Posted by: Kathy Temean | July 9, 2018

Page Street Kids – 3rd Editor of the Month – Charlotte Wenger

Charlotte Wenger is an editor at Page Street Kids. Prior to joining Page Street, she earned her Master of Arts in Children’s Literature from Simmons College in May 2016 and worked as an editorial intern with literary agent Rubin Pfeffer. (In undergrad, Charlotte majored in theatre and English as well as spent a semester abroad in South Africa and Lesotho.)

She loves picture book biographies, sports narratives, and global stories. Additionally, topics and themes surrounding the performing arts as well as social awareness and justice pique my interest. She is especially looking for debut (or newer talent) authors and author-illustrators with strong writing skills and distinct art styles.

In narrative picture books (fiction and nonfiction), she looks for well-developed characters with distinct voices; a strong, well-paced plot with an earned resolution; and a clever, unexpected, yet satisfying ending. She is always open to stories that break formula and just work – that have that special something that you can’t quite put your finger on – either in the art or the words. She likes both prose and poetry, but typically not a fan of rhyming unless it feels authentic to the tone of the story.

Charlotte is always on the lookout for what hasn’t been done yet – stories that haven’t been told and voices that haven’t been heard.

  • narrative picture books of all genres for ages 4-8
  • occasionally board books for ages 0-3
  • visually driven concept books

Children’s: Historical, Humor, LGBTQ, Literary, Picture Books, Poetry

Non-Fiction: Biography, History, Illustrated, Journalism, LGBTQ, Science, Sports, Travel

Favorite sub-genres: Diversity, Feminism, Multicultural, Social Issues


In the subject line, please write “JULY 2018 FIRST PAGE CRITIQUE” (Also indicate YA PB or NF in Subject line) Example: JULY 2018 FIRST PAGE CRITIQUE – PB or NF or YA. Paste the text in the email, plus attached it as a Word document to the email. Please make sure you include your name, the title of the piece, and whether it’s a picture book, middle grade, or young adult, etc. at the top on both the email and the Word document (Make sure you include your name with the title of your book, when you save the first page).

REMEMBER: ATTACH THE WORD DOCUMENT AND NOT GET ELIMINATED!Your First Page Word document should be formatted using one inch margins and 12 point New Times Roman font – double space – no more than 23 lines – only one page.Send to: kathy(dot)temean(at)gmail(dot)com.

PLEASE FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES: Your submission will be passed over if you do not follow the directions for both the pasted email and the attached Word doc. This is where most people mess up.

DEADLINE: July 20th.
RESULTS: June 27th & 30th

Talk tomorrow,




  1. Hi Kathleen, Regarding First Pages submissions, is it allowed to include a pitch if it is part of the 23 lines?
    Thanks, Phyllis


  2. Hello again, Kathleen,
    On the Word attachment, are we allowed to include a cover letter?
    Thank you, Phyllis


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