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Joy Peskin

Joy Peskin, Editorial Director . 646-307-5187

Works on: Realistic, contemporary, literary novels about children and teens facing life’s challenges; clever, irreverent picture books with equal parts kid and parent appeal.

Looking for: Novels that both entertain and give readers a template for working through the trials of youth; picture books with multiple hooks that put a fresh spin on evergreen topics.

Recent Titles: This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales, Freakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark, The Riverman by Aaron Starmer, Starry Night by Isabel Gillies, Little Humans by Brandon Stanton; Love Monster by Rachel Bright.

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Margaret Ferguson, Publisher, Margaret Ferguson Books . 646-307-5674

Works on: Picture books and picture book biography, middle grade fiction, young adult novels.

Looking for: Young picture books, middle grade fiction for boys, literary young adult fiction, and memoir.

Recent Acquisitions: Recent acquisitions include Calvin by Martine Leavitt, a young adult novel about a schizophrenic boy who believes that Bill Watterson (the creator of Calvin and Hobbes) can save him if he does one more comic strip, and Two Wolves by Tristan Bancks, a middle grade adventure story about a boy whose parents discover millions of dollars mistakenly deposited in their bank account and go on the lam with him and his little sister. Some of the authors and illustrators I have worked with include Sarah Stewart, David Small, Uri Shulevitz, Hope Larson, and Claudia Mills.

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Wesley Adams, Executive Editor . 646-307-5673

Looking for: Picture books through young adult projects. I love books about kids who are up against it yet forge ahead with humor and pluck. I’m delighted by outrageous comedy and books that make waves. Please think of me for middle grade humor, offbeat material not too quirky for its own good, as well as stand-alone and series mysteries, survival stories, and thrillers. My dream projects are both the books that end up on kids’ reading lists for school and the books they sneak-read during class.

Recent Titles: Untitled MG Comedy by Samantha Bee, Dead Investigation by Charlie Price, The Devil’s Engine series by Alexander Gordon Smith, This Is My Home, This Is My School by Jonathan Bean, The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos.

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Janine O’Malley, Executive Editor . 646-307-5598

Works on: Picture books for the very young, middle grade and young adult novels.

Looking for: Middle grade or young adult that straddles the literary and commercial worlds, and am especially eager to find a great big love story that reminds me of what it’s like to fall in love for the first time (or to feel truly heartbroken for the first time!). I want books that make me cry and/or laugh, and that are character-driven yet pacey enough to make me want to read them in one sitting. I enjoy a high concept, a big twist, or an unreliable narrator. As the mom of two small boys, I also love working on picture books for the youngest set and am looking for funny or sweet tales as well as for possible character-driven series.

Recent Titles and Acquisitions: The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School by Deborah Diesen, illustrated by Dan Hanna; The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski; After the Woods by Kim Savage; The Lucky One by Leslie Margolis; Everyone Loves Bacon by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Eric Wight; and We Are Brothers by Alexandra Penfold, illustrator not yet selected.

Grace Kendall

Grace Kendall, Editor . 646-307-6440

Works on: Mostly middle grade and young adult novels, but I always keep an eye out for classic picture books and engaging nonfiction.

Looking for: Tightly crafted middle grade with heart, humor, and a clear voice; well-paced, thought-provoking YA; nonfiction with kid appeal; sports stories; books for boys; and perennial picture books. I would not be the best editor for sugary sweet picture books or young adult “beach reads.”

Recent Titles: Most recently, I edited Hot Rod Hamster: Monster Truck Mania! by Newbery Honor author Cynthia Lord and illustrated by Derek Anderson, and A Bunny in the Ballet by Robert Beck (Scholastic).

Nicholas Henderson

Nicholas Henderson, Editorial Assistant* . 646-307-5055

*Assists Joy Peskin

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Megan Abbate, Editorial Assistant* . 646-307-5716

*Assists Wesley Adams

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Melissa Warten, Editorial Assistant* . 646-307-5489

*Assists Margaret Furguson


Feiwel & Friends

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Jean Feiwel, Publisher, Feiwel and Friends, Square Fish, Swoon Reads . 646-307-5825

Works on: Commercial nonfiction, middle-grade series, teen fiction.

Looking for: Trending authors, celebrities, topics that are not overnight sensations and will backlist.

Recent Titles: Staying Strong by Demi Lovato, Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini, Bedtime Math by Laura Overdeck, My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish by Mo O'Hara, and From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess by Meg Cabot.

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Liz Szabla, Editor in Chief . 646-307-5824

Works on: Picture books (baby-K); middle-grade fiction, commercial nonfiction, and YA fiction.

Looking for: Great writing, memorable storytelling. I love a good laugh, and/or a good cry.

