Stacey Barney will take on the role of associate publisher of Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, effective June 1. Currently executive editor at G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Barney will work closely with Nancy Paulsen to expand the imprint; her first books are scheduled to appear on the fall 2022 list.

“I am so happy to be working with Stacey again,” Paulsen said in a statement. “She began her career at Putnam when I was publisher, and from the beginning we shared a love of stories that are accessible to kids. We are awed by the courage and resilience of kids and want to join forces to bring more of their stories to the forefront.”

Caitlin Tutterow, currently assistant editor at Putnam Books for Young Readers, will also join the Nancy Paulsen imprint, reporting to both Barney and Paulsen.

A former public school teacher, Barney has worked in children’s book publishing for 20 years and has collaborated with many award-winning authors. She edited the 2021 Caldecott Honor Book The Cat Man of Aleppo by Irene Latham and Karim Shamsi-Basha, illustrated by Yuko Shimizu, and received the Bill Konigsberg Award in 2020 for Acts and Activism for Equity and Inclusion through Young Adult Literature.

Barney said in a statement, “I have long admired Nancy’s taste and commitment to building authors’ careers. She has always had a broad and inclusive vision and consistently publishes a list that is the gold standard for children’s books. It’s a distinct honor and pleasure to join her in this mission to create more opportunities for a diversity of writers and to publish books that truly and fully center kids and their experiences.”