Effective next month, Margaret Anastas will be joining Viking Children's Books to launch a soon-to-be-named imprint dedicated to publishing picture books and picture-book franchises. Anastas will report to Ken Wright, president and publisher of Viking Children's Books and Philomel Books.
"I have always admired Viking and Penguin Random House, and am thrilled to be able to join such a creative and dynamic team and to bring new voices to a beloved and iconic children's brand," said Anastas.
Prior to joining Viking Children's Books, Anastas was an editorial director at HarperCollins Children's Books for 17 years. There, she acquired picture-book franchises like Fancy Nancy and Pete the Cat, and individual titles like Not a Box by Antoinette Portis and Dear Girl by Amy K Rosenthal. Prior to joining HarperCollins, Anastas was editorial director for Grosset & Dunlap, a national accounts rep at William Morrow/HarperCollins and a children's book buyer for Barnes & Noble.
"I could not be more delighted to have Margaret join our team here at Penguin," said Jen Loja, president of Penguin Young Readers. "As publishers and parents, so many of us here have admired the books she creates, and it is an added treat to have Margaret return home to Penguin to work on many more terrific books for some of the youngest readers."