Amy Sklansky

Amy Sklansky - Editor

St. Louis, MO, USA

Children's book specialist with 25+ years experience and 75+ books published. Clients include HarperCollins, Scholastic, and Disney.

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Overview

Are you looking for someone to take your children's book to the next level?

Do you want editorial feedback on your idea or manuscript?

Maybe you want to polish your story before you self-publish or submit to agents?

​Are you writing in verse and want to make sure your words sing?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you're reading the right page. I'd love to work with you!

CONFESSION: My favorite genre to edit is picture books and poetry for children. This is exclusively how I choose to spend my editing time. If you've written a novel or chapter book, I wish you well, but we're not a good editorial match. I'm a picture book specialist.

I excel at both developmental and big picture editing, as well as close-up line editing and proofreading. I have a knack for verse. I'm experienced and reliable, and I deliver on time.

My credentials:

More than 25 years of publishing experience both as an author and an editor

EDITING: I began my career as an editor at HarperCollins Children's Books, where I edited a variety of picture books through middle grade novels and where I oversaw series such as MathStart and Let's-Read-and-Find Out Science. I also worked for Studio Goodwin Sturges, a boutique agency representing children's book illustrators. I've edited dozens of published children's books ranging from board books to middle grade novels. In the past year alone, I have worked with more than 75 aspiring authors.

Since 2013, I've worked as a Mentor in the Children's Literature Fellow program at Stony Brook University. This role allows me to work with brand-new and developing picture book writers over the course of a semester. For me, helping writers learn and hone their craft is satisfying and inspiring work.

WRITING: I'm the author of 15 original children's books published by Scholastic, HarperCollins, Henry Holt, Clarion, Quarto, and Little, Brown. They include picture books (fiction and nonfiction), board books, beginning readers, and poetry collections. Additionally, I have published more than 50 children's books as a ghostwriter or under my pen name, Amy Edgar, for companies such as Disney, HarperCollins, Scholastic, Quarto, Little Brown, and a handful of educational publishers.

Don't be shy! I'd be happy to consider your request or discuss your project. All questions are worth asking. I look forward to helping you take your work to the next level.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction
Fiction
Picture Books
Poetry

Certifications

  • Radcliffe Publishing Course

Work experience

Author/Ghostwriter/Editor

Self-employed
September, 1997 – Present (almost 24 years)

Worked for the following publishing clients as an author, ghostwriter, or freelance editor: Scholastic, HarperCollins, Clarion, Disney, Henry Holt, National Geographic, Quarto, and Little, Brown. (My pen name is Amy Edgar.) I've also edited picture books for self-published authors.

Mentor, Children's Literature Fellows Program

Stony Brook University
August, 2013 – Present (almost 8 years)

Over the course of a semester, coach students in developing a picture book project in order to hone their writing skills.

Editor

Studio Goodwin Sturges
October, 1997 – July, 2002 (over 4 years)

Worked as an editor at this boutique illustrators' agency. Helped develop projects and support and promote illustrators.

Editor

HarperCollins Children's Books
September, 1993 – August, 1998 (almost 5 years)

Launched the MathStart (picture book) series and edited 30 titles. Edited many titles in the Lets-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. Edited a variety of picture books, chapter books, and middle grade novels.

Portfolio (27 selected works)

These Little Piggies Go to the Beach

Amy E. Sklansky

From New York Times bestselling illustrator Christine Davenier and bestselling author Amy E. Sklansky comes this utterly charming, silly, and irresistible read-aloud that sends the little piggies from everyone's favorite nursery rhyme off to the beach. Following the rhythm and rhyme scheme of the original (This little piggy went to market..), young children get to follow along as the five pigg... read more

From New York Times bestselling illustrator Christine Davenier and bestselling author Amy E. Sklansky comes this utterly charming, silly, and irresistible read-aloud that sends the little piggies from everyone's favorite nursery rhyme off to the beach. Following the rhythm and rhyme scheme of the original (This little piggy went to market..), young children get to follow along as the five pigg... read more

