Kandace Coston is the editorial assistant at Lee & Low Books, an independent children’s book publisher focusing on diversity. She grew up in the Bronx, New York where she spent weekends devouring books and scribbling in journals. After graduating from Barnard College, she won an internship grant from the organization We Need Diverse Books and joined the Lee & Low editorial team. Kandace enjoys working with authors and helping their manuscripts evolve into illustrated books.
Kandace’s first acquisition was a picture book biography of an African American inventor and entrepreneur. She is currently open to receiving non-fiction and realistic fiction picture book manuscripts for children ages five through twelve. She is especially interested in biographies of groundbreaking women of color, and stories that feature a quirky protagonist who uses humor and creative problem solving to overcome conflicts. Professionally and personally Kandace enjoys stories about strong female protagonists as well as any book that can make her laugh.