Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Kelly Sonnack of Andrea Brown Literary Agency

Screen Shot 2016-12-01 at 10.19.15 PM.pngKelly Sonnack is a literary agent with Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

She represents illustrators and writers for all age groups within children’s literature (picture books, middle grade, chapter book, young adult, and graphic novels).

Some of the YA, middle grade, and chapter books Kelly represents include Courtney Stevens’ courageous debut YA, FAKING NORMAL and her upcoming DRESS CODES FOR SMALL TOWNS (both HarperTeen/HC); Steve Watkins’ memorable Golden Kite Winner DOWN SAND MOUNTAIN and his adventurous middle grade series GHOSTS OF WAR (Scholastic); Sharon Cameron’s smart YA novels, THE DARK UNWINDING, ROOK, and the highly anticipated THE FORGETTING (all Scholastic); Sylvia Whitman’s thought-provoking literary THE MILK OF BIRDS (Atheneum/S&S); David Elliott’s upcoming provocative YA novel in verse, BULL (Houghton Mifflin/HMH); Gordon McAlpine’s humorous middle grade mystery series THE MISADVENTURES OF EDGAR AND ALLAN POE (Viking/PRH); Ray Sabini’s space-based chapter book series OUT OF THIS WORLD (Capstone); and Gina Bellisario’s superhero chapter book series ELLIE ULTRA (Capstone).

Picture books that Kelly represents include sweet, emotional books like Diane Adams’ TWO HANDS TO HOLD YOU and her upcoming LOVE IS (Chronicle), and Elizabeth McPike’s LITTLE SLEEPYHEAD (Putnam/PRH); funny books like Bridget Heos’s MUSTACHE BABY (Clarion/HMH), David Elliott’s THIS ORQ. (HE #1) (Boyds Mills), Jessica Young’s fun SPY GUY (Harcourt/HMH), and Alastair Heim’s upcoming NO TOOTING AT TEA and THE GREAT PUPPY INVASION (both Clarion/HMH); thoughtful and imaginative books like Jessica Young’s MY BLUE IS HAPPY (Candlewick) and Sam Zuppardi’s THE NOWHERE BOX and JACK’S WORRY (both Candlewick); and original board books such as Kenny Harrison’s four-book series HIDE AND SEEK HARRY (Candlewick).

Nonfiction projects Kelly has represented include Bridget Heos’s history of forensic science BLOOD, BULLETS, AND BONES (Balzer & Bray/HC); Elizabeth Rusch’s picture book biographies ELECTRIC WIZARD: THE REMARKABLE STORY OF NIKOLA TESLA (Candlewick) and her upcoming THE MUSIC OF LIFE: BAROLOMEO CRISTOFORI AND THE INVENTION OF THE PIANO (Atheneum/S&S); as well as WHAT IF YOU HAD ANIMAL TEETH? by Sandra Markle (Scholastic).

Kelly also represents artists including James Burks, illustrator of THE MONSTORE (Aladdin/S&S), the early chapter book series HAGGIS AND TANK UNLEASHED (written by Jessica Young, Scholastic), and his own hysterical graphic novel series BIRD AND SQUIRREL (Graphix/Scholastic); Mike Lawrence author/illustrator of the upcoming two-book graphic novel series STAR SCOUTS (First Second/Macmillan); Ashlyn Anstee, author/illustrator of ARE WE THERE YETI? and NO, NO, GNOME! (BFYR/S&S); Joy Ang, illustrator of BEHOLD! A BABY (Bloomsbury) and 101 REASONS WHY I’M NOT TAKING A BATH (Random House/PRH); Kim Smith, illustrator of OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS (Sterling) and HOME ALONE: THE CLASSIC ILLUSTRATED STORY BOOK (Quirk Books); Simone Shin, illustrator of IF I COULD DRIVE, MAMA (FSG/Macmillan); and Kimberly Gee, illustrator of THE CLASS and her own upcoming picture book MAD, MAD BEAR (Beach Lane/S&S).

Kelly is on the Advisory Board and faculty for UCSD’s certificate in Writing and Illustrating for Children, and is a frequent speaker at conferences, including SCBWI’s national and regional conferences, and can be found talking about all things children’s books on Facebook (agentsonnack) and Twitter (@KSonnack).


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