Rebecca Gardyn Levington
is a children’s book author, poet, and journalist with a particular penchant for penning punny, playful and (periodically) poignant picture books and poems — primarily in rhyme.
She is a proud participant of The Poet's Garage, SCBWI, 12 x 12, and Women Who Write.
Rebecca lives in the suburban jungles of New Jersey with her husband and two boisterous boys.
Follow her on Twitter @WriterRebeccaGL
What I've been up to lately...
Contract signed for my debut picture book, BRAINSTORM!
I'm very proud to announce that my debut picture book, BRAINSTORM, will be published by Sleeping Bear Press in the summer of 2022! Read more about it on my "Books" page by clicking on the link below.
SECOND PLACE WINNER of Susanna Hill's 2020 Holiday Contest for Children's Writers!
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!
Poem featured in HOP TO IT: POEMS TO GET YOU MOVING!
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.
Story published in
Chicken Soup For The Soul: The Magic of Cats
My poem, ODE TO FRANKIE CAT, about learning to live with and love my husband's first "child," is featured in this incredible anthology.
2019 #PBChat Mentorship
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
2020 National Poetry Month Poem-A-Day Challenge
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).
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."
First Place WINNER of Susanna Hill's Holiday Contest for Children's Writers!
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!
Poem published in Highlighter, the newsletter of SCBWI Mid-Atlantic
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.
Professional Development & Afflilations
The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
The international professional organization for authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults.
Member since 2016.
The Poet's Garage
An invitation-only online critiquing community for children's poets. My critique partners are some of the most talented rhyme writers in the world. I'm very grateful to be a part of this incredible group.
Member since 2019.
12 x 12 Writing Challenge and Community
The 12x12 Writing Challenge was created by author Julie Hedlund to encourage picture book writers to write at least 12 manuscripts in 12 months. We are an active community of dedicated writers who support one another with all aspects of the writing life.
Member since 2017.
Women Who Write
A regional writing and support group in New Jersey offering conferences, craft workshops, critique groups and networking opportunities for local writers.
Member since 2016.
Writing Classes Completed
*The Poet's Studio: Children's Poetry Collection Workshop, taught by poet Georgia Heard (Currently enrolled. Nov. 2020)
*The Craft and Heart of Poetry, at The Highlights Foundation, taught by poets Rebecca Kai Dotlich and Georgia Heard, and Senior Editor of Boyds Mills Press and WordSong, Rebecca Davis. (Oct. 2020)
*Picture Book Masters at Storyteller Academy, taught by Melessa Manlove, Senior Editor at Chronicle Books ( Fall 2020)
*Submission Ready at Storyteller Academy, taught by Melissa Manlove and Ariel Richardson, editors at Chronicle Books (Spring 2020).
*Picture Book Study Hall, taught by author Marcie Colleen (2019).
*Making Picture Book Magic, taught by author Susanna Hill (2019).
*Lyrical Language Lab: Punching Up Prose With Poetry, taught by author and poet Renee LaTulippe (2018).
*Picture Book Blueprint, taught by Laura Backes (2017)
*Where Do I Begin? at The Writer’s Circle, Maplewood, NJ (2015-2016).
*Rutgers University Council on Children’s Literature (RUCCL) Annual Conference: 2018, 2019
*SCBWI (NJ) Annual Regional Conference: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
*SCBWI (National) NYC Annual Winter conference: 2018
*Women Who Write (NJ) Annual Conference: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Master's Degree in Magazine Journalism from NYU, 2000.
Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies, with a specialization in Business from UCLA, 1996.