Deirdre Langeland

Deirdre Langeland - Editor Tick

Hudson Valley, NY

Editor of award-winning nonfiction for all ages | Middle-grade fiction aficionado | Science explainer extraordinaire

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Overview

Children's and YA book editor with more than 20 years' experience editing books for readers of all ages. I've edited award-winning narrative nonfiction as well as critically acclaimed picture books and high-concept middle grade fiction. I have particular expertise in nonfiction and enjoy helping authors navigate the thorny process of constructing compelling nonfiction narratives without sacrificing accuracy.
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Children's Picture Books
Non-Fiction
Children's Books (Non-Fiction)
Comics (non fiction)

Work experience

Senior Editor

Time Inc. Books
August, 2015 – September, 2018 (about 3 years)

Senior Editor

Roaring Brook Press / Macmillan Publishing
March, 2007 – August, 2013 (over 6 years)

Project Editor

Kingfisher Publications / Houghton Mifflin
February, 2005 – February, 2007 (about 2 years)

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon

Steve Sheinkin

The true story of the race to create the most dangerous weapon in history―perfect for middle grade readers and history enthusiasts In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned 3 continents.In Great Britain and the United States... read more

The true story of the race to create the most dangerous weapon in history―perfect for middle grade readers and history enthusiasts In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned 3 continents.In Great Britain and the United States... read more

Strange, Unusual, Gross & Cool Animals (An Animal Planet Book)

Animal Planet, Charles Ghigna

Animal Planet presents the ickiest, stickiest, blobbiest, and oddest animals in the world!Did you know that an archerfish can spit water up to 16 feet? Or that the giant weta is the world's largest and heaviest insect? Animal Planet's fascinating exploration of animal oddities introduces young animal lovers to some of the most astonishing, gorgeous, and obscure animals in the world-including s... read more

Animal Planet presents the ickiest, stickiest, blobbiest, and oddest animals in the world!Did you know that an archerfish can spit water up to 16 feet? Or that the giant weta is the world's largest and heaviest insect? Animal Planet's fascinating exploration of animal oddities introduces young animal lovers to some of the most astonishing, gorgeous, and obscure animals in the world-including s... read more

The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachery (Hardback) - Common

Steve Sheinkin

Most people know that Benedict Arnold was America's first, most notorious traitor. Few know that he was also one of its greatest war heroes. This accessible biography introduces young readers to the real Arnold: reckless, heroic, and driven.

Most people know that Benedict Arnold was America's first, most notorious traitor. Few know that he was also one of its greatest war heroes. This accessible biography introduces young readers to the real Arnold: reckless, heroic, and driven.

Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition

Karen Blumenthal

Filled with period art and photographs, anecdotes, and portraits of unique characters from the era, this fascinating book by an award-winning author looks at the rise and fall of the disastrous social experiment known as Prohibition. It began with the best of intentions. Worried about the effects of alcohol on American families, mothers and civic leaders started a movement to outlaw drinking i... read more

Filled with period art and photographs, anecdotes, and portraits of unique characters from the era, this fascinating book by an award-winning author looks at the rise and fall of the disastrous social experiment known as Prohibition. It began with the best of intentions. Worried about the effects of alcohol on American families, mothers and civic leaders started a movement to outlaw drinking i... read more

To the Mountaintop: My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement (New York Times)

Charlayne Hunter-Gault

A personal history of the civil rights movement from activist and acclaimed journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault.On January 20, 2009, 1.8 million people crowded the grounds of the Capitol to witness the inauguration of Barack Obama. Among the masses was Charlayne Hunter-Gault. She had flown from South Africa for the occasion, to witness what was for many the culmination of the long struggle for c... read more

A personal history of the civil rights movement from activist and acclaimed journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault.On January 20, 2009, 1.8 million people crowded the grounds of the Capitol to witness the inauguration of Barack Obama. Among the masses was Charlayne Hunter-Gault. She had flown from South Africa for the occasion, to witness what was for many the culmination of the long struggle for c... read more

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War (Bccb Blue Ribbon Nonfiction Book Award (Awards))

Steve Sheinkin

This captivating nonfiction investigation of the Pentagon Papers has captured widespread critical acclaim, including features in The Washington Post and on NPR, selection as a 2015 National Book Award finalist, and selection as winner of the 2016 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award.From Steve Sheinkin, the award-winning author of The Port Chicago 50 and Newbery Honor Book Bomb comes a tense, ... read more

This captivating nonfiction investigation of the Pentagon Papers has captured widespread critical acclaim, including features in The Washington Post and on NPR, selection as a 2015 National Book Award finalist, and selection as winner of the 2016 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award.From Steve Sheinkin, the award-winning author of The Port Chicago 50 and Newbery Honor Book Bomb comes a tense, ... read more

