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Tamar Mays

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, and the manager of Scholastic’s Lucky School Book Club.

Tamar’s editorial focus is early childhood, from birth to third grade. She still runs the I Can Read program and is proud that many ICRs have been recent Geisel Honorees including Ty’s Travels: Zip Zoom by Kelly Starling Lyons, illustrated by Niña Mata, and Gigi and Ojiji by Melissa Iwai. Tamar has a strong affinity for illustrated work and loves acquiring picture books that work on multiple levels. She would love to have more author-illustrator submissions as well as more work from diverse voices.

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