Rebecca Gardyn Levington
is a children’s book author, poet, and journalist with a particular penchant for penning punny, funny picture books and poems — primarily in rhyme.
She is a proud member of SCBWI, 12 x 12, Women Who Write and The Poet's Garage.
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...
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. Lori supplied a random word each day, with which I wrote a poem incorporating it into a rhyme pair. 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.
#PBChat Mentorship Program Selected Mentee
I was fortunate enough to be chosen by incredible rhyme writer Lori Degman as her mentee in the #PBChat Mentorship Program. Over three months, we worked together to polish my manuscripts into super-shiny, submission-ready shape! More importantly, we've now become great friends and colleagues. I'm so grateful for her guidance and support.
Here's what Lori said about why she chose me as her mentee:
"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
First Place WINNER of Susanna Hill's Holiday Contest for Children's Writers!
The challenge: Write a story for children, no longer than 250 words, about "a holiday treat."
My story, "THE GREATEST LATKE TOPPING" was chosen by the judges as one of 11 finalists, out of approximately 150 applicants, then put up to a vote from the general reading public. And guess what?! I WON!!!
Here are the first two couplets of my entry...
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!
Poems published in Honeycake Magazine
December 2019 and April 2020
This wonderful new 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" appears in the April 2020 issue.
Click on the link below to read "Blank Page."
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
*Storyteller Academy Submission Ready, taught by Melissa Manlove and Ariel Richardson, editors at Chronicle Books (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.