Storm Literary Agency

Boutique literary agency representing quality children's literature from exceptional authors and illustrators

First, there was a  teacher who loved books almost as much as she loved little children. Then, there was an artist who loved pirates, almost as much as he loved cats. As it turns out, that artist could also write, and that teacher loved the pirate stories he wrote. And she shared those stories with the children she taught. The children loved the pirate stories; they also loved the cats. They wanted more stories with pirates and cats. They also wanted an adventure! And the stories gave them so many adventures! And that is that: Storm Literary Agency came about because it needed to. The children requested it. And so did the cats. 

Storm Literary Agency welcomes submissions from unique and talented authors and illustrators, those who are not afraid to embrace their capacity to teach, to entertain, to engage and to honor young people who, hopefully, will be changed by the work represented here.

Beth Charles


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Beth Charles grew up in a quiet town in northern New Jersey in a house full of unusual pets – a duck named Harvey, Flower the skunk, and Dylan, a cockatiel who sat on the dog’s paw to give kisses, just to name a few.

Although she loved history, Beth always thought she’d be a librarian like her mom or a teacher like her dad. Instead, she married a librarian and became a museum curator.  

In 1982, she and her husband moved from the Midwest to Vermont and together with her parents and sister bought an historic apple orchard – which was a crazy thing to do since they were not farmers. Luckily things worked out and years later, one of her four children took over the orchard. Now Beth has lots more time to write middle grade books, read, knit, and teach tai chi. But what she likes best of all is spending time with her five grandchildren.

 If you ask Beth about her favorite books, she’d say there are too many to name. But her favorite author by far is her dad, F.M. Steingress, who wrote wildly successful books on low and high pressure boilers. So actually, she did follow in her dad’s footsteps after all.

Over the years Beth has had lots of backpacking, canoeing, and traveling adventures which she likes to put into her books, because as everyone knows – you just can’t make that stuff up!