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October 2016:

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Candlewick Studio: This new imprint will publish "design-driven books" that will appeal to adults as well as children. More information
HarperCollins: Assistant editor Daniella Valladares has left HC to move to Little, Brown BFYR.
Henry Holt BFYR: The imprint is being significantly reorganized. Christian Trimmer is arriving from Simon and Schuster to become editorial director, reporting to Jean Feiwel. Laura Godwin, who had been the publisher, will be starting an eponymous imprint. Executive editor Sally Doherty and editor Lauren Bisom are leaving. Christy Ottaviano continues at her imprint. More information
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: Betsy Groban has left HMH. She had been senior VP and publisher.
Jolly Fish Press: This small, Utah-based publisher has closed down.
Little, Brown BFYR: Jackie Engel became VP and associate publisher in July. She had been an executive in the sales department at Penguin. More information
Rick Riordan Presents: This new imprint at Disney Hyperion will publish myth-based MG fiction, with Riordan involved as an advisor, and his editor Stephanie Lurie making the publishing decisions. More information
Sky Pony Press: Becky Herrick is now an editor at Sky Pony Press. She had been at Scholastic.
Sourcebooks: Kelly Barrales-Saylor is now the editorial director of nonfiction at Sourcebooks Jabberwocky. She had been editorial director at Whitman. Annie Berger, who was associate editor at HarperCollins Children's Books, is now an editor at Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Sourcebooks Fire.
Sterling: Assistant editor Zaneta Jung moved from Sterling to Chronicle Books.
Transatlantic Literary Agency: After two years at the now-defunct Egmont, Andrea Cascardi has returned to Transatlantic Literary Agency.

March 2016:

Lonely Planet Kids: This nonfiction children's imprint is expanding.
Running Press Kids: Julie Matysik will become editorial director of Running Press Kids on March 14. She had been the editorial director of Sky Pony Press.
Viking Children’s Books: Senior editor Sharyn November is leaving Viking due to a reorganization.

February 2016:

Disney Book Group: Mary Ann Naples is the new VP and Publisher. More information
Highlights Press: Marlo Scrimizzi is joining the staff as an Editor.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: New location and mailing address: 3 Park Avenue, 19th floor, New York, NY 10016
Phaidon Press: Phaidon is expanding their children's department.
Simon and Schuster BFYR/Salaam Reads: S&S is launching a muslim-themed children's imprint, Salaam Reads, led by Zareen Jaffery, executive editor. New York Times coverage

October 2015:

Disney-Hyperion: Kevin Lewis has left Disney-Hyperion to pursue other interests.
Disney Publishing Worldwide: Lauren Burniac has arrived as Senior Editor. She had been Editor at the Macmillan imprints Square Fish and Feiwel and Friends.
Little Bee Books: Joy Bean joined Little Bee Books as Senior Editor. She was Editor at Marshall Cavendish. More info on Joy Bean's move .
Seagrass Press: Quarto will launch this new children’s imprint in Fall 2016. It will be headed by Josalyn Moran. Previously, she had been VP, Publishing at Albert Whitman. More info. re Seagrass Press at Publishing Trends.

August 2015:

Bloomsbury: Laura Whitaker, associate editor, left Bloomsbury at the end of March.
Disney Publishing: Emily Meehan has been named editor-in-chief and associate publisher of Disney Publishing; Stephanie Lurie is stepping down to become editor-at-large for Disney-Hyperion.
HarperCollins Children's Books: Sara Sargent moved to HC from Simon and Schuster in July. As an executive editor, she will be acquiring a wide range of books "created from or around digital and social media content."
Knopf BFYR: Jennifer M. Brown is joining Knopf as vice president and publisher. She had previously been at Shelf Awareness, Publishers Weekly, and HarperCollins.
jimmy patterson/Little, Brown: Former Egmont USA publisher Andrea Cascardi has joined Little, Brown as executive editor of the new jimmy patterson imprint (which is in the adult division). Before her time at Egmont and a stint as an agent she had been at Random and Disney.
Moondance Press: Charles Nurnberg, formerly of Imagine and before that publisher of Sterling, has started this new imprint at Quarto. More details from PW
POW! (powerHouse Books): Sharyn Rosart is no longer with POW!. She had been editor and publisher.

