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Simon Spotlight is one of the leading mass-market imprints in the children’s book industry.

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 Peanuts Movie, Rugrats, Home, and Hotel Transylvania 2. 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. Spotlight's leveled nonfiction readers such as History of Fun Stuff and Science of Fun Stuff bring fun to learning.


In addition to licensed tie-ins, Spotlight also publishes original paperback series for readers of all ages, with a focus on middle grade. These titles include the successful Cupcake Diaries, Sew Zoey, and Billy Sure, Kid Entrepreneur series.

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