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Martin Rising by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney
ALA Midwinter Spotlight
Celebrating the
Youth Media Awards

One of the most anticipated events at the ALA Midwinter Meeting—which will take place February 9–13 in Denver—is the announcement of the ALSC Youth Media Awards. A spectrum of librarians and teachers shared how they plan to commemorate this year's winners, which will be revealed on February 12. more
Marley Dias: Spreading the Word
About Diverse Books

When 12-year-old Marley Dias saw that her West Orange, N.J., elementary school was lacking in diverse books, she found a way to address the problem, and her #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign was born. In advance of her appearance at ALA Midwinter, we asked Dias to reflect on her activism and forthcoming debut. more
How Two Librarians
Made Over Their Libraries

Friends and fellow teacher librarians Margaux DelGuidice-Calemmo of Garden City, N.Y., and Rose Luna of Freeport, N.Y., discuss how they recently reinvented their libraries, creating new spaces for students to collaborate and learn. more
Can I Touch Your Hair? by Irene Latham, Charles Waters Sean Qualls, Selina Alko
In the News
Lonely Planet Kids
Expands in U.S.

The children’s imprint of travel media brand Lonely Planet has announced the appointment of Hanna Otero as publisher, joining the N.Y. office. The hire is part of the house’s continued growth in the North American market. more
Cover Reveal
'Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise' by David Ezra Stein
Knock, knock. Who’s there? It’s a new companion book to David Ezra Stein’s 2011 Caldecott Honor title Interrupting Chicken—and we have the first look at the cover. Candlewick will be publishing Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise on September 11. more
Four Questions
Neal Shusterman
In 2016, Shusterman released Scythe, the first book in his Arc of a Scythe series, set on a future Earth governed by an artificial intelligence known as the Thunderhead. Technology has advanced to a point that death itself has all but ceased to be a concern. In order to keep population growth in check, an organization known as the scythedom was established to “glean” humans. Scythe, which received a Printz Honor, followed the training of two apprentice scythes amid political turmoil. In book two, Shusterman turns his attention to the powerful AI itself.

Q: Were there certain philosophical or scientific ideas that led you to write this series?

A: After so much dystopian YA literature, I wanted to take a different approach to a futuristic story. What happens to us when we achieve all we want to achieve as a species? There are consequences to getting everything we strive for. more

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Francisco X. Stork, Andrea Beaty, Dan Santat, Julie Fogliano, Christian Robinson, Philip C. Stead, Matthew Cordell – listen to these and other top writers and artists discuss their new books for children and teens in the PW KidsCast podcast. Click here to listen.


