Silvia Molteni Taking Submissions

Silvia Molteni

Head of Children's Books

Silvia Molteni is the head of the children’s and YA books department at PFD. She manages her own list of clients alongside selling foreign rights in our children’s and YA titles worldwide. Silvia also handles all audio rights for the agency. The Bookseller named Silvia 2019’s Rising Star.


What I'm looking for...

I am actively looking for Middle Grade novels, strong and diverse voices with brave narratives and contemporary and realistic settings, edgy, funny and moving Middle Grade fiction.

I am looking for YA fiction across all genres, but on my wish list at the moment is finding a great psychological thriller and a horror.

I am also on the hunt for non-fiction books aimed at children and YA – from memoirs to manuals, popular science and humorous books.

Generally speaking, across MG and YA fiction, I am drawn to voice-driven and character-driven narratives, LGBTQI story-lines and characters, endearing narrators, magical realism and upmarket literary fiction.



Silvia Molteni @sfmolteni

In bookshops and online retailers now: the paperback edition of my newest adventure for children: #WhenWeGotLostInDreamland. (Annoying siblings, lucid dreams and a trip to the stone-age are among its highlights…) #middlegrade #waterstones

“A delight. Pacy, exciting, philosophically chewy. It works, as they say, like a dream” Times Children’s Book of the Week

A very happy publication day to @rosswelford! His astonishing new adventure When We Got Lost in Dreamland is out today in paperback 🎉 @HarperCollinsCh

Watch our bookfomercial for Escape to Witch City by @ELatimerWrites on YouTube:

I'll be on @edbookfest today at 1.30pm to talk about #TheGreatFoodBankHeist (it's free!)👇🏾In the meantime, if you haven’t already done so, please do tell your MP to #keepthelifeline & NOT cut £20 from the #UniversalCredit at


I’m so excited to say that my audiobook publisher, @WFHowes, will be bringing THE CITY OF LOST DREAMERS to audio! Stay tuned for more details!

Thank you to all the lovely schools who joined @edbookfest, the gorgeous @Pamela_Butchart & as ever hilarious @PhilipArdagh for making it all so wonderful. Awesome questions. Beetroot & quiche & shepherd's pie, oh my🙈 #TheGreatFoodBankHeist #HungerFreeFuture #ENDCHILDFOODPOVERTY

The gorgeous and exciting new adventure written by @sammeegiles - Rosemary and the Book of the Dead - will be out on October 14th, published by @AgoraBooksLDN. A perfect read for the spooky season 🧙🏻‍♀️🎃 pre-order your copy now!

So exciting to see my first ever picture book, thanks to the brilliant illustrations by @francescagam!

An important and much, much needed book, Hope on the Horizon will be published by @HachetteKids next year. Congratulations @OnjaliRauf 💛 you wonder woman 😘

What's the T? TOMORROW, we are deeeelighted to welcome @junodawson @jamie_windust & @SoofiyaC for our first event for schools - 10.15AM! This will be a live event, also available to the public, so come with questions!

👀Free, or pay what you can:

Today is the day! Welcome to Witch City! #mgbooks

You can add my dark academia/enchanted maps/wandering city book on Goodreads now!

A very happy publication day to @ELatimerWrites 💜🥳 #EscapeToWitchCity is out today! A magical adventure and a thrilling fantasy!

Emmaline Black has a secret. She can hear the rhythm of heartbeats... and that can only mean one thing... she’s a witch 🧙🏻‍♀️

#CoverReveal!! A city that has been struck off the map, cursed to wander forever by the famed map magician Baba Yaga, a feisty young girl as a protagonist, a breathtaking plot, a stunning cover. The City of Lost Dreamers 💜 out in October with @scholasticuk

Thanks @OnjaliRauf for supporting our wonderful schools and their breakfast clubs #TheGreatFoodBankHeist #Greggs4Good

So brilliant to see the utterly amazing @OnjaliRauf on @SkyNews today talking about #TheGreatFoodBankHeist 😊💙 @PFDAgents @BarringtonStoke

Just managed to squeeze in the fact that @GreggsCharity will be receiving a portion of royalties from #TheGreatFoodBankHeist @BarringtonStoke alongside @TrussellTrust. Utter joy to highlight how ready our kids are to take action for social justice. Because they are. @HachetteKids

THANK YOU @BarringtonStoke @AilsaBathgate @elisaupsidedown for the creation of this little word baby, & for making a dream of going a little bigger on works for a #HungerFreeFuture come true🤞🏾 And yes. The footballers were a mini homage to he who inspired the story 😉 🛒⚡

@OnjaliRauf smashing it on @SkyNews just now, highlighting her latest beautiful book #TheGreatFoodBankHeist and the power that children channel through storytelling.

T-Minus 6 DAYS! Join the @WordNerdsVlog this Sunday as we celebrate the release of Escape to Witch City.

There will be games, raffle prizes, audience Q&A and general shenanigans.