On April 2 Bill Boedeker will step into the newly created position of children’s publishing director at Chronicle Books. The appointment marks the return to publishing for Boedeker who has spent the past year traveling in Europe and Africa. Boedeker was v-p of marketing and associate publisher of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, where he worked with authors Marc Brown and Todd Parr and was involved in the launch of the Gossip Girl and A-List teen fiction series.