Anna Sargeant

Sourcebooks eXplore - Children's nonfiction

My Manuscript Wish List

I'm looking for nonfiction children's books that appeal to both the mind and heart. Strong narrative elements -- things like hook, theme, and voice -- are what compel me most. So nonfiction books with underlying social-emotional themes are right up my alley, and straightforward fiction is not really my thing.

Tone-wise, I tend to be drawn to clever and fun, simple and sweet, or compelling and unique. I love when nonfiction authors have found a way to layer emotion and entertainment (rhyme, humor, conversational tone, surprise ending, etc.) over the facts.

Topics-wise, I am a sucker for all things animals and nature, and I'm looking to acquire more STEAM books. Send me untold stories from history or fascinating bios whose themes are relevant for kids today.

Ultimately, I want to feel something when I read, so if your book surprises, delights, or moves the reader, please send it my way.

Fun facts about me:
  • I love to be outside! When I'm not at my desk, I enjoy walking, hiking, cycling, roller blading, and going to the beach.
  • Growing up, I was an avid Chicago Bulls fan and a dedicated volleyball player and concert flutist.
  • Before I became a book editor, I was a teacher, tutor, and curriculum writer, primarily for preschool and elementary school kids.

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Vital Info

Non-Fiction: Biography, History, Humor, Illustrated, Psychology, Science, Sports, Travel

Favorite sub-genres: Language Arts, SEL, STEAM, Strong Females
I'd like the next...

Board books:

Baby University series by Chris Ferrie

Stir, Crack, Whisk, Bake by ATK

Picture books:

Except Antarctica by Todd Sturgell

P is for Pterodactyl by Raj Holder

The Girl Who Thought in Pictures by by Julia Finley Mosca

All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon

My favorites include...


  • Everything by Kate DiCamillo
  • Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
  • All the George and Martha books
  • All the Elephant and Piggie books
  • All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • Strength to Love by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Quiet by Susan Cain

TV Shows:

  • Halt and Catch Fire
  • Chernobyl
  • Chuck
  • The Office
  • Superstore
  • Friday Night Lights
  • Young Sheldon


  • Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  • The Lion King (1994)
  • Gladiator
  • The Social Network
  • Remember the Titans


  • The Last Dance
  • Free Solo
  • Won't You Be My Neighbor?

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