Joy Bean

Joy Bean - Editor

I am deeply passionate about children's books! I am an encouraging, honest, and enthusiastic editor who loves to make projects their best.

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I am an experienced children's book editor with over 20 years in the publishing industry. I love working on picture books, chapter books, and middle grade and young adult novels. I love both fiction and nonfiction.
The only genres I do not work on are high fantasy, science fiction, and horror.
English (US)
Children’s Non-Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Young Adult


  • NYU Publishing Certificate

Work experience

Senior Editor

Boyds Mills & Kane
December, 2017 – January, 2021 (about 3 years)

Acquired and edited children's books across all formats, from picture books, chapter books, to middle grade and young adult projects, both fiction and nonfiction.

Senior Editor

Little Bee Books
October, 2015 – June, 2016 (8 months)

Acquire and edit children's books of all ages.


Marshall Cavendish
May, 2007 – May, 2011 (about 4 years)

Acquire and edit nonfiction children's books of all ages.

Associate Children's Book Editor

Publishers Weekly
December, 2002 – May, 2007 (over 4 years)

Write and edit stories about children's books and the children's book industry for the magazine. Co-founding editor of the Children's Bookshelf newsletter.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Trucks Zooming By

Jane, Pamela, Gott, Barry

Blue Cat

Ryan, Charlie Eve, Ryan, Charlie Eve

Good Night, Oppy!

McGowan, James, Carter, Graham

Frankie Gets a Doggie

Huntington, Amy

The Story of You

Scott, Lisa Ann, Cornelison, Sue

Ella and Owen 1: The Cave of Aaaaah! Doom!

Kent, Jaden, Bodnaruk, Iryna

Boats (Step-Into-Reading, Step 1)

Corey, Shana, Reed, Mike

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