Charlotte Wenger

Charlotte Wenger

Page Street Kids / Page Street Publishing

My Manuscript Wish List

In general:

  • narrative picture books of all genres for ages 4-8
  • occasionally board books for ages 0-3
  • visually driven concept books


My personal taste:

I love picture book biographies, sports narratives, and global stories. Additionally, topics and themes surrounding the performing arts as well as social awareness and justice pique my interest. I’m especially looking for debut (or newer talent) authors and author-illustrators with strong writing skills and distinct art styles.

In narrative picture books (fiction and nonfiction), I look for well-developed characters with distinct voices; a strong plot with an earned resolution; and a clever, unexpected, yet satisfying ending. I’m always open to stories that break formula and just work – that have that special something that you can’t quite put your finger on – either in the art or the words. I like both prose and poetry, but I’m typically not a fan of rhyming unless it feels authentic to the tone of the story.

I’m always on the lookout for what hasn’t been done yet – stories that haven’t been told and voices that haven’t been heard.

Fun facts about me:

I spent a semester of undergrad in South Africa and Lesotho.

I love to sing.

My voice is out there somewhere in Rosetta Stone ELL software…

Favorite colors: purple and green

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to

Children’s Books

Please include a query (1 page) along with the manuscript text as a word document or a pdf sketch dummy, 32-40 pages, as an attachment in spread layouts. Your query must contain: 1) synopsis, pitch, age range; and 2) an author bio that describes your occupation, publishing history, social media presence, and any other relevant information that pertains to your manuscript. If you are an illustrator, please also send your website. If you are represented by an agent or plan to be, please note this in your author bio.

Email with the title of your manuscript in the subject line.

Guidelines & Details


February 10, 2018: Manuscript Critique and Agent/Editor Brunch (with agent Melissa Nasson) at the Writer’s Loft, Sherborn, MA

March 22-24, 2018: Mentoring at Whispering Pines Writers’ Retreat-2, Rhode Island

Vital Info

Fiction: Children's, Historical, Humor, LGBTQ, Literary, Picture Books, Poetry
Non-Fiction: Biography, History, Illustrated, Journalism, LGBTQ, Science, Sports, Travel

Favorite sub-genres: Diversity, Feminism, Multicultural, Social Issues
I’d like the next…

My favorites include…


  • The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas, illus. by Erin E. Stead
  • Firebird by Misty Copeland, illus. by Christopher Myers
  • Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illus. by Jon Klassen
  • The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne
  • Anything by Oliver Jeffers or Peter Brown
  • We Are in a Book and Waiting Is Not Easy by Mo Willems
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Feed by M.T. Anderson
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

TV Shows:

  • Miss Julie’s Green Room
  • Younger
  • This Is Us
  • So You Think You Can Dance
  • West Wing
  • Friday Night Lights

My Upcoming Events: