Kayla Cichello

Agent, Upstart Crow Literary

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Kayla Cichello is an agent with Upstart Crow Literary open to picture books through YA and illustrators. She’s searching for voices that can make her laugh, and keep her turning the page, but above all else, voices that feel authentic and honest. Some of her clients include Ana Otaru, author of THE HEART NEVER FORGETS (Atheneum/S&S, 2024), and a follow up in 2026, and Kirbi Fagan, illustrator of the New York Times bestselling A HORSE NAMED SKY (Greenwillow/HarperCollins).


I am interested in picture books through young adult and love heartwarming and funny texts for all ages. I love a good mystery, witty banter, and fresh spins on classic tropes or hooks.