Larry Rosler

Larry Rosler - Editor

Honesdale, PA, USA

Founding editor of Highlights for Children's Boyds Mills Press, with many years' experience in the world of books for young readers

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Working with writers is what I do and what I love to do. In addition to my experience as an editor, I offer a unique perspective as founding editor of Highlights for Children’s Boyds Mills Press. I’ve had the opportunity to work with a number of the industry’s leading authors and illustrators. The books I’ve edited have been recognized with the National Jewish Book Award, ALA Coretta Scott King Honor and Theodor Geisel Honor, SCBWI Crystal Kite Award and Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry, and the Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature, among others. For more than twenty years, I served on the faculty of the Highlights Foundation and served as speaker and workshop leader at SCBWI conferences nationwide. I know how much a manuscript means to an author. It means a lot to me, too. I work with writers in a supportive way, with one purpose in mind: to bring them closer to their goals.


“In more than four decades of writing, I’ve worked with dozens of editors—at book publishers, magazines, and newspapers—and among all these Larry is the best, hands down. ”

—Karl Zimmermann, author & frequent contributor to The New York Times and The Washington Post

“A wonderful and meticulous editor who not only edits, but advises and nudges and transforms manuscripts into the best work possible.”

—Linda Oatman High, author & journalist

English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Children’s Non-Fiction
Historical Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Young Adult


  • Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
  • American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers


  • CBS Publishing Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence
  • Main Street Musicals Director's Choice Award
  • ASCAP Plus Award

Work experience

Senior Editor

Boyds Mills Press
September, 1990 – April, 2014 (over 23 years)

Founding editor of Highlights for Children's Boyds Mills Press, a national children's book publishing company; member of three-person team that built business from ground up; served as editorial director (1990-2011) and editor-at-large (2011-2014); acquired and edited picture books, fiction, and nonfiction; supervised writers and illustrators in North America and Europe; created and supervised marketing materials, such as catalogues, flyers, brochures, ads, and press releases; represented company at professional conferences, trade conventions, and foreign rights fairs in Bologna, Italy, and Frankfurt, Germany

Associate Editor

Highlights for Children
September, 1987 – September, 1990 (about 3 years)

Supervised and edited projects with book packagers in England and France; managed copyrights, permissions, contracts and photo research for periodical with a circulation of two million; managed editorial content of the magaine's Singapore edtion

Assistant to Editor-in-Chief

Henry Holt and Company
March, 1985 – July, 1987 (over 2 years)

Assisted the editor-in-chief with the publication of fiction and nonfiction by authors such as Edward Abbey, Bella Akhmadulina, Bill Granger, George V. Higgins, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Lech Walesa, and Yevgeny Yevtushenko; coordinated US and UK publications; evaluated manuscripts

Assistant to the Director of School & Library Marketing

Henry Holt and Company
April, 1982 – March, 1985 (almost 3 years)

Assisted director of school and library marketing with the promption of adult and juvenile titles to the school and library market; assisted with the creation of seasonal and backlist catalogues, as well as direct mail marketing pieces; booked author appearances; represented company at conferences and conventions

Portfolio (15 selected works)

Becoming Billie Holiday

Weatherford, Carole Boston, Cooper, Floyd

Always Prayer Shawl, The

Oberman, Sheldon

Birmingham, 1963

Weatherford, Carole Boston

Fly Free

Thong, Roseanne, Neilan, Eujin Kim

Solomon and the Ant: And Other Jewish Folktales

Oberman, Sheldon, Schram, Peninnah

Time to Pray

Addasi, Maha, Gannon, Ned

The Secret Within, The

Golding, Theresa, Golding, Theresa Martin

Turtle Tide: The Ways of Sea Turtles

swinburne, stephen r., Hiscock, Bruce

The Starry Night

Waldman, Neil

Nadia's Hands

English, Karen, Weiner, Jonathan

Larry has 4 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

I am beyond grateful to collaborate with such a wonderful editor as Larry. I've worked with several very good editors I am grateful to, but Larry's editing is at an absolutely new level, it is just breathtaking! I remember, when I opened his first edits I felt like my path in poetry has changed forever. I could see the things I didn't see before, and I've learned so much I would never be abl...
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V F, December 2022

Leah Pileggi
Larry's feedback--from large story problems to small word choices--has helped me give my manuscript a life that I didn't know it could have. I am so grateful that we connected for this project.

Leah Pileggi, September 2022

Larry Rosler
Thank you, Leah, I'm happy we connected, too. Thank you as well for the opportunity to work with you. I loved reading your manuscript. And now I’m eager to read the revision!

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Raluca Sirbu
Larry brings tremendous insight and vision in his editorial review. Gentle, not imposing his point of view, just clear and valuable suggestions. He generated big improvements to my manuscript. And I felt that he cared; this manuscript, this work was not just another job, but it had value and had a future, and he could help it along. And for all of that, I am grateful and hope to work together i...
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Raluca Sirbu, July 2021

Larry Rosler
Thank you for your kind words, Raluca. It was a pleasure spending time with your lovely prose. I hope to work with you in the future as well!

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Rosalie Turner
It was a pleasure working with Larry. His developmental editing was exactly what I needed to improve my middle-grade historical fiction. He was easy to communicate with and his comments/suggestions were so helpful. Thanks, Larry!

Rosalie Turner, May 2021

Larry Rosler
Thank you for your kind words, Rosalie. It was a pleasure working with you as well. I'm happy you found the comments helpful. I hope I have the opportunity to work you with again and wish all good ...
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