2018 Children’s Books Salon

The New York office of the Frankfurter Buchmesse, together with Publishing Perspectives, hosted the first two-day Children’s Books Salon in New York City on January 23–24, 2018.

The Salon aims to build a platform where international children’s book publishers can meet each other in person, strengthen their international relationships, learn about new titles, and discuss issues specific to the children’s book market.

Some 30 publishers, editors, and rights directors from nine countries came to New York City to participate in the inaugural Children’s Books Salon, where they met with nearly 40 American editors and publishers. Read more here »

2018 Program


10:00-12:00 — Meeting at Scholastic

  • Introduction: Jennifer Powell/Emily Clement

  • Cartwheel: Celia Lee

  • Middle-grade and YA: Mallory Kass

  • Licensing Overview: Chloe Fraboni

  • Clubs and Fairs Overview: Stephanie Peitz

  • Q&A/Networking

12:30-13:30 — Lunch

14:00-16:00 — Meeting at Penguin Random House

  • Welcome and Introduction to RHCB: Barbara Marcus

  • Market overview: Diana Blough

  • Random House Children’s Publishing Presentations:

  • Knopf: Jenny Brown/Melanie Nolan

  • Wendy Lamb Books: Wendy Lamb

  • S&W: Lee Wade

  • Delacorte Press: Beverly Horowitz

  • Random House Books for Young Readers:

  • Michelle Nagler

  • Crown: Phoebe Yeh

  • Penguin Young Readers Presentations:

  • Introduction to Penguin Young Readers:

  • Jocelyn Schmidt

  • Penguin Young Readers Sub-rights: Kim Ryan

  • Viking: Ken Wright/Kendra Levin

  • Philomel: Jill Santopolo

  • Razorbill: Ben Schrank/Casey McIntyre

  • Dutton: Julie Strauss-Gabel

  • Puffin Classics: Eileen Kreit

  • Q&A/Networking


9:00 — Keynote address on trends in children’s media

Speaker: David Walter, Business Development Director, Commerce Solutions and Metadata, NPD Group

9:30 — Simon & Schuster presentations

Presenters: Caitlyn Dlouhy (Atheneum), Reka Simonsen (Atheneum), Karen Wojtyla (McElderry Books), David Gale (S&S Books for Young Readers), and Deane Norton (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)

10:30 — HarperCollins presentations

Presenters: Ben Rosenthal (Katherine Tegen Books), Kristin Rens (Balzer + Bray), Andrew Eliopulos (HarperTeen), Stephanie Stein (HarperTeen), Martha Mihalick (Greenwillow), and Alpha Wong (HarperCollins)

11:30 — Macmillan presentations

Presenters: Kristin Dulaney (Macmillan), Connie Hsu (Macmillan), Anna Roberto (Feiwel & Friends), Sarah Barley (Flatiron Books), Kate Farrell (Henry Holt), Emily Feinberg (Roaring Brook Press), Rhoda Belleza (Imprint), Grace Kendall (FSG)

12:30 — Networking luncheon

14:00-17:45 — Speed-dating meetings

Meetings between international publishers and US children’s book editors

18:00-20:00 — Drinks and networking reception

18:30 — Closing remarks

Speaker: Porter Anderson, Editor-in-chief, Publishing Perspectives


“The Children’s Books Salon was more than I hoped for. We got to meet all the major US children’s publishers and some independent presses, so we got a really good overall picture of the way things are at the moment on the other side of the Atlantic.”

MIRJAM ILVAS, Publishing Manager, Kustantamo S&S, FINLAND