Consulting Editor-at-Large: Summer Dawn Laurie


Summer has worked at Chronicle Books for Children, in both the marketing and editorial departments and at Tricycle Press, the children's imprint of Ten Speed Press in Berkeley, California. As Senior Editor, Summer worked on over 50 published books across varied genres—picturebooks, board books, novels, activity books, fiction and nonfiction for young people up to age 12. She is now an independent editor, working to strengthen each word her clients write and helping guide them through the often labyrinthine route to publication.

Summer is also a children’s specialist at independent bookseller Books Inc.  She spent five years as the founding chair of the NCIBA (Northern California Independent Booksellers' Association) Children's Alliance. Summer currently sits on advisory councils for both BAC Group and the ABC Group of the American Booksellers Association. Summer lives in San Francisco, California.


Consulting Editor-at-Large: Michelle McCann 

Michelle is a passionate children's book editor, art director and writer with 30 years of experience. She has worked on every genre, from board books  to young adult novels.

Michelle has worked for small, regional presses and big national houses including Sasquatch Books, West Margin Press and Simon & Schuster/Beyond Words Publishing. She has also written 12 award-winning children’s books of her own and taught Children's Book Publishing to graduate students at PSU for 13 years. Michelle lives in Portland, Oregon.

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