Naomi Krueger

Beaming Books

My Manuscript Wish List

I am an acquisitions editor at Beaming Books, an imprint of 1517 Media. I acquire and edit picture books (fiction and nonfiction) and will take on selective middle grade nonfiction. I enjoy working with experienced and debut writers and illustrators.

Beaming Books publishes high-quality children’s books that help kids thrive in every part of who they are—emotionally, socially, and spiritually. With topics ranging from self-esteem to kindness, ethics, and faith, our books are designed to spark the imagination and equip kids and families to live full and flourishing lives, together.

Specific story ideas I'm interested in seeing in my inbox in 2022:

  • funny books! I really want to see funny stories with heart.
  • author-illustrator submissions (text-alone is fine, but I want to see more illustrated submissions too.)
  • character-driven story about an adoptee, written by an adoptee (featuring a child character, not an animal.)
  • Winter or summer solstice story
  • Story about experiencing anger and dealing with it in a constructive way
  • Fresh take on the story of Jesus (e.g. Jesus as liberator! Jesus as an oppressed person, etc.)
  • Baptism-themed manuscript (prefer broad/inclusive takes)
  • Saint Nicholas picture book biography
  • religious holiday books (Christian or other religions.)
  • story about dealing with change
  • interfaith community/friendship story
  • A story about doing the "right thing" even when it's hard or you're the only one
  • Story about hope in hard times
  • Story featuring disabled main character (by an author who is disabled)
  • Joy as a revolutionary act

 

General things I'm looking for in submissions:

  • social and emotional learning (SEL) themes
  • inspiring picture book biographies about lesser known people in history who made a positive difference in the world
  • humorous stories with heart (make me laugh AND learn something meaningful!)
  • stories that break gender norms and challenge toxic masculinity
  • books by BIPOC and other  underrepresented creators
  • strong character driven stories with positive messages about a child's holistic thriving
  • dealing with challenging experiences: conflict, fears, grief, bullying, difficult times, moving away, divorce, death, mental illness, etc.
  • sophisticated, deeply theological, lyrical manuscripts from a progressive Christian perspective
  • spirituality and faith practices for kids with a grace-filled, open-minded approach.

Topics or themes I’m specifically not interested in right now:

  • Pandemic themes
  • Princesses/knights/castle stories
  • Re-tellings of Bible stories (unless it’s a really, really fresh take)
  • American patriotic themes
  • Magic or fantasy
  • Board books
  • Welcoming a new baby
  • Craft or activity books
  • Stories without a strong hook or underlying concept that relates to our mission of helping kids thrive

 


Fun facts about me:

Previous jobs:

  • Camp Counselor
  • Community newspaper reporter
  • AmeriCorps VISTA at a refugee resettlement agency

 

Favorite Quote:

“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”
—Madeleine L’Engle

 

Personal Life:

I live with my husband and two little boys in Saint Paul, Minnesota. I love hiking in the woods, gardening, bonfires, poetry, and traveling.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to kruegern@beamingbooks.com

Agented submissions only.

(Exceptions: Solicited submissions via a Twitter Pitch event or personal invitations to submit to me directly.)

Subject line: manuscript title + author name

Body of email: Include author bio and manuscript summary and any other relevant pitch information.

Manuscript: Attach as a word document or pdf

Vital Info

Editor
Fiction: Children's, Picture Books, Religious
Non-Fiction: Biography, History, Humor, Illustrated

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

Picture Books:

  • All the World
  • The Rabbit Listened
  • Miracle Man
  • Maybe God Is Like That Too
  • Julián is a Mermaid
  • Not Yeti
  • Grumpy  Monkey
  • Eyes that Kiss in the Corners
  • My Two Border Towns

My favorites include...

Books:

  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
  • Crosswicks Journal series by L'Engle
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • The Latehomecomer by Kao Kalia Yang
  • Rachel Held Evans books
  • Sarah Bessey books
  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

TV Shows

  • Parks and Recreation
  • Kim's Convenience
  • Schitt's Creek
  • Wheel of Time

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