Jennifer Rees

Jennifer Rees - Editor Tick

Pittsburgh, PA, USA

I'm a Picture Book, MG, and YA editor with more than 10 years of experience in the NYC publishing industry.

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I'm a Children's Book Editor of award-winning and New York Times bestselling Children's, MG, YA novels, including Suzanne Collins' unparalleled THE HUNGER GAMES. As a Senior Editor at Scholastic Press, with more than 10 years of experience in the NYC publishing industry, I worked with my authors and illustrators to create amazing and memorable stories that resonated with their audiences. Now, as a freelancer, doing what I love, I'd like to help you write yours.
Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (NZ)
English (SA)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Children's Picture Books
Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Children's Books (Non-Fiction)

Work experience

Editor, Children's and Young Adult Literature

Self-employed
September, 2011 – Present (over 7 years)

In my hometown of Pittsburgh, PA, I run a boutique editorial business, focused on creating gorgeous and engaging books for readers of all ages and backgrounds. My clients include top-notch publishers, literary agencies, and seasoned authors, as well as brand new writers who are trying to break into the market. One of my most recent projects is the middle grade adventure series, Explorer Academy, (Sept. 2018), by Trudi Trueit for National Geographic’s exciting new fiction imprint Under the Stars.

Senior Editor, Children's Fiction and Non-Fiction

Scholastic Inc.
September, 1998 – September, 2011 (about 13 years)

I grew up with a love of reading and writing, but my interest in publishing really began as a Children’s bookseller at Joseph Beth Booksellers, a wonderful neighborhood independent where I gained a true education of the Children’s book market inside and out, from a customer-based handselling level. From there, I started my editing career at Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc., a top-tier commercial publishing house dedicated to Children's literature, literacy, and entertainment. I read stacks of manuscripts, learned the intricacies of production and design, worked with sales and marketing to ensure successful campaigns for our books, forged relationships with authors, agents, and industry professionals, and began acquiring and editing my own projects, from picture books, to middle grade novels, to young adult fiction. At Scholastic Press, I edited bestselling and award-winning books, such as Suzanne Collins’ unparalleled Hunger Games series, Craig Hatkoff’s powerful Owen and Mzee, Wendy Mass' hilarious and thought-provoking 11 Birthdays series, and Michael Morpurgo’s unforgettable War Horse. I also worked with such talent as Jordan Sonnenblick, Sarah Darer Littman, Sara Varon, Rachel Vail, Matthew Cordell, James Proimos, David Kirk, Carole Boston Weatherford, R. Gregory Christie, Coleen Murtagh Paratore, Brandon Sanderson, and Philip Reeve. In addition, I traveled extensively across the US, speaking to Children’s writing organizations such as SCBWI.

Portfolio (23 selected works)

Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret

Trudi Trueit

Adventure, danger, and a thrilling global mission await 12-year-old Cruz Coronado as he joins an elite school for explorers.Cruz leaves his tranquil home in Hawaii to join 23 talented kids from around the globe to train at the Explorer Academy with the world's leading scientists to become the next generation of great explorers. But for Cruz, there's more at stake. No sooner has he arrived at t... read more

Adventure, danger, and a thrilling global mission await 12-year-old Cruz Coronado as he joins an elite school for explorers.Cruz leaves his tranquil home in Hawaii to join 23 talented kids from around the globe to train at the Explorer Academy with the world's leading scientists to become the next generation of great explorers. But for Cruz, there's more at stake. No sooner has he arrived at t... read more

The Hunger Games Trilogy

Suzanne Collins

The stunning Hunger Games trilogy is complete!The extraordinary, ground breaking New York Times bestsellers The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, along with the third book in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay, are available for the first time ever in e-book. Stunning, gripping, and powerful. The trilogy is now complete!

The stunning Hunger Games trilogy is complete!The extraordinary, ground breaking New York Times bestsellers The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, along with the third book in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay, are available for the first time ever in e-book. Stunning, gripping, and powerful. The trilogy is now complete!

