Lerner Celebrates 60 Years of Publishing Children’s Books

May 14, 2019

Harry and Adam
Harry Lerner (L), Founder and Chairman of the Board of Lerner Publishing Group, and Adam Lerner, Publisher and CEO of Lerner Publishing Group, with the Lerner Month Proclamation from the City of Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS, MN—Lerner Publishing Group, one of North America’s largest independent book publishers for children and young adults, is proud to celebrate 60 years of creating books that educate, entertain, and empower young people. In 1959, Harry Lerner founded the company with four titles published for children to read at doctor’s offices to comfort them about common childhood illnesses. Six decades later, Lerner Publishing Group has more than 7,000 titles in print and releases more than 700 new titles each year for both the trade and school and library markets.

As a small thank you to the educators, librarians, booksellers, and industry professionals who have been vital to Lerner Publishing Group’s success, the company will be hosting anniversary giveaways at tradeshows throughout the year. Lerner is also celebrating 60 Throwback Thursdays with covers and stories pulled from the company’s archives on the Lerner blog, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“From Michael L. Printz Award Honorees, to a National Book Award Finalist, to Coretta Scott King and Robert F. Sibert Award-winners, to our best in class school/library publishing program, we are proud to celebrate our publishing success, but we are also looking forward to the future,” said Adam Lerner, Publisher and CEO of Lerner Publishing Group. “Through strong partnerships, innovative new digital products, and acquisitions such as Zest Books, we plan to make an even bigger impact in the marketplace and on bookshelves across the country in the years to come.”

“This is not only a momentous occasion for me and my family, but for all of the employees, authors, and illustrators who have made Lerner Publishing Group the award-winning company that it is today,” explained Harry Lerner, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Lerner Publishing Group. “We are proud to remain an independent and family-owned company and have enjoyed supporting librarians and teachers in educating children for 60 years.”

Lerner Publishing Group’s imprints and divisions include:
Carolrhoda Books®: award-winning picture books, intermediate and young adult fiction, and unique nonfiction single titles
Carolrhoda Lab®: distinctive, provocative, boundary-pushing fiction for teens
Darby Creek™: series fiction for emerging, striving, and reluctant readers
ediciones Lerner: Spanish editions of our most popular fiction and nonfiction titles
First Avenue Editions™: high-interest fiction and nonfiction titles in paperback format for the trade market
Graphic Universe™: fiction and nonfiction titles with supreme graphic novel artwork and action-packed storylines
Hungry Tomato®: high-interest nonfiction with eye-catching imagery and an easy-to-browse format
Kar-Ben Publishing™: fiction and nonfiction titles with Jewish interests
LernerClassroom™: nonfiction materials in paperback format for the classroom market
Lerner Digital™: exceptional digital content with innovative, user-friendly formats
Lerner Publications: engaging photographic, series-oriented, nonfiction titles for grades K-5
Lerner Publisher Services™: high-quality children’s books from renowned publishing partners
Millbrook Press™: fascinating illustrated nonfiction titles and single title photo books for grades K-5
Twenty-First Century Books™: top-quality nonfiction titles for middle school and high school readers
Zest Books™: young adult nonfiction featuring history, science, health, fashion, and lifestyle advice

Follow us online:
Blog: lernerbooks.blog
Twitter: @LernerBooks
Facebook: Lerner Publishing Group

About the Publisher
Lerner Publishing Group, one of the nation’s largest independent children’s book publishers, is proud to celebrate 60 years of creating high-quality fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults. Founded in 1959, Lerner Publishing Group has fifteen imprints and divisions: Lerner Publications, Millbrook Press™, Carolrhoda Books®, Twenty-First Century Books™, Graphic Universe™, Darby Creek™, Kar-Ben Publishing™, Carolrhoda Lab®, LernerClassroom™, Hungry Tomato®, ediciones Lerner, First Avenue Editions™, Lerner Digital™, Zest Books™, and Lerner Publisher Services™. For more information, visit lernerbooks.com or call 800-328-4929.

Media contact:
Lindsay Matvick
Publicity Manager
800-328-4929, x385

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