My Rainbow Surprise

Amy E. Sklansky

Open your eyes and celebrate a dazzling world of colors in this imaginative rhyming board book with colorful tiered pages and a clever die-cut shape that looks just like a rainbow!My Rainbow Surprise is sure to delight curious readers of all ages with its irresistible rainbow theme, rhyming text, foil title, and eye-catching illustrations by the talented Anna Dunn. A chunky, satisfying novelty... read more

Open your eyes and celebrate a dazzling world of colors in this imaginative rhyming board book with colorful tiered pages and a clever die-cut shape that looks just like a rainbow!My Rainbow Surprise is sure to delight curious readers of all ages with its irresistible rainbow theme, rhyming text, foil title, and eye-catching illustrations by the talented Anna Dunn. A chunky, satisfying novelty... read more

Where Do Chicks Come From? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1)

Amy E Sklansky

Read and find out all about eggs -- and how baby chicks grow inside of them. Learn how chicks develop,how they get the food they need to grow, and how a mother hen helps keep them safe in this simple introduction to the life cycle of a baby chick.

Read and find out all about eggs -- and how baby chicks grow inside of them. Learn how chicks develop,how they get the food they need to grow, and how a mother hen helps keep them safe in this simple introduction to the life cycle of a baby chick.

Sweet Hearts

Amy E. Sklansky

Each day is a chance to open our hearts.Let love lead the way -- that's how it all starts!!Celebrate your little sweet heart in this imaginative rhyming novelty book with colorful tiered pages and a clever die-cut shape that looks just like a heart!Sweet Hearts is sure to delight curious readers of all ages with its irresistible Valentine's Day theme, rhyming text, and eye-catching illustratio... read more

Each day is a chance to open our hearts.Let love lead the way -- that's how it all starts!!Celebrate your little sweet heart in this imaginative rhyming novelty book with colorful tiered pages and a clever die-cut shape that looks just like a heart!Sweet Hearts is sure to delight curious readers of all ages with its irresistible Valentine's Day theme, rhyming text, and eye-catching illustratio... read more

You Are My Little Pumpkin Pie

Amy E. Sklansky

Your scent is so delightful, Like cinnamon and spice. Each time I kiss your tender cheekI have to kiss it twice.This oh-so-sweet tribute to adorable babies evokes the warmth and comfort of a delicious piece of yummy pumpkin pie. Amy Sklansky's delightful rhyming text makes this new board book the perfect read aloud to show little ones just how much they are loved.

Your scent is so delightful, Like cinnamon and spice. Each time I kiss your tender cheekI have to kiss it twice.This oh-so-sweet tribute to adorable babies evokes the warmth and comfort of a delicious piece of yummy pumpkin pie. Amy Sklansky's delightful rhyming text makes this new board book the perfect read aloud to show little ones just how much they are loved.

Out of This World: Poems and Facts about Space

Amy Sklansky

Amy Sklansky and Stacey Schuett give young explorers the moon and stars and beyond! The mysteries of the universe and the science of space exploration are perennialy popular subjects, and Out of This World is a wonderful introduction. Amy Sklansky has written evocative poems about planets and stars and rockets and moon landings and satellites. Each poem is supported by additional facts and exp... read more

Amy Sklansky and Stacey Schuett give young explorers the moon and stars and beyond! The mysteries of the universe and the science of space exploration are perennialy popular subjects, and Out of This World is a wonderful introduction. Amy Sklansky has written evocative poems about planets and stars and rockets and moon landings and satellites. Each poem is supported by additional facts and exp... read more

You Are My Little Cupcake

Amy E. Sklansky

Your smile is sweet as frosting.Your snuggle can't be beat.Your kiss is irresistibleAnd makes each day complete.From their sugar-sweet smiles to their scrumptious little toes, babies are as irresistible as frosting-covered cupcakes! Amy Sklansky's delightful rhyming text makes this new board book the perfect read aloud to show little ones just how much they are loved. With artwork from talente... read more

Your smile is sweet as frosting.Your snuggle can't be beat.Your kiss is irresistibleAnd makes each day complete.From their sugar-sweet smiles to their scrumptious little toes, babies are as irresistible as frosting-covered cupcakes! Amy Sklansky's delightful rhyming text makes this new board book the perfect read aloud to show little ones just how much they are loved. With artwork from talente... read more

