Chronicle Books has hired Josalyn Moran as children’s publishing director, effective June 10. Moran, who has been v-p of children’s books at Barnes & Noble for the past nine years, will oversee and spearhead the growth of the company’s children’s publishing program, encompassing books and other formats.

Before joining B&N, Moran was v-p, associate publisher at North-South Books, and prior to that she worked at Golden Books as v-p, director of special sales; and Scholastic as editorial director of school book clubs. Chronicle publisher Christine Carswell said, “With her years of experience in children’s publishing, at retail—both national and independent—in-house, at the book clubs, and also in the classroom, Josalyn brings a wealth of knowledge from so many different perspectives to the Chronicle Books list.”

Chronicle has been without a children's publishing director since the departure of Bill Boedeker in December 2008; Boedeker had been in the position for just under two years, having succeeded founding publisher Victoria Rock.

Moran, who is relocating to San Francisco, will attend BEA later this month on behalf of Chronicle.