Aladdin Paperbacks

Aladdin Paperbacks is one of several children's-book imprints owned by Simon & Schuster.[1] It was established by Jean E. Karl at Atheneum Books where she was the founding director of the children's department (1961). Atheneum merged with or was acquired by Scribner's in 1978, then MacMillan in 1984, before the acquisition by Simon & Schuster in 1994.

There may have been previous uses of 'Aladdin' as a brand name in the book industry.

Aladdin Paperbacks
Aladdin Paperbacks Publishing Logo (Simon & Schuster)
Aladdin Paperbacks logo
Parent companySimon & Schuster
FounderJean E. Karl
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationNew York City
Publication typesBooks
Fiction genresChildren's literature


Aladdin Paperbacks are aimed at readers aged 4 to 12 and most are reprints from other (hardcover) imprints, which include what Simon & Schuster term some of the most enduring children's books of the modern era. Its ranges include the "Ready-to-Read books," and the slightly older "Ready-for-Chapters" titles aimed at younger age-groups and beginners. Aladdin also publishes a "limited number" of original titles and series entries, across multiple genres including action, adventure, and relationships novels.[2]


The first children's book published by the dependent imprint seems to have been in 1967. Karl ran the Atheneum Books for Younger Readers, Aladdin, and Argo imprints until she retired in 1985.[3][4][5]

In October, 2002, Eloise Flood was appointed to the newly created position of "Vice President and Publisher" of Simon & Schuster's Children's Publishing Paperback Group, the role encompassing both the Aladdin Paperbacks and Simon Pulse imprints.[6] As of April, 2008, the current executives overseeing the entire Children's division currently include Rick Richter (President), Robin Corey, who holds the title of "Executive Vice President & Publisher, Novelty & Media Tie-Ins, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing," and Liesa Abrams, a Senior Editor.[2][7]


Titles include:

Nancy Drew & Hardy Boys Series

Arguably, Aladdin's (and parent Simon & Schuster's) best-known titles are the later (non-Grosset & Dunlap published) titles in several of the Hardy Boys (written under the pen name Franklin W. Dixon) and Nancy Drew (written under the name Carolyn Keene) series, including the original series and the more recent lines.


  1. ^ "Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing". Simon& Archived from the original on December 25, 2008. Retrieved September 26, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "About Simon & Schuster's Publishing Divisions and Imprints: Children's". Simon& Archived from the original on December 25, 2008. Retrieved September 26, 2010.
  3. ^ Jean Karl, 72; A Publisher Of Books For Children (obituary). 2000-04-03. Eden Ross Lipson. The New York Times. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
  4. ^ Karl, Jean (Edna) Archived May 7, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Summer 2006. Alan Jalowitz. Pennsylvania Center for the Book. Penn State University. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
  5. ^ Birthday Bios: Jean E. Karl Archived May 15, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. No date. Vicki Palmquist. Children's literature network. (c) 2002–2008. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
  6. ^ "Eloise Flood Named Vice President, Publisher Of Simon & Schuster Children's Paperback Publishing Program". October 1, 2002. Retrieved April 3, 2008.
  7. ^ "Young Adult Novel Writing Course run by Lisa Abrams". Northwestern University. Retrieved September 26, 2010.

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Beatrice Gormley

Beatrice Gormley (born October 15, 1942) is an American children's writer.

Gormley was born in Glendale, California. She is a graduate of Pomona College and has worked as a book editor. She wanted to be a writer since the early age of 9, because she loved to read. Her husband Robert is an editor. They have two daughters together named Katie and Jenny. Robert and Beatrice live with their cat Claude. In 1979 she wrote her first book. At 39 years old she had her first book published. Currently she doesn't have a second job but before her first book was published she too was an editor. Beatrice visits many schools and validates the importance of revision and rewriting. Beatrice and her husband live in Massachusetts. Beatrice is currently writing a historical novel for kids, and recently wrote a biography: Barack Obama, Our 44th President.

Big Pumpkin

Big Pumpkin is a children's book written by Erica Silverman, illustrated by S. D. Schindler, and published by Aladdin Paperbacks in 1992. The story is loosely based on a Russian folktale, "The Gigantic Turnip", and takes place on Halloween as a witch struggles to release her pumpkin from a vine.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is a children's book written by Judi Barrett and illustrated by Ron Barrett. It was first published in 1978 by the Simon & Schuster imprint Atheneum Books, followed by a 1982 trade paperback edition from sister company Aladdin Paperbacks. Based on a 2007 online poll, the National Education Association named the book one of its "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children". It was one of the "Top 100 Picture Books" of all time in a 2012 poll by School Library Journal.A sequel, Pickles to Pittsburgh, was published in 2000 by Atheneum Books; a hardcover edition followed in 2009. A second sequel, Planet of the Pies, was published on August 27, 2013.

Daredevils (The Hardy Boys)

Daredevils is the 159th title of the Hardy Boys series, written by Franklin W. Dixon. The book was first published by Pocket Books in 2000, and republished by Aladdin Paperbacks in 2002, and by Thorndike Press in 2003.

Dork Diaries

Dork Diaries is a humorous children's book series written and illustrated by Rachel Renée Russell.

The series, written in a diary format, uses drawings, doodles, and comic strips to chronicle the daily life of its 14-year-old protagonist, Nikki Maxwell, in and outside of middle school.

