My first four years in the US publishing industry were spent with Children's Book Press in San Francisco as an Assistant Production Editor (1994-98). Children's Book Press was a nonprofit publisher which published primarily multicultural and bilingual picture books. Some of the books I worked on included i see the rhythm, winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, In My Family, winner of the Américas Award, and From the Bellybutton of the Moon, winner of the Pura Belpré Award. I helped the Publisher in the process of acquiring and developing books, including book design and production. It was here that I began to develop a sense of some of the joys and challenges that come with working on multicultural children's books created by authors and artists from diverse backgrounds.
I decided I wanted to go further in children's publishing, so moved to New York City where I got a job as Assistant Editor at Orchard Books. I spent a year there (1998-99), working on many imports from the UK, including my first editorial acquisition, Sammy and the Dinosaurs, a Children's Book of the Month Club selection. I then moved to Lee & Low Books as an editor (1999-2001). Lee & Low is a family-run publisher which specializes in multicultural picture books. I managed the New Voices Award in its first year, which is an award for a picture book manuscript written by an author of color who has not previously published for children. I was lucky to work with the first winner, Linda Boyden, to develop her story, The Blue Roses. I also acquired and edited several books of which I am very proud, including DeShawn Days, a Choice from the Cooperative Children's Book Center, Love to Langston, an NCTE Notable book, and The Pot that Juan Built, an ALA Notable book. You can see a more about the books I've worked on on, including as a freelance editor, on my Portfolio page. You'll find a complete list of my book publications on my Linked In page.