The Secret Sheriff of Sixth Grade

Jordan Sonnenblick

In sixth grade, bad things can happen to good kids. Bullies will find your weakness and jump on it. Teachers will say you did something wrong when really didn't mean to do anything wrong. The kids who joke the loudest can drown out the quieter, nicer kids.Maverick wants to change all that. One of the last things his father left him was a toy sheriff's badge, back when Maverick was little. Now ... read more

In sixth grade, bad things can happen to good kids. Bullies will find your weakness and jump on it. Teachers will say you did something wrong when really didn't mean to do anything wrong. The kids who joke the loudest can drown out the quieter, nicer kids.Maverick wants to change all that. One of the last things his father left him was a toy sheriff's badge, back when Maverick was little. Now ... read more

No Such Thing As Dragons

Philip Reeve

A thrilling new adventure from award-winning master storyteller Philip Reeve!Ansel is a mute boy whose master is a dragon-slayer. Brock has shining armor, and scars that prove his heroic stories. Ansel suspects there are no such things as dragons. So what is the man-eating monster that haunts the crags of Dragon Mountain?

A thrilling new adventure from award-winning master storyteller Philip Reeve!Ansel is a mute boy whose master is a dragon-slayer. Brock has shining armor, and scars that prove his heroic stories. Ansel suspects there are no such things as dragons. So what is the man-eating monster that haunts the crags of Dragon Mountain?

Here Lies Arthur

Philip Reeve

Arthur is the greatest hero of all time, and Myrddin is his bard - a traveller and spinner of magical tales. But it's a strange and dangerous kind of enchantment that can turn a slave-girl into a goddess, and a raggle-taggle warmonger into a warrior legend... Exploring the power of storytelling and political machination, a master writer retells the Arthur legend - with a shocking spin. Winner ... read more

Arthur is the greatest hero of all time, and Myrddin is his bard - a traveller and spinner of magical tales. But it's a strange and dangerous kind of enchantment that can turn a slave-girl into a goddess, and a raggle-taggle warmonger into a warrior legend... Exploring the power of storytelling and political machination, a master writer retells the Arthur legend - with a shocking spin. Winner ... read more

Sunny Holiday: Book 1

Coleen Paratore, Coleen Murtagh Paratore

The first book in this fantastic new series from the author of THE WEDDING PLANNER'S DAUGHTER is now available in paperback!Sunny Holiday thinks that every month should have a kid-friendly holiday. Valentine's Day, July 4th, and Christmas definitely fit the bill--but months like January and August are lacking. So Sunny takes it upon herself to make new holidays for the months that need them, g... read more

The first book in this fantastic new series from the author of THE WEDDING PLANNER'S DAUGHTER is now available in paperback!Sunny Holiday thinks that every month should have a kid-friendly holiday. Valentine's Day, July 4th, and Christmas definitely fit the bill--but months like January and August are lacking. So Sunny takes it upon herself to make new holidays for the months that need them, g... read more

Just a Drop of Water

Kerry O'Malley Cerra

A touching middle grade story about a boy trying to process the events of September 11 and how they impact his friendships Jake wants to be a soldier and wants to outsmart his school’s rival cross country team After September 11, Jake is torn between defending his best friend and standing with his parents In this story about growing up in a difficult part of America’s history, Jake Green is in... read more

A touching middle grade story about a boy trying to process the events of September 11 and how they impact his friendships Jake wants to be a soldier and wants to outsmart his school’s rival cross country team After September 11, Jake is torn between defending his best friend and standing with his parents In this story about growing up in a difficult part of America’s history, Jake Green is in... read more

Henge (Le Fay Series Book 1)

Realm Lovejoy

"Camelot meets Hogwarts meets Panem in this intriguing, well-written beginning to a planned YA series."--Kirkus Reviews_____________Inspired by one of the greatest legends of all time… Modern-day Camelot. Where knights no longer carry swords. Magic is dangerous. And those who seek control are not to be trusted. Sixteen-year-old Morgan le Fay is a fire user. An ordinary girl with an extraordina... read more

