Kristen has given several industry interviews over the years. If you would like to know more about what she looks for when publishing children's books, please
Page Street Kids, Publisher
As founding publisher of the new children’s division
of Page Street Publishing in Salem, Massachusetts, Kristen is focusing on collaborating with new talent and publishing art-led narrative picture books for ages 4-8, occasionally board books for ages 0-3, and visually driven concept books. She loves picture book biographies, strong characters, a unique style or retro look made new again, and looks for a surprising spin on traditional themes in children’s books. Kristen aims to invest in long term relationships with authors and illustrators and, as a former art director, she enjoys developing picture books from a visual perspective.
At Candlewick Press, located near Boston, Kristen worked with author/illustrators Carson Ellis, Steve Light, Leslie Patricelli and Matt Tavares as well as illustrators Sophie Blackall, John Rocco, Ed Young, and many others on award-winning books for thirteen years. She graduated from the University of Buffalo with degrees in Communication Design and Art History, and has pursued further studies at SVA, Harvard, and Mass Art. Before returning home to the east coast, Kristen was a senior designer at Chronicle Books in San Francisco for five years. Her passion for children's books has been passed down from her mother, an elementary teacher, and her grandmother, a librarian.
Most weekends Kristen can be found swimming, hiking, shopping the farmer's markets, and curling up with a good book next to the wood stove at her lake house in Maine.