Recent Titles: New York Times-bestselling series the Lunar Chronicles (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress) by Marissa Meyer, and the Razorland Trilogy (Enclave, Outpost, Horde) by Ann Aguirre. Also, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente (a New York Times bestseller), The F- It List by Julie Halpern, Early Bird by Toni Yuly, and Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin.

Holly West

Holly West, Editor . 646-307-5826

Works on: A little bit of everything from picture books through YA, but my main focus is on young adult and middle-grade novels, especially ones with strong romance and/or fantasy elements.

Looking for: Characters I can fall in love with, adventures that make my heart race, and smart protagonists who make me laugh.

Recent Titles: The Monument 14 Trilogy and Sweet by Emmy Laybourne, School for Sidekicks by Kelly McCullough, A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall.

Anna Roberto

Anna Roberto, Editor . 646-307-5828

Works on: Picture books, middle-grade and young adult novels, and some nonfiction.

Looking for: A story—perhaps with an unusual/fresh hook—with any combination of heart, quirkiness, humor, or romance with a strong voice. I tend to gravitate toward realistic, contemporary novels. Make me laugh or cry and I’ll be happy as a clam.

Recent Titles: Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn, Finding Bigfoot by Animal Planet. Upcoming titles include: Boys Don’t Knit by T. S. Easton, Flirty Dancing by Jenny McLachlan, and Little Bird’s Bad Word by Jacob Grant.

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Christine Barcellona, Associate Editor . 646-307-6159

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Anna Poon, Editorial Assistant* . 646-307-5832

*Assists Christine Barcellona

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Emily Settle, Administrative Assistant to the Publisher . 646-307-5271


First Second Books

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Mark Siegel, Editorial Director . 646-307-5296

Works on: Graphic Novels and occasionally other formats, by comics creators only.

Looking for: Ambitious storytelling in graphic novel formats—all age categories welcome.

Recent Titles: Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang; This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki; The Sculptor by Scott McCloud; Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld; Giants Beware! by Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado; the Zita Spacegirl series by Ben Hatke

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Callista Brill, Senior Editor . 646-307-5386

Looking for: Nonfiction comics and children's comics.

Recent Titles: New York Times–bestselling titles such as Feynman, Fairy Tale Comics, and Primates. Upcoming projects include an untitled graphic novel with Rainbow Rowell and Faith Hicks collaborating and Eric Orchard's Bera the One-Headed Troll.

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Robyn Chapman, Associate Editor . 646-438-6136

Works on: Fiction and nonfiction graphic novels for middle grade and young adult readers. (And adults too!)

Looking for: Educational nonfiction, memoir and biography, and fiction that doesn't easily fit into a genre.

Recent Titles: The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo by Drew Weing, Star Scouts by Mike Lawrence

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Kiara Valdez, Editorial Assistant* . 646-307-6134

*Assists Mark Seigel


Henry Holt Books for Young Readers

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Laura Godwin, Publisher, Godwin Books . 646-307-5284

Works on: Picture books and middle grade, fiction and nonfiction.

Looking for: Debut novelists, new illustrators, and old-timers looking to do something new.

Recent Titles: Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato; This book just ate my dog by Richard Byrne; Stay Where You Are and Then Leave by John Boyne; D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy, 1944, by Rick Atkinson.

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Christy Ottaviano, Publisher, Christy Ottaviano Books . 646-307-5274

Works on: Picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and YA, with a focus on author-illustrator picture books and middle-grade fiction.

Looking for: Picture books: humor, universal themes, biography, author-illustrator driven. Novels: adventure, mystery/suspense, urban fantasy, coming-of-age, humor, character-driven fiction; illustrated fiction; books with a music or art theme.

Recent Titles: Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? by Tanya Lee Stone/Marjorie Priceman; Edward Hopper Paints His World by Robert Burleigh/Wendell Minor; The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut series by Laurie Keller; My Life series by Janet Tashjian; The Masterpiece Adventures series by Elise Broach; Witherwood series by Obert Skye; The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry; Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block; Dear Hank Williams by Kimberly Willis Holt; The Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertmann.

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Kate Farrell, Senior Editor . 646-307-5270

Works on: YA fiction and picture books, along with an occasional chapter book or middle-grade novel.

Looking for: Voices that are funny, poignant, and unpredictable. Stories that communicate the emotional truth of what it is like to be four or fourteen.

Recent Titles: The Ruby Red Trilogy by Kerstin Gier; Something Real by Heather Demetrios; Ninja! by Arree Chung; Operation Bunny by Sally Gardner; The Kiss of Deception by Mary Pearson.

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Julia Sooy, Associate Editor . 646-307-5276

Works on: Middle grade and teen fiction, narrative nontiction

Looking for: Adventures of the fantastical or real-life variety, character-driven historical fiction, exciting nonfiction

Recent Titles The Voyage to Magical North by Claire Fayers, The Left-Handed Fate by Kate Milford, Gorillas Up Close by Christina Nipper-Eng.

