Children's publishing veteran Catherine Onder will join Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers as senior v-p and publisher on February 6. Most recently editorial director at Bloomsbury Children’s Books, Onder has held roles at HarperCollins and Disney-Hyperion, and has worked with authors such as Sarah J. Maas.
"I’m proud to join HMH with its rich tradition of children’s publishing of the highest caliber,” Onder said in a statement. "I look forward to building on the house’s achievements, and I’m excited for new opportunities to drive further success."
As publisher at Books for Young Readers, Onder is tasked with continuing to grow and nurture HMH’s children’s collection while focusing on acquiring new franchises and building the division’s young adult program and middle grade series. She will work out of HMH's New York office.
“I am thrilled to have Catherine join the HMH team,” HMH trade publishing president Ellen Archer said in a statement. "Working with our gifted editors, she will direct and grow both our front and backlist business to new levels of excellence.”
Onder is replacing Betsy Groban, who left the company last July after 10 years.