Atheneum Books was a New York City publishing house established in 1959 by Alfred A. Knopf, Jr., Simon Michael Bessie and Hiram Haydn. Simon & Schuster has owned Atheneum properties since its acquisition of Macmillan in 1994 and it created Atheneum Books for Young Readers as an imprint for children's books in the 2000s. It is the publisher of William Joyce's Guardians of Childhood series and his other books.
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Founded in 1961 by Jean Karl, Atheneum Books for Young Readers is known for publishing enduring literary middle grade, teen and picture book titles. The imprint has garnered over two dozen Newbery and Caldecott Medals and Honors throughout its celebrated history. It has also published a list of books that have won innumerable awards and accolades including: Coretta Scott King medals, National Book Award nominations, PEN USA Literary Awards, New York Times best-sellers and being named to countless state reading lists. Our commitment to publishing commercial books with outstanding literary merit is evident in every title we acquire as well as in our extensive backlist. Atheneum holds tight to this same publishing integrity as we look to ahead to new formats—high-end novelty properties, graphic novels, visual storytelling—for our esteemed list of authors and illustrators.
Books by William Joyce that the company published
- Guardians of Childhood
- Picture Books
- Chapter Books
- The Numberlys
- The Mischievians
- The Fantastic Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
- A Bean, a Stalk and a Boy Named Jack
- Billy's Booger
- Ollie's Odyssey