Jon Anderson has headed the Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division since January 2009.
Mr. Anderson is responsible for the overall operations for the Children’s Division including editorial, design, production, publicity, marketing and licensing activities, while overseeing a publishing portfolio that serves every category of the children’s publishing business from toddlers to teens, while maintaining an extensive backlist that includes numerous Newbery, Caldecott and National Book Award winners.
Prior to joining Simon & Schuster, Mr. Anderson was the President and Publisher of Running Press Book Publishers, a division of Perseus Books Group. Before that, Mr. Anderson was at Penguin Putnam, Inc., where he was Vice President and Publisher of Price Stern Sloan and Penguin’s DreamWorks publishing program. Prior to Penguin, Mr. Anderson spent seventeen years at B. Dalton Booksellers/Barnes & Noble in positions ranging from sales clerk while in high school to head of the chain’s childrens’ buying division.
Mr. Anderson is an active member of the children’s book publishing community, and serves on the board of the National Coalition Against Censorship. He is also the author of many children’s books under the pseudonym William Boniface, with cumulative sales of more than two million copies. He lives in Connecticut.