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Henry Herz wrote the traditionally published children’s books: MONSTER GOOSE NURSERY RHYMES (Pelican, 2015; Best Picture Book at SoCal SCBWI Editor’s Day), WHEN YOU GIVE AN IMP A PENNY (Pelican, 2016), MABEL AND THE QUEEN OF DREAMS (Schiffer, 2016; Finalist, Foreword Indies Best Picture Book), LITTLE RED CUTTLEFISH (Pelican, 2016), CAP’N REX & HIS CLEVER CREW (Sterling, 2017), GOOD EGG AND BAD APPLE (Schiffer, 2018), HOW THE SQUID GOT TWO LONG ARMS (Pelican, 2018), ALICE’S MAGIC GARDEN (Familius, 2018), 2 PIRATES + 1 ROBOT (Kane Miller, 2019), and I AM SMOKE (Tilbury House, 2021).

Henry’s short stories for children include: “Cheating Death” YA horror in THE HITHERTO SECRET EXPERIMENTS OF MARIE CURIE (Blackstone Publishing, 2023), “Bar Mitzvah on Planet Kishka” middle grade sci-fi in COMING OF AGE: 13 B’NAI MITZVAH STORIES (Albert Whitman & Co, 2022), “Pay the Piper” fractured folk tale (Highlights for Children, TBD), “Born to Dance” nonfiction short story (Highlights for Children, TBD), “Maria & Maslow” sci-fi short story with Livia Blackburne (Highlights for Children, Nov. 2020), “A Proper Party” children’s short story (Ladybug, TBD), and “The Castle on the Loch” YA gothic horror in CASTLE OF HORROR IV anthology (Castle Bridge Media, 2020).

Henry wrote over 20 traditionally published adult short stories and has edited three anthologies:

  • THE HITHERTO SECRET EXPERIMENTS OF MARIE CURIE young adult horror (co-editor with Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Blackstone Publishing, 2023) – stories by Mylo Carbia, Stacia Deutsch, Sarah Beth Durst, Alethea Kontis, Jonathan Maberry, Seanan McGuire, Scott Sigler, Jane Yolen, Christine Taylor-Butler, Susanne Lambdin, Dee Leone, Emily McCosh, Steve Pantazis, Lissa Price, Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Jo Whittemore. Henry is represented on this project by Andy Ross of The Andy Ross Agency.
  • COMING OF AGE: 13 B’NAI MITZVAH STORIES middle grade #ownvoices (co-editor with Jonathan Rosen, Albert Whitman & Co, 2022) – stories by Sarah Aronson, Barbara Bottner, Stacia Deutsch, Debbie Reed Fischer, Debra Garfinkle, Alan Katz, Nancy Krulik, Stacie Ramey, Jonathan Rosen, Melissa Roske, Laura Shovan.
  • BEYOND THE PALE adult dark fantasy (Birch Tree Publishing, 2014) – stories by Saladin Ahmed, Peter S. Beagle, Heather (Zac) Brewer, Jim Butcher, Rachel Caine, Kami Garcia, Nancy Holder, Gillian Philip, and Jane Yolen.

Henry is an editor for Running Wild Press. He has a BS in Engineering from Cornell U., an MS in Engineering from George Washington U., and an MA in Political Science from Georgetown U. He is a member of SCBWI.

Henry was a 2016 guest blogger on Angie Karcher’s Rhyming Picture Book Month (RhyPiBoMo).


Henry was a 2014 guest blogger on Tara Lazar’s Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo).


Henry has presented about writing at a variety of venues:

At the California School Librarians Association conference

At the Charlotte Huck Children’s Literature Festival


At the Orange County Society for Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Editor’s Day 

At the San Diego State University Writers’ Conference

At the Canyon Crest Academy Writers Conference

At the San Diego chapter of the Society for Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators

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