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Rachel Murray, Editorial Assistant* . 646-307-5275

*Assists Kate Farrell

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Jessica Anderson, Editorial Assistant* . 646-307-5272

*Assists Christy Ottaviano


Roaring Brook Press

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Simon Boughton, Publisher, FSG Books for Young Readers, Roaring Brook Press, First Second . 646-438-6158

Looking for: Unusual, strongly voiced books in any category: picture books, fiction, and nonfiction—but always books that show me the world in a new light. Rarely is success made with a single book, so I look for authors I can help develop. And I love to be able to bring new authors to the house, whatever stage of their career they're at—I think we offer an unusually collegial and author-friendly home here.

Recent Titles: Caldecott Medal winners My Friend Rabbit and The Man Who Walked Between the Towers; currently I'm working with Lane Smith (Grandpa Green, It's a Book), David Macaulay, Marcus Sedgwick (Midwinterblood), LeUyen Pham, Mac Barnett, and others.

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Neal Porter, Publisher, Neal Porter Books . 646-438-6170

Looking for: Picture books that challenge me (as well as the reader), new artists, innovative presentations of nonfiction, and the occasional middle grade or young adult novel too good to resist.

Recent Titles: Recent titles include: Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (Caldecott Honor); Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales (Pura Belpré Award); The Mad Potter by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan (Sibert Honor); Gravity by Jason Chin. Recent acquisitions include: The Iridescence of Birds by Patricia MacLachlan; Sebastian and the Balloon by Philip C. Stead; Bad Kitty: Puppy’s Big Day by Nick Bruel.

Connie Hsu

Connie Hsu, Senior Editor . 646-307-5465

Works on: Picture books, middle grade, young adult, and nonfiction.

Looking for: Hilarious, smart, diverse, and uniquely beautiful voices; illustrated middle grade and young adult novels and graphic novels; anything that breaks existing formats or expectations; debut authors and artists.

Recent Titles: Picture books: Crankenstein by Samantha Berger and Dan Santat, This is a Moose by Richard T. Morris and Tom Lichtenheld, The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House by Eric Litwin and Scott Magoon. Middle grade: Bad Magic by Pseudonymous Bosch, Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale. Young adult: While We Run by Karen Healey.

Kate Jacobs

Katherine Jacobs, Senior Editor . 646-307-6157

Looking for: Smart, character-driven books, from picture books to young adult, fiction and nonfiction, with an emphasis on middle grade and teen novels.

Recent Titles: The picture books I See Kitty by Yasmine Surovec and When the Beat Was Born by Laban Carrick Hill, illustrated by Theodore Taylor III, middle grade novel The Graham Cracker Plot by Shelley Tougas, and teen novels The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu and SEKRET by Lindsay Smith.

Emily Feinberg

Emily Feinberg, Associate Editor . 646-307-5226

Works on: Mostly picture book, chapter book, and middle grade titles, though I would never turn down a chance to look at a humorous, realistic young adult novel.

Looking for: Quirky, voice-driven picture books and middle grade and nonfiction for young readers. Young adult fantasy is not her thing.

Recent Titles: I’m currently editing the upcoming nonfiction picture books Coyote Moon and Highway Hawks by Maria Gianferrari, the latter illustrated by Brian Floca. I also recently acquired Marina Cohen’s The Inn Between, a supremely creepy middle grade story about a haunted Nevada inn with a strong emotional hook.

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Claire Dorsett, Editorial Assistant* . 646-600-7861

*Assists Simon Boughton


Square Fish

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Christine Barcellona, Associate Editor . 646-307-6159

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Anna Poon, Editorial Assistant . 646-307-5832



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Erin Stein, Publisher . 646-438-6139

Works on: Commercial teen fiction, middle grade fiction, and picture books.

Looking for: Surprsing plot twists and original voices; fresh takes on genre tropes; creative dynamos open to collaboration; opportunities to develop original content for licenses and brands.

Recent Titles: The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia, The Fix-It Friends by Nicole C. Kear, Babies Ruin Everything by Matthew Swanson and illustrated by Robbi Behr.

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Rhoda Belleza, Editor . 646-307-5347

Works on: Picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult.

Looking for: Books about kids and teens who save the world and/or save themselves—any genre, any setting—so long as the characters are flawed, thoughtful, funny, and real. For picture books, I like something with a big heart and/or an unusual narrative.

Recent Titles: Traitor's Kiss by Erin Beaty; Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare; The Wicker Throne by Kayla Ancrum; Disaster Diaries by R. McGeddon.

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Nicole Otto, Editorial Assistant* . 646-438-6122

*Assists Erin Stein