May 2015:

Atheneum--Caitlyn Dlouhy Books (Simon and Schuster): Atheneum vice-president and editorial director Caitlyn Dlouhy now has her own eponymous imprint under the Atheneum name. More information at Publishers Weekly
EPIC Press: Nonfiction publisher ABDO is starting a new teen imprint, EPIC Press, which will publish series, with all titles in a series released simultaneously. More information at PW
HarperCollins Children's Books: Susan Katz is retiring this summer from her position as president and publisher. Suzanne Murphy, who is now vice-president publisher of the Disney Book Group, will move to HC to take over her position.
Imprint (Macmillan Children's): Imprint is the name of the new imprint that Erin Stein (most recently at Little, Brown) is launching. More information at PW

April 2015:

Abrams BFYR/Amulet/Appleseed: Traci Todd is now Executive Editor at Abrams Appleseed; she had been Senior Editor, Children’s, at Viz Media. Also: Jody Mosley, who had been director of special markets at Abrams, has moved into the new position of associate publisher at Abrams BFYR, effective May 1.
Capstone: Jennifer Besel left Capstone, where she had been Senior Editor, to become Associate Publisher at Black Rabbit Books.
Carolrhoda Books/Carolrhoda Lab (Lerner): Alix Reid is now executive editor of Carolrhoda Books and Carolrhoda Lab. She had been editorial director and v-p at HarperCollins Children’s Books and more recently interim editor-at-large at Lerner, managing the former Egmont titles that Lerner had acquired. In her new position she will be acquiring new titles for Carolrhoda while continuing to manage the Egmont titles.
Knopf Books for Young Readers: Nancy Hinkel is leaving her position as VP and publishing director of Knopf BFYR on May 1, and leaving publishing.
Simon & Schuster Children's: Bethany Buck has left her position as vice president and publisher of the Aladdin and Simon Pulse imprints at S&S and is now a literary agent at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates.

February 2015:

Abrams BFYR: Traci Todd, who had been senior editor, children's publishing, at Viz Media, is now at Abrams BFYR/Amulet as executive editor, children's books.
Egmont USA: Some news about former Egmont staff (see January): Jordan Hamessley, an editor at Egmont USA, joined Adaptive Books as editorial director. Alison Weiss, who had been an associate editor at Egmont, will be an editor at Sky Pony Press as an editor, acquiring middle grade and YA.
Interlude Press: Interlude Press is launching a YA imprint, Duet. Details from PW
Open Road Media: The largest independent ebook publisher (I believe that's true.) is scaling down their children's book program and have let Tim Travaglini, acquisitions director, go.

January 2015:

Disney/Hyperion: Kieran Viola has moved to Disney as Senior Editor. She had been an Editor at Alloy Entertainment.
Egmont USA: Egmont is closing down their US imprint, having failed to find a buyer for it. They will publish the spring list and their books will continue to be distributed by Random House. Egmont press release
Random House: Gillian Levinson has joined Random House as Paperback Publishing Manager. She had been an editor at Razorbill.
Random House: Martha Rago is moving from HarperCollins to Random House to take the position of Creative Director. I don't usually track moves by art directors but this seems like a significant move; read this PW article for details and news of RH's expansion of their picture book program.
Simon and Schuster: Kara Sargent is now at Little, Brown BFYR, as Exec. Editorial Director for brand, licensed, and media tie-in publishing. She had been Editorial Director at Simon & Schuster Children’s.