Rachel Renée Russell said that this series was inspired by her own middle school experiences as well as those of her two daughters, Erin and Nikki. Her older daughter, Erin, helps with writing and her younger daughter, Nikki, helps with illustrations. Dork Diaries is published by Aladdin Paperbacks.Over 5 million copies of the Dork Diaries books are in print in the United States, and publishing rights have been sold in 32 countries with translation into 28 different languages.

Graham David Smith

Graham David Smith (born 1937) is a British artist and writer, currently living in London. He has also worked in the USA under the name Paul Cline.

List of Hardy Boys books

This is a list of all Hardy Boys books published, by series.

My Dad, John McCain

My Dad, John McCain is an illustrated children's book based on the life of John McCain. Written by his daughter, Meghan McCain, and published through Aladdin Paperbacks, it was released on September 2, 2008. The book's images were illustrated by Dan Andreasen. The book was intended to support John McCain's candidacy for President of the United States in 2008.

Passport to Danger (Hardy Boys)

Passport to Danger is a Hardy Boys Mystery Stories novel. It is the 179th book in the series and was first published in 2003 by Aladdin Paperbacks.

The 13th Reality

The 13th Reality is a young adult science fiction book series by American writer James Dashner. The first book in the series (The Journal of Curious Letters) was published in early 2008 by Shadow Mountain Publishing. The second book was released on May 1, 2009 and was titled The Hunt for Dark Infinity, and book three was released April 6, 2010. It is titled The Blade of Shattered Hope. The fourth book (The Void of Mist and Thunder) was released as an eBook on July 10, 2012, and was released as a hardcover in September 2012. A 2096-page boxed set was issued by Aladdin Paperbacks in 2013.

The Case of the Rising Stars

The Case of the Rising Stars is the eighty-seventh volume in the Nancy Drew mystery series. It was first published in 1989 under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene.

The Murder House Trilogy

The Murder House Trilogy is a three-part detective fiction mini-series in The Hardy Boys Undercover Brothers, published by Aladdin Paperbacks (an imprint of Simon & Schuster). The first book in the trilogy, Deprivation House, was published on May 20, 2008, with books #2 House Arrest and #3 Murder House published on July and September respectively.

The words "Undercover Brothers" are written inside the "B" in "Boys" on both covers, but this does not necessarily mean that these three books will be part of the main Undercover Brothers series, as is seen with the Super Mystery series, the Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys SuperMystery series, and the graphic novel series, which all say "Undercover Brothers" on their covers, but are not part actually part of the main series.

The Murder House Trilogy is the first Hardy Boys mini-series since 1993 and only the third official one ever. (The other two are the Operation Phoenix Trilogy and the Ring of Evil Trilogy, with Casefiles #8 See No Evil, 16 Line of Fire and #55 Beyond The Law being the only unofficial trilogy.)

Also noteworthy is that The Hardy Boys Super Mystery #3 Haunted was published on August 8, right in between the release dates for House Arrest and Murder House. At the time, it was not known why Simon & Schuster would want to disrupt The Murder House Trilogy. Some speculation was Haunted may tie-in with the trilogy.

Aladdin Paperbacks also published a Nancy Drew Girl Detective mini-series; the Perfect Mystery Trilogy which ran from June 2008 – October 2008.

The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place

The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place (2004) is a young adult novel by E. L. Konigsburg. It is a companion of Silent to the Bone,

a kind of sequel published four years earlier. Parent publisher Simon & Schuster recommends it for "Ages 10 up".

The Soldiers of Halla

The Soldiers of Halla is the tenth and final book in the Pendragon Adventure series by D. J. MacHale. It concludes the battle between the Travelers and Saint Dane. The title was revealed by D. J. MacHale on December 9, 2008, and was taken from a closing line in the preceding book, Raven Rise. The jacket cover was revealed on March 3, 2009; the book itself was released on May 12, 2009.

The Thanksgiving Story

The Thanksgiving Story, written by Alice Dalgliesh and illustrated by Helen Sewell, is a 1954 picture book published by Demco Media and Charles Scribner's Sons. The Thanksgiving Story was the runner-up for the Caldecott Medal for 1955 and is a Caldecott Honor Medal book. The Thanksgiving Story was reprinted in paperback by Aladdin Paperbacks in 1985 and reissued in hardcover by Atheneum Books for Young Readers in 1988.

Tippy Lemmey

Tippy Lemmey is a 2003 chapter book by Patricia McKissack about three children, Leandra, Paul, and Jeannie, who are terrorised by a neighborhood dog, called Tippy Lemmey, but manage to overcome their fears and befriend him.

Undercover Brothers

The Hardy Boys: Undercover Brothers is a detective fiction series of books published by Aladdin Paperbacks (an imprint of Simon & Schuster), which replaced The Hardy Boys Digest paperbacks in early 2005. All the books in the series have been written under the pen name of Franklin W. Dixon.


Weedflower is an American children's historical fiction novel by Cynthia Kadohata, who received the Newbery and Whiting Awards. The cover photography of the first edition is by Kamil Vojnar. The story is set in the United States and told from the perspective of twelve-year-old Japanese-American Sumiko. A 6.5 hours long audiobook version of Weedflower, read by Kimberly Farr, has been published.

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