From the Doghouse: Poems to Chew On

Amy E. Sklansky

A spirited celebration of dogs"My tail won’t stop its wagging.My rear end has an ache.Back and forth and back and forth–It never takes a break!"Dogs. Dogs. Dogs. Big dogs, small dogs, cowboy dogs, and even astrodogs! In poems that bounce and spill and shoot off into space (just like their subjects!) and stunning hand-beaded pictures that capture the true nature of man’s best friend, this delig... read more

A spirited celebration of dogs"My tail won’t stop its wagging.My rear end has an ache.Back and forth and back and forth–It never takes a break!"Dogs. Dogs. Dogs. Big dogs, small dogs, cowboy dogs, and even astrodogs! In poems that bounce and spill and shoot off into space (just like their subjects!) and stunning hand-beaded pictures that capture the true nature of man’s best friend, this delig... read more

My Daddy And Me

Amy Sklansky

Just like wind and kites, a pail and a shovel, and the moon and stars -- whatever the season, Daddy and child go together in this sweet Father's Day paperback for young readers!We go togetherLike honey and bees,like peanut butter and jelly,like hide and seek.Whatever the weather,We go together.Read along as daddies and children play through the seasons in this simple story of love between pare... read more

Just like wind and kites, a pail and a shovel, and the moon and stars -- whatever the season, Daddy and child go together in this sweet Father's Day paperback for young readers!We go togetherLike honey and bees,like peanut butter and jelly,like hide and seek.Whatever the weather,We go together.Read along as daddies and children play through the seasons in this simple story of love between pare... read more

Skeleton Bones and Goblin Groans: Poems for Halloween

Amy E. Sklansky

Jack o' lanternJack o' light.Jack o' darkness.Jack o' night.A spirited collection of Halloween poems guaranteed to tickle the funny boneThrillsome, shocking, bewitching-Halloween! It's the only night of the year where a being can truly be . . . itself! But Halloween's not just for goblins. Read along and see for yourself as bats, witches, daring adventurers, even ordinary kids (especially ordi... read more

Jack o' lanternJack o' light.Jack o' darkness.Jack o' night.A spirited collection of Halloween poems guaranteed to tickle the funny boneThrillsome, shocking, bewitching-Halloween! It's the only night of the year where a being can truly be . . . itself! But Halloween's not just for goblins. Read along and see for yourself as bats, witches, daring adventurers, even ordinary kids (especially ordi... read more

The Muddy Puppy (Scholastic Reader, Level 2: Pet Charms #1)

Amy Edgar

In this Level 2 reader series, Molly loves animals! In this first book, she helps an adorable puppy who gets stuck outside in a storm. Then the puppy gives her a magic charm bracelet! Now Molly can hear animals talking! She soon finds out that the muddy puppy doesn't have a name or a home. Can Molly help her new friend? Is there a magical surprise for Molly in the end? *A real charm bracelet i... read more

In this Level 2 reader series, Molly loves animals! In this first book, she helps an adorable puppy who gets stuck outside in a storm. Then the puppy gives her a magic charm bracelet! Now Molly can hear animals talking! She soon finds out that the muddy puppy doesn't have a name or a home. Can Molly help her new friend? Is there a magical surprise for Molly in the end? *A real charm bracelet i... read more

Bunny Surprise (Scholastic Reader, Level 2: Pet Charms #2)

Amy Edgar

In this Level 2 reader series, a magic charm bracelet lets Molly speak to animals! In this book, Molly helps her best friend, Lexie, choose a new pet. Lexie can only pick one. Molly talks to the animals to try to find the perfect pet. But then Lexie meets two adorable bunnies. Can Molly use her charm bracelet to help BOTH bunnies find a home? And is there a magical surprise for Molly in the en... read more

In this Level 2 reader series, a magic charm bracelet lets Molly speak to animals! In this book, Molly helps her best friend, Lexie, choose a new pet. Lexie can only pick one. Molly talks to the animals to try to find the perfect pet. But then Lexie meets two adorable bunnies. Can Molly use her charm bracelet to help BOTH bunnies find a home? And is there a magical surprise for Molly in the en... read more

