Kelly Sonnack is a Senior Literary Agent with the Andrea Brown
Literary Agency championing creators of children's literature for all
age groups. In picture books, Kelly looks for a good sense of humor,
stories that stretch a young reader's imagination, and an authentic
voice. In MG and YA, she appreciates sophisticated, literary voices and
is also drawn to light science fiction and well-crafted fantasy. In non-fiction
for children, she enjoys projects that inspire and fascinate young readers. Kelly
is also one of the top-selling agents for children’s graphic novels; in that category
she’s most drawn to middle-grade, character-based stories.
Some of the titles Kelly represents include SCBWI Sue Alexander winner Sharon Cameron’s NYT bestselling THE FORGETTING, and her upcoming THE LIGHT IN HIDDEN PLACES (both Scholastic); David Elliott’s verse novels BULL and VOICES (HMH/Houghton); James Burks' 6-book graphic novel series Bird & Squirrel (Scholastic); Bridget Heos’ and Joy Ang’s picture book MUSTACHE BABY and its three sequels (HMH/Clarion); Kimberly Gee’s MAD, MAD BEAR and GLAD, GLAD BEAR (S&S/Beach Lane). She has a strong list of illustrator clients including NYT bestseller Kim Smith, Allison Black, Keith Henry Brown, and Simone Shin.
Kelly Sonnack is on the Advisory Board, and was an instructor, for UCSD’s certificate in Writing and Illustrating for Children and is the co-founder of the City Heights Young Writers Workshop. She can be found online talking about all things books at @ksonnack or /agentsonnack.