Beach Lane

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Allyn Johnston
Andrea Welch

       Allyn Johnston, Vice President and Publisher


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All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Marla Frazee, won a Caldecott Honor Award.
All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Marla Frazee

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.

Happy Birthday, Bunny! by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin, received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus.


Join us for a walk down the Lane!

An ALA Notable book
A BCCB Blue Ribbon book

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       Anne Zafian, Deputy Publisher



       Andrea Welch, Senior Editor



Beach Lane Backlist

Anne Zafian
Allyn has been working in children’s publishing in her native California for twenty-four years. Among the authors and illustrators with whom she works are Mem Fox, Lois Ehlert, Marla Frazee, Cynthia Rylant, Debra Frasier, Arthur Howard, Jan Thomas, Avi, and M. T. Anderson. Recent titles she’s edited are New York Times bestseller Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury; and A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee and New York Times bestseller All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Marla Frazee, both of which received a Caldecott Honor. 
As Deputy Publisher, Anne works closely with the Publisher on key aspects of our business. She oversees our marketing team and marketing plans; and works closely with both the sales team and supply chain organization to maximize sales and manage inventory. Anne has been with S&S for more than 5 years, previously as a VP in our sales department responsible for both adult and children’s book sales. Prior to that, she worked at what is now known as Hachette Book Group USA, including Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, where her love of children’s books was first fostered.

Andrea has the pleasure of working with a long list of wonderful authors and illustrators. Recent books she has edited include Sophie Peterman Tells the Truth by Sarah Weeks, illustrated by Robert Neubecker; Hello Baby! by Mem Fox, illustrated by Steve Jenkins; and the Brownie & Pearl series by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Brian Biggs. Andrea acquires projects ranging from very young picture books to middle-grade and teen novels—especially those that are filled with heart, humor, and irresistible characters.

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.




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.

Sarah Jane Abbott, Editorial Assistant

Sarah Jane Abbott joined Beach Lane Books as editorial assistant in July 2014.    She graduated from Bucknell University with a B.A. in English and Creative Writing and interned at the Stadler Center for Poetry before starting at S&S as a publicity assistant in 2013.  She also serves as editorial assistant for the Paula Wiseman Books imprint and as a book reviewer for Simon & Schuster’s  She loves quirky, imaginative picture books with a lot of heart and unique, literary middle grade novels.  

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