murphy, Editor

Kelsey Murphy, editor at Philomel Books, joined Penguin Random House as an editor in 2018. She graduated from New York University with a degree in dramatic literature, film studies, and theater history, and a minor in creative writing. Kelsey edits picture books, middle grade, and young adult fiction and nonfiction, as well as select graphic novels.

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Liza Kaplan, Senior Editor

Liza Kaplan, senior editor at Philomel Books, joined Penguin Random House in 2007 before attaining her current position in 2013. She holds a BFA in musical theater, and English and American literature, from New York University. Liza is best known for editing emotionally compelling novels that explore the complexities of being human, including #1 national bestseller The Fountains of Silence and #1 New York Times bestseller and Carnegie Medal winner Salt to the Sea, both by Ruta Sepetys

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Dana Leydig, Executive Editor

Dana Leydig is Executive Editor at Viking Children’s Books. She began her publishing career as an intern for Puffin Books in 2008, and returned full-time in 2010 before moving to her current role at Viking in 2018. A graduate of the University of Florida (Go Gators!), she earned a degree in English with a minor…

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Jenny Bak, Executive Editor

Jenny Bak is Executive Editor at Viking Children’s, where she edits middle grade and young adult fiction, as well as the occasional picture book. She is drawn to stories at the intersection of commercial and literary, especially those with irresistible hooks, a swift pace, clever storytelling, unexpected twists, and authentic, diverse voices. In YA, she…

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Eileen Kreit, Vice President of Business Development

Eileen Bishop Kreit is the Publisher of Classics and Vice President of Business Development for Viking Children’s Books and Philomel Books. She has been with Penguin Random House for more than 30 years, the first 15 of which were spent in sales before moving over to join the senior editorial team.  She manages the estates…

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Tamar Brazis, Associate Publisher

Tamar Brazis is the Associate Publisher of Viking Children’s Books where she specializes in picture books and illustrated fiction. She has acquired and edited Call Us What We Carry and Change Sings by #1 New York Times bestselling author and presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman, Tomatoes for Neela by Padma Lakshmi and Juana Martinez-Neal, and…

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