Krista Vitola is a Senior Editor at Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers. Before coming to S&S, Krista had been an editor at Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books for nine years. A few of the authors she is lucky to work with are Anne Bustard, Donna Gephart, Shanna Miles, Kelly Yang and Stuart Gibbs.
Krista gravitates toward picture books and chapter books that make her laugh and place a huge smile on her face. These books explore the everyday with a comedic and outlandish sensibility while teaching its reader in the process. Her young adult taste leans toward novels that have a ton of heart and explore coming of age experiences in a unique setting or format, like Sia Martinez and the Moonlight Beginning of Everything
by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland, Clap When You Land
by Elizabeth Acevedo and anything by Laurie Halse Anderson. If Krista could live solely in the middle-grade bubble, she would, and you will find that most of her list focuses on this age range. Krista adores middle-grade with a ton of heart, lyrical writing, and characters that reveal the inner kid in all of us. Some of her favorite authors are Lauren Wolk, Laurel Snyder, Soman Chainani, Sharon Draper, Hena Khan, and Kate DiCamillo. Krista also does non-fiction middle grade that focuses on her two passion outside of editing: running and animals.
On weeknights, Krista is obsessed with beating her time on the mini New York Times
crossword puzzle, watching ruthless business-focused dramas such as Succession and Billions, and dancing to country music while performing any necessary household chore. When Krista is not reading, she is running outdoors with her son, eating whatever delicious treats are available and drinking red wine (most times in that order, sometimes all at once). She is a graduate of Villanova University. Follow he @Kav_Tepedino