FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Toronto (February 27, 2012) — Jennifer Canham, Group Publisher of Owlkids, Bayard Canadaʼs English Youth Division, is pleased to announce the appointment of Karen Boersma as Publisher of Owlkids Books, effective March 5, 2012. In her new role, Boersma will lead all aspects of the book program, including strategic planning, editorial development, and sales and marketing.
“Iʼve been a big fan of Karenʼs ever since Owlkids began publishing books,” says Canham. “When it was time to expand and hire a full-time book publisher, I immediately thought of her and Iʼm thrilled she has agreed to join our team. Karenʼs impeccable instincts, strong understanding of the worldwide publishing market, and broad range of contacts make her the perfect choice to lead the growth of Owlkids Books.”
Boersmaʼs experience is extensive, with a focus in childrenʼs publishing for the past 16 years. In her most recent position, as Vice-President and Publisher of Kids Can Press, she has led the development of the publishing program, oversaw the international sales and licensing programs for much of her tenure, and was a member of the executive committee. Prior to that, she worked with Groundwood Books in both international and US sales, as well as at Bantam Doubleday Dell and University of Toronto Press. Boersma also has significant experience with publishing associations, having been a board member of the Canadian Childrenʼs Book Centre, the Association of Canadian Publishers, and BookNet Canada.
“Iʼve been watching Owlkids Books for the past few years and have been impressed with the direction of their publishing program. I see great opportunities for growth, Particularly when coupled with the close connection to children they have through their magazines,” says Boersma. “I look forward to working with the talented team already in place and leveraging the power of the Owlkids brand.”
“Bayard Canada believes in the future of publishing,” adds Suzanne Spino, President. “With Karen at the helm of the book team, we are signalling our confidence in the future of childrenʼs books and the success of Owlkids Books.”
Owlkids, a division of Bayard Canada, publishes award-winning books and magazines for children ages 2 to 13. Our magazines, Chirp, chickaDEE, and OWL, delight and engage more than 1 million readers every year. Our book publishing program, Owlkids Books, has more than 125 active backlist titles featuring critically-acclaimed authors and illustrators, including Roslyn Schwartz, Jan Thornhill, Dave Whamond, Elin Kelsey, Helaine Becker, and Frieda Wishinsky, to name just a few. Owlkids has a staff of 27 talented and creative childrenʼs publishing specialists and is based in Toronto.
For more information, please contact:
Lesley Zimic | Owlkids | T: 416.340.2700 ext.314 | firstname.lastname@example.org