Ainslie Campbell-Schwartz

Assistant Editor, Candlewick

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Ainslie Campbell-Schwartz is an Assistant Editor at Candlewick Press, where over the past five years she has worked with authors and illustrators such as Jon Klassen, Mac Barnett, M. T. Anderson, Carson Ellis, Nina LaCour, and more. With previous experience at Da Capo Press, Hachette, and elsewhere, Ainslie is passionate about uplifting diverse voices in children's literature and creating books for kids that show them the magic in the world.


I'm interested in critiquing and acquiring picture books, middle-grade novels, and YA novels. For picture books, I love anything quirky and unexpected, including stories about untraditional families and complicated emotions as well stories that dwell in the weird and fantastic. I'm particularly interested in stories with a strong narrative heart, as well as some limited non-fiction about interesting people. For middle-grade and YA, I love light-hearted and cozy fantasies as well as coming-of age, rom-com, and diversity of experiences. For both picture books and novels, I am highly interested in American Heartland/Midwestern stories, as well as North American indigenous.