Kathy Dawson Books
Kathy Dawson Books will launch its first list in Winter 2014. The imprint's mission statement: Publish stellar novels with unforgettable characters for children and teens that expand their vision of the world, sneakily explore the meaning of life, celebrate the written word, and last for generations. The imprint strives to publish tomorrow's award contenders: quality books with strong hooks in a variety of genres with universal themes and compelling voices — books that break the mold and the heart.
Kathy Dawson began her publishing career at G. P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers where she edited Newbery Honor winners Getting Near to Baby by Audrey Couloumbis and Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko. She also edited Printz Honor winner Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going, now a feature film directed by Matthew Lillard. After a brief time at Harcourt Children's Books as Associate Editorial Director where she published Graceling by Kristin Cashore and Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer, she returned to Penguin as Associate Publisher at Dial where she edited another Newbery Honor winner Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage and another Printz Honor winner The Returning by Christine Hinwood, as well as a National Book Award finalist, Chime by Franny Billingsley (also a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book for Fiction), and an Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award Winner Fire by Kristin Cashore.