Kelly Delaney

Crown Books for Young Readers

My Manuscript Wish List

I work on all age groups of children's books, from picture books to YA. Across age groups and genres I tend to gravitate towards warmer, more upbeat stories and am always happy to see humor and a little bit of magic and mischief. I have a soft spot for books about science (fiction and nonfiction). I’m interested in nonfiction for all ages that fills in the very glaring gaps of history books. I'm actively looking for stories from perspectives I haven't seen before—more marginalized writers, and especially Indigenous writers--and I tend to shy away from high fantasy and rhyming picture books.

Here's a full list of books I've edited and published:


Submission Guidelines

Vital Info

Fiction: Children's, Middle Grade, Young Adult

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

When You Reach Me, Agnes at the End of the World, Jennifer Chan is Not Alone, Everything Sad is Untrue, Planet Earth is Blue, Long Way Down, Dig.

My favorites include...

Books for grownups I love: This Time Tomorrow, Pachinko, Thirsty Mermaids, The House on the Cerulean Sea, Nothing to See Here, The Great Believers, Homegoing, Trick Mirror, Such Good Work, Circe, There There, The Power

Movies and TV I love: Back to the Future, Palm Springs, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Our Flag Means Death, Never Have I Ever, The Good Place, The Leftovers, Russian Doll, Everything Everywhere All at Once, Home Alone, The Imagineering Story, Jeopardy...

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