'Exceptional' Newport leaves Scholastic for Hachette Children's Group

'Exceptional' Newport leaves Scholastic for Hachette Children's Group

Scholastic’s Kate Newport is joining Hachette Children’s Group (HCG) in the newly created role of publisher for non-fiction.  

Starting on 14th March, she will develop “a sustainable programme of innovative, market-leading colour non-fiction publishing,” HCG said, reporting to group trade publisher Emma Blackburn. Liza Wilde, editorial director for colour non-fiction, will report to Newport.   

Currently group product director at Scholastic, Newport worked as a children's librarian and youth worker before joining Macmillan in 2000. She has been at Scholastic for 16 years, starting as product manager in school book clubs and fairs, and has overseen trade and schools businesses.

“She led the overall strategy of clubs and fairs product ranges, bringing a creative and commercial eye to all areas, with a mission to always reach the widest possible audiences,” HCG said. “She has been instrumental in the development of bestselling series such as the football biography series Football Legends, illustrated by Stanley Chow, and the innovative lockable journal handbook format that includes the titles The Agent Handbook and The Gamers Handbook.”  

Newport said of her newly created role: “I’m incredibly excited to be joining the talented team at HCG and grow their impressive non-fiction list. I’ve long admired their diverse content and innovative approach to formats and I can’t wait to work with the team and their brilliant authors and illustrators to bring even more market-leading books to children around the world.”  

Hilary Murray Hill, c.e.o. of HCG, commented: “I am immensely proud of our non-fiction list and it remains an important area of growth for us in all markets and channels. Kate’s appointment supports our strategy to build on the great successes we have had in this area and to further grow our reputation as the leading publisher of innovative non-fiction. Kate is an exceptional publisher with unparalleled knowledge of the entire breadth of the children’s market and I look forward to welcoming her to HCG in March.”  

Blackburn said: “Kate is the perfect person to drive forward our award-winning children's non-fiction publishing. Her highly commercial, creative-led eye and her expertise in strategic, big picture publishing is breathtakingly impressive. Her extensive market knowledge and proven ability to 'lead from the front' will undoubtedly make her a publisher of note and I am delighted that she will be joining the team at HCG.”