and Loren Long
Lisa Wheeler is the author of several picture books, including Jazz Baby (a Geisel Honor book), her Dino-Sports series, and The Christmas Boot. Illustrator Loren Long has collaborated with authors ranging from Angela Johnson, Julie Fogliano, and Matt de la Peña to Barack Obama and Madonna. His bestselling Otis the Tractor series is in development as an animated TV show. Their first collaboration, Someone Builds the Dream, is an ode to construction workers of all kinds. We asked Wheeler and Long to share the personal connections and artistic influences that served as the foundation for their new book. more
Joan Walsh Anglund
Children's book creator Joan Walsh Anglund, widely known for her instantly recognizable images of sweet-faced, dot-eyed children, died on March 9. She was 95. Brein Lopez, manager of Children’s Book World in Los Angeles, said, "She taught me the importance of always observing life around me with empathy and humanity." more
BolognaBookPlus is the new professional series announced earlier this year by the Bologna Children's Book Fair. Its first event, announced yesterday, will be a new rights and licensing training program focused on selling rights for children's books. MORE
A Storyworld for Future Authors
This spring, indie bookstore Tree House Books in Ashland, Ore., will launch the beta version of the Secret Storyworld, an interactive website for kids to learn how to craft their own tales and engage more deeply in the physical world around them. more
Four Questions for Raffi
Canadian composer and songster Raffi started winning over the hearts of children and their parents in the 1970s, with live performances and recordings of his buoyant, impossible-to-get-out-of-your-head songs. Think "Baby Beluga," "Wheels on the Bus," and "Down by the Bay." A number of his songs have also been adapted as picture books for young readers. We spoke with Raffi about three forthcoming board books based on his lyrics, beginning with Everything Grows, illustrated by Nina Mata.
Q: During your decades of performing for children, what have you discovered about the benefits of reading and singing to kids?
A: For very young children, singing offers fun, learning, and a way to connect with others. And reading to preschoolers is vitally important, not only as a bonding experience with parents and caregivers, but also to engage the mind’s theater of imagination while having a warm experience with printed words and artful illustrations. more
Hot Off the Presses:
Week of March 22
Among the books hitting shelves next week are a picture book about the water cycle as told through the perspective of an iceberg, a book of advice at times practical and silly, a YA novel about a teen who channels her grief into roller derby, and more. more
Anne Schwartz at Random/Schwartz has bought world rights to the next YA nonfiction title from Candace Fleming (The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh). This untitled project will explore American cults of past and present—such as Jim Jones and the People's Temple, and Mathias the Prophet and the Mount Zion Group—and the influence they've had in our culture and on our lives. Publication is slated for fall 2023; Ethan Ellenberg at the Ethan Ellenberg Agency brokered the deal.
Claudia Gabel at HarperCollins has acquired world rights to A Million to One by Adiba Jaigirdar (The Henna Wars), a high-stakes and romantic heist YA novel set on the Titanic, in which four girls team up to steal a priceless jewel-encrusted book on board the infamous ship. Publication is scheduled for spring 2022; Uwe Stender at Triada US represented the author.
Andrew Karre at Dutton has bought Diamond Park by Phillippe Diederich, a contemporary YA novel that tells the story of four Mexican American teenagers from Houston, a '59 Impala, and the murder that changes all their lives. Publication is planned for spring 2022; Isabelle Bleecker at Nordlyset Agency negotiated the deal for world English rights.
Maggie Rosenthal at Viking has acquired, at auction, Made of Stars by debut YA author Jenna Voris. Inspired by Bonnie and Clyde and set in space, this YA novel follows Shane and Ava, two renegades who live outside the law, and Cyrus, the recent military academy grad who is hot on their trail. When they collide in a battle over planetary resources, the three of them have to decide how much they're willing to sacrifice for their homes, their futures, and for love. Publication is set for spring 2023; Claire Friedman at InkWell Management handled the deal for North American rights.
Hannah Milton at Little, Brown has bought world rights to The Drowned Woods by Emily Lloyd-Jones (The Bone Houses). This YA fantasy novel is part dark fairy tale and part heist novel about the last living water diviner, 18-year-old Mererid, who has spent years running from the prince who bound her into his service when she was a child. When her old handler returns and asks Mer to destroy the magical well that keeps the prince's lands safe, she can't refuse. Publication is slated for summer 2022; Sarah Landis at Sterling Lord Literistic brokered the deal.
Kat Brzozowski at Feiwel and Friends has acquired world rights to We Are Mayhem by debut author Beck Rourke-Mooney. Pitched as Glow meets Moxie and set against the very male world of underground indie wrestling, the YA novel follows Birdie as she is befriended by Abigail Rose, who thinks Birdie could be the perfect performer to help her take her family's wrestling promotion in a new, more feminist direction, if only Birdie can get over her desire to blend in. Publication is scheduled for winter 2023; Lauren MacLeod at the Strothman Agency negotiated the deal.
Mari Kesselring at Flux has bought Every Variable of Us by Charles A. Bush. This YA contemporary debut, pitched as The Hate U Give meets Moonlight, is a timely story about race, love, and being true to yourself. After Philly teenager Alexis Duncan is injured in a gang shooting, her basketball career comes to a halt. At the urging of new Indian student (and crush?) Aamani, Alexis shifts her focus to the school's STEM team in hopes of earning a college scholarship, but gains more than she could have imagined. Publication is planned for spring 2022; Christopher Schelling at Selectric Artists Literary and Talent Management did the deal for world rights.