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Rights Report
Ashley Hearn at Page Street has acquired debut author Addie Thorley's YA historical fantasy, An Affair of Poisons—a reimagining of the infamous 17th-century murder scandal in France. After unwittingly helping her mother poison King Louis XIV, 17-year-old alchemist Mirabelle Monvoisin begins brewing curatives to undermine her mother's Shadow Society and help her former enemy, Josse de Bourbon, reclaim control of Paris. Publication is set for winter 2019; Katelyn Detweiler of Jill Grinberg Literary Management negotiated the deal for world rights.
Christian Trimmer at Holt has bought world English rights to Cure for the Common Universe author Christian McKay Heidicker's first two middle-grade novels. Scary Stories for Young Foxes is a collection of six connected stories that follows a group of fox kits as they fight to survive in an unforgiving wilderness. It will feature art by Junyi Wu; publication is scheduled for spring 2019, with the second novel to follow a year later. John M. Cusick of Folio Jr./Folio Literary represented the author, and Anne Moore Armstong of the Bright Agency represented the illustrator.
Sonali Fry at Bonnier's Yellow Jacket imprint has acquired North American rights to The Year I Didn't Eat, a debut middle grade novel by U.K. author Samuel Pollen. The book charts a year of Max's life as he struggles with anorexia, and is based on the author's personal experiences with the eating disorder. Publication is planned for spring 2019; Alice Sutherland-Hawes of Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency brokered the deal.
Orli Zuravicky at Scholastic has bought world rights to Artist in Space: How Astronaut Alan Bean Painted the Moon by Dean Robbins (l.), illustrated by Sean Rubin. After artist and astronaut Alan Bean became the fourth person to set foot on the lunar surface, he used his art to share his journey with the world and help explain what walking on the moon truly felt like and looked like through his eyes. Publication is slated for 2019; Marietta B. Zacker of Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency represented the author, and the illustrator represented himself.
Kristen Pettit at HarperCollins has acquired world rights, at auction, to Patty Toht's (l.) picture book, Dress Like a Girl. The book celebrates girls who think outside of the (dress-up) box. Lorian Tu-Dean will illustrate; publication is set for spring 2019. Alexandra Devlin at Rights People negotiated the deal for the author on behalf of Julia Churchill at AM Heath, and James Burns at the Bright Group International represented the illustrator.
Anne Schwartz at Random House/Schwartz & Wade has bought Lisa Robinson's (l.) Madame Saqui, illustrated by Rebecca Green. Set during the French Revolution, the nonfiction picture book is about an extraordinary tightrope dancer who performed for Napoleon. Publication is scheduled for spring 2020; Alyssa Eisner Henkin of Trident represented the author, and Nicole Tugeau of Tugeau 2 represented the illustrator in the deal for world rights.
Carol Hinz at Millbrook Press has acquired world rights to All of a Sudden and Forever, Chris Barton's picture book about the response to and recovery from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. Debut illustrator Nicole Xu will provide the art; publication is slated for fall 2019. Erin Murphy of Erin Murphy Literary Agency represented the author in the deal for world rights, and Nancy Moore of Gerald & Cullen Rapp represented the illustrator.
Liz Szabla at Feiwel and Friends has bought Snakes on a Train, a debut picture book by author-illustrator and bookseller Kathryn Dennis, in which boldly colored snakes board a train for a day of adventure until it's time to sleep. The book is planned for winter 2019; Rosemary Stimola of Stimola Literary Studio handled the deal for North American rights.
Samantha Swenson at Tundra Books has acquired a new picture book from Ezra Jack Keats Award-winning author-illustrator Phoebe Wahl. Little Witch Hazel is about a tiny witch midwife who lives in the forest and is friend to all the creatures there, and her adventures throughout the year. The book is set for publication in spring 2020; Jennifer Laughran of Andrea Brown Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.
Karen Boersma and Karen Li at Owlkids Books have bought author-illustrator Sophie Gilmore's debut picture book, Little Doctor, Big Mean, about a girl who tends to crocodiles. But when the biggest one in the land arrives with a mysterious ailment, Little Doctor must hatch a clever plan to help it. Publication is scheduled for spring 2019; Jennifer Rofé of Andrea Brown Literary Agency did the deal for world rights.
Clarissa Wong at HarperCollins has acquired Lindsay Ward's I Go! and I Build!, kicking off a new series for preschoolers. Aimed at young vehicle enthusiasts, the books feature close-ups of unique wheels and treads for hints as to their matching vehicles. Publication is slated for summer 2019 and summer 2020, respectively; Emily van Beek of Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management brokered the deal for world rights.
Sylvie Frank at S&S/Wiseman has bought The Secret Rhino Society by debut author Jonathan E. Jacobs, illustrated by Samantha Cotterill (Jinx and the Doom Fight Crime). In the book, a hippo, a worm, and a lightbulb form a secret society to appreciate their favorite animal. But when a real rhinoceros knocks on their clubhouse door, she's not what they expected. Publication is planned for spring 2020; Susan Graham of Einstein Literary Management represented the author, and Kirsten Hall of Catbird Productions represented the illustrator in the deal for world rights.
Yasemin Uçar and Semareh Al-Hillal at Kids Can Press have acquired, in a two-book deal, Muon Van's One Is a Lot, about the relative values of numbers. Pierre Pratt will illustrate; publication is scheduled for 2019. Liza Fleissig of Liza Royce Agency represented the author in the deal for world rights.
Eliza Swift at Albert Whitman has bought world rights to Jennifer Thorne's (l.) picture-book debut, Construction Zoo, illustrated by Susie Hammer. When a zoo is under construction, the animals form surprising friendships with the trucks that are working on their home. Publication is set for fall 2018; Katelyn Detweiler of Jill Grinberg Literary Management represented the author, and Teresa Kietlinski of Bookmark Literary represented the illustrator.
Carolrhoda Books has acquired world rights to Katey Howe's (l.) Be a Maker; Shaina Olmanson will edit. The rhyming picture book is an exploration of the many ways a child can create in a single day—a reflection on how even little makers can make a big difference. Elizabet Vuković will illustrate; publication is planned for spring 2019. Essie White of Storm Literary Agency represented the author, and Justin Rucker at Shannon Associates represented the illustrator.
Rob Valois at Penguin Workshop has bought world rights to a debut interactive series from authors and improv comedians Drew Callander (l.) and Alana Harrison, illustrated by Ryan Andrews. In the first book in the series, Mightier Than the Sword, the reader wakes up in the fantasy land of Astorya, where stories come to life and an evil queen has launched a plot to erase all stories but her own. Readers must write, draw, and puzzle their way through the adventure. Publication is slated for July 10, 2018; Stephen Barbara at InkWell Management represented the authors, and Jennifer Linnan of Linnan Literary Management represented the illustrator.
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From Vulture:
What the Job of a Sensitivity Reader Is Really Like: A Q&A with Dhonielle Clayton. Click here
From the Salt Lake Tribune:
More diversity, fewer YA love triangles? Some predictions for children's literature in 2018. Click here
From School Library Journal:
Sparking the Conversation Through Graphic Novels. Click here
From NPR:
Life Lessons from Chinese Children's Books Differ from Those in the United States. Click here
From HuffPost:
Funny or Die's reboot of Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Click here
From the New York Times:
For the Love of Malt Shop Novels. Click here
From Time:
"Why We Shouldn't Shield Children from Darkness," by Matt de la Peña. Click here
From the Guardian:
Costa Children's winner Katherine Rundell: "The only time kids fully understand the world is when they read." Click here
From Deseret News:
Why young adult fiction—and YA authors—thrive in Utah. Click here
From WESA:
For Kids Working on Their Reading Skills, Shelter Cats Make the Perfect Audience. Click here
From House Beautiful:
6 nursery rooms inspired by books from famous children's authors. Click here
From Food & Wine:
J.K. Rowling Has Her Own Pub in Scotland. Click here

