Tamar Brazis


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Position: Editorial Director

Website: Viking Children’s Books, Penguin Random House US

Location: New York, USA


Main areas of interest:

  • Children’s picture books
  • Middle-grade novels
  • Children’s non-fiction

Before joining Viking Children’s Books as Editorial Director in 2018, Tamar Brazis was the Editorial Director of Abrams Books for Young Readers, where she worked for nearly fifteen years. Notable successes at Abrams include the Caldecott Honor- and Coretta Scott King Medal-winning Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews and Bryan Collier, the #1 New York Times bestseller Princesses Wear Pants by Savannah Guthrie and Allison Oppenheim, the Bologna Ragazzi winner Cloth Lullaby by Amy Novesky and Isabelle Arsenault, and the #1 New York Times bestselling I Am series by Susan Verde and Peter H. Reynolds.

While children’s books were the focus of Tamar’s list at Abrams, she also acquired across categories and edited many photography collections for adults, mostly on music-related themes, as well as the first illustrated book for adults by New York Times bestselling and Caldecott-winning illustrator Brian Selznick.

Tamar currently directs the Viking Children’s list where she is actively acquiring illustrated books and is working with such esteemed talent as Mac Barnett, Greg Pizzoli, Kelly DiPucchio, and inaugural US Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman.


Which books do you wish you had published?

The Gift of Nothing by Patrick McDonnell. McDonnell is one of my favourite illustrators and his talent for spare writing and whimsy reminds me of the beloved Frog & Toad series by Arnold Lobel.

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