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News and Staff Changes at Children's Book Publishers

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April 2018:

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Review of 2017 edition
CubHouse/Lion Forge: This graphic novel imprint is expanding into picture books. More info. from PW
Dial BFYR: Nancy Mercado, formerly editorial director at Scholastic, joins Dial Books for Young Readers as associate publisher and editorial director on April 9.
Erin Murphy Lit. Agency: Kevin Lewis, who left Disney-Hyperion in October 2015, has joined the agency and will specialize in diverse voices.
Norton Young Readers: This is the name of the new children's imprint at W.W. Norton that Simon Boughton has launched and will lead as publishing director. More info. from PW, and see Sept. 2017 below also.
Philomel: President and Publisher Michael Green is leaving.
Scholastic Focus: This new imprint at Scholastic will "focus" on MG and YA narrative nonfiction. PW article
Sky Pony Press (Skyhorse): All of the children's book editors at the imprint have been laid off. Children's books will still be published but will be handled by other editors at Skyhorse. Article at PW
Sterling (B&N): I'm told that editor Meredith Mundy is leaving to go to Appleseed at Abrams.
Versify: This new imprint at HMH will be "curated" by Kwame Alexander, with Senior Executive Editor Margaret Raymo working with him. News release

January 2018:

Harper Children's: In a reorganization, HC has created an editorial team working on teen and MG fiction. The team will be led by Erica Sussman as editorial director. Also on the team: Kristen Pettit, Emilia Rhodes, Alice Jerman, Elizabeth Lynch and Stephanie Stein.
Lonely Planet Kids: Hannah Otero is now in place as publisher for this imprint, with additional hiring expected. She had been an editorial director at Sterling.
Rodale Kids: The assets of Rodale Books have been purchased by Random Penguin. In the announcement of this, it's not clear what will happen to the staff but it doesn't sound like they will be kept on. Stay tuned for more news and read this article in PW for more details.
Workman Publishing: Workman has moved to fill the vacancies created by the departure of 3 staff for Macmillan, as noted below in November. At the end of the month, Traci Todd will become the director of children's publishing, and Sara Corbett will step into the role of art director. More details in Publishers Weekly

December 2017:

Holiday House: Elizabeth Law is joining the staff as Backlist Editor. She will not be acquiring and will also continue to offer editorial services via Elizabeth Law Reads.
Putnam BFYR: Jennifer Klonsky is taking on the role of Publisher and VP, moving over from HarperCollins. More information. (This move essentially fills the vacancy created by the departure of Jennifer Besser in September.)

November 2017:

Candlewick Press: I'm told that Nicole Raymond, Candlewick editor, has left the company. I have no additional information.
Macmillan: Daniel Nayeri has become publisher of a new, not yet named, imprint he is launching at Macmillan, having left Workman along with editorial director Nathalie Le Du and creative director Colleen A.F. Venable. Read more here.
Page Street Publishing: Page Street is launching a children's book imprint and a YA line. More information.

September 2017:

Candlewick Press: Susan van Metre is leaving Abrams, where she had been the Publisher for the children's division, to become the executive editorial director of Walker Books US. Their first list will be released next year.
Holt: Brian Geffen is leaving Philomel to become an editor at Holt Children's Books.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: Julie Tibbott has left HMH and is joining the staff at the Jill Corcoran agency, where she will be an editorial agent. Details
Macmillan: Simon Boughton, publishing director of three of the Macmillan children's imprints, including Roaring Brook, is leaving and being replaced by Jennifer Besser, publisher of Putnam's BFYR. Read full details here.

