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Kelly Barrales-SaylorKelly Barrales-Saylor

KELLY BARRALES-SAYLOR

Editoral Editor, Sourcebooks eXplore (Nonfiction)

Sourcebooks eXplore Little Pickle Press  Dawn Publications

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR...

I'm looking for new approaches to nonfiction topics that are entertaining, educational, and FUN for kids of all ages. I'm particularly interested in commercial nonfiction for babies and preschoolers. Also looking for fresh takes on emotional learning. I appreciate the weird, misfit kinds of projects—if it doesn't seem to fit anywhere, it's probably for me.

RIGHT NOW, PLEASE DON'T SEND ME...

Straightforward nonfiction

HOW I GOT INTO BOOKS...

I loved books so much as a kid that I got special permission from my school principal to enter the building early so I could help shelve books in the library. Years later, I thought my love of books meant I had to teach, so I went to college to be a high school English teacher. When I was about 90% done with my teaching degree, and just before I started student teaching (but not before I created lesson plans using Grandmaster Flash lyrics), I heard about an internship at an indie publishing company in Naperville called Sourcebooks. Oh. I can make books? And I can still live in Chicagoland? Yes, let’s do that.

SOME FAVORITE BOOKS AND AUTHORS I DIDN'T PUBLISH...

Leo: A Ghost Story, Please Mr. Panda, anything by Gyo Fujikawa or P.D. Eastman, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Color Purple, My Life in France, The Monster at the End of This Book, The Ernie and Bert Book, and the first 40 or so Nancy Drew Files mysteries from the 80s with the romance-esque covers

I LOVE MY JOB BECAUSE...

There are so many reasons but the most important to me is the hope that the books we make change children’s lives in some positive way

I KEEP MY READING PILE...

This would be more interesting if the question were “where isn’t your reading pile?” It’s everywhere…except the bathroom. I have a strict rule about that.

BOOKSTORES YOU SHOULD VISIT BEFORE YOU DIE...

The Anderson’s location in Downers Grove is one of my all-time favorites for nostalgic reasons.

WHEN I'M NOT READING, I'LL BE...

Cooking, gardening, watching da Bears, listening to Howard Stern, reading (duh), and laughing with my son and dogs.

JUST A FEW OF THE BOOKS AND AUTHORS I'VE ACQUIRED AND EDITED IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS:


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