Friday, October 23, 2015

Balzer + Bray

Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, was launched in 2009 by Alessandra Balzer and Donna Bray. "Balzer + Bray publishes bold, creative, and groundbreaking picture books that appeal directly to kids in a fresh way. Within [this] boutique imprint, authors and illustrators have the freedom to take risks and fulfill their unique visions." (source)

Balzer + Bray is usually closed to unsolicited submission, however, they are open to submissions from SCBWI members through December 1, 2015. Click here for more details.

Getting to Know Balzer + Bray

VP and Co-Publisher: Alessandra Balzer 

VP and Co-Publisher: Donna Bray
Interview about diverse books

Senior Editor: Kristen Daly Ren
Video interview by Kathi Appelt

Senior Editor: Jordan Brown

Assistant Editor: Viana Siniscalchi

Editorial Assistant: Kelsey Murphy
Bio (scroll down)


Books We Had on Hand (* indicates books we read)

*Meet the Dullards (2015); Written by Sara Pennypacker; Illustrated by Danial Salmieri; Edited by Donna Bray

*Otter in Space (2015); Written and Illustrated by Sam Garton; Edited by Donna Bray

First Snow (2015); Written and Illustrated by Peter McCarty

*If You Plant a Seed (2015); Written and Illustrated by Kadir Nelson; Edited by Donna Bray; A Profile of Kadir Nelson by Donna Bray

*Shark Kiss, Octopus Hug (2014); Written by Lynn Rowe Reed; Illustrated by Kevin Cornell; Edited by Alessandra Balzer

Edward Hopper Paints his World (2014); Written by Robert Burleigh; Illustrated by Wendell Minor

*Lion Lion (2014); Written by Miriam Busch (debut author); Illustrated by Larry Day; Edited by Alessandra Balzer

A Piece of Cake (2014); Written and Illustrated by LeUyen Pham; Edited by Donna Bray

Cheetah Can't Lose (2013); Written and Illustrated by Bob Shea; Edited by Alessandra Balzer

*That is Not a Good Idea (2013); Written and Illustrated by Mo Willems; Edited by Alessandra Balzer

*Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 (2013); Written by Michelle Markel; Illustrated by Melissa Sweet

*Extra Yarn (2012); Written by Mac Barnett; Illustrated by Jon Klassen; Edited by Alessandra Balzer; Mac Barnett's BGHB Picture Book Award Speech
*Oink-a-Doodle-Moo (2012); Written and Illustrated by Jef Czekaj

*Chloe (2012); Written and Illustrated by Peter McCarty

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs (2012); Retold and Illustrated by Mo Willems; Edited by Alessandra Balzer

*If Waffles Were Like Boys (2011); Written by Charise Mericle Harper; Illustrated by Scott Magoon

*Teach Your Buffalo to Play Drums (2011); Written by Audrey Vernick; Illustrated by Daniel Jennewein; Edited by Kristen Daly Ren

The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man (2011); Written by Michael Chabon; Illustrated by Jake Parker

*Clink (2011); Written by Kelly DiPucchio; Illustrated by Matthew Myers; Edited by Donna Bray

*You Are the Best Medicine (2010); Written by Julie Aigner Clark; Illustrated by Jana Christy; Edited by Donna Bray

*Mathilda and the Orange Balloon (2010); Written by Randall de Seve; Illustrated by Jen Corace

At our next meeting on November 14, we will focus on books published by Boyds Mills Press.


  1. So happy you mentioned this blog during Kristen's webinar,Colleen...this is wonderful! I don't see a way to follow the blog....but will check around the site...I'm sure I will find it. ;)

    1. Up at the top right (under the list of what we've covered so far) there's a box where you can add your email address to get notified of new posts. I'm glad you like it! :)

  2. I totally agree with Vivian, Colleen! Thanks for sharing this helpful info! Look forward to more!