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In the News
The New York Times and New York Public Library Announce Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2017
The NYTBR, in partnership with the NYPL, has revealed the 10 titles on its 65th annual list of Best Illustrated Children's Books. Click through to see this year's picks. more
SCIBA Helps Young Readers See Themselves on the Shelf
At the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association's 2017 trade show, which took place October 27–28 in Pomona, Calif., members celebrated both increasing diversity and rising sales in the children’s section. more
Illustrator Revealed for
2018 Children's Book Week Poster

Every Child a Reader, the charitable arm of the Children's Book Council, has named Caldecott Honor and Printz Award-winning artist Jillian Tamaki as the designer for the 2018 Book Week poster. More than 100,000 posters will be distributed to schools, libraries, and bookstores nationwide for the 99th annual celebration, which will take place April 30–May 6, 2018. more
Digger and the Flower
Happy Halloween!
Children's Publishers Celebrate Halloween 2017
Children's book publishers across the country held parties as staffers showed off costumes inspired by favorite characters and books. We’ve gathered a selection of photos from the festivities. more
On the Scene
Truth, Humor, and Golden Storytelling: Bank Street Book Festival 2017
This year's festival, held in Manhattan on October 28, featured a full day of panel discussions on topics relating to children’s literature and a moving keynote address from author Carmen Agra Deedy. more
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Book News
A New Incarnation for Eight HarperCollins Classics
A number of newly polished editions from the HarperCollins Children’s Books backlist have just arrived on bookstore shelves, as part of the company’s Harper Classics reissue initiative. “We are hoping that the books will find new readers for these classic novels," said v-p and editorial director Rosemary Brosnan. more
Q & A
Barbara Lehman
Lehman received a 2005 Caldecott Honor for The Red Book, a wordless story in which a girl in a snow-covered city and a boy on a sunny island are brought together through a pair of magic books. Now Lehman has created a sequel, Red Again, in which two new children find the books and the magic unfolds again. We spoke with Lehman about wordless books and how children react to her open-ended stories.

Q: Had you been thinking about a second book?

A: The idea was always there. I didn’t really think of it as a sequel—there were just questions left open at the end of the last book. Who is the boy? Where does he go? What happens next? I was sitting in a coffee shop, waiting for somebody, and I thought: I can go back to the start of the first book! Once I thought that, a lot of things fell into place. more
Out Next Week
Hot Off the Presses:
Week of November 6, 2017

Hitting shelves next week are a picture book about lemmings who will believe anything, a madcap and highly visual middle grade mystery novel, a sci-fi YA novel about a teen seeking revenge, and more. more

