Bloomsbury’s Isobel Doster has been appointed to the role of commissioning editor at Hachette Children’s Group’s Wren & Rook imprint.
Currently commissioning editor of children’s non-fiction at Bloomsbury Children’s Books, she will join Hachette on 1st July. She will commission authors for Wren & Rook’s colour non-fiction list, as well as working with the imprint’s existing roster of authors and illustrators, reporting to the imprint’s senior commissioning editor Liza Wilde.
Since 2015, Doster has been at Bloomsbury Children’s Books, managing, editing and commissioning children's non-fiction titles from pre-school through to Young Adult. Most notably, she brand-managed Kate Pankhurst's Fantastically Great Women series. She also acquired the debut title from the founders of the Black Girls' Book Club, Grown: The Black Girls' Guide to Glowing Up, which will be published in September 2021.
Doster has also collaborated with award-winning artists such as Jenni Desmond and Catherine Rayner, and has worked on two titles longlisted for the Klaus Flugge Prize: The Buildings That Made London, illustrated by Josie Shenoy in 2019, and Birds, illustrated by Angela Harding in 2021.
She said: “I have always admired HGC's innovative, reactive and socially engaged publishing. Wren & Rook's colour books push the boundaries of non-fiction, demonstrating that great storytelling and fascinating factual content are not mutually exclusive. I’m really excited to collaborate with such a creative and forward-thinking team, and help ensure the colour list continues to go from strength to strength.”
Wilde said: “Isobel’s reputation as an exceptionally talented editor and commissioner of children’s non-fiction is firmly established. An expert at creating commercial projects that entertain as much as they inform, she’s perfectly matched to Wren & Rook’s ethos. I can’t wait to have her on board.”