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Picture Book Spotlight

This site exists to celebrate picture books, their creators, & all who champion them through regular interviews. We feature authors, illustrators, agents, and other industry professionals who work to get picture books into kid's hands. 

We try to take a "whole family" approach by spotlighting stars of the industry alongside those just starting out. At Picture Book Spotlight, you'll find entertaining and engaging interviews with querying authors & illustrators, debut authors & illustrators, as well as seasoned veterans, NY Times-bestsellers, and other industry giants. 

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Brian Gehrlein

is the creator of Picture Book Spotlight and #PBCritiqueFest, a member of SCBWI, and is represented by Jennifer Mattson of Andrea Brown Literary Agency. He wrote a book. It's called THE BOOK OF RULES.


Brian teaches high school English and lives in Liberty, Missouri with his wife, Katherine, sons Peter and Albee, and their two corgis!


Brian tweets things sometimes. You can read the things by following him on Twitter: @briangehrlein. If you want to stay up on Spotlight interviews and other PB Spotlight happenings, subscribe to Picture Book Spotlight. Want to say hi? Contact Brian here

Wondering how to pronounce "Gehrlein?" It's like "airline" with a "G."


Photo Credit: Eric Langhorst ©2022 Mid-Continent Public Library Milk & Cookies Event 2022

Interviews & other posts featuring Brian

The Magic of Persistent, Polite Querying:
Melissa Richeson shares about Brian on Manuscript Wish List Blog


Brian, Katherine, Peter, and Albee Gehrlein

Photo Credit: Brianna Lindenmeyer (October 2023)

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