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Rebecca Gardyn Levington

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

Rebecca lives in the suburban jungles of New Jersey with her husband and two boisterous boys.


She is represented by

Kaitlyn Sanchez at Context Literary 

Follow her on Twitter @WriterRebeccaGL

 

What's New?!

Publisher's Weekly announces

I WILL ALWAYS BE... to be published by HarperCollins in 2024!

September 2021

Exciting News! My second picture book, I WILL ALWAYS BE... has been acquired by HarperCollins and will be published in 2024! I feel so lucky that the incredible Rahele Jomepour Bell has signed on to illustrate. 

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Poem published The Caterpillar Magazine

September 2021

My semi-creepy, Halloween-inspired poem, "The Coolest Ghoul in School" was published this month in the Autumn 2021 issue of The Caterpillar, a wonderful children's magazine from the UK, full of poems, stories, and art for kids ages 7 to 11.

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Publisher's Weekly announces my debut picture book, BRAINSTORM! to be published by Sleeping Bear Press in 2022!

July 2021

I'm very proud to announce that my debut picture book, BRAINSTORM!, will be published by Sleeping Bear Press in the summer of 2022! The wonderful Kate Kronreif has been selected to illustrate.

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"Elite 8" Finalist in the
Madness!Poetry 2021 Tournament!

May 2021

I was TERRIFIED to participate for the first time in this children's poetry tournament which pits 64 incredible poets against one another in a month-long battle that is FAR more fun than any "March Madness" basketball tourny! I did my best and had fun and ended up in the "Elite 8"!

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SECOND PLACE WINNER of Susanna Hill's 2020 Holiday Contest for Children's Writers!

December, 2020

I was thrilled that my story, A SPARK OF FRIENDSHIP, won second place (out of 223 entries!) in this amazing annual contest for children's writers! The challenge: write a story for kids ages 12 and under, in no more than 250 words, about a "holiday helper." So fun! Read the full story (and the story behind the story) on my blog by clicking on the link below!

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Poem featured in HOP TO IT: POEMS TO GET YOU MOVING!

October, 2020

I'm honored that my poem, OUR WALK TO SCHOOL, is featured in this wonderful new children's poetry anthology! The poem is based on a ritual that my kids and I created during the pandemic. Click below to read the entire poem, and more about the ritual that inspired it, on my blog.

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Story published in

Chicken Soup For The Soul: The Magic of Cats

July, 2020

My poem, ODE TO FRANKIE CAT, about learning to live with and love my husband's first "child," is featured in this incredible anthology.

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2019 #PBChat Mentorship

Selected Mentee

Fall 2019

I was so grateful to be chosen by incredible rhyme writer Lori Degman as her mentee in the #PBChat Mentorship Program. Here's what Lori said about why she selected me:

"I knew I wanted Rebecca to be my mentee from the first stanza -- and I was hooked the whole way through her manuscript -- multiple times! Her story is so original and masterfully written, with great rhymes and meter." - Lori Degman

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2020 National Poetry Month Poem-A-Day Challenge

April 2020

During the Month of April, I participated in a poem-a-day challenge, run my #PBChat Mentor and friend, Lori Degman. During the craziness of the Covid-19 pandemic, having a specific task to focus on every day was extraordinarily helpful for my state of mind. I gave myself permission to be free and write about whatever popped into my brain. It was an incredible exercise in both creativity and endurance. You can read many of my poems and the inspirations behind them on my blog -- look for any of my April 2020 entries (Click below).

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Poems published in Honeycake Magazine

December 2019 and April 2020

This wonderful Jewish children's magazine provides activities, stories, and poems for creative kids. My poem, BLANK PAGE, appeared in the December 2019 issue and, another, entitled ELIJAH'S VISIT appearED in the April 2020 issue.


Click on the link below to read "Blank Page."

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First Place WINNER of Susanna Hill's Holiday Contest for Children's Writers!

December 2019

My story, THE GREATEST LATKE TOPPING won FIRST PLACE (out of 150 entries!) in Susanna Hill's annual Holiday contest for Children's Writers! The challenge: Write a story for children, no longer than 250 words, about "a holiday treat."

Here's how mine began...

Each Hannukah, the latke toppings

have their own tradition:
head-to-head, they battle

in a lively competition.


For Applesauce and Sour Cream,

the rivalry is vital —
each jockeying to win

the “Greatest Latke Topping” title!

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Poem published in Highlighter, the newsletter of SCBWI Mid-Atlantic

Fall 2019

My poem, Red Handed, is a tongue-in-cheek ode to the writer's constant struggle with "killing our darlings."


Click on the link below if you're in the mood for a chuckle.

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"Do What You Love & Love What You Do"

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