Pan Macmillan will this autumn launch a children’s book imprint within Macmillan Children’s Books (MCB), to be run by Suzanne Carnell.
Carnell is currently publishing director of picture books and pre-school of the MCB Under 6 division.
Under the new imprint, which is yet to be named, she will publish around 12 books annually. She will curate her own list and take some backlist authors, such as Emily Gravett, with her. Most of MCB’s picture book authors, including Julia Donaldson, will continue to be published as part of the Under 6 list.
Carnell will take up her new role immediately and a replacement for her current role will be found in due course.
“My ambition is to create an illustrated list with no boundaries; books full of personality, wit and warmth, to delight the eye, engage the heart and stimulate the mind; books to spend time with and to share,” she said. “Illustrated books can inspire and delight all ages, and my new imprint offers the opportunity to experiment and to explore.”
MCB publisher Belinda Rasmussen said picture books are the “heartland” of children’s publishing.
“This is a strong and growing area, which we understand very well and Suzanne's exceptional creativity, relationships and experience will unlock exciting new possibilities for authors, illustrators, adults and children,” she said.