About Rodale Kids

Rodale Kids is a new imprint from Rodale Books—the premier destination for the best in wellness content across multiple platforms and age groups.

 

Rodale Kids is dedicated to publishing fun and entertaining titles that nourish the imagination, encourage a lifelong love of reading, and motivate good habits of nutrition, fitness, mindfulness, and environmental responsibility.

 

The inaugural list will debut in Fall 2017 with content aimed at ages ranging from infants to teens and including fiction and nonfiction picture books, early reader titles, chapter books, how-to nonfiction, gift reference, and Young Adult fitness and self-help.

Our Team

Gail Gonzales, VP Publisher

Gail Gonzales

Gail is the Vice President and Publisher of Rodale Books. Previously, she was the Associate Publisher of Rodale, and prior to that, Director of Integrated Marketing at Simon & Schuster, where she worked across the company on various non-traditional book marketing and event initiatives with parent company CBS and other entities. Prior to Simon & Schuster, Gail was the Marketing Director at Hay House, where she oversaw marketing, publicity, and programming of unique online assets such as Hay House Radio, live online events, and live streaming of large-scale conferences. Prior to her publishing career, Gail held positions at corporate financial and sports marketing firms. Gail is a graduate of the College of Communication at Boston University and a native of Washington, DC.  She currently resides in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan.

Jennifer Levesque, VP Editorial Director

Jennifer Levesque

Jennifer joined Rodale in June 2013 as VP Editorial Director, overseeing the editorial department and working with Gail Gonzales to shape the trade list. Previously, she worked at both Abrams and Hyperion, editing books in a wide range of categories including diet and fitness, cooking, self-help, sports, parenting, humor, and general lifestyle. In her 22-year career, Jennifer has worked with many esteemed authors such as Alexandra Robbins, George Carlin, Oprah Winfrey, Mollie Katzen, Warren Brown, Laurie Kilmartin, Melissa Gilbert, Dr. William Davis, Dr. Thomas Campbell, and many others. A native New Yorker living in New Jersey, Jennifer is also a big fan of the Mets, the Jets, science-fiction movies, musical theater, and long Saturday morning runs.

Jason M. Wells, Associate Publisher, Director of Marketing & Publicity

Jason Wells

Jason M. Wells is Associate Publisher, Director of Marketing and Publicity. With more than twenty years in the children’s book business, he is a seasoned professional who has worked on countless award-winning and bestselling books. For almost fifteen years, Jason held positions at ABRAMS, where, for nearly a decade, he executed campaigns for the industry-changing Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, as well as books by Tom Angleberger, Cece Bell, Graeme Base, Nathan Hale, Andrea Beaty, Laurent de Brunhoff, Laura Numeroff, Lee Bennett Hopkins, Trombone Shorty, Brian Collier, Tonya Bolden, Duncan Tonatiuh, Lauren Myracle, and countless others. Jason also held positions at Simon & Schuster, where he announced Hillary Clinton’s latest children’s picture book and launched Ian Falconer’s Olivia series; at Disney, where he worked on a Bill Nye kids book; and Penguin Random House, where he worked with Tomie de Paola, Brian Jacques, and many other esteemed authors. Jason has his masters’s in library and information science from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and bikes to Rodale’s offices everyday.

Eric Wight, Creative & Editorial Director

Eric Wight

Eric Wight is the Creative & Editorial Director of Children’s Media. In this role, he oversees Rodale Kids, a new children’s book imprint focused on helping kids reach their fullest potential, and inspiring them to improve the world around them. Working closely with Rodale’s adult trade publishing team, he is responsible for the acquisition, development, and production of a diverse range of fiction and non-fiction books for children and teens. Before joining Rodale in January 2015, Wight was an award-winning content creator in the fields of children’s publishing, animation, television, and mobile gaming. Prior to receiving his BFA in animation from the School of Visual Arts, he studied as an animation trainee with the Walt Disney Company. This led to opportunities with Disney, Warner Bros., Cartoon Network, HBO, among others. He is the author and illustrator of Frankie Pickle, a chapter book series published by Simon & Schuster, and has illustrated over two dozen books for children for such publishers as Macmillan, Random House, and Abrams. Wight resides in Bucks County, PA with his wife and kids.