Random House, Inc. is the world's largest English-language general trade book publisher. The company comprises many publishing groups and their imprints, which publish fiction and nonfiction, both original and reprints, by some of the foremost and most popular writers of our time.
The Crown Publishing Group originated in 1933 and is known today for the broad scope of its publishing program and its singular market responsiveness, qualities that are reflected in its savvy selection of authors and books and in its aggressive efforts to market them.
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Alfred A. Knopf was founded in 1915 and has long been known as a publisher of distinguished hardcover fiction and nonfiction. Its list of authors includes Toni Morrison, John Updike, Cormac McCarthy, Alice Munro, Anne Rice, Anne Tyler, Jane Smiley, Richard Ford, Julia Child, Peter Carey, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Michael Ondaatje, as well as such classic writers as Thomas Mann, Willa Cather, John Hersey, and John Cheever.
The flagship imprint of Random House, Inc., the Random House Publishing Group had its origins in 1925 when Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer, two New Yorkers in their mid-twenties, acquired a line of classics and contemporary American works called The Modern Library from publisher Horace Liveright. The company assumed the name Random House two years later, in 1927, when Cerf and Klopfer decided to publish a few books on the side, "at random." Their artist friend Rockwell Kent drew his now celebrated logo of a random house, which made its debut in February l927. Among the first titles of the new imprint were limited editions illustrated by Kent of Voltaire's Candide and Melville's Moby Dick.
Ballantine Books is one of America's largest publishers of hardcover, trade paperback, and mass market paperback books. Founded in 1952, Ballantine was acquired by Random House in 1973. Its imprints include Ballantine Books, Ballantine Reader's Circle, Del Rey, Del Rey/LucasBooks, Fawcett, Ivy, One World, and Wellspring. Ballantine Books includes a backlist of more than 3,000 titles.
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Random House Children's Books is the world's largest English-language children's trade book publisher. Creating books for preschool children through young adult readers, in all formats from board books to activity books to picture books and novels, Random House Children's Books brings together award-winning authors and illustrators, world-famous franchise characters, and multimillion-copy series.
Random House publishes many of America's most popular and highly acclaimed authors for young people, including David Almond, Judy Blume, Ann Brashares, Sandra Boynton, David Carter, Caroline B. Cooney, Robert Cormier, Roald Dahl, Patricia Reilly Giff, Carl Hiaasen, Leo Lionni, Mary Pope Osborne, Christopher Paolini, Barbara Park, Gary Paulsen, Tamora Pierce, Jerry Pinkney, Philip Pullman, Louis Sachar, Jerry Spinelli, and Markus Zusak. Random House Children's Books is also the home of the beloved and bestselling Dr. Seuss Books, and other popular licenses and characters, including Arthur, Babar, Barbie, the Berenstain Bears, Disney, Sesame Workshop, and Thomas the Tank Engine.
In 1957, Random House pioneered the beginning reader genre when it launched the Beginner Books series with Dr. Seuss's classic The Cat in the Hat. Random House's Yearling Books imprint, established in 1966, was one of the first to produce paperback editions of popular novels. Random House led the way again in 1984 with another new series, Step into Reading, the first original paperback line in the beginning reader genre and the first series to carry grade and reading level distinctions on its covers. Over the years, Random House has introduced many other series specifically designed for young readers, including the Stepping Stones first chapter book series Marvin Redpost and A to Z Mysteries and the enormously popular Magic Tree House and Junie B. Jones series, which appear consistently on the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestseller lists and have sold millions of copies worldwide.
In addition to these popular series, Random House Children's Books publishes enduringly popular fiction such as Anne of Green Gables, My Father's Dragon, and The Phantom Tollbooth, as well as Newbery Honor- and Medal-winning books including Bud, Not Buddy, Holes, The Giver, A Single Shard, Lily's Crossing, Whittington, Hoot, Hattie Big Sky, Penny from Heaven, The Dark-Thirty, and Shabanu. The Random House list also boasts numerous Caldecott Honor- and Medal-winning books, among them Tar Beach, Time Flies, Song and Dance Man, and Leo Lionni's Frederick, Swimmy, and Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse.
The Random House Digital Group is a collection of leading imprints offering books in digital formats. It comprises Fodor's Travel, Random House Audio, Books on Tape, Listening Library, Random House Large Print, and Living Language.
Random House stands for quality. It also stands for a broad spectrum of literary voices supplied by more than 200 publishing companies in 16 countries. These include historic names such as Doubleday and Alfred A. Knopf (USA); Ebury and Transworld (Great Britain); Plaza & Janés (Spain); Sudamericana (Argentina) and Goldmann (Germany). Random House attaches great importance to its publishers' independence, and diversity is our publishing goal.
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