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I'm a former bookseller, a current parent and a lifelong children's book enthusiast!



Hello! I'm Ciara, a freelance copywriter, editor and publicist. Once upon a time, I was a bookseller, for almost a decade, but that's over ten years ago now. I began blogging about my favourite picture books during lockdown in 2020 and realised how much I missed the literary world.

If you're wondering why all the reviews are positive, it's because I only write about the books I like. I'm often asked why this blog is called Picture Book Snob. This is because I'm not only selective about the stories we read, but I also consider picture books superior to every other form of art!  

If you're looking for books for older readers, I share chapter, middle grade and young adult reviews over at Paperback Snob. And if you enjoy reading the blog posts, please subscribe, follow @picturebooksnob on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and share with any fellow children's literature fans — thank you!

a baby reading a book in a buggy 1980s

Me in the 1980s — very little has changed!

I'm afraid I'm not currently accepting submissions. This is because I only review books as a hobby and don't have a lot of time to blog. As I'm a compulsive book-buyer and there are some lovely publishers who let me request new titles from them, I already have more books than I can manage.  

If your book is self-published, I do give a shout-out to independent books and authors in my Instagram stories on Saturdays (just comment on this post to be included).

If your work is traditionally published, you can also request a shout-out here.

You can also find tips about approaching bloggers in a post I wrote here 

I hope this helps spread the word about your book.

Let's work together!
Do you need an editor or publicist to help polish or promote your books? I have over 10 years’ experience in the advertising and publishing industries. Working as a children’s book buyer for almost a decade ignited an interest in literature for young people, that has grown stronger ever since.

Immersing myself in the world of picture books and paying particular attention to new titles has given me an acute insight into the current market. Sharing stories with my family allows an extra understanding of what appeals to children and, just as importantly, the grown-ups who buy their books. I’d love to help you shape your work-in-progress into a future classic.
See a full list of rates and services here

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