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.

Emma Bland Smith


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Emma Bland Smith lives in San Francisco with her husband, Alex, their two kids, Everett (13) and Cate (10), a cat, and a high-maintenance dog. Emma was born in Scotland, grew up in San Francisco, and has lived in New York, Santa Barbara, and Paris. Now she’s come full circle, settled for good just a block away from her childhood home.

Formerly a French teacher and magazine editor, today Emma works part-time as a children’s librarian and fills the rest of the days camping with Girl Scouts, failing to help with middle school math homework, protecting her lettuce from the slugs, watching British murder mysteries, and organizing the books in her Little Free Library. And writing.

Emma’s first picture book, Journey: Based on the True Story of OR7, the Most Famous Wolf in the West, was published by Sasquatch Books/Little Bigfoot in 2016. Journey was featured on NPR and the Huffington Post and is the winner of Bank Street College’s Cook Prize and Northland College’s Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award, as well as a finalist for SCBWI’s Crystal Kite and the Washington State Book Award.

Emma’s other recent publications include the chapter book series Maddy McGuire, CEO (ABDO, 2018) and the picture book To Live on an Island (Little Bigfoot, 2019). Coming up: THE PIG WAR: HOW A PORCINE TRAGEDY TAUGHT ENGLAND AND AMERICA TO SHARE (Calkins Creek, fall 2020), ODIN: HERO DOG OF THE FIRES (West Margin Books, March 2020), and CLAUDE: THE WHITE ALLIGATOR OF THE CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES (Little Bigfoot, August 2020).