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Rights Report
Jill Santopolo and Beverly Horowitz at Penguin Random House's Philomel and Delacorte imprints have acquired three books for young readers by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Philomel will publish the picture book autobiography Turning Pages: My Life Story, illustrated by Lulu Delacre, in which Justice Sotomayor follows the path of her life as it relates to the books she read along the way. Delacorte will publish The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor, a middle grade adaptation of her bestselling memoir, My Beloved World. Both books will be released in fall 2018; a second picture book about childhood differences will follow from Philomel in 2019, illustrated by Rafael Lopez. Both Philomel and Delacorte editions will also be published in Spanish, with the picture books releasing simultaneously with the English editions, and the middle-grade title releasing in 2019. Amy Bernstein and Peter Bernstein of Bernstein Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.
Annie Berger at Sourcebooks Fire has bought Bridget Morrissey's contemporary YA novel, A Map Back to Us. Five years after the accidental shooting of Marley Bricket, her friends, who were there the day she died, reunite when a box of letters from Marley is found in her former home. The discovery leads them on a scavenger hunt that reopens old memories, wounds, and betrayals, and leads them to question what they thought they knew about Marley’s death. Publication is planned for summer 2019; Taylor Haggerty at Root Literary negotiated the deal for world English rights.
Pam Gruber at Little, Brown has acquired The Bone Houses, a horror novel by Emily Lloyd-Jones about a pair of teens on a quest to reverse a curse that causes the dead to rise every night, terrorizing the villages of medieval Wales. Publication is slated for spring 2019; Josh Adams at Adams Literary did the deal for world rights.
Lisa Yoskowitz and Hallie Tibbetts at Little, Brown have acquired Claire Eliza Bartlett's debut novel, Our Realm Is the Night. The YA fantasy novel introduces two teens—one the daughter of a general, the other the daughter of a traitor—who use illegal magic to fly planes in the first women's military unit organized for an epic war, and face enemies within and without, but the greatest peril may be their distrust of each other. Publication is scheduled for spring 2019; Kurestin Armada at P.S. Literary brokered the two-book deal for world rights.
Beverly Horowitz at Delacorte has bought The Go-Between and Make It Messy co-author Veronica Chambers's new YA novel, in which she takes on issues of colorism. Living in a Latino–African-American community, a teenage girl follows a hard-fought path in search of self-awareness and self-acceptance. Publication is set for 2019; Kim Witherspoon at Inkwell Management brokered the deal for U.S., Canadian, and open market rights.
Erica Finkel at Abrams/Amulet has bought Sara Biren's new YA novel, Cold Day in the Sun, about the only girl on the boys' high school hockey team, who is forced to confront gender role expectations and her self-doubts when she finds herself in the spotlight, under pressure, and falling for the team captain. Publication is slated for spring 2019; Steven Chudney at the Chudney Agency handled the deal for world English rights.
Steve Geck at Sourcebooks has acquired North American rights to two books in Laurel Remington's Secret Cooking Club series. The first book introduces Scarlett, a 12-year-old girl trying to stay out of the spotlight, who transforms her life after forming a secret cooking club. Publication for book one is scheduled for fall 2018, and book two is scheduled for spring 2019; Allison Hellegers at Rights People did the deal on behalf of Elinor Bagenal and Barry Cunningham at Chicken House in the U.K.
Brian Geffen at Holt has bought, in a pre-empt, Heather Kassner's debut middle-grade fantasy, The Bone Garden, and an untitled novel. Made of dust and bone and imagination, Irréelle fears she's not quite real. Tethered to her callous creator, Miss Vesper, Irréelle seeks the truth about the magic that binds her to this world, even if it means she will return to dust and be no more. Publication is set for spring 2019; Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media negotiated the two-book, six-figure deal for world English rights.
Janine O'Malley at Farrar, Straus and Giroux has acquired world rights to Barbara O'Connor's new middle-grade novel, Wonderland. Two girls hatch a scheme to help a neighbor find a new dog, which leads them to the nearby dog track and strengthens the bond of their unlikely friendship. Publication is planned for fall 2018; Barbara Markowitz at Barbara Markowitz Literary Agency brokered the deal.
Mark Siegel at First Second has bought Nidhi Chanani and Nick Giordano's middle grade graphic novel, Jukebox, a story about two cousins who find a jukebox that takes them back in time. Publication is scheduled for 2020; Judy Hansen at Hansen Literary negotiated the deal for world rights.
Claudia Zoe Bedrick at Enchanted Lion has acquired world rights to Amy Alznauer's (l.) Flannery and the Peacock, illustrated by Ping Zhu. The book tells the story of author Flannery O'Connor's childhood quest to discover the perfect bird and, ultimately, the perfect story—revealing a girl coming into her own, pursuing her obsessions, and embracing her strangeness. The book is slated for fall 2019; Rosemary Stimola at Stimola Literary Studio represented the author, and the illustrator was unagented.
Nina Gruener at Cameron Kids has bought world rights to Oh, Bear by Melissa Nelson Greenberg(l.), illustrated by Ruth Hengeveld, a picture book about a bear who gets a bright yellow kite for his birthday and delights in flying it—until he loses it. Publication is set for spring 2019; both the author and the illustrator were unagented.
Ann Kelley at Schwartz & Wade has acquired author-illustrator Vern Kousky's Lawrence, a picture book about a bunny whose mother dresses him in ridiculous outfits—until one day he turns the tables. Publication is planned for fall 2019; Elana Roth Parker at the Laura Dail Literary Agency brokered the deal for world rights.
Carol Hinz at Carolrhoda has bought Beth Mills's debut picture book, Ella McKeen, Kickball Queen. The story stars Ella, a first-grade kickball champion who has to learn how to lose gracefully after a new student arrives on the scene and outplays her. The book is slated for fall 2019; Claire Easton at Painted Words represented Mills in the deal for world rights.
Kristen Nobles at Page Street Kids has acquired Sherman's Cloud, David Habben's debut picture book as an author-illustrator. After Sherman wakes up with a raincloud over his head, he spends his day soggy and grumpy until a chance encounter helps him see things in a new light. Publication is scheduled for winter 2019; Habben represented himself in the deal for world rights.
To see all of this week's deals, click here.

