Meet Our Publishers!!

By Caroline O'Connor | June 26 2019 | AdultsChildren'sGeneralAllGiftPop Culture

Branching off of the success of Meet your Fellow Penguins, in this new blog series we will begin to introduce you to our many and varied publishers!! Each month we will feature a new publisher so you can learn more about the goals and ideals of the people behind the books. Meet Moneka Hewlett from Quirk!


How would you describe Quirk publishing as a whole?

It’s all in the name! We’re a bit quirky. Quirk is creative, fun, and funny, although sometimes our dark side comes out. We publish around 30 strikingly unconventional books per year into all categories and age ranges.

We create books and stories that are bold, unprecedented, beautifully designed, and affordable.

What are Quirk’s strengths as a publisher?

Every title is a labor of love born out of our passions and obsessions. We’re always looking to, and often do, set the next trend in publishing.

How long have you worked for Quirk? / How did you get into publishing? 

I will celebrate my 8th year anniversary with Quirk this summer. My publishing career began on the magazine side of the business, but once given the chance to work around books there was no going back! (Congratulations Moneka!!)

What are your favorite Quirk books?

The Astrology of You and Me, The Baby Owner’s Manual, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, and, on the fiction side, My Best Friend’s Exorcism.

What is one of your favorite books to have worked on?

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

What’s a new book you’re really excited about and why?    

The GayBCs.

I’m excited for children to get a joyful, inclusive, and accepting introduction to the many types of people that surround them in the world, and for children who may be questioning who they are are, I think this book will provide some validation and happiness.

I also think this is going to charm and warm the hearts of adult LGBTQ+ community members who wish a book like this had been available when they were young.

And the sales side of me is excited about this books potential as a crossover hit in both the children’s and adult gift worlds.

What’s your favorite kind of gift store to shop in?

I love a well-curated store that shows the personality of the owner/buyer consistently through multiple products and items. A good example is Open House in Philadelphia.

What is your personal favorite genre and/or book(s)?

I adore cookbooks and have a pretty decent and growing collection.

What are you currently reading?

Quirk’s Kid Activists—ARCs are available now!


(Kate Brown left and Moneka Hewlett right)


Thank you Moneka!!




The GayBCs
A joyous celebration of LGBTQ+ vocabulary in an alphabet book for kids of all ages, featuring bright illustrations and an inclusive message about the beauty of embracing one's truest self.
$14.99 US
Oct 08, 2019
8 x 8
32 Pages
Quirk Books
Age 4-8 years

Kid Activists
True Tales of Childhood from Champions of Change
Moving, funny, and totally true childhood biographies and full-color illustrations tell stories from the challenging but defining years of Martin Luther King, Susan B. Anthony, Helen Keller, Malala Yousafzai, and 12 other inspiring activists who championed our civil liberties-and shaped the world.
$13.99 US
Sep 24, 2019
5-1/2 x 8
224 Pages
Quirk Books
Age 8-12 years

The Astrology of You and Me
How to Understand and Improve Every Relationship in Your Life
Use the power of the stars to perfect your relationships with friends, family, partners...everyone you know!
$24.99 US
Apr 03, 2018
7-1/2 x 9
344 Pages
Quirk Books

The Baby Owner's Manual
Operating Instructions, Trouble-Shooting Tips, and Advice on First-Year Maintenance
A revised and updated edition of Quirk's bestselling parenting manual--more than 500,000 copies sold in 25+ languages!
$16.99 US
Sep 10, 2012
5 x 7
256 Pages
Quirk Books

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
The Poetry of Mister Rogers
For the first time ever, the beloved songs from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood are collected here in a charmingly-illustrated treasury, sure to be cherished by adults who grew up with Mister Rogers, and a new generation of children alike.
$19.99 US
Mar 19, 2019
6-11/16 x 8-3/4
144 Pages
Quirk Books
Age 6-8 years

My Best Friend's Exorcism
A Novel
NOW IN TRADE PAPERBACK! It's Beaches meets The Exorcist in this heartwarming & horrifying coming-of-age novel by author Grady Hendrix (Horrorstor, Quirk, 2014). Two high school BFFs find their friendship tested when one of them is possessed by a demon.
$16.99 US
Jul 11, 2017
6 x 9
336 Pages
Quirk Books