Allison Wortche

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.





Oliver's Lollipop cover Allison Wortche Andres Landazabal

When his sugary dreams don’t go according to plan,

Oliver learns that the wide world around him might just be

the sweetest thing of all.

Oliver finds the perfect lollipop on his birthday trip to the zoo, and it's all he can think about! Forget riding the carousel—he might drop his precious treat. No point roaring at the lions with his little brother or engaging with any of the animals. After all, who needs the peacocks’ beautiful feathers or the flamingos’ brilliant hues when there’s a colorful swirly lollipop to admire?

But when one particular zoo animal threatens to ruin the fun, Oliver discovers there's plenty more to see than the candy he'd been coveting. And sharing the day—and his sweets—with his brother might be the most special treat of all.

Coming May 4, 2021 • Available for pre-order now!

I LOVE SCIENCE board book series

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.

I Love Science board book by Allison Wortche and Steve Mack
I Love Space board book by Allison Wortche and Steve Mack
I Love Engineering board book by Allison Wortche and Steve Mack
I Love Genetics board book by Allison Wortche and Steve Mack

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Rosie Sprout's Time to Shine by Allison Wortche 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 make 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! 

A selection of books Ive edited:


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