children's book author & freelance editor
Hello, and welcome!
I am an author and editor with over 15 years of experience in the children's book industry.
Please check out my books and editorial services below.
I LOVE SCIENCE board book series
illustrated by Steve Mack
Explore with sliders, lift-the-flaps, wheels, and more!
These colorful novelty board books are designed to introduce scientific concepts to babies and toddlers.
Simple text, bold artwork, and fun hands-on elements combine to create an interactive
and educational experience for the youngest of scientists!
illustrated by Andrés Landazábal
Coming Summer 2021!
ROSIE SPROUT’S TIME TO SHINE
illustrated by Patrice Barton
* “An impressive new author. Wortche possesses both
a refreshing directness and a willingness to trust her readers.”
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“There’s not a misstep in sight,
from Wortche’s sure plotting to her subtle ending.”
—The Horn Book Guide
“Rosie and her diverse class of pink-cheeked friends are full of appeal.”
—School Library Journal
“Kids will absorb the botany facts that are informally woven into the story, while the outsider kid’s recognition and self-acceptance makes for great drama.”
“Very real emotions are at the heart of Rosie Sprout. . . .
All children deserve a chance to shine.”
—The New York Times Book Review
I provide editorial and creative guidance to authors of picture books through young adult novels,
from broad story development to detailed line edits.
As a Senior Editor at Knopf Books for Young Readers/
Penguin Random House, I acquired and edited picture books, middle-grade, and YA. In my 13 years at Knopf,
my list garnered over 50 starred reviews and included
New York Times Bestsellers, Caldecott and Newbery
Honor Books, Edgar Award Winners,
ALA Notables, and YALSA BFYA titles.
In 2017, I launched Allison Wortche Editorial Services, offering critiques, developmental editing, line editing,
and query letter feedback. If you have a project you'd
like to work on together, please be in touch!