Paula Wiseman Books is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing that launched in 2003 with the publication of Clorinda by Robert Kinerk and illustrated by Steven Kellogg. It has since gone on to publish over seventy award-winning and bestselling books, including picture books, novelty books, and novels. The imprint focuses on stories and art that are childlike, timeless, innovative, and centered in emotion.
The list publishes up to thirty books per year by many of the most beloved talents working in children’s books today, including Matthew Van Fleet, Patricia Polacco, Diane Goode, Kate Feiffer, Stephen T. Johnson, Donna Jo Napoli, Kadir Nelson, Meghan McCarthy, Judy Sierra, C.F. Payne, Raúl Colón and Wendell Minor. The backlist contains many favorite books and series including the Amelia series by Marissa Moss and the Game Time sports series by Tiki and Ronde Barber.
We strive to publish books that entertain while expanding the experience of the children who read them, as well as stories that will endure, including those based in other cultures. We are committed to publishing new talent in both picture books and novels. We are actively seeking submissions from new and published authors and artists through agents and from SCBWI conferences.
Paula Wiseman joined Simon & Schuster in 2002. She was previously Vice President and Editor-in-Chief at Philomel Books, a division of GP Putnam and Vice President and Editorial Director of Silver Whistle Books, a division of Harcourt Inc. She began her publishing career at Dial Books for Young Readers, now a division of Viking Penguin.
As Deputy Publisher, Anne works closely with the Publisher on key aspects of our business. She oversees our marketing team and marketing plans; and works closely with both the sales team and supply chain organization to maximize sales and manage inventory. Anne has been with S&S for more than ten years, previously as a VP in our sales department responsible for both adult and children’s book sales. Prior to that, she worked at what is now known as Hachette Book Group USA, including Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, where her love of children’s books was first fostered.
Sylvie joined Paula Wiseman Books in January 2013. Authors and illustrators she works with include Donna Jo Napoli, Tammi Sauer, Scott Magoon, Taeeun Yoo, Susan Vaught, N.H. Senzai, Jewel, and Melissa Gilbert. She focuses on realistic fiction, particularly literary middle grade, and character-driven picture books. She also edits picture book nonfiction, including narrative nonfiction and picture book biographies. Before joining Paula, Sylvie was an editor at Holiday House.
Sarah Jane Abbott joined Paula Wiseman Books as editorial assistant in July 2014. She graduated from Bucknell University with a BA in English and Creative Writing and interned at the Stadler Center for Poetry before starting at S&S as a publicity assistant in 2013. She also serves as editorial assistant for the Beach Lane Books imprint and as a book reviewer for Simon & Schuster’s OfftheShelf.com. She loves quirky, imaginative picture books with a lot of heart and unique, literary middle grade novels.
Matthew Van Fleet
Stephen T. Johnson
Paula Wiseman, Vice President and Publisher
Sylvie Frank, Editor
Sarah Jane Abbott, Editorial Assistant
Anne Zafian, Vice President and Deputy Publisher
OUR EDITORIAL TEAM