I am a seasoned children's book publishing professional, who has edited books from preschool through middle grade. I have experience working on both fiction and nonfiction, from conception through the final book.
• Conceptualized, and re-branded reader line to increase market share and revenue
• Grew series publishing list from two series to over ten bestselling series
• Edited preschool, chapter, middle grade, and young adult fiction and non-fiction
• Brainstormed and created innovative formats
• Worked closely with high-profile agents and authors
For Hank, fourth grade does not start out on the right foot. First of all, he gets called to the principal's office on the very first day of school. Then the first assignment his teacher gives him is to write five paragraphs on "What You Did This Summer." Hank is terrified-writing one good sentence is hard for him, so how in the world is he going to write five whole paragraphs? Hank comes up w... read more
Hank stars the same Hank as in the bestselling Hank Zipzer series, only this time he's in 2nd grade! Hank is a kid who doesn't try to be funny, but he somehow always makes the kids in his class laugh. He's pretty bad at memorizing stuff, and spelling is his worst subject. (But so are math and reading!) In the first book in this new series, Hank's class is putting on a play, and Hank wants the ... read more
The first day at a new school is always the hardest, right? No, not always as George finds out the hard way. On the second day at…Sugarman Elementary School, he is suddenly seized by uncontrollable burps, burps so loud they practically break the sound barrier, burps that make him do wild and crazy stuff and land him in trouble with a capital T. One thing is for sure: these are not normal burps... read more
Katie Carew, nicknamed Katie Kazoo by the class bully, had no idea what would happen when she wished that she could be anyone but herself. But now her wish has come true, and-switcheroo!-she keeps turning into other people and even animals! What is one ordinary third-grade girl with a really extraordinary problem to do? It's a good thing Katie is resourceful and smart enough to find a solution... read more
In the style of Mo Willems, Jonathan Fenske tells three humorous stories of two friends, Pig and Fox, and their shenanigans with a cardboard box (all of which involved Pig accidentally crushing Fox in the box). With comic art and simple language, this Level 2 reader is sure to have kids rolling with laughter.
Award-winning and bestselling authors turn their own real-life experiences into captivating works of fiction!Where do authors get their ideas? And how do they turn those ideas into stories? This anthology looks at the process of taking real-life experiences and turning them into works of engaging fiction. The collection features award-winning and bestselling middle-grade authors who provide bo... read more
It's time for Sparky to go to school--Obedience School--where he'll learn to sit, heel, come, and stay. But Sparky would rather be anywhere else but school. So what does he do? You guessed it: chomp on his magic bone! This time he lands in Hawaii, where he runs along the beach, makes new friends, and even learns to hula. Just as he's ready to go home, though, he finds his new friend in trouble... read more
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was only 25 when he helped organize the Montgomery Bus Boycott and was soon organizing black people across the country in support of the right to vote, desegregation, and other basic civil rights. Maintaining nonviolent and peaceful tactics even when his life was threatened, King was also an advocate for the poor and spoke out against racial and economic injustice u... read more
This thrilling chapter book series will immediately suck readers in with its combination of fast-paced adventure and full-color art!When ten-year-old Tiger Brooks and his family move into a new home, he sees some strange things at the house next door—like a talking pig in a top hat! When he and his neighbor, Luna Lopez, investigate, they discover a reclusive old woman and her magical golden fr... read more
Drip,drop,skip and hop.Splish, splash,sidewalk dash!It's worm weather! Join in the rainy-day fun, as kids splash through the puddles, affecting another weather enthusiast, a nearby worm. An imaginative and playful story, readers will love seeing the worm delight in the weather just as much as the kids.Worm Weather covers the concepts of Imagination and Weather.
Have you ever ridden a Ferris wheel? You go up, up, up and can see for miles! But when the inventor of the Ferris wheel, George Ferris, first pitched the idea, everyone thought he was crazy. A 250-foot bicycle wheel that goes around and around and carries people in train cars? Can't be done, they said. But George proved them wrong. Read about how George's hard work, courage, and imagination cr... read more
Max has found an egg—a dinosaur egg, he hopes. He builds a nest for the egg, shines a light on the egg, and dances around the egg in anticipation. Crack, crack, crack—out pops a. . . ! Young readers will have a ball reading this fun and fast-paced Level 1 story.