December 2014:

Dutton Children's Books: Andrew Karre is joining Dutton in January as executive editor; he leaves Lerner, where he had been editorial director.
Little, Brown BFYR: Erin Stein joined Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group as Publisher of a so-far unnamed new imprint. She had been Editorial Director at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. She reports to President and Publisher Jon Yaged: Details on Mediabistro
Mighty Media Press: This will be the new name of the company formerly known as Scarletta, as it moves to concentrate only on children's books (picture books and middle grade): more information.
Scholastic: Paige Hazzan joined as an Associate Editor after leaving HarperCollins.
Simon and Schuster BFYR: Kara Sargent joins Little, Brown Children's as executive editorial director for Brand, Licensed, and Media Tie-in Publishing on January 5th. She had been editorial director at Simon & Schuster for Simon Spotlight. Rex Ogle will be working in the same group as Senior Editor, having left Scholastic.
Workman Publishing: Nathalie Le Du is now a Senior Editor in the Children’s Group. She was previously Editor at Kumon Workbooks.

October 2014:

Abrams: Anne Heltzel has moved to Abrams, where she will mostly be acquiring MG and teen for Amulet Books. She used to work at Razorbill.
Appleseed (Abrams): Cecily Kaiser left Appleseed, where she had been Publishing Director, to become Publishing Director, Children’s Books at Phaidon in August (News from Publishing Trends).
Egmont USA: Egmont, a publisher based in Denmark, is putting their US operation up for sale. More details available in this Publishers Weekly article.
Enslow: Enslow, a school and library publisher, has been bought by Roger Rosen, president of Rosen Publishing. He will maintain it as a separate operation. News from PW
Flatiron Books: Sarah Dotts Barley is now on the staff at Flatiron as Senior Editor for YA crossover books. She had been an Editor at Harper Children’s and HarperTeen.
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers: Liza Baker has returned to Scholastic as vp, executive editorial director of Cartwheel and Orchard Books. She leaves LB BFYR, where she had been executive editorial director.
Teen Imprints: This Publishers Weekly article covers several new teen imprints.

September 2014:

Disney-Hyperion: Lisa Yoskowitz has left D-H for Little, Brown BFYR, where she will be an executive editor.
Knopf BFYR: Julia Maguire is now an editor at Knopf. She had been an associate editor at Simon and Schuster BFYR.
Simon and Schuster/Pulse and Aladdin: In a small reorganization, Pulse Editorial Firector Patrick Price is leaving. Liesa Abrams has been promoted to v-p and editorial director of Pulse and keeps her position as associate editorial director of Aladdin.

July 2014:

Alloy Entertainment: This is the name of the new digital imprint that Alloy, the well-known packager, is setting up in partnership with Amazon, to release young adult, new adult, and commercial adult titles. More information from PW.
Dial: Heather Alexander has left Dial, where she had been an Associate Editor. She is now an agent at Pippin Properties.
Frances Foster: The noted editor Frances Foster has died: she had retired from her eponymous imprint last year. Obituary in Publishers Weekly.
Harper Teen: Emilia Rhodes joined Harper Children's on June 9 as senior editor for the Harper Teen imprint. She had been an editor at Alloy Entertainment (a packager). (according to Publisher's Lunch)
Lisa Yoskowitz has joined Little, Brown Books for Young Readers as Executive Editor. Previously she was Senior Editor at Disney-Hyperion. (via Publishing Trends)
Simon and Schuster/Little Simon: Jeff Salane will be moving into Sonali Fry's previous position as executive editor and head of Little Simon on August 25, leading the Little Simon team and taking over Sonali Fry’s former position. Salane left Scholastic. (Sonali Fry is now Editorial Director of Little Bee Books, Bonnier Publishing’s new U.S.-based imprint)

May 2014:

Algonquin Young Readers: Krestyna Lypen has joined as associate editor. She had been at Workman.
Crown Books for Young Readers: Emily Easton is coming to Crown as executive editor, reporting to Phoebe Yeh, on May 19. See the Walker Books item in March below for more information.
Dial: Executive editor Nancy Conescu is leaving and moving to Australia.
Toon Graphics for Visual Readers: This is a new imprint from Toon Books, for older readers. More details from PW.

