Anna Membrino

Anna Membrino - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Children's book editor and author with 10 years' experience at RHCB and Scholastic. Editor of a #1 NYT bestseller.

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Overview

I am a children's book editor and author with ten years' experience in publishing. I have worked at Random House Children's Books and Scholastic (both in Book Clubs and in their Trade division with Cartwheel & Orchard Books), and am the editor of #1 New York Times bestselling picture book GRUMPY MONKEY.

I specialize in picture books and early readers, and excel at developing stories with picture book illustrators who are new to writing. I love to collaborate in service of an author or illustrator's story, and I find it immensely gratifying to help people clearly express their narratives.

I have a keen sense of what works in the children's book market, and can offer direction with regard to what acquiring editors are seeking, what areas of publishing are saturated, and more.

Also, I "get" humor :) I have lots of experience editing comedy professionals, and enjoy sharpening/pushing manuscripts so that jokes land precisely and well. Wow I make funny writing sound fun.
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Picture Books

Work experience

Editor

Scholastic
February, 2019 – February, 2020 (about 1 year)

Associate Editor

Random House Children's Books
January, 2013 – January, 2019 (about 6 years)

Editorial Assistant

Scholastic
June, 2011 – December, 2012 (over 1 year)

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Grumpy Monkey

Suzanne Lang

The hilarious #1 New York Times bestselling picture book about dealing with unexplained feelings...and the danger in suppressing them.Jim the chimpanzee is in a terrible mood for no good reason. His friends can't understand it--how can he be in a bad mood when it's SUCH a beautiful day? They encourage him not to hunch, to smile, and to do things that make THEM happy. But Jim can't take all the... read more

The hilarious #1 New York Times bestselling picture book about dealing with unexplained feelings...and the danger in suppressing them.Jim the chimpanzee is in a terrible mood for no good reason. His friends can't understand it--how can he be in a bad mood when it's SUCH a beautiful day? They encourage him not to hunch, to smile, and to do things that make THEM happy. But Jim can't take all the... read more

Crunch, The Shy Dinosaur

Cirocco Dunlap

From Cirocco Dunlap (This Book Will Not Be Fun) and Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner Greg Pizzoli (The Watermelon Seed) comes a charming, giggly read-aloud that illustrates the particular art of making a friend!Crunch is a lovely and quiet brontosaurus who has hidden himself in some shubbery and is rather shy. He would like to play, but it will require some gentle coaxing from you! If you are... read more

From Cirocco Dunlap (This Book Will Not Be Fun) and Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner Greg Pizzoli (The Watermelon Seed) comes a charming, giggly read-aloud that illustrates the particular art of making a friend!Crunch is a lovely and quiet brontosaurus who has hidden himself in some shubbery and is rather shy. He would like to play, but it will require some gentle coaxing from you! If you are... read more

Big Boys Cry

Jonty Howley

Let boys cry! This picture book imagines a world in which boys are encouraged to express their full range of emotions.It's Levi's first day at a new school, and he's scared. His father tries to comfort Levi by telling him "Big boys don't cry." Though the father immediately understands his misstep, he can't find the words to comfort his son, and Levi leaves for school, still in need of reassura... read more

Let boys cry! This picture book imagines a world in which boys are encouraged to express their full range of emotions.It's Levi's first day at a new school, and he's scared. His father tries to comfort Levi by telling him "Big boys don't cry." Though the father immediately understands his misstep, he can't find the words to comfort his son, and Levi leaves for school, still in need of reassura... read more

This Book Will Not Be Fun

Cirocco Dunlap

*A 2018 Children's and Teen Choice Book Award Finalist!A mouse who acts as a careful custodian of his book tries to guarantee his reader some peace and order in spite of escalating chaos. For fans of The Book With No Pictures and This Book Just Ate My Dog!A book is no place for tomfoolery, and this mouse assures us that his book is to be no exception. Just please ignore that Word-Eating Flying... read more

*A 2018 Children's and Teen Choice Book Award Finalist!A mouse who acts as a careful custodian of his book tries to guarantee his reader some peace and order in spite of escalating chaos. For fans of The Book With No Pictures and This Book Just Ate My Dog!A book is no place for tomfoolery, and this mouse assures us that his book is to be no exception. Just please ignore that Word-Eating Flying... read more

I Look Up To... Michelle Obama

Anna Membrino

If you can see it, you can be it! Introduce your child to your role models with this series of inspirational board books.It's never too early to introduce your child to the people you admire! This board book distills Michelle Obama's excellent qualities into deliciously illustrated little baby-sized bites, with text designed to share and read aloud. Each spread highlights an important trait, a... read more

If you can see it, you can be it! Introduce your child to your role models with this series of inspirational board books.It's never too early to introduce your child to the people you admire! This board book distills Michelle Obama's excellent qualities into deliciously illustrated little baby-sized bites, with text designed to share and read aloud. Each spread highlights an important trait, a... read more

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