Kristen P. Wixted



I write picture books and middle grade novels, sometimes alone, sometimes with other people. I co-wrote MISS RITA, MYSTERY READER with my nephew Sam Donovan, and I co-edited the illustrated poetry anthologies published by The Writers’ Loft, most recently Friends and Anemones: Ocean Poems for Children. I live in Massachusetts with my family, I'm an experienced Mystery Reader who adores sparkly jewelry, and I prefer it when my immediate family members do not drop their phones in Boston Harbor. 


  • I'm represented by Moe Ferrara of BookEnds Literary.

  • MISS RITA, MYSTERY READER that will be published by MacMillian/Farrar Straus & Giroux for Young Readers in May 3, 2022.

  • This past year, I have been working behind the scenes on a new teen anthology focused on Odes. We're working on the title and the cover, so soon I'll have a picture!

  • I run Little Book Locker (also with Heather). It's a non-profit that gets books into the hands of kids who don't have books at home. Check out the website here!

  • For more information about bookstore visits for either anthology, please email me or our marketing manager, Audrey Day-Williams, at WLPressbooks at gmail dot com.

  • During the pandemic I learned how to bake sourdough bread and macarons. I love to play with flour.

  • My co-writer Sam Donovan is my nephew. He has a sister named Shea that I love very much too. Their father is my big brother.

  • So my last name used to be Donovan but I changed it to Wixted when I got married because I liked the x. 

  • One of my favorite things to do is write anecdotes about my kids and either post them online or save them up and weave them into my annual, pretty entertaining Christmas card.