Scholastic, the global children’s publishing and media company, today announced that Michael di Capua, award-winning Publisher of Michael di Capua Books, will bring his imprint to Scholastic effective January 2, 2006. Michael di Capua Books was launched in 1987 at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, where di Capua edited both adult and children’s books for 25 years, from 1966 to 1991. He moved his imprint to HarperCollins in 1991 and then to Hyperion Books for Children in 1999.
Michael di Capua has been editing and art directing children’s books since 1962. He has worked with many outstanding children’s authors and illustrators, including Jon Agee, Natalie Babbitt, Nancy Ekholm Burkert, Richard Egielski, Jules Feiffer, Randall Jarrell, Norton Juster, Tony Kushner, Fred Marcellino, James Marshall, Chris Raschka, Tor Seidler, Uri Shulevitz, Maurice Sendak, William Steig, Hilma Wolitzer, Arthur Yorinks, and Margot Zemach. Michael di Capua books have won three Caldecott Medals, five Caldecott Honors, four Newbery Honors, and four National Book Awards.
In making the announcement, Lisa Holton, President, Scholastic Trade Books and Book Fairs said, “Michael is an extraordinary talent with a long history of publishing top-quality books for children. We are delighted to welcome him and his imprint to Scholastic, where his work can be made available to even more children, families and teachers through our unique channels.”
In 2005, Michael di Capua Books published Bears by Ruth Krauss and Maurice Sendak, The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster and Chris Raschka, A Room with a Zoo by Jules Feiffer, and Terrific by Jon Agee.
The Michael di Capua imprint joins other Scholastic Trade imprints: Scholastic Press, Arthur A. Levine Books, Cartwheel Books®, The Chicken House®, Scholastic Paperbacks, Scholastic Reference, The Blue Sky Press®, and Orchard Books®.
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