From Slate:
Putting Dr. Seuss on the Couch: Philip Nel questions the racial assumptions of Dr. Seuss. Click here
From Clevver:
8 YA Books Getting the Big-Screen Treatment in 2018. Click here
From the N.Y. Review of Books:
Francine Prose: The Problem with 'Problematic.' Click here
From Electric Literature:
My Life as a Berenstain Bear.
Click here
From the New Statesman:
The dangers of "biggering": why Dr. Seuss's The Lorax is as relevant as ever. Click here
From the Hollywood Reporter:
Teaming Up for The Paper Bag Princess. Click here
From Book Riot:
When John Green Starts to Feel Like Your Friend. Click here
From A Mighty Girl:
40 Books Starring Mighty Girl Detectives. Click here

Kenny Brechner
Patrick Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Three – A New Update!

A shocking, and hopefully fictive, development regarding the status of ‘The Doors of Stone’ is revealed.

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Cynthia Compton
Things That Go Bump in the Night

Ghosts, goblins, and things that scare the indie bookseller.

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Elizabeth Bluemle
Publishers: Better Packing for Your Holiday Season

A bookseller’s thoughts on saving time, sanity, money, and books – for busy publishers.

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Meghan Dietsche Goel
Finding Time for Discovery

Returning from the MPIBA Trade Show newly enchanted with ‘Robinson’ by Peter Sis.

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While You Are Sleeping
Mariana Ruiz Johnson. Chronicle, $16.99 (36p) ISBN 978-1-4521-6599-8

Argentinian illustrator Johnson’s wordless story starts with a view through a window. Inside, a mother reads to her son, then tiptoes away after he falls asleep. Now the view pulls back: the boy’s parents share wine downstairs, a girl cycles by, and a jaguar and a deer play music together on a nearby rooftop. The view again widens to reveal more buildings—the city night is alive with activity. more

Elizabeth Rose Stanton. S&S/Wiseman, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4814-8757-3

Bob—a sea green, single-fanged monster in overalls—is stuck with an unwanted nickname. He “didn’t close the top of his O” on the first day of school, and now everybody calls him Bub. Bob/Bub doesn’t run away, exactly, but he begins to drift around his noisy home invisibly, like a ghost. more

Grilled Cheese and Dragons
Nancy Krulik, illus. by Ben Balistreri. Penguin Workshop, $6.99 trade paper (144p) ISBN 978-0-515-15831-1

Born Serena, the rowdy princess of Empiria prefers a name that better suits her temperament: Princess Pulverizer. In this very funny series kickoff, Krulik tackles sexist double standards and plays with fantasy tropes as the princess attempts to become one of her father’s Knights of the Skround Table (“perfectly square, but with carefully rounded corners. Skround”). more

Betty Before X
Ilyasah Shabazz, with Renée Watson. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $16.99 (256p) ISBN 978-0-374-30610-6

The daughter of Betty Shabazz and Malcolm X, Shabazz joins with Watson to tell an absorbing fictionalized account of her mother’s formative years. History comes alive in this illuminating portrayal of the early life of this civil rights activist. more

Love and Other Train Wrecks
Leah Konen. HarperCollins/Tegen, $17.99 (368p) ISBN 978-0-06-240250-9

Seventeen-year-old Ammy West meets Noah Adler, a freshman at Hunter College, on an Amtrak train headed to Hudson, N.Y. Both need to get to the town by a certain time, so when the train grinds to a halt during a snowstorm, they decide to try their luck with a bus—but things don't go as planned. Konen spins a charming tale of two people who are meant to be, despite terrible first impressions. more



November 2, 2017
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The 12 Sleighs of Christmas by Sherri Duskey Rinker, Illustrated by Jake Parker
Like Vanessa by Tami Charles
PW KidsCast: A Conversation with Kiki Prottsman
In the Winners' Circle
The Canada Council for the Arts has announced the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Awards for Young People’s Literature. In the Text category, Cherie Dimaline won for her YA novel The Marrow Thieves (Dancing Cat), and Véronique Drouin won for L'importance de Mathilde Poisson. In the Illustrated Books category, David Alexander Robertson and Julie Flett won for their picture book When We Were Alone (High Water), and Jacques Goldstyn won for Azadah. For the complete list of winners, click here.
On-Sale Calendar

There’s quite a harvest of books for children and teens this November, as Neil Patrick Harris conjures up The Magic Misfits, Oliver Jeffers releases Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth, and Matthew Reinhart engineers Disney Pixar: A Pop-Up Celebration. Also, basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, with Raymond Obstfeld, slam dunks Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court, Tahereh Mafi branches out with Whichwood, Marissa Meyer goes rogue with Renegades, Jason Siegel and Kristen Miller release Otherworld, and Nicholas Gannon releases a new volume in The Doldrums, his middle grade mystery series. For more titles hitting shelves this month, check out our On Sale Calendar here.

Have you checked out our Spring 2018 Sneak Previews? Take a look ahead at some of the big titles for young readers due out next season, in our exclusive roundup.
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