Grace Elizabeth Kendall

I'm a children's book editor, runner, dog lover, and unabashed pancake enthusiast. This website focuses on the first thing in that list. For pancake pics, head over to Twitter. :)

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Photo credit: Michael Bisberg

Grace Elizabeth KendallEditor, Farrar, Straus, Giroux Books for Young Readers/Macmillan. Grace works on a wide range of material from picture books to young-adult novels, both fiction and nonfiction. Since joining FSG in the spring of 2014, Grace has acquired exciting projects from debut authors, seasoned veterans, and award-winners, including Gertie’s Leap to Greatness by lauded debut novelist Kate Beasley, which features illustrations from Caldecott Honoree Jillian Tamaki; Mama Africa! by National Book Award winner Kathryn Erskine; Borderlines by critically acclaimed author Mitali Perkins, as well as her first picture book, Gifts for Abuela, which will be illustrated by Pura Belpré Honoree Sara Palacios; and Betty by Ilyasah Shabazz and Renée Watson. Grace has also acquired two series projects: the Lou Lou and Pea middle-grade series by Jill Diamond and the Jasmine Toguchi chapter books by Debbi Michiko Florence. Previous to FSG, Grace spent the first seven years of her career at Scholastic, where she worked mainly on picture books, including Hot Rod Hamster: Monster Truck Mania! by Newbery Honor author Cynthia Lord and New York Times Bestselling Illustrator Derek Anderson, and Eight Days: A Story of Haiti by Edwidge Danticat and illustrated by Alix Delinois, which was published to national media acclaim. You can keep in touch with her on Twitter at @GraceKendallLit.

 

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Me with my copies of the first Hot Rod Hamster early reader on its publication day.

Grace Elizabeth Kendall is an editor at Farrar, Straus, Giroux Books for Young Readers (An Imprint of Macmillan). Grace works on a wide range of material from picture books to young-adult novels, both fiction and nonfiction. Since joining FSG in the spring of 2014, Grace has acquired exciting projects from debut authors, seasoned veterans, and award-winners, including Gertie’s Leap to Greatness by lauded debut novelist Kate Beasley, which features illustrations from Caldecott and Printz Honoree Jillian Tamaki; Mama Africa! by National Book Award winner Kathryn Erskine; Borderlines by critically acclaimed author Mitali Perkins, as well as her first picture book, Gifts for Abuela, which will be illustrated by Pura Belpré Honoree Sara Palacios; and Betty by Ilyasah Shabazz and Renée Watson. Grace has also acquired two series projects: the Lou Lou and Pea middle-grade series by Jill Diamond and the Jasmine Toguchi chapter books by Debbi Michiko Florence. Previous to FSG, Grace spent the first seven years of her career at Scholastic, where she worked mainly on picture books, including Hot Rod Hamster: Monster Truck Mania! by Newbery Honor author Cynthia Lord and New York Times Bestselling Illustrator Derek Anderson, and Eight Days: A Story of Haiti by Edwidge Danticat and illustrated by Alix Delinois, which was published to national media acclaim.

She is a graduate of Connecticut College, where she earned a B.A. in Post-Colonial Literature and completed a creative honors thesis in Poetry. Grace also studied abroad at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, where she worked on Early South African Literature, Modernism, and the Xhosa language. In addition to her semester at UCT, she volunteered in local township schools, teaching basic journalism skills to underprivileged youth. She is also proud to have attended the Columbia Publishing Course before coming to children's literature. She is a frequent speaker and mentor at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators conferences across the United States and Canada. Grace is originally from Miami, Florida, and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. You can keep in touch with her on Twitter at @GraceKendallLit.

 

Photographer (background): Michael Bisberg