Simon Spotlight is an imprint devoted to licensed properties, brands, and original paperback series, publishing across a wide array of formats and age ranges. From board books to storybooks, unique novelty books to chapter books, and every format in between, Simon Spotlight is dedicated to creating innovative publishing programs that are specially tailored to each brand and its identity.
For media tie-ins, Simon Spotlight has a proven track record with television properties such as OLIVIA, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Mike the Knight, and Yo Gabba Gabba! and blockbuster movies such as The Smurfs Movie, Turbo, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. The tie-ins capture the spirit of the brand and provide young fans with great stories featuring their favorite characters. The various formats also appeal to children with different reading levels and interests.
Spotlight also houses Simon & Schuster’s Ready-to-Read program, a line specifically dedicated to emerging readers, which includes the popular series Robin Hill School, Henry and Mudge, Annie and Snowball, and many others.
In addition to licensed tie-ins, Spotlight also publishes original paperback series for readers of all ages, with a focus on middle grade.
Simon Spotlight is one of the leading mass-market imprints in the children’s book industry.
Valerie Garfield, Vice President, Publisher of Novelty and Licensed Publishing used to get into trouble for reading way, way past her bedtime, but once she started a book she just had to finish it. She still reads that way, even if it means a lot of 3:30AM bedtimes. Her favorite childhood series was Paddington Bear, and today her office houses a few Paddington bears she can’t bear to part with.
Mara Anastas, Vice President, Deputy Publisher of Novelty and Licensed Publishing was inspired to be a writer from reading some of her favorite series like Nancy Drew and Little House on the Prairie, and her all-time favorite Bridge to Terabithia but found she was much better at sales analysis and marketing plans and promotions.
Kara Sargent, Editorial Director has a long list of favorite books from her childhood, but perhaps the most special one is an old picture book from the 1940s called Tuffy in the Fishbowl. Kara found a battered copy of Tuffy in her grandmother’s attic when she was little and was delighted by the photographic image of a cat on the cover. When she opened the book and discovered that her dad had colored all over the pages as a boy, adding his own silly illustrations, the book became a truly beloved favorite of hers.
Siobhan Ciminera, Executive Editor once read a book at a baseball game. The pitcher ended up pitching a no-hitter, but she kept reading—the book was even more exciting! Her favorite childhood author was Shel Silverstein who made her laugh, cry, and dream big.
Lisa Rao, Editor knew she was destined to work in publishing when she was the only one of her friends who asked for books for Christmas. Lisa’s favorite book was The Secret Garden which she read and reread over and over again. A close second was The Little Prince which contains her favorite quote, “What is essential is invisible to the eye.”
Beth Barton, Associate Editor has always been a bookworm and dreamed of working in publishing from a young age. As a child, she escaped the Arizona heat by heading to the local used bookstore, ice cream cone in hand, to add to her carefully curated “library” at home. She loved old books about spirited girls in faraway places, like the Little House in the Big Woods and Anne of Green Gables series. To this day, ice cream still tastes better with a book!
Christina Pulles, Assistant Editor once endured a punishment of a canceled trip to the library—and then her parents drove her past it to make the punishment really stick. It did; she could barely survive without a new Baby-Sitters Club or Sweet Valley book to read! Today she still panics when she finishes a book without having another lined up and ends up rereading the entire Anne of Green Gables or Harry Potter series.
Chloe Perkins, Editorial Assistant fell in love with reading as a way to visit the fantastic worlds beyond her family’s farm. Chloe’s favorite childhood book was More Bugs in Boxes by David A. Carter, and to this day she still loves the loopy little lavender bug.
Libros Para Niños is a Spanish-language imprint of the children’s division, publishing simultaneous editions of our popular books.
Including Spanish language and bilingual books, the publishing list includes translations of classic storybooks and best-selling English titles from such great authors as Karen Katz, Lauren Thompson, and Sandra Boynton, in addition to translated media tie-ins from popular television series and movies.