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Workman Publishing Company

About Workman Publishing

Workman is a fiercely independent publisher of nonfiction adult and children’s books. Our books are quirky, definitive, unexpected, useful, funny, handsome, well crafted, and commercial. We publish educational bestsellers like Brain Quest and Big Fat Notebooks. Award-winning cookbooks like The Vegetable Butcher and The Barbecue! Bible. New York Times bestselling board books, and picture books like The ABCs of Black History. Plus unexpected impulse books that speak to the zeitgeist, like Steal Like an Artist; activity books that families can’t get enough of, like Paint by Sticker; and more than a few titles, like What to Expect When You’re Expecting, that have helped millions and millions of readers. Our books are written by authors who are knowledgeable and passionate about their subjects and published with the intent to improve lives. We also publish a robust line of calendars, which we acquire, edit, and sell with the same intention and focus on quality that we bring to our books.

While a number of Workman books, like The Official Preppy Handbook, The Silver Palate Cookbook, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die and more, have risen to the status of icon—a fact that fills us with pride and inspires us to tend to our backlist with the care and energy we bring to our new books—we are not a company content to rest on our laurels. We are a forward-facing publisher that continuously seeks a diversity of new authors and voices to expand our understanding of the world and delight us in ways we couldn’t have predicted.

With every idea, every acquisition, every curious whim that feels worth pursuing, comes real excitement—who knows where it will go, and if it may one day launch a bestseller, a brand, an icon. Or help a reader with a need, at just the right time.

Big Fat Notebooks

Hey, Can I Borrow Your Notes?

For every middle school kid who has ever whispered, “Hey—can I borrow your notes?” there is the Big Fat Notebook series, a revolutionary study guide series created by the editors of America’s #1 educational bestseller Brain Quest. Each indispensable study guide is like getting to borrow the notebook of the best student in class, with highlighted key concepts, doodles that illuminate tricky ideas, mnemonics, and more.

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