Editor's Profile

Jessica MacLeish

Jessica Mac Leish

Jessica MacLeish is a former HarperCollins Children’s Books editor of both fiction and non-fiction and is the author of Celebrate Today: 365 Ways to Make Every Day a Holiday. She also writes about pop culture for a variety of digital media outlets.

At HarperCollins Children’s Books, Jessica edited a number of notable and acclaimed books, including How to Read A Book by Kwame Alexander, art by Melissa Sweet, which received multiple starred reviews and was an Indie Next Pick, Margot and Mateo Save the World by Darcy Miller, which was a LITA Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable List / Eleanor Cameron List selection, a JLG selection, and a 2020 Rhode Island Children’s Book Award nominee, The Closest I’ve Come by Fred Aceves, which was a Kirkus Best Books of 2017 pick, a NYPL’s Best Teen Books of 2017 selection, and a ALA/YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection, and many more.

Jessica also managed perennial bestselling programs such as the backlist of Walter Dean Myers, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, and the Wayside School series.

Jessica's select booklist can be found below.

Fiction
Nonfiction