Amy Barth

Amy Barth – Editor

Editor and writer specializing in children's books, magazines and digital content. Experience includes editor at Scholastic and ABCmouse.

Overview

I’m a Los Angeles based editor and writer specializing in nonfiction content for children, pre-K through high school. I have more than a decade of professional in-house editing experience with publishers in NYC and LA, including managing editor at Scholastic and non-fiction book editor for ABCmouse.

My specialties include editing science, social studies, and biographical narratives for children, as well as science narratives for adults. I believe that there's an engaging and easy-to-understand way to tell any story—even one that's filled with challenging concepts. I love puzzling through the most exciting way to deliver a story, whether it's through compelling narrative, interactive digital media, engaging diagrams, hands-on activities or creative packaging.

One of my favorite parts of my job is working with writers to produce fun, empowering, and age-appropriate content. I love the back-and-forth exchanges that lead to a polished product that's ready for publication! I've covered everything from Saturn's moons to zebra stripes, and look forward to working with writers to make nearly any topic resonate with young audiences.
Services
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction Earth, Space, & Environmental Sciences Education & Reference History Life Sciences Nature
Fiction
Picture Books
Languages
English (US)
Certifications
  • Harvard Medical Media Fellowship

Work experience

Age of Learning (ABCMouse and Adventure Academy)

Mar, 2017 — Sep, 2018 (over 1 year)

Edited digital science and other nonfiction books for kids. Produced fun, motivating, age-appropriate and standards-aligned digital content. Managed a variety of e-learning projects.

Edited fiction and nonfiction content for beginning readers, including young English-language learners (ELL).

Wrote nonfiction books for children.

Self-employed

May, 2016 — Present

Senior Editor of Young Citizens, a new social studies textbook for elementary school students. I work closely with writers and other editors to produce engaging, inclusive, empowering and standards-aligned content.

Regular contributor to Scholastic magazines, specializing in editing and writing engaging, fun, and standards-aligned science narratives for elementary and high school students.

Regular contributor to ABCMouse (Age of Learning), specializing in producing digital books and infographics for children in preschool through fifth grade. This includes editing content for beginning readers and young English-language learners (ELL).

Other freelance work includes editing and writing assignments for Stanford University, Discover magazine, Men's Health magazine, and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Scholastic

Apr, 2013 — Apr, 2016 (about 3 years)

Managing editor of Scholastic's kid's magazine, Science World, for grades 6-10. In this role, I worked closely with writers to finesse all features and approved all pages of the magazine before they went to press. This involved closely working with writers to develop a smooth, engaging, and easy-to-understand narrative, extensive proofreading and fact checking, and approving all pages of the magazine before they went to press. I worked closely with the editorial director, art director, editors and writers to provide feedback on all features, layouts, and infographics.

I love highly visual storytelling, and worked regularly with writers, experts, and art directors to create visually stunning and easy to understand infographics.

Discover Magazine

Aug, 2008 — Jan, 2013 (over 4 years)

Edited the monthly news section: vetted pitches, set lineup, assigned stories to freelance writers, edited stories and wrote display copy, including coverlines, headlines and captions. Work with art team to tell stories visually through infographics, maps, photos and illustrations.

Wrote and researched stories with a focus on medicine, psychology, health, biology, neuroscience and archaeology. Fact-checked features.

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