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Kathleen Rushall
Andrea Brown Literary Agency

Kathleen represents a wide range of children’s literature. She represents many award-winning authors. She’s drawn to environmental and social justice themes, particularly for the youngest set such as WE ARE WATER PROTECTORS by Carole Lindstrom and ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP by Annette Bay Pimentel. She loves animals and books about their welfare and science like PINK IS FOR BLOBFISH and the true rescue story THE ELEPHANT’S NEW SHOE. She's always interested in picture books that inspire emotional intelligence, self-awareness, and empathy.

When it comes to novels, Kathleen loves contemporary middle grade as well as the spooky and unexpected. She loves multi-generational stories, matrilineal magic, and is always happy to see high-concept contemporary romance. Kathleen gravitates to smart character-driven YA no matter the genre. She is always seeking stories written by diverse creators and underrepresented voices.

Kathleen’s list includes inspiring picture books such as Carole Lindstrom’s NYT Bestselling WE ARE WATER PROTECTORS (for which the illustrator won The Caldecott Medal), OCEAN SPEAKS by Jess Keating (Jane Addams Peace Award Honor), and ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP: How One Girl’s Fight for Americans with Disabilities Changed Everything by Annette Bay Pimentel (Schneider Family Award Honor). She also represents a wide range of middle grade and YA from captivating fantasy like Lisa Maxwell’s NYT bestselling THE LAST MAGICIAN series and Isabel Sterling’s THESE WITCHES DON’T BURN to whip-smart contemporary novels like Gloria Chao’s AMERICAN PANDA, Supriya Kelkar’s AMERICAN AS PANEER PIE, and Aimee Lucido’s EMMY IN THE KEY OF CODE.


About The Andrea Brown Literary Agency

The Andrea Brown Literary Agency Inc. has been in business since 1981, and was the first agency to represent both writers and illustrators. We have sold thousands of books, and have made deals with every major trade publisher and most of the small independent publishers. Writers Digest Magazine named us one of the top twenty-five literary agencies taking on new talent. We represent clients at all stages of their careers; from first time writers and illustrators to established, best-selling and award-winning authors and illustrators with many published books to their credit.

As a mid-size literary agency celebrating more than thirty years in the publishing business, we bring the best of both worlds to the table: the personal client attention of a small agency and the clout of a larger one. We invest a great deal of care in each project and each client. We devise a strategy at every stage of the writing process, from conception, to editorial, to publication, that is tailored to the client and will enable us to find the best publisher for his or her books. We are seeking long-term relationships with writers and illustrators whose careers we can develop and whose talent we can foster.

Our agents have backgrounds in New York publishing, editing, academia, bookselling, business, teaching, and film, and one of our strengths as an agency is that we work collaboratively. Our clients have the benefit not only of their individual agent's expertise but also the benefit of the combined experience and vision of the group.

We're looking for fresh, different, and new. As a largely West Coast based agency, we follow in a tradition of West Coast innovation in our passion for discovering new voices and sparking new trends. We're a part of the NY-centered publishing world but also cultivate the advantage of an insider's/outsider's perspective. We have access, standing, and visibility but also think outside the box. Our agents make regular trips to New York, attend industry conventions, and participate as faculty at writers' conferences all over the country. We ensure a high profile for our clients and keep our fingers on the pulse of publishing.

Our agency runs the Big Sur Children's Writing Workshop and the Big Sur Cape Cod Workshop. For more information, go to our website:

years experience: 12
Juvenile fiction, Children's Books, Young Adult/Teen Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction, Picture Books
WE ARE WATER PROTECTORS by Carole Lindstrom / Caldecott Medal, #1 NYT Bestseller, Jane Addams Peace Award, FoAW Award
THE LAST MAGICIAN by Lisa Maxwell/ NYT Bestseller
THE MANY COLORS OF HARPREET SINGH by Supriya Kelkar/ ALA Notable Book, 2020 South Asian Book Award
AHIMSA by Supriya Kelkar/ New Visions Award, Books by the Banks Author Award
SHARK LADY by Jess Keating/ Chickadee Award, Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award, Cybils Finalist
AMERICAN PANDA by Gloria Chao/ Friends of American Writer's Award, YALSA Best Fiction for YA 2019 Nominee, Nerdy Book Club Award
PINK IS FOR BLOBFISH by Jess Keating/ Monarch Award Nominee, Amazon Best Books
ALL IN A DROP by Lori Alexander/ Robert F. Sibert Award Honor
ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP by Annette Bay Pimentel/ Schneider Family Award Honor
EMMY IN THE KEY OF CODE by Aimee Lucido/ Carnegie Award Longlist
OCEAN SPEAKS by Jess Keating/ Jane Addams Peace Award Honor
DOUBLE TAKES by Karen Jameson/ Chronicle/ Fall 2023
THE DEPTHS by Nicole Lesperance/ Razorbill/ Fall 2022
THE GIFT OF THE GREAT BUFFALO by Carole Lindstrom/ Bloomsbury/ Winter 2023
MY NAME by Supriya Kelkar/ FSG, Macmillan/ June 2023
IF YOU COULD SEE THE SUN by Ann Liang/ Inkyard Press/ Fall 2022
BEFOR COLORS by Annette Bay Pimentel/ Abrams/ Spring 2023
THE GIRL WHO BUILT AN OCEAN by Jess Keating/ Knopf, Random House/ Jan 2023
MY PET FEET by Josh Funk/ Simon and Schuster/ Fall 2022
AMERICAN DESI to be illustrated by Supriya Kelkar/ Little, Brown/ 2022
UNMASKED by Lorien Lawrence/ Abrams/ 2022
DEAR UNICORN by Josh Funk/ Viking, Penguin/ 2023
TIME TO SHINE by Karen Jameson/ Groundwood Books/ 2023
We handle film and performance rights and foreign rights, and have an established network of co-agents with whom we work.
Andrea Brown, President
Laura Rennert, Executive Agent
Caryn Wiseman, Executive Agent
Jennifer Laughran, Senior Agent
Jennifer Rofé, Senior Agent
Kelly Sonnack, Senior Agent
Jamie Weiss Chilton, Senior Agent
Jennifer Mattson, Agent
Kathleen Rushall, Agent
Lara Perkins, Agent
Saritza Hernández, Agent
Jennifer March Soloway, Associate Agent
Jemiscoe Chambers-Black, Associate Agent
Paige Terlip, Associate Agent
Alison Nolen, Agency Administrator
Taryn Fagerness, Foreign Rights Manager
Kathleen is currently closed to submissions.
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