Lauri Hornik (she/her), President and Publisher of Dial Books for Young Readers, began her career as an editorial assistant at Houghton Mifflin Children’s Books in 1988, right after graduating from Harvard.
She moved to New York City six years later as Senior Editor at Bantam Doubleday Dell, and then joined Penguin in 1999 as Editorial Director of Dial. In her time at Penguin, she has edited the National Book Award Finalists A River Between Us by Richard Peck and The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin; New York Times Bestsellers The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak, Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan, If I Built a School by Chris Van Dusen, and the Ordinary People Change the World series by Brad Meltzer and Christopher Eliopoulos; Caldecott Honor Book One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo and David Small; Coretta Scott King Honor Books How I Discovered Poetry by Marilyn Nelson and The Moon Over Star by Dianna Hutts Aston and Jerry Pinkney; Sydney Taylor Book Award winner Dancing at the Pity Party by Tyler Feder; Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Books It’s Only Stanley by Jon Agee and The Best Man by Richard Peck; and Sibert Honor Book Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom by Lynda Blackmon Lowery.
At the top of her current acquisition wish list are books about mental health and illness, picture book through YA, both fiction and nonfiction.