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

The views and opinions expressed herein are my own and do not reflect the views or opinions of Hallmark Cards, Inc.