Celebrating 60 Throwback Thursdays!


by Lara Neel, Trade Marketing Manager

Lerner Publishing Group will celebrate 60 years of publishing in 2019, but we’re starting our celebration early online so that we can have 60 Throwback Thursday posts on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook! Here’s a quick peek at what you’ve missed, if you’re not looking at those accounts:


In 1959, Lerner published four books for kids, explaining a little bit about medicine: Michael Gets the Measles, Dear Little Mumps Child, Peter Gets the Chickenpox and Doctors’ Tools.


Penny the Medicine Maker

Penny the Medicine Maker, one of Lerner’s earliest books, tells the story of penicillin in a way that’s easy for kids to understand. Penicillin (a.k.a Penny), the “good germ,” conquers Strep, Pneumos, and Staph, the “bad germs.” Includes information about the discovery of Penny by (Sir) Dr. Alexander Fleming at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. It was written by Sherrie S. Epstein and illustrated by Mark Springer.

Penny the Medicine Maker_Illustration


Our beloved Lerner imprint, Carolrhoda Books, will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2019. The imprint has published many popular Lerner titles, such as Sachiko, Can I Touch Your Hair?, and Auma’s Long Run. And back in 1969, This Is… and Have You Seen My Mother? were the first Carolrhoda books.

Have You Seen My Mother_Cover

Kar-Ben Publishing

Kar-Ben Publishing was founded by Judye Groner and Madeline Wikler. It joined the Lerner Publishing Group family in 2002. Kar-Ben has published many successful titles, such as the Sammy Spider series, A Family Haggadah, and The Passover Parrot. Barbara Cohen first wrote The Carp in the Bathtub in 1972 for Kar-Ben. She went on to publish many more books including Molly’s Pilgrim. That book inspired a short film, also named Molly’s Pilgrim, that won an Academy Award in the short subjects category.


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