Dear Vanessa,

My name is YiLing Chen-Josephson.  I worked as an editor, a writer, and a lawyer, before founding my own company, The Picture Book Club (, which puts together custom and themed book subscriptions for children.  As a mother of two young boys, it's been particularly important to me to find books to read to them -- and to send out to subscribers -- that feature strong girls and diverse characters.  

I found you on Twitter and I love hearing about your accomplishments, how you process the world, and the values you use your voice to promote.  

I'm writing now because I'm putting together a series of Q+As with women I admire and I would be thrilled if you were willing to participate.  

If you are, I'd need a photo and written answers to the questions below.  The Q+As will appear on a blog on The Picture Book Club's website, and be featured on our social media channels.  I'd also make a donation to a charity of your choosing for every purchase made during the week after your Q+A first appears.  Please email me at with any questions.

Thanks so much for considering this.

All best wishes,



The Picture Book Club


What do you do?


What’s your favorite thing about doing what you do?


What’s the most challenging thing about it?


What is something you’re proud of (this can be anything in your life!)?


Who is someone who inspires you that you know personally?


Who is someone who inspires you that you've never met?


What’s a picture book you remember as a favorite from your childhood?


Charity pick: