My name is Emily Akins. I am an Editorial Director at Hallmark where I've worked - and loved my job - for 16 years. I have the great honor of being the 2018 recipient of Hallmark's "Barbara Marshall Award," which grants one member of our creative community a 6-month sabbatical to pursue personal work.

I have chosen to explore the magic of children's literature. The culmination of my project will be a podcast - to be released in the Fall of 2018. I'll spend the summer reading, interviewing, writing, researching ... and of course, reading books with my kids every day - Clara (age 6) and Julia (age 8). 

 photo by  Ling Thomas

photo by Ling Thomas