Saturday, September 19, 2015

Abrams Books for Young Readers

Launched in 1999, Abrams Books for Young Readers is an imprint of Abrams Books. They publish picture books and illustrated nonfiction for preschool through middle-grade readers (about 50 per year). ABYFR is closed to unsolicited submissions.

We noticed a commitment to diverse books at ABFYR as well as a tendency toward high word counts--especially in nonfiction.

Getting to Know Abrams Books for Young Readers

Abrams Kids 2015 Yearbook

Senior VP & Publisher: Susan Van Metre
...on the direction she will take ABFYR as a publisher
Interview on Mishaps and Adventures Blog

Associate Publisher: Jody Mosley

Senior Managing Editor: Jennifer Graham

Editorial Director: Tamar Brazis
Tips from Tamar Brazis

Senior Editor: Maggie Lehrman (It seems she has left Abrams to pursue her own writing career)
Interviewed by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

Editor-at-Large: Howard W. Reeves

Executive Editor: Traci Todd

Associate Editor: Erica Finkel

Creative Art Director: Chad Beckerman

Anne Heltzel, Editor
Behind the Editor's Desk with Anne Heltzel Podcast

Nicole Sclama, Assistant Editor

Orlando Dos Reis, Editorial Assistant

Books We Had on Hand (* indicates books we read):

*You and Me (2015); Written by Susan Verde; Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds; Edited by Tamar Brazis
*I Had a Favorite Hat (2015); Written by Boni Ashburn; Illustrated by Robyn Ng

*Grandma in Blue with Red Hat (2015); Written by Scott Menchin; Illustrated by Harry Bliss

*You Are Not My Friend, But I Miss You (2014); Written and Illustrated by Daniel Kirk

*I'm Gonna Climb a Mountain in My Patent Leather Shoes (2014); Written by Marilyn Singer; Illustrated by Lynne Avril; Edited by Tamar Brazis

*Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau (2014); Written by Andrea Beaty; Illustrated by David Roberts; Edited by Susan Van Metre

Separate is Never Equal (2014); Written and Illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh; Edited by Howard Reeves

*Tyrannosaurus Wrecks! (2014); Written by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen; Illustrated by Zachariah Ohora; Edited by Maggie Lehrman

Beautiful Moon: A Child's Prayer (2014); Written by Tonya Bolden; Illustrated by Eric Velasquez

*Fraidyzoo (2013); Written and Illustrated by Thyra Heder; Edited by Erica Finkel

Pluto's Secret: An Icy World's Tale of Discovery (2013); Written by Margaret A. Weitekamp with David DeVorkin; Illustrated by Diane Kidd

*The Museum (2013); Written by Susan Verde (debut picture book); Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds; Edited by Tamar Brazis

The Steadfast Tin Soldier (2013); Retold by Cynthia Rylant; Illustrated by Jen Corace

Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale (2013); Written and Illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh; Edited by Howard Reeves
*Bat and Rat (2012); Written by Patrick Jennings; Illustrated by Matthew Cordell; Edited by Tamar Brazis

*Surfer Chick (2012); Written by Kristy Dempsey; Illustrated by Henry Cole; Edited by Tamar Brazis

*Kel Gilligan's Daredevil Stunt Show (2012); Written by Michael Buckley; Illustrated by Dan Santat

*Ten Creepy Monsters (2012); Written and Illustrated by Carey F. Armstrong-Ellis

*The Frank Show (2012); Written and Illustrated by David Mackintosh

The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont (2011); Written by Victoria Griffith (debut author); Illustrated by Eva Montanari

*A Mango in the Hand (2011); Written by Antonio Sacre; Illustrated by Sebastia Serra

The Quite Contrary Man: A True American Tale (2011); Written by Patricia Rusch Hyatt; Illustrated by Kathryn Brown
Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School (2011); Written and Illustrated by David Mackintosh

*Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin (2010); Written and Illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh; Edited by Howard Reeves

*Mama, Is It Summer Yet (2010); Written and Illustrated by Nikki McClure; Edited by Susan Van Metre

*Dotty (2010); Written by Erica S. Perl; Illustrated by Julia Denos; Edited by Susan Van Metre

At our next meeting on October 10, we will focus on books published by Balzer + Bray.