Ann Tobias heads A Literary Agency for Children's Books, established in Washington D.C. in 1988, now located in New York City. She represents 25 authors and artists of books for children from infancy through adolescence—picture books, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. She has placed her clients' work with HarperCollins, Penguin, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Henry Holt, Holiday House, and Houghton Mifflin, among other houses.
Her first job in publishing was in the Department of Books for Boys and Girls, led by Ursula Nordstrom, at HarperCollins (then called Harper & Brothers) where she rose from the person who got the coffee to editor. Subsequently, she was on the staffs of Greenwillow Books, Scholastic, and Handprint Books.
As a freelance editor she has worked with authors and artists, including Rosemary Wells, Susan Jeffers, and Steven Kellogg, for Hyperion, Morrow Junior Books, and various imprints of Penguin.