Tamar Brazis is the Associate Publisher of Viking Children’s Books where she specializes in picture books and illustrated fiction. She has acquired and edited Call Us What We Carry and Change Sings by #1 New York Times bestselling author and presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman, Tomatoes for Neela by Padma Lakshmi and Juana Martinez-Neal, and titles by Mac Barnett, Greg Pizzoli, David Shannon, Kelly DiPucchio, Kelly Rowland, Amy Novesky, Adriana Trigiani, and Poppy Harlow.
Before joining Viking, Tamar was the Editorial Director at Abrams Books for Young Readers where she worked for nearly fifteen years, acquiring and editing the #1 New York Times bestselling I Am series by Susan Verde and Peter Reynolds, Princesses Wear Pants by Savannah Guthrie and Allison Oppenheim, and the Caldecott Honor- and Coretta Scott King Medal-winning Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews and Bryan Collier. While children’s books were the focus of her list at Abrams, she also acquired across categories and edited many photography collections for adults, mostly on music-related themes, as well as the first illustrated book for adults by New York Times bestselling and Caldecott-winning illustrator Brian Selznick. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and received an MFA in creative writing from the New School. She loves Italian film, stories of sunken treasure, and is “Baby, It’s You,” by the Shirelles.