Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Faculty for Storytime, a Picture Book Intensive

Simon Boughton, Publishing Director
Norton Young Readers, W.W. Norton & Company

Simon Boughton joined W.W. Norton & Company in 2018 to develop a new children’s and young adult publishing program, Norton Young Readers. Previously, he was Senior Vice President and Publishing Director at the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, and he has held editorial and publishing positions at Simon & Schuster, Crown, and Knopf. In 2000 he co-founded Roaring Brook Press, where books he acquired, edited, and published included the Caldecott Medal winners, My Friend Rabbit and The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, Caldecott Honor books by Lane Smith, Printz Medal and Honor books by Marcus Sedgwick, National Book Award finalists by Steve Sheinkin, and many others. He oversaw the launch of the First Second graphic novel imprint and in 2009 was made Publishing Director of the newly created Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, where he continued as Publisher of the Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, First Second, and Roaring Brook Press imprints until leaving in 2017.

Website: W.W. Norton & Company

JaNay Brown-Wood, Author & Educator

JaNay Brown-Wood is an award-winning author and educator. Her book Imani’s Moon won the NAESP Children’s Book of the Year Award, is a Northern CA ACL 2014 Distinguished Book, as well as a “NYC Reads 365” pick for 2016 and 2017 and a RIF Multicultural Book pick for 2015. Her second book Grandma’s Tiny House: A Counting Story received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, is a Bank Street Books Best book of 2018, and won the CELI Read Aloud Book Award through the University of Mississippi. She has published poems in Highlights for Kids and Highlights High Five and has a poem included in a poetry anthology titled Thanku: Poems of Gratitude (Lerner/Millbrook, forthcoming Fall 2019). JaNay is also a Doctoral Candidate in the School of Education at UC Davis and a professor at American River College. She is represented by the fabulous Karen Grencik of Red Fox Literary.

Twitter: @janaybrownwood


Nancy Paulsen, President and Publisher, Nancy Paulsen Books, Penguin

Nancy Paulsen’s imprint publishes fifteen books a year and focuses on eye-opening, often funny picture books and middle grade fiction from diverse and distinct voices, especially stories that are inventive and emotionally satisfying. These are the kinds of books that are adopted in book clubs and appear on state lists, generated by the votes of children. New York Times bestselling picture books she has edited include The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael Lopez and Miss Maple’s Seeds by Eliza Wheeler.  Like Eliza Wheeler, many of the imprint’s authors and artists are members of SCBWI, including Lori Nichols, creator of Maple; Annette Pimentel, author of Girl Running  (illustrated by Micha Archer); Vanessa Brantley Newton, illustrator of upcoming King of Kindergarten (by Derrick Barnes); and Molly Ruttan, creator of upcoming The Stray. Nancy says, “I look forward to sharing the stories of how these came to be with you!”

Twitter: @nancyrosep

Instagram: @nancyrosep

Website: Nancy Paulsen Books

Laurel Symonds, Agent

Laurel Symonds launched as a literary agent at The Bent Agency in Fall 2018 after nearly a decade of experience in the publishing industry. She began her career in the editorial department of HarperCollins Children’s Books/Katherine Tegen Books in New York City and has also held positions in the marketing department at a small publishing house, in a library, and as a bookseller at one of the nation’s best independent bookstores. As a literary agent, she is seeking children’s fiction and nonfiction, from picture books to young adult, particularly focusing on voices that have previously been underrepresented and stories that have been overlooked.


Twitter: @laurelsymonds

Instagram: @laurelsymonds

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