Daniel Kraus named new Booklist Books for Youth Editor

For Immediate Release
Mon, 11/03/2014


Katharine Fronk

Marketing Director


American Library Association


CHICAGO -- Daniel Kraus has been named new Books for Youth Editor at Booklist Publications, following the resignation of current director Gillian Engberg. Kraus joined Booklist in 2008 after two years as an associate editor at American Libraries magazine, where he created over 100 popular “AL Focus” videos.

Kraus quickly added a unique voice to Booklist reviews features (both print and online), blogs and the popular Booklandia newsletter. He also started the weekly Hostile Questions interview in which many best-selling authors have subjected themselves (apparently willingly) to his tongue-in-cheek aggressive questions. About his new role, Kraus said, “I’m excited to do this. We have a ton of talent on staff, and it’s a real honor to be asked to help shape and channel that talent.”

In addition to his job at Booklist, Kraus is the author of four YA novels (including the award-winning "Rotters" and "Scowler" and the upcoming "Trollhunters," co-authored with filmmaker Guillermo del Toro) and the director of six nationally broadcasted feature films. He received his MLIS at the University of Urbana-Champaign and worked as a reference librarian before joining ALA in 2006.

“We’re sorry to lose Gillian Engberg, who has made such an impact on our coverage of youth books across all the Booklist publications,” said editor and publisher Bill Ott, “but we’re thrilled to have Dan move into the position. He’s one of the most multitalented, innovative individuals I’ve ever worked with, and I know he’ll take us into uncharted territory!”

Engberg is leaving Booklist in December to move overseas. Among other notable accomplishments for the publications during her 16 years on staff, her development of Booklist’s and Book Links’ Common Core content made Booklist a go-to resource and made her a chosen interview subject on the topic.

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