Embark on a reading adventure with the adorable and imaginative Clara and Clem! When Clara and Clem build a car out of blocks, they have no idea where it will take them. But with a little imagination, the two take the trip of a lifetime down winding roads, up tall mountains, and across the sky. This Level 1 reader is beautifully simple and sweet--and available in both hardcover and paperback!
Where in the world will you find 427 different types of mammals, 1,294 birds, 2,200 fishes, 378 reptiles, 428 amphibians, and about 1 million insects? The Amazon Rainforest, of course! Get lost in the largest rainforest in the world to climb trees that are 500 years old, swim with a pink dolphin, avoid the deadly poison dart frogs, and sleep with a troop of twenty howler monkeys. In What's Up ... read more
This inspirational guide to life featuring Peter Rabbit, in the same vein as the Dr. Seuss classic Oh, the Places You'll Go!, is the perfect graduation gift!As Peter Rabbit bounces out into the big, wide world he will face triumphs and setbacks, hopes and fears. He will meet true friends and fearsome foes, but will always have a home to return to, and a family waiting to hear stories of his ad... read more
Exposing children to a diverse range of literary and informational texts, the Core Concepts program helps develop important literacy and cognitive skills necessary to meet many of the Common Core State Standards. Did you know that every year hundreds of thousands of monarch butterflies migrate 2,500 miles to Mexico for the winter? It takes four generations of butterflies to make the trip, and ... read more
Identical twins Sammie and Charlie are starting out seventh grade at a brand-new school. As they make new friends, and join different clubs, the sisters (and once inseparable best friends) start to grow further and further apart. Told from Sammie's point of view, this moving yet funny story will be gobbled up by middle-school girls!
A life in the wild! Jane Goodall, born in London, England, always loved animals and wanted to study them in their natural habitats. So at age twenty-six, off she went to Africa! Goodall's up-close observations of chimpanzees changed what we know about them and paved the way for many female scientists who came after her. Now her story comes to life in this biography with black-and-white illustr... read more
Mo Willems meets Dr. Seuss! This is the sweet story of a lonely balloon falling in love with a lively kite, and the adventures they share high in the air--flipping, dipping, spinning, and playing in the clouds. With bright and bold graphics, this accessible Level 2 reader, which is available in both hardcover and paperback, is one that parents and children will read over and over again!
Level One It's a busy day at the "Cakes and More" bake shop! The mice get there first thing in the morning to open their shop. Then they chop, stir, ice, and bake their way to the end of the day. Fun characters pick up tasty treats and keep the mice on their feet. This is a fast-paced, easy-to-read book with memorable characters and sweet illustrations!
Meet two unlikely—and adorable—friends! Dogs and cats aren’t supposed to be friends. Dogs chase and bark at cats. But this dog and cat know real friendship when they feel it, and nothing will keep them apart! This simple Level 1 reader will give young children a sweet introduction to both reading and friendship.
What happens when you try to make an ice cream cake, but add too much stuff? You end up with ice cream soup! This original Level 1 reader with rhyming text is perfect for beginning readers.
Did you know that the horned lizard squirts blood out of its eyes to scare off predators? Learn more about this creature as well as the leech, the naked mole rat, the hagfish, and many more creepy critters in this sickening and super science book. Not for the faint of heart, this revolting reader will be a favorite among boys and everyone interested in the strange and unusual!
To Molly and Amanda, cooking classes with their friends Shawn and Peichi seem like the key ingredient for a super summer. That is, until their arch-nemesis, Natasha, shows up. But when tragedy strikes a local family, the girls decide to put their cooking skills to good use and make some meals for them. The meals hit the spot, plus the girls feel good about helping out. Maybe they can turn thei... read more
In this tearful conclusion to the series, Dr. Steve announces that the government has forced him to sell the campgrounds to the state. The girls are heartbroken?until they decide to take a stand. They gather a group and head to the state capital to protest on the camp?s behalf, replete with signs, chants, and plenty of determination. Will the girls? plan work, or will this be the last summer t... read more
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I have worked as an editor since 1998, across a range of genres. I enjoy finding practical ways to help your project shine.
Editor and award-winning children's author, 20+ years in UK and NZ publishing. Ex Dorling Kindersley and Pearson. Meticulous, fun and kind.