Dana Chidiac


Editor at Dial BFYR. I spend a lot of time thinking about how things—words, streets, yarn, and food—fit together. Tweets are mine.

New York

Dial Books for Young Readers

Dana Chidiac @chidiaqian · Jan 6

Anything about language, whether that's visual (I once saw an internet thing where the animals were made out of Arabic script 🤯) or a plot thing (about an English language learner? About... spelling???? 👀) or a nonfiction thing (hello emojis). #mswl

Dana Chidiac @chidiaqian · Jan 6

Middle grade about the spaces where kids get to feel like themselves, like camp, or the treehouse they spent all summer saving up to buy with their friends (ahem) #mswl

Dana Chidiac @chidiaqian · Jan 6

Picture books with great visual storytelling (or texts that leave lots of space for it) #mswl

Dana Chidiac @chidiaqian · Jan 6

Graphic novels in the vein of Smile by creators of color. Scripts are welcome, so are author/illustrators! #mswl

Dana Chidiac @chidiaqian · Jan 6

Stories about immigrant communities across the age spectrum #mswl

Dana Chidiac @chidiaqian · Jan 6

Novels with settings that are unfamiliar to American readers
Novels with characters that are unfamiliar with American settings

Dana Chidiac @chidiaqian · Jan 6

Epistolary everything! And anything that plays with format, especially if it feels internetty #mswl

Dana Chidiac @chidiaqian · Jan 6

Novels that address religion for MG and YA, because both religion and books for kids and teens are about finding your place in a big world #mswl

Dana Chidiac @chidiaqian · Jan 6

YA about moving on from high school! Anything about college admissions, the summer after senior year, freshman year of college (or of life) #mswl

Dana Chidiac @chidiaqian · Jan 6

Welcome to 2020, publishing! Agent friends, here’s a #mswl thread for pinning and perusing and adding to all year.

Forever, I’m looking for PB, MG, and YA, especially by underrepresented creators, especially contemporary fiction that leads with joy.

Dana Chidiac @chidiaqian · 5 Dec 2019

Does there exist a YA heist/cozy mystery entitled Be Gay Do Crimes? If not, dibs.

(also every idea i have these days is actually just a meme #mswl)

Dana Chidiac @chidiaqian · 22 Apr 2019

Dana Chidiac @chidiaqian

The existence of this show is the most important news of my twitter hiatus.

Also, when I say "YA about religion" on my #mswl, I mean books that handle religion the way this show does: as one part of the push-pull of regular life, as one part of figuring out the complicated shape of the world

Dana Chidiac @chidiaqian · 1 Jun 2017

Hello here is your annual reminder that all I want in life is a middle grade novel about the national spelling bee please thank you #mswl