August 2017:

Clarion Books: Publisher Dinah Stevenson has become an "editor-at-large" (a common move for a senior person with administrative responsibilities who wants to cut back and concentrate on editing books). The publishing role will not be filled; Cat Onder, senior vice president of HMH Children's, will continue to oversee the imprint.
HarperCollins Children's: Senior editor Abby Ranger has left HC and launched Abby Ranger Editorial.
Holiday House: Neal Porter becomes the second editor to move their personal imprint from a Macmillan imprint to Holiday House this year (see May news below for Margaret Ferguson's similar move). He has taken Neal Porter Books from Roaring Brook to Holiday House, which is making moves to expand under the new owners.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: Sarah Landis and Elizabeth Bewley will rep YA and MG fiction and nonfiction at the Sterling Lord Literistic agency. They left HMH after the reorganization and layoffs earlier this year (this is a correction--I had thought they were part of that).
Little, Brown Children's: Michael Strother has joined LB as an editor. He used to be at Harlequin Teen.
Macmillan: The company is leaving the Flatiron Building--but you won't need to update your virtual Rolodex until 2019.
Workman Children's: Carol Burrell is joining the staff as a senior editor. She had most recently been working independently, and prior to that at Graphic Universe, the graphic novel imprint at Lerner.
Workman Publishing: Workman is expanding their children's group. News article with more info.

May 2017:

Albert Whitman: Whitman has hired two editors: Sue Tarsky, who had been at Scholastic, will be an executive editor; and Annie Nybo, who had been at Margaret K. McElderry Books, will be an editor.
Bloomsbury Children's Books: Bethany Buck, who had been editorial director at Sky Pony, is now editorial director at BCB. Allison Moore has also become an editor at Bloomsbury, having left Little, Brown.
Farrar, Strauss and Giroux: Margaret Ferguson moves to Holiday House Publishing as publisher of Margaret Ferguson Books in May. She had been running her own imprint at Holt (I see this as further evidence of re-organizing at Macmillan, along with the recent shakeup at Holt.)
HarperCollins: Rich Thomas is coming to HC as vice president and publishing director of the the Festival, I Can Read, and licensing programs. He had been associate publisher and editorial director at Disney Publishing Worldwide.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: As part of a general cutback, HMH laid off 11 people in their children's trade division. The main focus was on paperback editors; paperbacks will now be managed by the original hardcover editor. More details and names.
Razorbill: Julie Moody Rosenberg has left Disney Hyperion, where she was an associate editor, and is now an editor at Razorbill.
Quarto USA: This UK-based publisher is starting two new children's imprints: more details.
Simon and Schuster/Merit Press: S&S bought F&W Media's trade imprints recently. Merit was their YA imprint. It is being folded into Simon Pulse and editor Jacquelyn Mitchard has been laid off.

March 2017:

Charlesbridge Publishing: Charlesbridge is adding a teen imprint.
Harper Children's: Editor Kari Sutherland has left to become an agent at Bradford Literary Agency.
Harvest Kids: This is the new children's imprint from Harvest House.
Holt Children's Books: Editor Tiffany Liao left Razorbill to join Holt.
Little Bee Books: Kristin Zelazko left Albert Whitman and Company to become senior editor at Little Bee.
Page Street Publishing: Kristen Nobles has moved to Page Street from Candlewick (where she had been group art director) to start their new children's list.
Whitman: Eliza Smith left Alloy Entertainment, where she had been Associate Editor, to become an Editor at Whitman.

February 2017:

Elsewhere Editions: This is a new children's imprint at Archipelago Books.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt BFYR: Catherine Onder has become senior VP and publisher. She had been editorial director at Bloomsbury. More information
Jolly Fish Press: This relatively new "no-advance" publisher was about to close, but has now been acquired by North Star Editions, which also owns Flux.
Katherine Tegen: Kelsey Horton, associate editor, has moved to Delacorte.
Lee and Low: Cheryl Klein has left Arthur Levine Books at Scholastic to become editorial director. Louise May has become an editor-at-large. More information
Lerner Publishing Group: Andy Cummings, previously at Wiley, is the new editor-in-chief.
Simon & Schuster Children's: Krista Vitola has joined as senior editor, moving from Delacorte.
Sourcebooks: Little Pickle Press is becoming an imprint at Sourcebooks Jabberwocky.
Swoon Reads: Macmillan's crowd-sourced YA imprint is expanding from romance into other genres and plans its first hardcover.
Tyndale Kids: This children's and YA imprint is expanding.
Wednesday Books: St. Martin's Press has created this new "crossover" imprint.

October 2016:

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.


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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 news of imprints closing, opening, or expanding, and other nuggets of relevant industry news. Please do not take it as the final word, and do not assume that it is completely 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.

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