"Camelot meets Hogwarts meets Panem in this intriguing, well-written beginning to a planned YA series."--Kirkus Reviews_____________Inspired by one of the greatest legends of all time… Modern-day Camelot. Where knights no longer carry swords. Magic is dangerous. And those who seek control are not to be trusted. Sixteen-year-old Morgan le Fay is a fire user. An ordinary girl with an extraordina... read more

Survival Colony 9

Joshua David Bellin

In a future world of dust and ruin,fourteen-year-old Querry Genn struggles to recover the lost memory thatmight save the human race.Querry is a member ofSurvival Colony Nine, one of the small, roving groups of people whooutlived the wars and environmental catastrophes that destroyed the oldworld. The commander of Survival Colony Nine is his father, Laman Genn,who runs the camp with an iron wil... read more

In a future world of dust and ruin,fourteen-year-old Querry Genn struggles to recover the lost memory thatmight save the human race.Querry is a member ofSurvival Colony Nine, one of the small, roving groups of people whooutlived the wars and environmental catastrophes that destroyed the oldworld. The commander of Survival Colony Nine is his father, Laman Genn,who runs the camp with an iron wil... read more

War Horse

Michael Morpurgo

A powerful tale of war, redemption, and a hero's journey--now available in paperback!In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey's courage ... read more

A powerful tale of war, redemption, and a hero's journey--now available in paperback!In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey's courage ... read more

Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie

Jordan Sonnenblick

From first-time novelist Jordan Sonnenblick, a brave and beautiful story that will make readers laugh and break their hearts at the same time. Thirteen-year-old Steven has a totally normal life: he plays drums in the All-Star Jazz band, has a crush on the hottest girl in the school, and is constantly annoyed by his five-year-old brother, Jeffrey. But when Jeffrey is diagnosed with leukemia, St... read more

From first-time novelist Jordan Sonnenblick, a brave and beautiful story that will make readers laugh and break their hearts at the same time. Thirteen-year-old Steven has a totally normal life: he plays drums in the All-Star Jazz band, has a crush on the hottest girl in the school, and is constantly annoyed by his five-year-old brother, Jeffrey. But when Jeffrey is diagnosed with leukemia, St... read more

11 Birthdays: A Wish Novel

Wendy Mass

It's Amanda's 11th birthday and she is super excited---after all, 11 is so different from 10. But from the start, everything goes wrong. The worst part of it all is that she and her best friend, Leo, with whom she's shared every birthday, are on the outs and this will be the first birthday they haven't shared together. When Amanda turns in for the night, glad to have her birthday behind her, s... read more

It's Amanda's 11th birthday and she is super excited---after all, 11 is so different from 10. But from the start, everything goes wrong. The worst part of it all is that she and her best friend, Leo, with whom she's shared every birthday, are on the outs and this will be the first birthday they haven't shared together. When Amanda turns in for the night, glad to have her birthday behind her, s... read more

Dreamsleeves

Coleen Murtagh Paratore

A powerful, radiant story about a girl who wears her dreams on her sleeve . . . Aislinn is a girl with a lot of dreams, but due to family issues (caused mostly by her hard-drinking father), there's a lot standing in her way. While she should be enjoying the summer with friends, Aislinn is kept under lock and key and put in charge of her younger siblings. The average girl might give up, but not... read more

A powerful, radiant story about a girl who wears her dreams on her sleeve . . . Aislinn is a girl with a lot of dreams, but due to family issues (caused mostly by her hard-drinking father), there's a lot standing in her way. While she should be enjoying the summer with friends, Aislinn is kept under lock and key and put in charge of her younger siblings. The average girl might give up, but not... read more

Chicken And Cat

Sara Varon

Friendship has never been sweeter with this charming picture book by emerging artist Sara Varon.Cat comes to the big city to stay with best friend, Chicken. The city is exciting (and there's so much to do!) but after a while Cat pines for the country with its trees and bright colors. Chicken takes Cat on fun adventures but Cat remains blue. How can Chicken make the city a brighter and happier ... read more