April 2014:

Aladdin and Simon Pulse: Bethany Buck has left and Mara Anastas has been named publisher of these two imprints. Details from PW
Farrar, Straus and Giroux BFYR: Grace Kendall is now an editor at FSG, moving over from Scholastic, where she had been an Associate Editor.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt BFYR: Elizabeth Bewley is now at HMH with the title of executive editor; she moves over from Little, Brown, where she had the title of senior editor.
Little, Brown BFYR: In another departure from L.,B., Kate Sullivan has left for Delacorte Press, where she will be a senior editor. See also Roaring Brook, and HMH, this month.
Redleaf Lane: Redleaf Press has just launched this new trade picture book imprint. Full details in this PW article.
Roaring Brook Press: Connie Hsu has moved from Little, Brown BFYR to Roaring Brook. She is a senior editor.

March 2014:

Atheneum BFYR: Reka Simonsen is the new Executive Editor. She leaves Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Bloomsbury: Multiple moves reported to me by Ruth Barshaw: Michelle Nagler, who moved to Random House (see June 2013), has drawn Senior Editor Caroline Abbey from Bloomsbury to Random House with her, effective mid-December. Coming in is Sarah Shumway as Senior Editor, from HarperCollins.
HarperCollins: Kari Sutherland has left and is moving to southern CA to write and do freelance editorial work.
Razorbill: Casey McIntyre is the new associate publisher. This is a new position; she had been publicity manager at HarperCollins.
Switch Press: This is a new YA imprint at Capstone. Full details in this PW article.
Sylvan Dell Publishing: Name change! The company is now going to be called Arbordale Publishing. Why and more information.
Tilbury House: News from Tilbury House, reported by Fran Hogkins: "There have been a lot of changes! The company was sold last spring to Jonathan Eaton and Tristram Coburn, who took over as co-publishers. Longtime publisher Jennifer Bunting retired in October, when the company moved to its new home at 12 Starr Street, Thomaston, ME 04861. The phone number and fax number are still the same (phone: 207-582-1899, fax 207-582-8772). I am the new director of editorial, design, and promotion, and Audrey Maynard is still our children's book editor."
Walker Books/Bloomsbury: This nonfiction imprint at Bloomsbury has been "folded into" the Bloomsbury imprint, not long after a previous reorganization (see June 2013 below), and editorial director Emily Easton has left. Some more details in PW

February 2014:

Dial BFYR: Namrata Tripathi, previously an executive editor at Atheneum (Simon and Schuster), is now at Dial as editorial director.
Schwartz & Wade Books: Annie Kelley has returned as senior editor. She had been at Booklist, and previously at S&W.
Scholastic Reference: Kelly Smith, senior editor, has left. I understand she has left publishing.

January 2014:

Egmont USA: Jordan Hamessley, previously an associate editor at Grosset & Dunlap/Price Stern Sloan, is now at Egmont as editor.
Rosen Publishing: Starting January 6, Tracey Baptiste will be the new MG/YA nonfiction editor at Rosen.

November 2013:

Bloomsbury Spark: This is a new, ebook-only imprint at Bloomsbury, targeting young adult and "new adult." PW article with more information
Scholastic Press: Nancy Mercado has moved to Scholastic to become the editorial director. She had been an executive editor at Roaring Brook Press.
Lee and Low: Lee and Low has bought another imprint, adding Shen's Books: Read the details from PW.
Simon and Schuster: The S&S Children's Division is launching a new hardcover imprint focusing on fantasy, science fiction, and horror, and targeting the teen and adult markets ("new adult" too, I assume). Joe Monti is joining S&S from Barry Goldblatt Literary as an executive editor. PW article with more information
Workman Publishing: Daniel Nayeri will become the director of children's publishing at Workman on December 18. He leaves Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt. Here's a short interview with him.

