Neal Porter to Speak to the Guild
Neal Porter will speak at the Guild's next luncheon meeting, on January 18, 2018. Neal Porter has been in and around the children’s book publishing industry for 40 years, holding marketing, editorial, or executive positions at houses such as Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Atheneum, Orchard, Dorling Kindersley, and Walker Books UK. In 2000 he decided to step away from administration and focus exclusively on editing. That year he helped to found Roaring Brook Press, now an imprint of the Macmillan Children’s Book Group, where he served as Publisher of Neal Porter Books for seventeen years. He is currently Vice President and Publisher of Neal Porter Books at Holiday House. Authors and illustrators he has worked with include Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Philip C. and Erin E. Stead, Yuyi Morales, Nick Bruel, Jason Chin, Patricia MacLachlan, Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, Richard Jackson, and Jerry Pinkney. Books he has edited have won numerous awards including the Caldecott Medal, four Caldecott Honors, three Geisel Honors, three Sibert Honors, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, three Orbis Pictus Awards, the Coretta Scott King Award and Honor for Illustration, and three Pura Belpré Awards. In 2015 he received a Carle Honor in the category of Mentor for his contribution to picture books.
The Children’s Book Guild of Washington, D.C., has selected Phillip Hoose as its 2018 Nonfiction Award Winner. The award, given annually since 1977, honors authors or illustrators whose total work has contributed significantly to the quality of nonfiction for children.
Hoose’s books explore important topics through protagonists whose stories compel readers “to turn to the next page because they want to know what’s going to happen to someone or something they care about,” Hoose told Book Links. His protagonists range from teenagers like Claudette Colvin and Knud Pederson to the tiny red knot bird and the great ivory billed woodpecker. “I like to find stories that have not been told that I think will inspire young readers,” says Hoose.
Hoose has won numerous honors for individual books. Claudette Colvin: Twice toward Justice, the story of an impassioned teenager who refused to give her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama, won the National Book Award as well as Newbery and Robert F. Sibert Honor Awards. Hoose won another Robert F. Sibert Honor Award for his most recent title, The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pederson and The Churchill Club, the story of teens who challenged the German occupation of Denmark.