Friendship has never been sweeter with this charming picture book by emerging artist Sara Varon.Cat comes to the big city to stay with best friend, Chicken. The city is exciting (and there's so much to do!) but after a while Cat pines for the country with its trees and bright colors. Chicken takes Cat on fun adventures but Cat remains blue. How can Chicken make the city a brighter and happier ... read more

Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship

Craig Hatkoff, Isabella Hatkoff

The amazing true story of the orphaned baby hippo and 130-year-old giant turtle whose remarkable friendship touched millions around the world.The inspiring true story of two great friends, a baby hippo named Owen and a 130-yr-old giant tortoise named Mzee (Mm-ZAY). When Owen was stranded after the Dec 2004 tsunami, villagers in Kenya worked tirelessly to rescue him. Then, to everyone's amazeme... read more

The amazing true story of the orphaned baby hippo and 130-year-old giant turtle whose remarkable friendship touched millions around the world.The inspiring true story of two great friends, a baby hippo named Owen and a 130-yr-old giant tortoise named Mzee (Mm-ZAY). When Owen was stranded after the Dec 2004 tsunami, villagers in Kenya worked tirelessly to rescue him. Then, to everyone's amazeme... read more

Dear Mr. Rosenwald

Carole Boston Weatherford

Based on the true story of the Rosenwald schools built in the rural African-American South in the 1920s, award winning writer and poet Carol Boston Weatherford tells the lyrical story of third grader Ovella as her family and community help each other build a new, and much-prayed for, school. Renowned, award winning illustrator Gregory Christie joins Weatherford with provocative gouache illustr... read more

Based on the true story of the Rosenwald schools built in the rural African-American South in the 1920s, award winning writer and poet Carol Boston Weatherford tells the lyrical story of third grader Ovella as her family and community help each other build a new, and much-prayed for, school. Renowned, award winning illustrator Gregory Christie joins Weatherford with provocative gouache illustr... read more

Righty & Lefty

Rachel Vail

A charming and funny picture book about the value of irreplaceable friendships.Righty and Lefty, an adorable pair of feet, can't seem to agree on anything. Righty wakes up early, while Lefty likes to sleep in; Righty dreams of wearing fancy footwear, but Lefty swears by galoshes. This is the tale of two feet who, despite walking different walks, learn in the end how to get along without trippi... read more

A charming and funny picture book about the value of irreplaceable friendships.Righty and Lefty, an adorable pair of feet, can't seem to agree on anything. Righty wakes up early, while Lefty likes to sleep in; Righty dreams of wearing fancy footwear, but Lefty swears by galoshes. This is the tale of two feet who, despite walking different walks, learn in the end how to get along without trippi... read more

Little Miss Spider: 25th Anniversary Edition

David Kirk

New 25th Anniversary Edition: This adorable book takes us back in time to the very first day of Miss Spider's life! Little Miss Spider has just popped out of her egg and is wondering where her mother could be. The spiderling's plaintive cries are heard by a passing beetle, who offers her kind assistance. The search continues, and suddenly our heroine finds herself in harrowing danger. Will the... read more

New 25th Anniversary Edition: This adorable book takes us back in time to the very first day of Miss Spider's life! Little Miss Spider has just popped out of her egg and is wondering where her mother could be. The spiderling's plaintive cries are heard by a passing beetle, who offers her kind assistance. The search continues, and suddenly our heroine finds herself in harrowing danger. Will the... read more

Swim! Swim!

Lerch

A snazzy story about friendship and true love!Lerch is one sassy, snazzy fish who seems to have it all: good looks, charm, a great sense of humor, and a perfect smile. But he's lonely (the bubbles and the pebbles ain't talkin'!) and wants to find a friend. But where? Then, with the help of an unexpected "admirer," Lerch meets Dinah, and it's true love from first glance.

A snazzy story about friendship and true love!Lerch is one sassy, snazzy fish who seems to have it all: good looks, charm, a great sense of humor, and a perfect smile. But he's lonely (the bubbles and the pebbles ain't talkin'!) and wants to find a friend. But where? Then, with the help of an unexpected "admirer," Lerch meets Dinah, and it's true love from first glance.

