Leslie Budnick

Leslie Budnick – Editor

I'm an editor of award-winning children's books, with over twenty years of experience working on picture books, middle grade, and YA novels.


I’m a freelance children’s book editor of award-winning books including Newbery-Honor winner Rules by Cynthia Lord. I have over twenty years of experience editing picture books, middle grade and young adult novels, fiction and non-fiction—and countless years as a children’s books enthusiast. I love story and collaborating with authors and illustrators—first time and seasoned creatives—to bring their visions and stories to their full potential!

Biographies & Memoirs Children’s Non-Fiction
Historical Fiction Humor & Comedy Middle Grade Middle Grade Fantasy Picture Books Social & Family Issues
English (US)

Work experience


Jan, 2007 — Present

Client's include: Scholastic Inc. (trade and mass market), Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, Little Blueprint, and Glitterati Books


Jun, 1999 — Dec, 2006 (over 7 years)

Leslie has 2 reviews





Cheryl O.

Cheryl O.

Jan, 2023

Leslie is one of the best editors I have had the pleasure to work with. She is very thorough in her assessment and understanding of the goal you're looking to accomplish. Offered wonderful suggestions that greatly enhanced my manuscript, and was very thoughtful in her responses. I highly recommend Leslie without hesitation.
Susan M.

Susan M.

Oct, 2022

I would highly recommend Leslie. She went above and beyond every step of the way. From being ahead of schedule, to her thorough and probing analysis of my manuscript, to her generous, yet challenging approach, I was very pleased and grateful.

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