I’ve been expanding my interests as an agent from MG and YA to include books for the littler crowd. I’ve found some incredible author-illustrators whose work is so amazing I can’t even describe, and I want more.* Especially since editors who’ve seen the quality picture books I rep keep asking for them.

My tastes vary and are somewhat random and all over the place. This list will likely evolve as I think of other things that pique my interest. It’s not a catchall—I’ve fallen in love with art and styles I never would have imagined until they showed up in my inbox, so don’t be afraid to query if you’re not sure. I also love getting picture book texts, so use this as a guide to see what kinds of stories I like, even if you can’t illustrate.*

A visual collections of illustration styles and picture books I’d love to see:



Mélanie Watt

Chester, Mélanie Watt  Scaredy Squirrel, Mélanie Watt

Rob Scotton

Russell the Sheep, Rob Scotton



Jon Klassen

I Want My Hat Back, Jon Klassen

John Scieska/Lane Smith

Stinky Cheese Man



Chris Appelhans


Nilah Magruder
(one of my author-illustrators; Fox Hunt forthcoming from Feiwel & Friends in 2016)

Fox Hunt, Nilah Magruder

(often with bright colors)

Dan Santat

Beckle, Dan Santat

Chris Barton

Shark vs. Train



Ashley Evanson (yes, she is another of my author-illustrators)

Hello, San Francisco by Ashley Evanson  Hello, Paris by Ashley Evanson

Keith Baker

LMNO Peas, Keith Baker


Hervé Tullet

Hervé Tullet, Press Here

Jon Stone/Mike Smollin

Monster at the End of This Book



David Wiesner

Tuesday, David Wiesner  Sector 7, David Wiesner

Shaun Tan

Shaun Tan, Lost Thing  Shaun Tan, Arrival



Edward Gorey

Edward Gorey, Gashlycrumb Tinies

Neil Gaiman/Dave McKean

Wolves in the Walls, Neil Gaiman


Pop Surrealism (Lowbrow)

Nicoletta Ceccoli

Nicoletta Ceccoli, Dignity of Dragons  Beautiful Nightmares, Nicoletta Ceccoli

Rébecca Dautremer

Secret Lives of Princesses



[See also: Edward Gorey, above]

Emily the Strange (Rob Reger)

Emily the Strange

Ruby Gloom series

Ruby Gloom


Art Nouveau/Art Deco

Alphonse Mucha

Alphonse Mucha



Not so much:

Perhaps I should note some of the kinds of picture books I’m NOT interested in.

  • holiday stories (if it’s spooky but not tied directly to Halloween, I’ll allow it)
  • religious
  • preachy
  • trying to teach a moral or lesson
  • sappy or overly cheesy (clever, yes; cheesy, no)
  • rhyming (very rarely do I like rhyming picture books)
  • imitating Dr Seuss (no one will ever do it as well as him, so don’t try)

*We won’t discuss my jealousy that some people can both write and illustrate. I’ll stick to my coloring books for now. (No, seriously. Johanna Basford’s Enchanted Forest is my current obsession.)


NOTE: The comment section of this post is NOT the place to pitch me your picture book. Instead, refer to my query guidelines.

ALSO NOTE: I don’t rep most of the books listed here; they’re simply used as examples of what I’d like to see.