Tamar Mays joined HarperCollins in 2005 to run Harper’s renowned I Can Read program. Previously she was a bookseller, a children’s book buyer, an editor at Dutton working with the A.A. Milne estate, and the manager of Scholastic’s Lucky School Book Club, for 2nd and 3rd graders.
Tamar’s editorial focus is early childhood, from birth to third grade. She still runs the ICR program, working with Jane O’Connor, Victoria Kann, Rob Scotton, Ree Drummond, and the estates of Syd Hoff, Russ Hoban, and Arnold Lobel. Tamar also edits the Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out science series and has worked with Melissa Stewart, Kathy Zoehfeld, Seymour Simon and Dr. Steve Brusatte. Tamar has a strong affinity for illustrated work and loves acquiring picture books with humor and warmth. She would love to have more author-illustrator submissions as well as more work from diverse voices. Tamar is also on the hunt for high-end novelty and board book ideas.