September 2013:

Bloomsbury Children's Books: Bloomsbury has made another change, with Catherine Onder arriving as the new editorial director on September 3. More details. See June below for their reorganization.
Frances Foster Books/Farrar, Straus & Giroux: Esteemed editor Frances Foster has retired, after a career in children's publishing of 55 years. For a lengthy appreciation of her accomplishments, see this feature article from PW.
HarperCollins Children's Books: Editor Molly O'Neill has left for Storybird, a digital company exploring "publishing 2.0." She will be their Head of Editorial. Announcement details.
Workman: Raquel Jaramillo, director of children's publishing (and also the author of Wonder, using the name R.J. Palacio), will leave in October.

June 2013:

Amazon Children's: Tim Ditlow, associate publisher, is leaving, after 5 years at Amazon. Margery Cuyler, who joined Amazon with Marshall Cavendish, will be retiring at the end of the year. No, I don't know if these are related.
Bloomsbury reorganization: Bloomsbury is reorganizing their children's division, as detailed in this PW article.
Bloomsbury: Possibly connected to the above, though the causality could go in either direction, is the departure of Victoria Wells Arms (most recently editor-at-large) to start a literary agency; and the departure of Michelle Nagler for the Random House/Golden Books group, where she will be associate publishing director.
Crown Books for Young Readers: Phoebe Yeh is leaving HarperCollins Children's Books to become vice-president and publisher of Crown BFYR (a position created for her). Details from PW.
Scholastic: Editor Brenda Murray decided not to return from her maternity leave.
Scholastic: Scholastic has hired Kelly Smith from Sterling to fill the vacancy created by Brenda Murray's departure.

May 2013:

Editor --> Agent News: Editor Emily Mitchell left publishing a year ago (see May 2012), but she could not stay away. She's now working with Linda Pratt and Marcia Wernick at Wernick & Pratt Agency, and open to new clients in all genres for children. Yes, she said "all." Visit the website for submissions information.
Speeding Star: Enslow is launching this new imprint aimed at boys at BookExpo America. Press release

April 2013:

Disney Hyperion: Editor Christian Trimmer is leaving for Simon and Schuster BFYR on April 15.
New imprint news: Akashic and powerHouse are launching new children's imprints, as described in Publishers Weekly. The University of South Carolina Press is launching Young Palmetto Books, publishing children's books with a regional focus, according to this article.

March 2013:

Boyds Mills Press/Highlights: This news came to me in a press release, and I quote: "Mary Colgan has joined the Highlights Book group in the newly created position of Senior Editor, Highlights Press. Colgan began her career as Editorial Intern and Editorial Assistant at Highlights, and then moved to California to work at Weldon Owen Publishers and Chronicle Books. Colgan will be based at the Highlights editorial offices in Honesdale, PA. Sarah Zhang has joined Boyds Mills Press as Assistant Editor. A Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she was formerly an editorial assistant at Grosset and Dunlap.
HarperCollins Children's: Nancy Inteli is now editorial director, early childhood. She had been global editorial director at the Disney Book Group. HC has also hired Kristen Pettit and Alexandra Cooper as executive editors. Petit was at Razorbill and will focus on teen and tween fiction; Cooper moves over from Simon & Schuster Children's.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: HMH is reorganizing most of their children's imprints under one name--Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers. Clarion will not be included, but they are "retiring" the Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Harcourt Children’s Books, Sandpiper paperback, Graphia, and HMH Books novelty imprints. No personnel changes have been announced yet. More details in this PW article.
NorthSouth Books: This American imprint of the Swiss publisher will again be acquiring in the US, and not just publishing translations (as they had been recently). Full details in this article.
Random House: Editor-at-Large Jim Thomas (who worked on Seraphina, this year's Morris Award winner) is leaving, as of April 5, to write and spend more time with his family. He will continue to consult on some projects. An interview with him from a few years ago.
Simon and Schuster: Some catching up from the fall. I missed the news that Jennifer Klonsky moved to HarperCollins Childrens Books as editorial director, teen and tween, in October. She had been editorial director of Simon Pulse.