Here, Kitty, Kitty (Scholastic Reader, Level 2: Pet Charms #3)

Amy Edgar

In this Level 2 reader series, a magic charm bracelet lets Molly speak to animals! In the third book, Molly's bracelet is missing! Molly and her best friend, Lexie, look everywhere for it. Also, the girls notice that Molly's pet cat, Stella, isn't acting like herself. They are worried about her. But without Molly's bracelet, Stella can't tell Molly what's wrong. Can Molly find the bracelet in ... read more

In this Level 2 reader series, a magic charm bracelet lets Molly speak to animals! In the third book, Molly's bracelet is missing! Molly and her best friend, Lexie, look everywhere for it. Also, the girls notice that Molly's pet cat, Stella, isn't acting like herself. They are worried about her. But without Molly's bracelet, Stella can't tell Molly what's wrong. Can Molly find the bracelet in ... read more

The Little Mermaid (Disney Princess Series)

Amy Edgar (Adapted by) Disney Enterprise

Ariel is tired of living under the sea-she wants to be a human and walk on the land. She gets her chance after making a deal with an evil sea witch, but something's fishy! Can Flounder, Sebastian

Ariel is tired of living under the sea-she wants to be a human and walk on the land. She gets her chance after making a deal with an evil sea witch, but something's fishy! Can Flounder, Sebastian

The Little Mermaid: A Read-Aloud Storybook

Amy Edgar

The complete retelling of favorite Disney movies in a true read-aloud style.

The complete retelling of favorite Disney movies in a true read-aloud style.

The Little Mermaid II Super Chapter Book

Amy Edgar

Book by Amy Edgar

Book by Amy Edgar

Winnie the Pooh's Bedtime Hummables (Super Tab Books)

RH Disney

A Tab Book: seven spreads with characters on each tab so little hands can easily turn to their favorite rhyme or hummable.

A Tab Book: seven spreads with characters on each tab so little hands can easily turn to their favorite rhyme or hummable.

LIFE: Our Century in Pictures for Young People

Richard B. Stolley

Drawing on more than 350 photos from LIFE Magazine, a look back at the last century captures the most important events of this time and includes essays from nine notable children's authors. 250,000 first printing.

Drawing on more than 350 photos from LIFE Magazine, a look back at the last century captures the most important events of this time and includes essays from nine notable children's authors. 250,000 first printing.

Zoomfun Outside: 50+ Awesome Outdoor Games Experements, Picnics and More from the Hit Pbs TV Show

Amy E. Sklansky

Featuring such special guests as a hot-air balloonist and an expert sand-castle builder, a wonderful activity book from the popular TV program shows kids how to make a pine-cone bird feeder, pack a picnic, create a post heap, and much more. Original. 35,000 first printing.

Featuring such special guests as a hot-air balloonist and an expert sand-castle builder, a wonderful activity book from the popular TV program shows kids how to make a pine-cone bird feeder, pack a picnic, create a post heap, and much more. Original. 35,000 first printing.

National Geographic The Civil War: A Traveler's Guide (National Geographic Blue & Gray Education Society)

National Geographic

Perfect for tour planning and on-the-ground use, this guide will prove indispensable on any expedition to explore Civil War history in America. Packed with color photographs, more than 600 historic battlefield and additional Civil War related sites, walking tours, 50 detailed maps, and the collective expertise of Civil War historians and dozens of park service experts, this handy, practical gu... read more

Perfect for tour planning and on-the-ground use, this guide will prove indispensable on any expedition to explore Civil War history in America. Packed with color photographs, more than 600 historic battlefield and additional Civil War related sites, walking tours, 50 detailed maps, and the collective expertise of Civil War historians and dozens of park service experts, this handy, practical gu... read more

Just Enough Carrots (MathStart 1)

Stuart J. Murphy

Elephants, rabbits, and birds shop in this funny grocery store. Can you guess what the little rabbit wants more of? Munchy, crunchy carrots, of course! And fewer of? Squirmy worms and chewy peanuts (yuck!). So why is his mother buying all those cans of worms?

