Allison Hunter Hill

My Manuscript Wish List

Hello! I am an Acquiring Editor with a focus on children’s picture books, board books, nonfiction, middle grade, and activity books. I'm currently on leave but please do check back.

It’s been my privilege to edit picture books, middle grade, poetry, and young adult books by many beloved, best-selling authors and illustrators for over a decade as an editor at Candlewick Press, Page Street Kids, Starry Forest Books, and more.

I hold an MA in Children's Literature and an MS in Library & Information Science. Before working in publishing I spent a decade working in public libraries and I’m a second-generation librarian (a fact my father says I’m legally obligated to mention).


What I'm personally looking for:

  • Mischief
  • A sense of humor (tending towards subtle, wry, dark, or clever)
  • Folk and fairy tales, legends, tales, and old songs: both retellings and new (or new-to-me!)
  • Diverse voices, particularly differently-abled / disability
  • Rebellion
  • Well-placed whimsy, delicate detail, and intricate worlds
  • Enchanting words and stories
  • Stories about homes and houses
  • Texts tumbling with nature, and forests, brimming with gardens and flowers
  • Narrative non-fiction and historical fiction picture books, particularly of strong women
  • Scotland, Ireland, and the UK
  • Poetry and poetic voice


Fun facts about me:

I've been a librarian, a tea maker, a book reviewer, and a shop-keeper on a small island in a great lake.

I collect things I find in the sea.

Submission Guidelines

Vital Info

Fiction: Children's, Graphic Novel, Middle Grade, Picture Books, Poetry
Non-Fiction: Crafts/DIY, Illustrated

Favorite sub-genres:
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My favorites include...


  • Imogene's Antlers by David Small
  • Many Moons by James Thurber
  • Hazel and Twig by Brenna Burns Yu
  • Miss Rhumphius (and all!) by Barbara Cooney
  • Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion, illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham
  • The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
  • Snuff by Quentin Blake
  • The Wind Blew by Pat Huchins
  • Nora and Andrew Lang, George MacDonald
  • Everything Beatrix Potter, Tamora Pierce, Meg Cabot, L. M. Montgomery, Gail Carson Levine, Tolkien, and C. S. Lewis

TV Shows:

  • Parks and Recreation
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  • The Detectorists
  • 30 Rock
  • Gilmore Girls
  • The Crown
  • Stargate

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