Elizabeth Bluemle
The Inventory That Wasn’t: A Fairy Tale

Dreams of a perfect inventory count, gone awry.

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Meghan Dietsche Goel
A New Book for a New Year

Kicking off a new year of reading with a terrific debut from Samira Ahmed.

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Kenny Brechner
Heard at the Store – ‘Do You Have Regular Books Too?’

Notable utterances overheard at ShelfTalker bookstores during the last week of the holiday season.

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Elizabeth Bluemle
Many Happy Returns?

For booksellers and publishers, it’s a mixed greeting this time of year, to be sure.

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Hello Hello
Brendan Wenzel. Chronicle, $17.99 (52p) ISBN 978-1-4521-5014-7

Caldecott Honor recipient Wenzel starts with two cats and a greeting: “Hello Hello.” They eye each other across a white backdrop. A page turn reveals a black bear, panda, zebra, and striped fish: “Black and White.” The next page provides a blast of color: more tropical fish, a brilliant parrot, a fuchsia lobster—and completes the rhyme (“Hello Color Hello Bright”). More creatures and greetings bring the story into focus—it’s a celebration of the myriad forms of animal life this planet hosts. more

Blexbolex. Enchanted Lion (Consortium, dist.), $24.95 (128p) ISBN 978-1-59270-246-6

The enigmatic visual storytelling of French artist Blexbolex is more prominent than ever in this reality-bending wordless outing. In silk screens that call to mind Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo comics, readers meet a dark-haired girl exploring the woods outside her grandfather’s stately home. She’s abruptly summoned back to the house and is unhappy about the interruption. more

The Mad Wolf’s Daughter
Diane Magras. Penguin/Dawson, $16.99 (288p) ISBN 978-0-7352-2926-6

Set in a rugged Scottish landscape in the early 13th century, debut author Magras’s tale of courage and heroism centers on Drest, the youngest child and only daughter of Grimbol, the dreaded Mad Wolf of the North. Always protected by her father and five brothers, Drest has never ventured far from the headlands she calls home, but when her family is captured by knights from Faintree Castle, she must rely on her warrior training and intellect to save them. more

The Price Guide to the Occult
Leslye Walton. Candlewick, $18.99 (288p) ISBN 978-0-7636-9110-3

Walton's lyrical and robust multigenerational story is set on the fictional Anathema Island in the Pacific Northwest. Now inhabited by hippies and artists, the island was originally populated by a small group of homesteading farmers, as well as Rona Blackburn, a witch. When Rona’s romantic relationship with one of the island’s founding fathers’ faltered, she cast a vindictive spell that forever entwined her bloodline to the island. more

January 9, 2018
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Emily van Beek has been named a partner at Folio Literary Management. She heads Folio Jr., the agency's children and teen division specializing in children's, middle grade, and YA books, representing both authors and illustrators; she has been with Folio since 2010.
Heather Alexander has joined Audible as executive editor, kids' original content; previously she headed her own company, Heather Alexander Editorial, and before that was a literary agent at Pippin Properties.
Lerner Publishing Group has two promotions. Carol Hinz has been named editorial director of Millbrook Press and Carolrhoda Books; she was previously editorial director of Millbrook Press. Amy Fitzgerald has been promoted to senior editor, from editor.
Disney-Hyperion has two promotions. Joann Hill has been promoted to creative director, from senior manager, design. Marci Senders has been promoted to manager, design in charge of YA fiction and e-book design; from lead designer.
Allegra Green has joined Macmillan Children's Book Group as associate marketing manager; previously she was assistant manager for brand and licensed marketing at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
Children's Frontlist Fiction
#1 Dog Man and Cat Kid (Dog Man #4) by Dav Pilkey. Click here
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#1 The Polar Express (30th Anniversary Edition) by Chris Van Allsburg. Click here
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