Interview with children’s book author, Leslie Kimmelman
Mar 26th, 2020 by Liza Wiemer

Fun Easy Reader Books and A Picture Book to Love!

Leslie encourages readers to buy books from their local Indie bookstores!

To learn more about Leslie’s books, check out her Goodreads page!

Author Leslie Kimmelman with her latest books, Bat and Sloth Hang Around and Bat and Sloth Lost and Found!


Question: Your three new books share one common theme: Animals. Is that coincidence or do you have a particular love for animals? If so, do you have any at home? Answer: I love animals! In my fantasy life, I’m a wildlife photographer. I’ve had dogs my whole life, though actually I am between dogs now. Something I hope to change in the next few months.

Question: Best writing tip for picture books? Answer:  My best tip would be to read your manuscript out loud. It’s very different from just reading them silently to yourself. And it makes you choose words that are more fun to say–and to hear, for the reader.

Bonus Round: What do you prefer?

Books: fantasy, memoir, romance, fiction, sci-fi, horror? I am actually a huge nonfiction reader. These days, in addition, anything that’s funny.

Coffee, tea, hot chocolate? Tea

Movies or music? Music

Vacation on the beach, skiing, visiting museums and sightseeing, staying home? Hard to choose–all of the above! I’m usually game for anything.

Matzoh balls or kreplach? Matzah balls

Chocolate, vanilla or strawberry? CHOCOLATE! 

About Leslie Kimmelman:

From her website: The very first word I learned to read was A-L-L. It was particularly appropriate because from the joyful moment I got my first library card, my goal was to read every single book in the children’s section. Books were magical to me. I still feel that way.

When I was in college in a small New England town, a young woman came to speak as part of an alumni career day. She lived in the unknown, glamorous, and slightly intimidating New York City. She talked about her career as an editor at a publishing house where, she told us, she got to read books all day long.

It was one of those aha! moments. After graduation, I moved to New York City and began my publishing career. I spent many happy years as a children’s book editor at various publishing houses. It took me a while to get used to reading on the job; at first, anytime someone walked by my desk, I’d guiltily try to hide my reading material. Then I’d remember that I was doing exactly what I was supposed to be doing! The more I read on the job, the more I realized I wanted to write my own books. After a few false starts, my first book, Frannie’s Fruits, was published in 1989.

Eventually, I became the senior editor and writer for Sesame Street Magazine, where I stayed for many years. I now work part-time as an editor at Sesame Street Books and the rest of the time from home as a freelance writer and editor. I live in a small town outside New York City, where my husband and I have brought up two children and two dogs. I still read everything I can get my hands on–and write stories and poems that, I hope, help introduce children to the magic of books. Find her on Facebook!

Leslie with her new picture book, Worse and WORSE on Noah’s Ark

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