Effective June 27, Paul Crichton is stepping down as v-p of children's publicity at Simon & Schuster. He has worked in the S&S Children's Division for nine years. In announcing the change, division president and publisher Jon Anderson said Crichton "has helped drive bestsellers that are too numerous to mention. His contacts with the press, his reputation within children's publishing, and his relationships with booksellers across the country are well-known throughout the industry." This summer he plans to travel around the world "as he mulls the next steps in his career."
Stephanie Hoover has joined HarperCollins Children's Books as associate publicist. She comes from the Trident Media Group, where she worked on middle grade and YA titles, including R.J. Palacio's Wonder.