"There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all."

— Jacqueline Kennedy







A former journalist and bookseller with an MA in children’s literature, Deb Shapiro worked for more than twelve years in book publishing, creating and executing publicity and marketing campaigns for publishing houses large and small—Houghton Mifflin, Henry Holt & Company, Simon & Schuster and Bloomsbury Publishing—before launching her own company in 2011. She is also an instructor at the Columbia School of Journalism’s graduate publishing course, and an active volunteer with several literacy organizations.

For more than a decade she traveled extensively on book tours, fostering relationships with booksellers, educators, and media throughout the country and developing a broad understanding of what readers of all ages respond to and are interested in. She lives in Washington, DC with her daughter.





A former bookseller, educator, and a published author, Kate Lied has worked in book publishing for nearly a decade, with more than half of those years spent in-house at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group and Bloomsbury Publishing. She spearheaded Macmillan’s Fierce Reads Tours and has worked with bestselling and award-winning authors and illustrators such as Shannon Hale, Leigh Bardugo, Natalie Merchant, Sarah Stewart and David Small, and Matt McElligott.

Kate literally grew up among the bookshelves of Kansas City’s Reading Reptile Bookstore working in exchange for books. When she was eight years old, she wrote her first picture book, Potato: A Tale from the Great Depression, which was published when she was 12 and went on to become a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and gave her the opportunity to travel across the country visiting bookstores and schools. Kate currently lives in Bermuda with her husband, Mike, and their dog, Maggie. You can follow her @Kalie1007.



Award-winning and bestselling authors and illustrators

Deb and Kate have worked with


Gayle Forman

Leigh Bardugo

David Small

Mary Pearson

Sarah Mlynowski

Sara Benincasa

Shannon Hale

John Lithgow

Julianne Moore

Natalie Merchant

Kadir Nelson

Linda Sue Park

LeUyen Pham
David Wiesner

Holly Black



You’ve seen them on The Today Show, Rachael Ray, Ellen, The Martha Stewart Show, and The View.

You’ve heard them on

NPR's Weekend Edition, Kids Place Live, and NPR's All Things Considered.

You’ve read about them in

USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, Parents, Parenting, Girls’  Life, MORE, O Magazine, People, and Teen Vogue.









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