Tommy: The Gun That Changed America

Karen Blumenthal

John Taliaferro Thompson had a mission: to develop a lightweight, fast-firing weapon that would help Americans win on the battlefield. His Thompson submachine gun could deliver a hundred bullets in a matter of seconds—but didn't find a market in the U.S. military. Instead, the Tommy gun became the weapon of choice for a generation of bootleggers and bank-robbing outlaws, and became a deadly Am... read more

John Taliaferro Thompson had a mission: to develop a lightweight, fast-firing weapon that would help Americans win on the battlefield. His Thompson submachine gun could deliver a hundred bullets in a matter of seconds—but didn't find a market in the U.S. military. Instead, the Tommy gun became the weapon of choice for a generation of bootleggers and bank-robbing outlaws, and became a deadly Am... read more

Leo Geo and His Miraculous Journey Through the Center of the Earth

Jon Chad

An intrepid explorer climbs down, down, down the page as he voyages through the center of the earth in this unusually inventive comic adventure.Intrepid explorer Leo Geo is heading off on a mission into the unknown. With science as his sidekick, he intends to tunnel his way to the center of the earth. Of course, things never turn out quite the way you expect when you're burrowing your way thro... read more

An intrepid explorer climbs down, down, down the page as he voyages through the center of the earth in this unusually inventive comic adventure.Intrepid explorer Leo Geo is heading off on a mission into the unknown. With science as his sidekick, he intends to tunnel his way to the center of the earth. Of course, things never turn out quite the way you expect when you're burrowing your way thro... read more

How Big Were Dinosaurs?

Lita Judge

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take a Velociraptor for a walk, or try to brush a Tyrannosaur's teeth? We think of dinosaurs as colossal giants, but how big were they REALLY? With kid-friendly text and seriously silly illustrations, this fact-filled book puts dinosaurs next to modern animals so that you can see exactly how they size up. And a huge fold-out chart compares the di... read more

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take a Velociraptor for a walk, or try to brush a Tyrannosaur's teeth? We think of dinosaurs as colossal giants, but how big were they REALLY? With kid-friendly text and seriously silly illustrations, this fact-filled book puts dinosaurs next to modern animals so that you can see exactly how they size up. And a huge fold-out chart compares the di... read more

Born in the Wild: Baby Mammals and Their Parents

Lita Judge

What do grizzly bear cubs eat? Where do baby raccoons sleep? And how does a baby otter learn to swim?Every baby mammal, from a tiny harvest mouse "pinky" to a fierce lion cub, needs food, shelter, love, and a family. Filled with illustrations of some of the most adorable babies in the kingdom, Born in the Wild is an awww-inspiring look at the traits that all baby mammals share and proves that,... read more

What do grizzly bear cubs eat? Where do baby raccoons sleep? And how does a baby otter learn to swim?Every baby mammal, from a tiny harvest mouse "pinky" to a fierce lion cub, needs food, shelter, love, and a family. Filled with illustrations of some of the most adorable babies in the kingdom, Born in the Wild is an awww-inspiring look at the traits that all baby mammals share and proves that,... read more

The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos

Deborah Heiligman

Most people think of mathematicians as solitary, working away in isolation. And, it's true, many of them do. But Paul Erdos never followed the usual path. At the age of four, he could ask you when you were born and then calculate the number of seconds you had been alive in his head. But he didn't learn to butter his own bread until he turned twenty. Instead, he traveled around the world, from ... read more

Most people think of mathematicians as solitary, working away in isolation. And, it's true, many of them do. But Paul Erdos never followed the usual path. At the age of four, he could ask you when you were born and then calculate the number of seconds you had been alive in his head. But he didn't learn to butter his own bread until he turned twenty. Instead, he traveled around the world, from ... read more

SCANDALOUS SISTERHOOD OF PRICKWILLO

JULIE BERRY

There's a murderer on the loose―but that doesn't stop the girls of St. Etheldreda's from attempting to hide the death of their headmistress in this rollicking farce. The students of St. Etheldreda's School for Girls face a bothersome dilemma. Their irascible headmistress, Mrs. Plackett, and her surly brother, Mr. Godding, have been most inconveniently poisoned at Sunday dinner. Now the school ... read more

There's a murderer on the loose―but that doesn't stop the girls of St. Etheldreda's from attempting to hide the death of their headmistress in this rollicking farce. The students of St. Etheldreda's School for Girls face a bothersome dilemma. Their irascible headmistress, Mrs. Plackett, and her surly brother, Mr. Godding, have been most inconveniently poisoned at Sunday dinner. Now the school ... read more

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