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Kelly Barrales-Saylor Named Editorial Director at Albert Whitman & Company

Kelly Barrales-Saylor will jump from Sourcebooks to be the new editorial director at Albert Whitman & Company. She will start on May 21st.

Barrales-Saylor began as an editorial intern at Sourcebooks’ Sphinx Publishing imprint. She helped launch two of the company’s children’s books imprints, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Sourcebooks Fire.

Barrales-Saylor had this statement in the release: “Joining such an amazing team is a dream come true. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to publish books that empower children and make a difference in their lives.”

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Kristin Ostby Joins Albert Whitman & Company

Kristin Ostby will join Albert Whitman & Company as a senior editor.

Previously, Ostby served as an editor at the Penguin Young Readers Group. She worked on the Mad Libs series and licensed books from Nickelodeon, Disney, and DreamWorks.

After leaving Penguin, she worked with a number of publishers as a freelance editor based in Chicago.

Children’s Book Creators Celebrate National Doodle Day

Publishers Albert Whitman & Company, Chronicle Books, Gibbs Smith Publishers, and Running Press, have joined together to celebrate this year’s National Doodle Day. In preparation for the May 12th event, several authors and illustrators of children’s books have donated doodles for its annual eBay auction.

Here’s more from the press release: “Daniel Pinkwater, Annie Barrows, Tom Lichtenheld, Calef Brown, Peter Reynolds, Eric Carle, Jon Scieszka, Mo Willems, and Lydia Bastianich all agreed to create unique doodles for the auction. Doodles can be viewed at doodledayusa.org until the launch of the eBay auction on May 12.”

Some authors, like Kurt Vonnegut, have attracted as much fame for their doodles as they have for their writing. Reportedly, this is the first year publishers have participated in National Doodle Day. The publishers will host public events on that day in the following cities: Chicago, Salt Lake City, and Sausalito.

Boxcar Children’ Prequel Planned for 2012

Newbery Award winner Patricia MacLachlan (pictured, via) has signed up with Albert Whitman & Company to write a prequel for Gertrude Chandler Warner‘s popular kidlit series, The Boxcar Children.

The not-yet-titled project will be released in September 2012 for the 70-year anniversary of the book’s debut. An eBook version will be published simultaneously from Open Road Integrated Media.

MacLachlan gave this quote in the press release: “Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny are kind to one another and embody the true sense of family. They are resourceful and positive. I find them both true children and true heroes at the same time. It occurs to me that perhaps their parents were the same. I’m looking forward to exploring that idea and more.”

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