Beach Lane Books, founded in 2008 and located on a flower-filled lane in San Diego, publishes books for all ages and across all genres, with a primary focus on lyrical, emotionally engaging, highly visual picture books for young children—and the adults who love them. Our list features established authors and illustrators in the field as well as brand-new talent, and our overarching goal is to publish books that are truly for children, books that connect with readers on a deep level and that become beloved childhood treasures people will return to throughout their lives.

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Our Team

Sarah Jane Abbott, Assistant Editor

Sarah Jane Abbott joined Beach Lane Books in July 2014.  She graduated from Bucknell University with a BA in English and Creative Writing and interned at the Stadler Center for Poetry before starting at S&S as a publicity assistant in 2013.  She also serves as assistant editor for the Paula Wiseman Books imprint and as a book reviewer for Simon & Schuster’s and  She loves quirky, imaginative picture books with a lot of heart and unique, literary middle grade novels.

Allyn Johnston,  Vice President and Publisher

Allyn has been working in children’s publishing in her native California for twenty-four years. Among the authors and illustrators with whom she works are Mem Fox, Lois Ehlert, Marla Frazee, Cynthia Rylant, Debra Frasier, Arthur Howard, Jan Thomas, Avi, and M.T. Anderson. Recent titles she’s edited are New York Times bestseller Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury; and A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee and New York Times bestseller All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Marla Frazee, both of which received a Caldecott Honor.

Andrea Welch, Executive Editor

Andrea Welch has the pleasure of working with a long list of wonderful authors and illustrators, including Liz Garton Scanlon, Douglas Florian, and April Pulley Sayre. Recent books she has edited include the New York Times bestselling LMNO Peas by Keith Baker, Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff, and Some Bugs by Angela DiTerlizzi, illustrated by Brendan Wenzel. Andrea acquires projects for children of all ages—especially those that are filled with heart, humor, and irresistible characters.

Anne Zafian, Deputy Publisher

As Deputy Publisher, Anne works closely with the Publisher on key aspects of our business. She oversees our marketing team and marketing plans; and works closely with both the sales team and supply chain organization to maximize sales and manage inventory. Anne has been with S&S for more than 5 years, previously as a VP in our sales department responsible for both adult and children’s book sales. Prior to that, she worked at what is now known as Hachette Book Group USA, including Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, where her love of children’s books was first fostered.

News From the Lane

Lois Ehlert received the Contemporary Artist Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators.

THE WORLD IS NOT A RECTANGLE was named a 2018 Orbis Pictus Honor Book and was named a Best Book of 2017 by Publishers Weekly, Southern Living, and the Washington Post.

THE ANTLERED SHIP was named a Best Book of 2017 by Kirkus Reviews and Amazon, was included in the NCIBA Picture Book Award Long List, and was featured in Entertainment Weekly.

LIFE is a Southern California Indie Bestseller.


THE ANTLERED SHIP and THE SHAPE OF THE WORLD were named Best of the Best of 2017 by the Chicago Public Library.

FEATHERS AND HAIR, WHAT ANIMALS WEAR and THE WORLD IS NOT A RECTANGLE were named 2017 Best Books for Kids by the New York Public Library.

THE WORLD IS NOT A RECTANGLE was included in a “14 Feminist Children’s Books to Give to the Young Activists in your Life this 2017 Holiday Season” roundup by Bustle.

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A note from
Marla Frazee about the Beach Lane Books logo:

Allyn grew up on the beach in Malibu, and she lives at the beach in San Diego today. The beautiful and various moods of the ocean are as much a part of Allyn's life as books are, and it is no wonder that her imprint will reflect this influence.

Throughout my life in Southern California, I have spent many hours at the beach, too. When the afternoon sun is low on the horizon, everyone and everything—adult, child, Frisbee, dog—is cast into glorious silhouette. When Allyn asked me to design the logo for her new imprint, I hoped to capture that sense of shimmering light, as well as the tangible feeling of walking barefoot on wet sand, bucket in hand, looking for treasure.

To me, Beach Lane Books embodies exactly that spirit of what a day at the beach offers—the wide scope combined with the intimate experience of personal discovery.

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