Publisher, Neal Porter Books
Neal Porter has been in and around the children’s book publishing industry for more than 35 years, holding marketing, editorial, or executive positions at houses such as Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Atheneum, Orchard, Dorling Kindersley, and Walker Books UK. In 2000 he decided to step away from administration and focus exclusively on editing. That year he helped to found Roaring Brook Press, now an imprint of the Macmillan Children’s Book Group, where he is Publisher of Neal Porter Books. Authors and illustrators he has worked with include Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Philip C. and Erin E. Stead, Nick Bruel, Yuyi Morales, Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, Ted and Betsy Lewin, Jason Chin, and Antoinette Portis. Books he has edited have received many awards and honors including the Caldecott Medal, four Caldecott Honors, three Theodore Geisel Honors, three Sibert Honors, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, three Pura Belpré Awards, the Coretta Scott King Award, two Orbis Pictus Awards, the Ezra Jack Keats Award, and numerous ALA Notable Citations. In September, 2015, he was awarded an Eric Carle Honor in the category of Mentor for his contribution to picture books.