Dianne Hess is Executive Editor at Scholastic Press where she publishes a variety of picture books, chapter books, and non-fiction. She was the editor of the 2015 Sydney Taylor Award-winner, My Grandfather’s Coat by Jim Aylesworth, illustrated by Barbara McClintock.
Other of her award-winning books include: Zen Shorts by Jon J Muth (a Caldecott Honor Book); Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine, illustrated by Kadir Nelson (a Caldecott Honor book); Wonders and Miracles by Eric Kimmel (A National Jewish Book Award-winner); Gershon’s Monster by Eric Kimmel, illustrated by Jon J Muth (a Sydney Taylor Award-winner); My Guardian Angel by Sylvie Weil (A Sydney Taylor Honor Book); Unspoken by Henry Cole (A Simon Wiesenthal Award-winner); The President Has Been Shot by James L. Swanson (a YALSA-ALA Excellence in Young Adult Nonfiction Award finalist); The Great Fire by Jim Murphy (a Newbery Honor Book); Blizzard! by Jim Murphy (Sibert Honor Book); The Hunterman and the Crocodile by Baba Wague Diakite (A Coretta Scott King Honor Book); and many others.
Dianne loves books with a spiritual and strong moral center. She believes that Tikun Olam is the most important element in each book; that each book must play a role in making the world a better place.
“While Scholastic is a secular publisher, the few Jewish books we do publish are carefully chosen. But I believe that great secular books can also have a Jewish neshama.”