February 2013:

Holiday House: Associate Editor Sylvie Frank has left Holiday House for Paula Weisman Books at Simon and Schuster BFYR. Looks like she is replacing Alexandra Penfold. (see January below)

January 2013:

Amazon: In what looks to me like a management shuffle, Margery Cuyler will now be running an imprint Two Lions, focusing on picture books and MG. Tim Ditlow will run Skyscape, a new YA imprint.
Egmont USA: Andrea Cascardi, most recently at the Transatlantic Literary Agency, but before that an editor with many years of experience, is joining Egmont as managing director and publisher. Publisher Elizabeth Law is leaving the company to work as an editorial consultant. Details from PW
HarperCollins: Veteran editor Barbara Lalicki, currently senior v-p and editorial director of HarperCollins Children's Books, is retiring at the end of January. Details from Publishers Weekly
Lerner Publishing: Lerner is closing its New York office and making some management changes. The details are complicated so read them here: Full details from Publishers Weekly
Philomel: Assistant editor Liza Kaplan is moving over from Dutton BFYR to Philomel on February 1. She will be focusing on "literary fiction with commercial appeal."
Simon and Schuster BFYR: Editor Alexandra Penfold has left S&S to join the Upstart Crow Literary agency.

December 2012:

Benchmark Books: This was the nonfiction imprint that stayed at Marshall Cavendish when the trade line was sold to Amazon; word is that the editorial staff have been laid off.
Clarion Books: Anne Hoppe will join Clarion Books as senior executive editor on January 23rd, after 18 years at HarperCollins, most recently as executive editor.
HarperCollins: Lauren Sullivan is no longer at HC. I have no more information.
Random House
: I'm told that editor Suzy Capozzi is leaving/has left RH. I have no additional details at this point.

November 2012:

Alix Reid: Alix Reid, formerly Editorial Director and Vice President at HarperCollins Children's Books, writes to report that she is now doing freelance editing work. She specializes in MG and YA fiction. You can contact her directly through her website.
Little, Brown: Mary-Kate Gaudet has joined Little, Brown as an associate editor. She had been at Harper Festival.
Little, Brown/Poppy: Farrin Jacobs is the new editorial director of Poppy; she had been an editorial director at HarperTeen.
Penguin Random House: In case you haven't heard, the parent companies of these two trade publishers have set up a joint operating agreement, commonly referred to as a merger. They say there will be no changes at the imprints at either company. Sadly, the new entity was not called "Random Penguin" in spite of that name's popularity in social media. Search on the name in Google News for updates--any article I link to will soon get out of date.
Random House: Maria Modugno will be starting as the editorial director for picture books after Thanksgiving. She is leaving HarperCollins, where she had been editorial director and VP at HC Children's Books. Details at Publishers Weekly
Shannon Barefield: Shannon, who left Lerner/Carolrhoda a few years ago to freelance, has contacted me to tell me that she is now working with The Editorial Department (an editorial services provider) as their dedicated children's/YA editor.
Tiger Tales Books: I've been told about "some recent changes at Tiger Tales Books. Founder Elisabeth Prial has retired. I believe Little Tigers Press (UK) is assuming the business now. Julie Bartynski will no longer be the editor at Tiger Tales. Tammi Salzano will be the editor." If I receive additional information, I will post it.

September 2012:

Kathy Dawson Books: This will be the new personal imprint of editor Kathy Dawson at Penguin, focusing on middle grade and YA. More information
Poisoned Pen Press: This mystery publisher is the latest to join the parade, and start a YA imprint, called The Poisoned Pencil. Details
Random House
: Robin Corey will leave her position as publishing director of Robin Corey Books in December. She will continue to be involved with RH as a consultant, and will be working in museum education.
In other Random House news, Chip Gibson, head of the RH Children's Books division, is stepping down. He is being replaced by Barbara Marcus, who left a similar position at Scholastic in 2005 and has since then been consulting and working with companies such as Open Road Media. More information
Sleeping Bear Press: Gale has sold Sleeping Bear to Cherry Lake Publishing. No changes expected: more details
Simon and Schuster BFYR: Editor Anica Rissi has moved from S&S to Katherine Tegen Books at HarperCollins.
Spencer Hill Press: This small YA press is expanding: News in PW
Triangle Square Editions: This will be the new children's imprint at Seven Stories Press: more information
Viking Children's Books: Kenneth (Ken) Wright, formerly of the Writer's House literary agency, has been appointed vice-president and publisher. Regina Hayes is stepping aside to become editor-at-large.
YA imprints: Two small adult publishers, Soho Press and Angry Robot, are both launching new YA imprints. Details in this PW article.

