Allyn Johnston, Vice President and Publisher
► Stars by Mary Lyn Ray, illustrated by Marla Frazee, received starred reviews from Booklist, School Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly, was named a 2011 Booklist Editor's Choice, and was #10 on the New York Times Bestseller List (11/13/11).
► Sophia's War by Avi received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and School Library Journal.
Come on out to the Beach!
Beach Lane Books, founded in 2008 and located on a flower-filled lane in San Diego, publishes books for all ages and across all genres, with a primary focus on lyrical, emotionally engaging, highly visual picture books for young children—and the adults who love them. Our list features established authors and illustrators in the field as well as brand-new talent, and our overarching goal is to publish books that are truly for children, books that connect with readers on a deep level and that become beloved childhood treasures people will return to throughout their lives.
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A note from Marla Frazee about the Beach Lane Books logo:
Allyn grew up on the beach in Malibu, and she lives at the beach in San Diego today. The beautiful and various moods of the ocean are as much a part of Allyn's life as books are, and it is no wonder that her imprint will reflect this influence.
Throughout my life in Southern California, I have spent many hours at the beach, too. When the afternoon sun is low on the horizon, everyone and everything--adult, child, Frisbee, dog--is cast into glorious silhouette. When Allyn asked me to design the logo for her new imprint, I hoped to capture that sense of shimmering light, as well as the tangible feeling of walking barefoot on wet sand, bucket in hand, looking for treasure.
To me, Beach Lane Books embodies exactly that spirit of what a day at the beach offers--the wide scope combined with the intimate experience of personal discovery.
► Happy Birthday, Bunny! by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin, received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus.
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Anne Zafian, Deputy Publisher
Andrea Welch, Senior Editor
Beach Lane Backlist
Emma Ledbetter, Assistant Editor
Emma Ledbetter works on a wide array of wonderful books as Namrata Tripathi’s assistant at Atheneum and as the Beach Lane Books liaison. Before joining S&S in 2011, Emma was an editorial intern at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, and prior to that, interned at both Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. She majored in Art History at Yale University, where she wrote her thesis on the art of Little Golden Books and cultivated her passion for children's literature.
► I Love You, Nose! I Love You, Toes! by Linda Davick received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, which called it "a breath of fresh air."
► God Got A Dog by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Marla Frazee, received a starred review from Kirkus.