New leaders at WaterBrook, Multnomah

WaterBrook and Multnomah are bringing in Sarah Rubio as executive editor while Bunmi Ishola has been named editor for children’s publishing. Laura Barker, v-p for the two Random House imprints, announced the moves. Rubio, who will report to Barker, moves over from Tyndale House where she had been senior editor for children’s and young adult titles. She has also written a children’s book, Far from Home: A Story of Loss, Refuge, and Hope, which was named one of Christianity Today’s Best Books of the Year. Ishola, who will report to Rubio, is a former middle-school educator who previously worked with Kidsbooks Publishing and Sourcebook Kids.

Baker Academic Commissions New Commentary Series

Jim Kinney at Baker Academic has commissioned authors for a new commentary series, the Baker Commentary on the Old Testament: Historical Books. The titles so far include: Esther by Jillian L. Ross (2027); Judges and Ruth by Michelle E. Knight and Brittany N. Melton (2029); 1 & 2 Samuel, by Lissa Wray Beal (2030), and 1 & 2 Kings, edited by David Firth. (2031). Baker Academic holds worldwide rights.