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Dutton Children's Books

Dutton Children's Books

Dutton Children's Books is one of the oldest continually operating children's book publishers in the United States. Edward Payson Dutton opened the doors of his Boston bookshop in 1852 and shortly thereafter began to release "fresh and entertaining" books for young readers. More than 160 years later, the imprint's mission to create high-quality books that will transport young readers remains strong.

It is every publisher's dream to acquire the book or books that will last forever. The honey of Dutton's backlist is found in the four classic works of A.A. Milne and Ernest H. Shepard, in print for over eighty years. Winnie-the-Pooh, The House at Pooh Corner, When We Were Very Young, and Now We Are Six have inspired a line of related titles for Pooh fans young and old, including board books, novelty books, and gift books. That tradition continues with a new generation of modern classics, such as John Green, whose first novel Looking for Alaska, won the American Library Association's 2006 Michael L. Printz Award, and whose most recent title is the #1 bestselling The Fault in Our Stars was hailed as TIME Magazine's #1 Best Book of 2012.

Many other beloved characters grace Dutton's backlist. Fudge, the irrepressible younger brother of Peter, appears in several best-selling middle grade novels by Judy Blume. And Judy Schachner's Skippyjon Jones, a Siamese cat who thinks he is a Chihuahua, gets into trouble in several hilarious read-aloud books thanks to his gigantico imagination.

Ingenuity marks Dutton's publishing, and in January 2011, Dutton transitioned into a boutique middle grade and YA fiction imprint. The imprint actively seeks exceptional contemporary literary fiction with a distinctive narrative voice and strong commercial appeal. Dutton will now publish 10–15 hardcover titles per year.

Dutton's list has grown and changed over the past century-plus, but its vision remains the same. The editors at Dutton strive to find books that will engage, entertain, and inspire young readers on their journey to adulthood. We all know from personal experience how books can shape lives. Cultivating the creative talents of authors and publishing books with purpose and heart continue to be the mission and joy at Dutton.


Julie Strauss-Gabel
Vice President and Publisher

Julie Strauss-Gabel joined Penguin in 2002 as Editor at Dutton, and became Dutton's Vice President and Publisher in 2011. She previously held positions at Disney-Hyperion and Clarion. In her time at Penguin, Julie has honed many breakout talents, publishing such skilled authors as Ally Condie, Gordon Dahlquist, Gayle Forman, Adam Gidwitz, John Green, Nina LaCour, Lauren Myracle, Stephanie Perkins, Kat Rosenfield, and Nova Ren Suma, as well as the children's debut novels of New York Times–bestselling authors John Grisham and Meg Wolitzer, and Alex Award winner, Gregory Galloway.



The Caldecott Medal

The Caldecott Honor

  • 1995: Swamp Angel by Paul O. Zelinsky
  • 1987: Rumpelstiltskin by Paul O. Zelinsky
  • 1984: Hansel and Gretel retold by Rika Lesser, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky
  • 1983: When I was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Diane Goode
  • 1947: Sing in Praise: A Collection of the Best Loved Hymns by Opal Wheeler, illustrated by Marjorie Torrey
  • 1946: Sing Mother Goose by Opal Wheeler, illustrated by Marjorie Torrey

The Golden Kite Award

The Newbery Medal

The Newbery Honor

  • 1975: Figgs & Phantoms by Ellen Raskin
  • 1964: Rascal by Sterling North
  • 1960: My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
  • 1931: Mountains are Free by Julia Davis Adams
  • 1930: Vaino by Julia Davis Adams
  • 1929: The Boy Who Was by Grace Hallok
  • 1927: Gayneck, The Story of a Pigeon by Dhan Gopal Mukerji

The Michael L. Printz Award

The Michael L. Printz Honor

Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Fiction

Edgar Allen Poe Award

LA Times Book Prize Finalist

E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor

William C. Morris Award Finalist

Stonewall Honor

New York Times Bestsellers

New York Times Notable Children's Books

New York Times Best Illustrated Books

  • 2001: Sun Bread by Elisa Kleven
  • 1994: Swamp Angel by Anne Isaacs, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky
  • 1992: The Fortune-Tellers by Lloyd Alexander, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
  • 1981: The Maid and The Mouse and The Odd-Shaped House: A Story in Rhyme by Paul O. Zelinsky

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