Anna Lazowski

Starry Forest Books

My Manuscript Wish List

***Currently closed to queries***

I am an Acquiring Editor at Starry Forest Books, currently focusing on children’s picture books, board books, and activity books.

I'm also a published picture book author and love mentoring other writers.

Here are some things I'd love to see in my inbox:

  • Stories that surprise and delight
  • Tales with a touch of magic
  • Anything with spooky or creepy vibes
  • Social-emotional learning topics told in unique ways
  • A focus on food, family, and traditions
  • A diversity of voices and experiences
  • Nonfiction that engages kids while they learn
  • Seasonal stories told with a twist
  • Books that elicit an emotional response (happy, sad, reflective, surprised, etc.)

I am not a good fit for:

  • Fractured fairy tales
  • Potty humor
  • Stories that reinforce stereotypes

Fun facts about me:

I live in Canada, have degrees in fine arts and journalism, and also studied gothic literature.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to

Please include my name in the subject line of your submission, along with your manuscript's title.
If you are responding to a Twitter request, please also include the event hashtags in the subject line.

Please include:

  1. A query (no more than 1 page)
  2. The manuscript text as a word document OR a pdf sketch dummy as an attachment in spread layouts.

Your query must contain:

  • The story pitch
  • A suggested age range
  • If you are represented by an agent (or plan to be)
  • For authors: a bio that describes your occupation, publishing history, and any other information relevant to your manuscript
  • For illustrators: please also include a link to your website or portfolio

Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Fiction: Children's, Graphic Novel, Picture Books
Non-Fiction: Illustrated

Favorite sub-genres:
I'd like the next...

My favorites include...

The Fan Brothers
Mac Barnett
Rana Telgemeier
Christian Robinson
Annie Barrows
Marie-Louise Gay
Svetlana Chmakova
Oge Mora
Julie Flett
I also love A.A. Milne, Judy Blume, Beverly Cleary, Maurice Sendak and Dennis Lee.

The Devil Wears Prada
The Book of Life

TV Shows:
New Girl
The Last Kingdom
The Office
The Mindy Project

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