How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again (Winter's Tail)

Craig Hatkoff, Juliana Hatkoff, Isabella Hatkoff, David Yates

When Winter was a baby, she was rescued from a crab trap, her tail seriously damaged, and rushed to Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Winter survived, but eventually her tail fell off. Then Winter received a prosthetic tail. It was very challenging but now Winter is thriving and using her new tail with great command. Every year, thousands of visitors travel to visit Winter who has become an inspirat... read more

When Winter was a baby, she was rescued from a crab trap, her tail seriously damaged, and rushed to Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Winter survived, but eventually her tail fell off. Then Winter received a prosthetic tail. It was very challenging but now Winter is thriving and using her new tail with great command. Every year, thousands of visitors travel to visit Winter who has become an inspirat... read more

Hallelujah Handel

Douglas Cowling

A stunning picture book inspired by the beloved "Hallelujah Chorus," and the remarkable story of Handel's personal mission to spread peace and joy.Somewhere in a darkened room behind London's famous Opera House there is a young, orphaned boy with a mysterious past and an extraordinary talent: he sings like an angel, but refuses to speak. Through the generosity and and kindness of George Freder... read more

A stunning picture book inspired by the beloved "Hallelujah Chorus," and the remarkable story of Handel's personal mission to spread peace and joy.Somewhere in a darkened room behind London's famous Opera House there is a young, orphaned boy with a mysterious past and an extraordinary talent: he sings like an angel, but refuses to speak. Through the generosity and and kindness of George Freder... read more

Little Miss Spider: A Christmas Wish

David Kirk

It's Christmas Eve and Little Miss Spider wishes most of all that she had a little brother or sister to help her build snowy creatures and eat Betty Beetle's fig pudding, and when she meets orphan Asparagus "Gus" Beetle, Little Miss Spider thinks her wish may have been granted.

It's Christmas Eve and Little Miss Spider wishes most of all that she had a little brother or sister to help her build snowy creatures and eat Betty Beetle's fig pudding, and when she meets orphan Asparagus "Gus" Beetle, Little Miss Spider thinks her wish may have been granted.

Split! Splat!

Amy Gibson

A delightful, rainy day celebration!I sing a little rain song, a simple song, a plain song, a pitter-patter-tip-tap-on-the-windowpane song. Drip drop, plip plop, pit pat, split splat! Put down your umbrella! Take off your galoshes! It's time to sing and dance in the rain. When one little girl and her adorable dog venture out on a rainy, spring day, the neighborhood joins her and what results i... read more

A delightful, rainy day celebration!I sing a little rain song, a simple song, a plain song, a pitter-patter-tip-tap-on-the-windowpane song. Drip drop, plip plop, pit pat, split splat! Put down your umbrella! Take off your galoshes! It's time to sing and dance in the rain. When one little girl and her adorable dog venture out on a rainy, spring day, the neighborhood joins her and what results i... read more

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Lincoln Fleming

It was such a pleasure to work with Jennifer. Her edits and insights were invaluable. My story is much stronger as a result of her help. Thank you Jennifer!!

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Lincoln Fleming, March 2019


Eva Simmons

Jennifer was responsive, thorough, and her feedback was extremely valuable. She brings insight that I couldn't have imagined and her careful attention to my story brought the characters to another level. She took the time to provide detailed feedback through my entire manuscript and tied it all together with a summarized review. I was impressed by Jennifer's ability and would not hesitate to wo...

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Eva Simmons, March 2019


Peter Likos

Let me start by saying thank you, to Jennifer Rees for the time and effort she put into my manuscript. On more than one occasion, Jennifer texted me worrying that she was taking too long to finish my manuscript. The manuscript is 92 thousand words, 450 pages. All I could think when receiving these texts was how great it is, to have found someone, that was willing to put in the effort it takes t...

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Peter Likos, March 2019


Megan Kjarbo

It was a pleasure working with Jennifer. Very professional. Her insight on the piece really help me bring my vision and story to life.

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Megan Kjarbo, March 2019


Carolina Maduro

Jenn has really pushed me as a witter! Her input has been spot on and hopefully the end result comes along beautifully.

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Carolina Maduro, February 2019

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