Daniel Nayeri has been appointed director of children's publishing at Workman, effective December 18. Formerly digital editorial director at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Nayeri will replace Raquel Jaramillo, who left the position on November 1, and who will return to Workman on February 3 as an editor-at-large for both the children's and adult lists.
“I’m thrilled to welcome someone with such diverse experience, both in print and digital, to Workman," said Susan Bolotin, editor-in-chief and acting publisher for the Workman imprint. "I know Daniel appreciates all that Workman has traditionally done best—and will continue that important work—but he’s someone who can also take our children’s list down avenues we have yet to even imagine.”
Nayeri said of his change in focus from digital back to print books, “I am thankful, of course, for this wonderful opportunity and honored to be following Raquel Jaramillo—in whose giant footsteps I could probably swim laps. In addition to upholding the award-winning and bestselling list already at Workman, I look forward to creating quirky and joyful nonfiction for children, game books, inventive board books, and books you can only describe as "objets d'art pour les enfants génial et terribles," art objects for great and terrible children.”
At HMH, Nayeri worked on digital products for Curious George, illustrator David Wiesner, and The Princess Bride. He has been with HMH since 2009. Nayeri has also authored his own books, including the YA collection Straw House, Wood House, Brick House, Blow, one story of which has been optioned by the producers of Shrek as a feature-length animated film.