Welcome! I’m a children’s book writer taking the journey through ideas, drafts, and revisions on the way to querying and (hopefully!) publication. I have several picture book manuscripts at the “close” stage, and I have recently started a chapter book about a young girl growing up on California’s Central Coast with a big dream and a stubborn streak that may just get her there.
My own dream is to find an editorial agent who loves my work, but who also has a firm belief that every manuscript can be made stronger. I’m in this for the long haul, and I’m looking for a partner to support and guide me as I build a writing and publishing career. I have an amazing critique group, am a long-time member of SCBWI, and this year I’m participating in Julie Hedlund’s 12 X 12 Challenge for the first time.
Becky Levine is a writer of fiction picture books, with aspirations to branch out into early readers, chapter books, and picture book biographies. She believes that silliness and heart can go hand-in-hand in stories for young children and that the best mixes of the two can help a child take their first steps toward a lifelong love of reading. Becky lives in California’s Santa Cruz mountains.
Becky Levine went quickly from reading stories to writing stories, facing the harsh realities of publishing at a very young age when she submitted one of her stories to a woman’s magazine. On binder paper. In cursive. Disappointed, but not discouraged, Becky has continued to write and submit, although she spends a lot more time on revision now. Becky is the author of two nonfiction books for children and a writer’s guide for critique groups of any age.
These days, Becky is a writer of fiction picture books, with aspirations to branch out into early readers, chapter books, and picture book biographies. She believes that silliness and heart can go hand-in-hand in stories for children and that the best mixes of the two can help a child take their first steps toward a lifelong love of reading. Books have been Becky’s adventures and escapes, and they have opened windows into the many ways other people live in the world. Her dream is to see her own stories doing the same for a young reader.
Becky lives and works in California’s Santa Cruz mountains, in an old house surrounded by trees and a long way from any neighbors. This is a good thing, since–during the pandemic–she is teaching herself to play the drums.