Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators


Jennifer Mattson
Andrea Brown Literary Agency

Jennifer has been an agent for nearly a decade, and has worked with children’s books and children’s writing in some capacity her entire career—bookseller, editor, and children’s book reviewer are some of the hats she has worn. She represents all kid-lit genres, but especially picture books and fiction. Her touchstone novels hinge on seeing changes in a character’s perceptions, circumstances, or (perhaps best!) both. She loves survival stories; mind-bending fantasy; and puzzles of all sorts. In picture books, whatever the manuscript’s defining tone might be, her holy grail is a solid structure, emotional resonance, and an ending that feels as surprising as it does inevitable. @jannmatt.


Elana Roth Parker
Laura Dail Literary Agency

Elana has specialized in children’s publishing from the beginning of her career, from her very first internship at Nickelodeon Magazine followed by 5 years as an editor at Parachute Publishing. She’s been an agent since 2008, joining LDLA in 2016 after running her own agency, Red Tree Literary. Elana is a graduate of Barnard College and the Jewish Theological Seminary, with degrees in English literature and Bible. It all adds up to her loving books that expertly combine the timely and the timeless. @elanaroth


Patricia Nelson
Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Patricia Nelson is a literary agent with Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, representing all genres of young adult and middle grade fiction, as well as select adult fiction. Recent children’s sales include books placed with Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Bloomsbury, Candlewick and Simon & Schuster, among others. She holds master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Southern California and previously taught literature and writing at the college level. @patricianels


Lisl H. Detlefsen

Lisl is the author of a growing number of picture books. Her first, TIME FOR CRANBERRIES (Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press, illustrated by Jed Henry) was a Junior Library Guild selection, a 2016 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People (K–2), and the 2017 Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom Book of the Year. IF YOU HAD A JETPACK (Penguin Random House/Knopf, illustrated by Linzie Hunter) was featured on the Spring 2018 Kids’ Indie Next List. She has several more in the works, including RIGHT THIS VERY MINUTE, the launch title for Feeding Minds Press (Feb. 2019, illustrated by Renee Kurilla), and 1, 2, 3, JUMP!, a humorous book about swimming lessons, (Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press, May 2019, illustrated by Madeline Valentine). Lisl lives on a family-owned cranberry marsh near Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin with her husband and two sons. You can find Lisl on the web at, on Twitter @lislhd, or on Facebook @lislhdbooks. She is represented by Jennifer Mattson of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.


E.M. Kokie

E. M. Kokie’s most recent novel, Radical (Candlewick Press, 2016), explores what it really means to survive through the eyes of a teen lesbian active in the survivalist movement. Her first novel, Personal Effects (Candlewick Press, 2012), was a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults and Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults Top Ten, a Lambda Literary Award Finalist, and a 2013 IRA Young Adult Honor Book. She also contributed to the anthologies Things I’ll Never Say: Stories About Our Secret Selves (Candlewick Press, 2015) and Violent Ends (Simon Pulse, 2015). A lawyer by training, Emily lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her wife and pet Wookie. Emily can be found online at, and @emkokie.