Kristin joined the Aladdin team in Fall 2019 after many years as Editorial Director at Puffin Books, and spent the early part of her career in the children’s divisions of Random House and HarperCollins. During her time at Puffin, she edited a broad range of titles including movie novelizations written by Lynne Reid Banks and Peter Lerangis, multiple books by National Book Award finalist Kathleen Duey, several titles by Schneider Award-winning author Jonathan Friesen, the Young Readers’ adaptation of Al Gore’s Our Choice, and a variety of series including Hank the Cowdog, Sweep, Vet Volunteers, and more. She also published numerous new editions of beloved classics and contemporary favorites, many containing new or never-before-seen material, and has had the good fortune to work with authors such as Gayle Forman, Al Gore, Jacqueline Woodson, Nancy Werlin, S. E. Hinton, and Laurie Halse Anderson.
A lifelong book enthusiast, Kristin firmly believes in the power of a good story, and still has her very first library card. She’s excited to start building her list at Aladdin.
What’s on Kristin’s Wish List?
On the fiction side: realistic fiction with a focus on building representation for the Asian/South Asian, Latinx, LGBTQ, and physically challenged communities. I’m particularly drawn to quirky characters who are looking to figure out (or create) their place in the world. I like stories with honesty and heart; books that can make readers laugh, cry, think, and feel. I love a strong, smart, nerdy girl protagonist, strong sibling stories, and snarky humor, and am also looking for books that will help keep middle-grade boys devoted to reading. On the non-fiction side: I’m looking for stories of overcoming adversity, books about young people who are making a difference, celebrations of unsung heroes, and humorous approaches to unusual subjects.