I grew up in a home where reading was more of a shared activity than a solo one. My mother was a children’s literature lover; my father—a natural-born storyteller. She read aloud to my sisters and me; he spun entire sagas out of thin air at bedtime. TV wasn’t a big part of life. Make-believe was, and words were just another way of creating magic, together.
Reading remained such a relational for me that, in my college years, I worked in children’s bookstores as a way to share my passion. I hand-sold my favorite titles, led story times and book clubs, dressed up as picture book characters, and hosted storybook parties.
In time, though, the travel bug bit. I ran away to Europe—the landscape of fairytales. I backpacked the continent, studied abroad in England, worked as an au pair in Italy, and finally settled in France, only to follow my now-husband to Switzerland. After all that, I realized voilà ! I had a few stories of my own, ready to be shared.
Today, it is my great privilege to be represented by literary agent Christa Heschke of McIntosh & Otis, New York, and have five children’s books releasing between 2020 and 2023.
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courtesy Author Julie Hedlund:
Perfect 2020 Picture Books
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
Julie Hedlund’s 12 x 12 Challenge