May 2012:

Bloomsbury Children's: Cindy Loh becomes their new publishing director. She leaves Sterling, B&N's in-house imprint--their second high-level departure this month (see below). She said the following in a letter to authors: "After spending the fastest (and craziest!) two years ever launching YA and middle-grade lists for Sterling, I am happy/sad to report that I am leaving my post to become publishing director of Bloomsbury Children's USA. I will be heading up their NY office (on the kids side), responsible for both the Bloomsbury and Walker lists, which as you probably know are a mix of original publishing, co-editions from our UK arm, and co-edition acquisitions. In other words, I'm still buying!"
Boyds Mill/WordSong
: Rebecca Davis will be Senior Editor, and according to the Boyds Mill press release, "will oversee the WordSong list, and will also acquire picture books, chapter books, and fiction for the BMP list." She had been working freelance for WordSong and previously worked at Greenwillow.
Capstone: Capstone, an established school-and-library publisher, has announced that they are starting a new trade line. It sounds like a substantial number of the books it will release are not new, but repackaged, having originally been published for the institutional market.

: Editor Emily Mitchell is leaving for a non-publishing job. In spite of two editors leaving in close succession (see April), Charlesbridge remains a healthy company. When I left the company myself in 2000, a similar coincidence happened....
Clarion: Daniel Nayeri has moved from his position as editor at Clarion to become the new Digital Editorial Director for the HMH children's division. I don't usually cover moves within a company, which is what this is, since HMH owns Clarion, but this seems to me to have wider significance. An interview with him
Merit Press Books: This will be a new YA imprint at F&W Media. Details
Regnery/Little Patriot Press: Regnery Publishing is launching a children's book imprint, Little Patriot Press. Details
Sterling: Frances Gilbert, the children's book publisher at Barnes and Noble's in-house publishing company, has left to become editorial director of Doubleday at Random House.
Whitman: Albert Whitman has announced that Kelly Barrales-Saylor will be their new editorial director. She leaves Sourcebooks.
World Wisdom: This new imprint will focus on "sharing the wisdom, beauty, and values of traditional cultures and peoples from around the world": More information

April 2012:

Bloomsbury: Publishing director and editor Melanie Cecka left Bloomsbury recently (I've heard this only from one source, but a reliable one).
: Editor Randi Rivers is leaving for a job outside publishing. It's sad to see her go--when I was at Charlesbridge, I hired her as editorial assistant....
: Julie Romeis, editor, has left Chronicle, and according to my informant is leaving publishing.
Creston Books: Marissa Moss is starting up this new children's book publisher, with help from Kickstarter: details in this PW article.

March 2012:

Callaway Digital Arts: Lisa Holton, formerly of Scholastic and more recently of Fourth Story Media in partnership with HarperCollins, is joining Calloway in a limited role, while not actually leaving Fourth Story. A difficult story to summarize, so please read more here.
Harper and Wells
: This is a new imprint, run by an actor/author (Hills Harper of CSI) and teen author Pamela Wells. Harper will be focusing on "black issues" and has stated that he plans to solicit books with positive messages from celebrity friends. More from PW
Lerner: Patricia Stockland is Lerner's new editorial director of series nonfiction. She had been editorial director for Red Line Editorial.
Open Road Integrated Media: Tim Travaglini (ex-Putnam--see October 2010) is now Director, Children's Acquisitions.
Random House: Kate Klimo has stepped down from her position as publisher and vice president of Random House/Golden Books. See this article for full details.

