I'm a freelance children's book author and editor with close to 25 years of experience in the children's publishing industry. I've worked on a New York Times best-seller, a winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, and others. My specialty is picture books, though I've edited middle grade and YA. I'm passionate about diversity and equity in children's books, and am selective about what projects I will edit. Now as co-author of books in the Fighting for Justice series, I've learned more about marketing and building a platform for social justice books. I work with many people who choose self-publishing as a way to get their books out into the world.
Offering a range of services, including children’s book editing for Parallax Press, Blood Orange Press, and City Lights Books on the New York Times best-selling Rad American Women A-Z; manuscript critiquing and editing for individuals and self-publishers; running creative writing workshops and writing groups. See full portfolio at
Co-founder and director of festival, including shaping programme, hiring speakers and PR, with authors/illustrators including David Almond, Michelle Magorian, Emily Gravett, and Polly Dunbar
Researching and editing content for international website with a focus on children’s literature from and about the Pacific Rim and South Asia, including interviews with authors and researching new books
Part-time, responsible for planning and running conferences, including the annual British IBBY (International Board on Books for Young Readers)/NCRCL conferences (2002–2008) and CLISS (Children’s Literature International Summer School; 2003, 2005 and 2007)
Responsible for acquiring and editing three to five multicultural picture books per year, including finding and editing manuscripts, selecting artists, and working with freelance designers on art direction
Working with the Publisher on the acquisition and development of 12 to 18 books per year, especially imports; managing and evaluating submissions
Working with Publisher to acquire and develop three to five multicultural and bilingual picture books per year; finding and managing relationships with freelance designers
When Jasper the dachshund hears about the world's biggest dog sled race in Alaska, he just knows he can win. And when his family goes to watch the race, he decides to enter. Jasper tries every position, but he's too little and doesn't fit in the sled's harness. That doesn't stop him. Jasper sneaks aboard a team sled and finds a way to become a part of the team. His yappy enthusiasm keeps them ... read more
The first book in the Fighting for Justice series Winner, Carter G. Woodson Book AwardWinner, New-York Historical Society Children's Book PrizeWinner, Social Justice Literature AwardHonor Title, Jane Addams Children's Book AwardFinalist, 2017 Cybils AwardsNominee, Georgia Book AwardA Kirkus Best Book of the Year Fred Korematsu liked listening to music on the radio, playing tennis, and hanging ... read more
Quezada creates stunning pots in the traditional style of the Casas Grandes people, including using human hair to make brushes and cow dung to feed the fire. This real-life story is written in the form of "The House That Jack Built," and relays how JuanÂ’s pioneering work has changed a poor village into a prosperous community of world-class artists. Illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner David ... read more
Fourteen poems offer young readers an exciting glimpse into the life of Langston Hughes, one of America’s most beloved poets. Each poem explores important themes in Hughes’s life — his lonely childhood, his love of language and travel, and his dream of writing poetry. Color illustrations throughout and extensive notes at the back of the book expand upon the poems, giving a broader picture of H... read more
The New York Times Bestseller!"This is The Most Inspiring Children’s Book We've Ever Seen."--Refinery29.com"The very first kids' book released by the iconic publishing house City Lights, Rad American Women A-Z navigates the alphabet from Angela Davis to Zora Neale Hurston with colorful illustrations and short, powerful narratives. The perfect gift for the junior riot grrl in your life."--Bust ... read more
Mr. Pack Rat is a particularly acquisitive small mammal with a hoarding problem (sound like someone you know?). Through trial and error, he begins to question whether having more things is really the secret to happiness.Although real life pack rats (genus Neotoma) build large piles of debris to nest in, Mr. Pack Rat isn't satisfied with plain old sticks and leaves. He wants novelty and variety... read more
Barnabas loves helping his family. His "help" comes in the form of barking, tooting, and drooling. Barnabas' family; however, has had enough of his bad manners. Will obedience school change Barnabas' bad-mannered ways or will his family be forced to live with their bad-mannered bulldog? Told through the point of view of Barnabas, the mother-son team of Cindy and Chris Gray perfectly capture th... read more
In a dusty old box in the attic, Sammy finds some dinosaurs that his sister says are junk, but Sammy knows better, and takes care of each one, and they begin talking to Sammy, but just loud enough for him to hear. Children's BOMC Main. Jr Lit Guild.
No one knows how the idea of a New York bagel popped into Yum Yung's head -- perhaps it was inspired by a dream, or by listening to sparrows' songs. Yum Yung lives in Korea where there are no New York bagels, and one day he just knows he has to have one. This timeless fable will make readers giggle with delight and satisfaction as Yum Yung, with the help of his friends, fulfills his bagel drea... read more
This award-winning picture book invites children along to dance to the rhythm of swing at the Savoy in Harlem, to rejoice to the rhythm of gospel from a church pew on a Sunday morning, and more. Each stunning spread—including art, poetic text, a description of the music style, and a time line of selected historical events—encompasses the spirit of the times and the strength of the communities ... read more
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YA and MG editor who's worked with HarperCollins, Marvel, and bestsellers. Let's geek out over your story and make it even better!
I have edited and proofread many non-fiction books for Hachette and HarperCollins, and have also worked on memoirs for individual clients.