Elephants, rabbits, and birds shop in this funny grocery store. Can you guess what the little rabbit wants more of? Munchy, crunchy carrots, of course! And fewer of? Squirmy worms and chewy peanuts (yuck!). So why is his mother buying all those cans of worms?

A Nest Full of Eggs (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1)

Priscilla Belz Jenkins

Named a Best Children's Science Book of the Year by Science Books & Films, this classic picture book follows a full year of growth and change for robins: how the birds develop inside their eggs during the spring; how they mature into fledglings in the summer; how they learn to fly in the fall; and how they leave for warmer climates in winter—only to return when spring comes around again.Now re... read more

Named a Best Children's Science Book of the Year by Science Books & Films, this classic picture book follows a full year of growth and change for robins: how the birds develop inside their eggs during the spring; how they mature into fledglings in the summer; how they learn to fly in the fall; and how they leave for warmer climates in winter—only to return when spring comes around again.Now re... read more

The Lonely Cloud: The Amazing Adventures series

Alan Matkovic

Twins Alexander and Sophia, along with the edition of their little brother, play at the park like any other day. Unexpectedly, a fluffy friend joins them for a day of fun and mirth. This story explores the value of friendship, trying one’s best at new activities and the treasure in remembering a wonderful day. The Lonely Cloud is recommended for ages 3 to 7 years.

Twins Alexander and Sophia, along with the edition of their little brother, play at the park like any other day. Unexpectedly, a fluffy friend joins them for a day of fun and mirth. This story explores the value of friendship, trying one’s best at new activities and the treasure in remembering a wonderful day. The Lonely Cloud is recommended for ages 3 to 7 years.

Tom's Special Thanksgiving Day

Alan Matkovic

Tom's Special Thanksgiving Day children's story is a delicious, original Thanksgiving holiday story about a turkey named Tom. The farmer has planned a surprise for Tom, and they only tell the turkey it's his special day. Through coincidence, Tom has an animated day running around the farm, until he finds out the meaning of why his day is special. It concludes with a wonderful, heartwarming and... read more

Tom's Special Thanksgiving Day children's story is a delicious, original Thanksgiving holiday story about a turkey named Tom. The farmer has planned a surprise for Tom, and they only tell the turkey it's his special day. Through coincidence, Tom has an animated day running around the farm, until he finds out the meaning of why his day is special. It concludes with a wonderful, heartwarming and... read more

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Supreemie: Kylo's Journey through the NICU

Nico Shanel

This book takes readers on a journey with a premature baby named Kylo. Born weighing just 1 pound 3 ounces, Kylo may be small but that doesn’t stop him from being super! He’ll have to stay in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), which is way different from mommy’s belly until he’s big and strong enough to go home. But adventure and growth await him during his hospital stay. This story foll... read more

This book takes readers on a journey with a premature baby named Kylo. Born weighing just 1 pound 3 ounces, Kylo may be small but that doesn’t stop him from being super! He’ll have to stay in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), which is way different from mommy’s belly until he’s big and strong enough to go home. But adventure and growth await him during his hospital stay. This story foll... read more

Amy has 62 reviews

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Turtle Spirit Totem
Amy was more than delightful to work with. Her professionalism, brilliance, attention to detail, going the extra mile, thoughtfulness, and creativity were just a few of the many things about her that made me adore her. I will, without a doubt, be back to seek her services. Amy is a true gem, and I give her my highest recommendation, without any reservation.

Turtle Spirit Totem, June 2021


Salam Atoui
Many thanks Amy!

Salam Atoui, May 2021


Jessica Azenberg
Amy's developmental editing is thorough, detailed, specific and very helpful. I have now reached out to her twice to get her professional feedback. She is kind, punctual, and is very knowledgeable in her field. Highly recommend!

Jessica Azenberg, May 2021


Sandrine Lellu
It was great working with Amy. she is a professional and efficient. Thank you for all your support.

Sandrine Lellu, May 2021


Mary Marthey
Amy completed a very thoughtful and thorough developmental edit of my picture book. In no time she returned to me a three page, single spaced document twice as long in word count as my original manuscript. This is my first time using a professional editor and, honestly, I wasn't completely sure what type of edit I would benefit from most. In addition to her suggestions she also included a co...
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Mary Marthey, March 2021

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