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Professional Bios

The Short Story

Rebecca Gardyn Levington is a children’s book author, poet, and journalist with a particular penchant for penning both playful and poignant picture books and poems – primarily in rhyme. Find out more about Rebecca at www.RebeccaGardynLevington.com.

The (slightly) Longer Story

Rebecca Gardyn Levington is a children’s book author, poet, and journalist with a particular penchant for penning both playful and poignant picture books and poems – primarily in rhyme. She is the author of BRAINSTORM!, WHATEVER COMES TOMORROW and AFIKOMAN, WHERE’D YOU GO? A PASSOVER HIDE-AND-SEEK ADVENTURE, and has seven additional rhyming picture books forthcoming. Rebecca writes reviews and conducts author interviews monthly for the Picture Book Builders blog. Her award-winning poems and articles have appeared in numerous anthologies, newspapers, and magazines. She lives with her family in Summit, N.J., where she enjoys bouncing on a mini-trampoline, playing Mah Jongg, and eating chocolate-peanut butter ice cream (although not usually at the same time!). Find out more and sign up for Rebecca’s monthly newsletter at www.RebeccaGardynLevington.com.

The WHOLE Story

Rebecca Gardyn Levington is a children’s book author, poet, and journalist with a particular penchant for penning both playful and poignant picture books and poems — primarily in rhyme. 

She is the author of BRAINSTORM!, WHATEVER COMES TOMORROW and AFIKOMAN, WHERE’D YOU GO? A PASSOVER HIDE-AND-SEEK ADVENTURE, and has seven additional rhyming picture books forthcoming, including LITTLE DREIDEL LEARNS TO SPIN (Scholastic, 9/3/24), WRITE HERE. WRITE NOW! (Capstone, 1/1/25), ALWAYS ME… (HarperCollins 4/15/25), FINDING FORGIVENESS: A ROSH HASHANAH STORY (Macmillan/Farrar, Straus & Giroux, fall 2025), and LOOKING FOR LIGHT: A SHABBAT STORY (Macmillan/Farrar, Straus & Giroux, fall 2026).

Rebecca’s poems have been published in Cricket MagazineSpider Magazine, Highlights High Five, The Caterpillar, The Toy Press, PaperBound Magazine, The Dirigible Balloon, Honeycake: The Jewish Magazine for Creative Kids, as well as Countdown, Blast Off, Orbit, Touchdown, and Launchpad (publications of The School Magazine). Her poems have also appeared in the anthologies What is A Family?, What Is A Friend?Hop To It: Poems To Get You Moving, Imperfect II: Poems About Perspective–An Anthology for Middle Schoolers, and Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Cats. Rebecca’s poem, “Lemons!” originally published in Countdown, won the 2021 Magazine Merit Award for poetry from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. 

Rebecca has a master’s degree in magazine journalism from NYU and a bachelor’s degree in communication studies, with a specialization in business administration, from UCLA. In her life B.C. (“Before Children”), she was a freelance magazine and newspaper journalist, writing feature articles and cover stories for The New York Observer, Ladies Home Journal, Working Mother, Bride’s, New York Newsday and The Chronicle of Philanthropy, among many others. Prior to that, she was Senior Editor at American Demographics (a now defunct marketing magazine that was far more interesting than it sounds!) where she wrote and edited stories about what motivates people’s purchasing decisions and lifestyle choices.

Rebecca writes reviews and conducts author interviews monthly for the Picture Book Builders blog. She is a member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), The Poet’s Garage, The 12 x 12 Picture Book Writing Challenge, Women Who Write, and KidLit Caravan.

She lives with her family in Summit, N.J., where she enjoys bouncing on a mini-trampoline, playing Mah Jongg, and eating chocolate-peanut butter ice cream (although not usually at the same time!). She is represented by Kaitlyn Sanchez at Bradford Literary. 

To read Rebecca’s poetry, learn more about her upcoming books, and sign up for her monthly newsletter, visit her website at www.RebeccaGardynLevington.com.

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Headshots

Click on a headshot to download a high-resolution image. Photo credit: Joy Yagid

Book Covers

Click any cover to download a high-resolution image. For more information about my books, check out my Books page.

Interior Spreads

From BRAINSTORM!

Illustration credit: Kate Kronreif

From WHATEVER COMES TOMORROW

Illustration credit: Mariona Cabassa

From AFIKOMAN, WHERE’D YOU GO? A Passover Hide-And-Seek Adventure

Illustration credit: Noa Kelner

Printable PDF Resources

Brainstorm! Teachers Guide

Brainstorm! Activity Pages

Brainstorm! Sell Sheet

Whatever Comes Tomorrow Sell Sheet

Whatever Comes Tomorrow Activity Pages

Afikoman, Where’d You Go? Coloring Pages

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Representation

I am represented by Kaitlyn Sanchez at Bradford Literary Agency

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