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Award for Benjamin Klas


Benjamin Klas's middle-grade novel, SECOND DAD SUMMER (One Elm), won the 2021 Moonbeam Spirit's Gold Award for Pre-Teen Fiction - Mature Topic.

Congratulations, Ben!

DOROTHY & HERBERT A Junior Library Guild Selection!


Jackie Azua Kramer's picture book biography DOROTHY & HERBERT (Cameron Kids), due out October 5, 2021, has been chosen as a Junior Library Guild selection.

Congratulations, Jackie!



Benjamin Klas's middle-grade novel, SECOND DAD SUMMER (One Elm), is a finalist in two categories of American Book Fest's 2021 American Fiction Awards, both pre-teen fiction and LGTBQ. Congratulations, Ben!

Best Book of the Year!


Client Jackie Azua Kramer's picture book, THE BOY AND THE GORILLA

(Candlewick), has been chosen for the Bank Street College 2021 Best

Children's Books of the Year list. Congratulations, Jackie!

JDLA Welcomes Associate Literary Agent Bre Stephens!


Bre has thirteen years of experience as a writer, publisher, educator, literary judge, and editor.  She has worked as an Editor-in-Chief of a literary magazine and has taught university composition, technical writing, and creative writing.  Bre holds an MA in English and Creative Writing, an M.Ed. in ESL, and a BA in Art History.  In her spare time, she loves attending Japanese festivals and learning more about world cultures. Find more about Bre, her interests, and her submission guidelines here. Welcome!



THE LOST LANGUAGE, the middle-grade verse novel by popular author Claudia Mills forthcoming from Holiday House in October, has been chosen as a Junior Library Guild Selection. Congratulations, Claudia!

Jackie Azua Kramer's Picture Book in Parent's Magazine!

Jackie Kramer's latest picture book, I WISH YOU KNEW (Roaring Brook), about a girl whose father is being deported, is featured in the June issue of Parent's Magazine as the "Raising the Future" book club selection. Congratulations, Jackie!

Klas Debut Novel Wins Award!

Benjamin Klas's engaging debut novel, SECOND DAD 

SUMMER (One Elm), has won 2020 Nautilus Book Award's Silver Award for Middle-Grade Fiction. Congratulations, Benjamin!

Junior Library Guild Selection for Claudia Mills!

Claudia Mills's chapter book BOOGIE BASS, SIGN LANGUAGE STAR, book #4 in the After-School Superstars series, to be released by Margaret Ferguson Books/Holiday House on August 3, 2021, has been selected by the Junior Library Guild.  Congratulations, Claudia!

THE BOY AND THE GORILLA wins the Crystal Kite!

Client Jackie Azua Kramer has won SCBWI's Crystal Kite

Award for her picture book, THE BOY AND THE GORILLA

(Candlewick Press), which has been praised by Kirkus as

"luminous" and received three starred reviews. 

Congratulations, Jackie!

Junior Library Guild Selection!


Congrats to client Rina Heisel! Her middle grade novel JOURNEY BEYOND THE BURROW, which comes out on July 13th, 2021 through Harper Childrens, has just been honored as a Junior Library Guild Selection.

Maurice Benard's Memoir Wins Christopher Award!


Not only was Maurice Benard's memoir, NOTHING GENERAL ABOUT IT: How Love (and Lithium) Saved Me On and Off General Hospital, an instant New York Times' bestseller and a winner of the Mental Health America Award, but it has now won the Christopher Award!  Congratulations, Maurice!



Benjamin Klas's middle-grade debut novel SECOND DAD SUMMER (One Elm, 2020) has made ALA's 2021 Rainbow Book List by the LGTB Round Table. 

Congratulations, Ben!

JDLA Celebrates Its 20th Year!


From a fledgling, one-person business to a well-established, respected company with a roster of bestselling and award-winning authors, the agency has proven itself to be an industry leader in books for children, teens, and adults in a wide variety of genres, as well as film, television, and stage productions.  Congratulations, Jennifer!


Margi Preus's VILLAGE OF SCOUNDRELS (Abrams, 2020), a

riveting story of French teens involved in the WWII resistance,

is on KIrkus's Best Middle-Grade Novels of 2020 list.


Congratulations, Margi!

Margi Preus Wins Book Award

Margi Preus has won the 2020 Northern Lights Award 

for Middle-Grade Historical Fiction for her novel, THE 

LITTLEST VOYAGEUR (Holiday House, 2020).


Congratulations, Margi!


Congratulations to authors Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones! Their bestselling BAILEY SCHOOL KIDS series has been optioned for a live-action TV series by Bardel Entertainment, Inc. and Rainbow S.p.A. Brokered at auction, the deal was negotiated by Marie Lamba and Jennifer De Chiara at Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency, and film agent Stephen Moore of Paul Kohner, Inc.

GREEN GREEN Makes BookRiot List!

Congratulations to clients Marie and Baldev Lamba! Their picture book GREEN GREEN: A COMMUNITY GARDENING STORY was featured on BookRiot's list of 10 Picture Books for the Budding Environmentalist.

JDLA Welcomes Tori Sharp!

​Formerly an assistant with The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency, Tori has also worked as a freelance illustrator. Her debut middle-grade graphic memoir, JUST PRETEND, is forthcoming from Little, Brown in spring 2021. Tori holds a BFA in Sequential Art from SCAD. Find more about Tori, her interests, and her submission guidelines here. Welcome!

MERMAID TALES on O-The Oprah Magazine List!

Congratulations to Debbie Dadey! O-The Oprah Magazine selected her chapter books series MERMAID TALES as one of the 21 Best Books About Mermaids.


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