Prize Donor Feature, Amanda Jackson, Spring Fling Kidlit 2020

Hi Math is Everywhere Readers and Spring Fling Kidlit Contest Hopefuls,

If you haven’t heard of Spring Fling Kidlit, or need a refresher on the contest is, check out all the info here: 

Today we have our fourteenth prize donor in our Prize Donor Feature Series. She is one of the most passionate, generous, kind-hearted people I know…

🎉Amanda Jackson🎉


Amanda is donating a picture book manuscript critique.

  • What is your favorite thing about spring?

All the brand new green. I love any reminder that winter is not the end of the story.

  • Spring is full of surprises bursting forth, what’s something you’ve found surprising about the publishing industry?

I’m always blown away by how dear my critique partners have become to me. Just a few years ago I didn’t know them, and now they’re some of my dearest friends. Overall, really, the kidlit community is so rich with good people, I’m grateful to be a part of it.

  • Can you tell us a bit about your debut book?

Happily! MY SHAPE IS SAM is about a square named Sam. He lives in a world where everyone has a job, depending on their shape. Squares build and stack, circles roll and spin. But Sam wants to roll like a circle, so the story is really about challenging expectations and living authentically.

Square on book cover
Amanda’s Bio

Amanda writes stories for kids and their grown-ups (and she’s pretty sure there’s nothing better).

She grew up in Pennsylvania, where she discovered her love of making: drawing, crafting, sewing, cooking, storytelling. Anything to give her imagination a voice.
When she was six, someone gave her a journal. She instantly felt at home with the magic that happens when words come from inside, pass across the page, and connect with someone else.

In her twenties, Amanda moved to Portland, Oregon, and cozied right into the land of gray skies and creative living. She finished her degree in Human Development, worked with lots of awesome kids, and married her love.
Of all the happies in her life, writing is one of the happiest. And she’s thrilled to share her words with you.
Amanda is represented by the wonderful Charlotte Wenger of Prospect Agency. MY SHAPE IS SAM was published by Page Street Kids Publishing in the fall of 2019, and is distributed by Macmillan. She is a member of SCBWI and the Authors Guild.


Twitter: @AJacksonBooks



Amanda is one of the 18 wonderful prize donors for the Spring Fling Kidlit Contest 2020 that starts on April 7th. Make sure to follow her on social media, read her book, and review it to show your support! And get gif-searching or creating!
In the comments, tell us what you loved about My Shape is Sam or why you’re most looking forward to reading it!
Kaitlyn and Ciara

If you need more info on the Spring Fling Kidlit Contest, check here and make sure to share with all your writing and author-illustrator friends!

6 thoughts on “Prize Donor Feature, Amanda Jackson, Spring Fling Kidlit 2020

  1. My Shape is Sam has a wonderful message without being preachy. So clever. I was lucky enough to win a critique with Amanda from a different contest, and she is generous and thorough and gave me great suggestions. Lucky you if you’re the winner!

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  2. How exciting to see Amanda as a prize donor! Anybody would be lucky to win a critique from her. And I share that feeling about spring – it reminds us winter isn’t the end of the story. Great interview, Amanda. Thank you!

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  3. I love the message in My Shape is Sam (and the title!). Kids can’t hear these messages enough. Thank you for donating a critique Amanda!

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