January 2012:

Amazon Publishing: Amazon has hired Tim Ditlow as associate publisher, nominally of the Marshall Cavendish imprint (see December) but probably of other children's and YA titles, as noted in this PW piece.
Children's Book Press
: The backlist of this multicultural publisher has been acquired by Lee and Low. The company itself closed down last year. Further details.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux BFYR
: Beginning on February 6, Joy Peskin will be division vice-president and editorial director. She had been associate publisher at Viking. Further details in PW.
Harlequin: T. S. Ferguson recently joined Harlequin as an Associate Editor, working on YA fiction.
Sterling Publishing
: The Wall Street Journal reports that Barnes and Noble is putting Sterling, their publishing wing, up for sale--a strategic move completely opposite from the direction in which Amazon is heading. In a message, an astute industry observer commented to me: "Acres of backlist -- thousands and thousands of titles.... We'll see, but whomever buys it will want the parts rather than the whole, I'm fairly certain."
Tumblehome Learning: This is a new imprint with an educational focus, publishing "fiction and nonfiction books with science, mathematics, and engineering themes for readers, ages 7-16." More details in PW
Whitman: After helping the company expand into new areas, Josalyn Moran has moved into an advisory role, the company reports in a press release. She had been the Vice President, Publishing, since May of 2010.

December 2011:

Entangled Publishing: Stacy Cantor Abrams (formerly at Walker BFYR) is now editorial director of Entangled and will be working on adult as well as YA. Press release
Marshall Cavendish: Amazon has bought the entire Marshall Cavendish children's division, as reported by Business Wire, including all current and backlist titles. I understand that the staff are being kept on and the offices will remain in Tarrytown for now. Amazon has been building a trade division for a year now, so this makes sense. Discussion on my Facebook page.

October 2011:

Algonquin Books: This Chapel Hill-based press is starting a young readers/YA line, headed by Elise Howard, formerly at HarperCollins. News item in Shelf Awareness.
Hartlyn Kids: An interesting new small press, focused on book about other countries. Details in this PW article.
Scholastic Press: Emily Seife has left Schwartz and Wade (Random House) and is now an associate editor at Scholastic.
Tundra Books: Tara Walker will start as editorial director on November 1. She had been an editor at Kids Can Press.
YA imprints: PW looks at YA imprints beyond the big NY publishers in a useful overview.


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Maintained by Harold Underdown ( Google + Profile ).

About this page: It's difficult to keep track of who is where at the major publishers, with editors coming and going every month of the year. Books get out of date and magazines and newsletters may be a few months behind in reporting.

Here I maintain a chronological list of these moves, both incomplete and infrequently updated, along with occasional nuggets of relevant industry news. Please do not take it as the final word, and do not assume that it is accurate: it is not all based on first-hand information. I base it on information I've obtained from messages I get from folks on the Internet, articles in various sources, and my contacts in the industry. The latest information is added at the top. Companies losing or laying off staff are coded in red, while those adding staff or filling vacancies are in green; unless I state otherwise, this should not be taken as an indication of growth or shrinkage in their publishing program. Please send additions and corrections by email to me. Thanks.

Additional resources: For some context, read The Current Climate for Children's Books. For addresses of children's publishers, you should have a copy of Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market, which is a massively useful book. It's published annually, so my notes here will help you stay current. Online, you can find some publisher's addresses in the CBC Member's list from the Children's Book Council WWW site. That is not a list of all children's publishers, however. Discussion about editors, agents, and publishers, and how long they take to respond, can best be found at the SCBWI's Blue Board, a Message and Chat Board. News can be found on the Publishers Weekly web site. Also, see the latest entry in the CBC's month-by-month updates of Job Moves, which covers marketing and other non-editorial jobs, and includes moves within a company, neither of which I do. For an evolving list of information about editors, see Ellen Jackson's Editors A to Z.

I hope you have found this page and this site useful. Please visit The Purple Crayon Bookstores page to find some recommended bookstores and to learn how to support this site while doing your usual online shopping. Thank you.

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