Olivia Valcarce at Scholastic Press has acquired Over and Out by Jenni L. Walsh (I Am Defiance). In this middle grade historical novel set in Cold War Germany, a science-loving girl dreams of a better future on the other side of the Berlin Wall. When she is forced to spy for the East German secret police, she risks everything to plot an escape. Publication is slated for spring 2022; Shannon Hassan at Marsal Lyon Literary negotiated the deal for world rights.
Brian Geffen at Henry Holt has bought, at auction, Doña Quixote: Knight of the Nagual and a sequel by Rex Ogle writing as Rey Terciero, illustrated by Monica M. Magaña. This middle grade graphic novel is a gender-flipped reimagining of Don Quixote that follows Lucia Castillo's obsession with becoming a modern-day knight. After finding a family heirloom that lets her see the supernatural world of Mexican lore, Lucia's parents think she's imagining things just like her "Abuelo Loco" had years before, but she's determined to prove them wrong and thwart the villainous Mayor's dangerous plans for the town. Publication is set for spring 2023 and 2024; Simon Lipskar at Writers House represented the author on behalf of Temple Hill Publishing, and the illustrator represented herself.
Elise Howard and Krestyna Lypen at Algonquin have acquired world rights to Smaller: The Search for Subatomic Particles by Katie Slivensky, with Lypen editing. This middle grade nonfiction debut will trace the wild journeys scientists have embarked on to find evidence of the existence of ever-smaller matter, and show how what they find helps us understand the universe. Publication is scheduled for spring 2023; Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary brokered the deal.
Holly West at Feiwel and Friends has bought world rights to Happily Ever After Rescue Team: Agents of H.E.A.R.T. by Sam Hay (l.), illustrated by Genevieve Kote. In this new chapter book series, a nine-year-old girl's wish to help out in her family's seaside café gets out of hand when she accidentally summons a rescue squad of meddling fairy tale princesses. Publication for book one is planned for February 2022; Gemma Cooper at the Bent Agency represented the author, and James Burns at the Bright Agency represented the illustrator.
Donna Bray at HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray has acquired, in a preempt, Izzy Paints by author-illustrator Tim Miller. In this picture book, a young koala struggles with the pressure of a blank canvas, only to discover the joy and freedom of letting go to create something new. Publication is set for summer 2022; Steven Malk at Writers House handled the two-book deal for world rights.
Reka Simonsen at Atheneum has bought world rights to Something Beautiful, a picture book written and illustrated by Lita Judge. In this celebration of friendship, Mouse, Elephant, Giraffe, Porcupine, Warthog, and Lion explore the world together and discover the beauty that comes with making new friends. Publication is slated for summer 2022; the author-illustrator represented herself.
Meriam Metoui at Viking has acquired world rights for On a Rainy Day by debut author-illustrator Sarah LuAnn Perkins. This picture book celebrates the sounds of a rainy day, in which a girl and her father retreat indoors while waiting for a rainstorm to pass. Publication is scheduled for spring 2022; Adria Goetz at Martin Literary Management negotiated the deal.
Ilona Oppenheim at Tra Publishing has bought Sweet People Are Everywhere by Alice Walker, illustrated by Quim Torres. This picture book featuring Walker's 2013 poem of the same title is a celebration of humanity and globalism. The poem addresses an American boy getting his first passport and walks the boy through a series of countries, focusing on the "sweet people" to be found all over the world. Publication is planned for fall 2021; Joy Harris at Joy Harris Literary brokered the deal.
Andrea Welch at S&S/Beach Lane has acquired world rights to All By Himself, written by National Book Award finalist Elana K. Arnold and illustrated by Giselle Potter, the story behind one child's magnificent masterpiece and all the people he didn't realize were part of it. Publication is slated for fall 2022; Rubin Pfeffer at Rubin Pfeffer Content represented the author, and Jennifer Laughran at Andrea Brown Literary represented the illustrator.
Rotem Moscovich at Knopf has bought world rights to Hooray for DNA! by debut author Pauline Thompson, illustrated by Greg Pizzoli (The Watermelon Seed). A playful and rhythmic introduction to DNA, this picture book celebrates the similarities we share with all life forms and with each other. Publication is set for spring 2023; Stacey Kondla at the Rights Factory represented the author, and Steven Malk at Writers House represented the illustrator.
Reka Simonsen at Atheneum has acquired world rights to Let Us March On! by Yohuru Williams (l.) and Michael G. Long, illustrated by Xia Gordon, which tells the story of James Weldon Johnson and the Silent Protest Parade, the first mass all-Black march for civil rights in the U.S. and the first time that children played a primary role in a protest march of this kind. Publication is planned for summer 2023; Joan Brookbank at Joan Brookbank Projects represented Williams, John Rudolph at Dystel, Goderich and Bourret represented Long, and Andrea Morrison at Writers House represented the illustrator.
Samantha Swenson at Tundra has bought world rights to How to Teach Your Cat a Trick, written by Nicola Winstanley (l.) and illustrated by Zoe Si, a picture book about a kid trying and failing to teach their cat special skills. Publication is scheduled for fall 2022; the author represented herself, and Lindsay Auld at Writers House represented the illustrator.
Sarah Rockett at Sleeping Bear has acquired There Was a Hole by Adam Lehrhaupt, illustrated by Carrie O'Neill, a story about loss, change, and ultimately how love sustains us. Publication is slated for spring 2022; Alexandra Penfold at Upstart Crow Literary represented the author, and Nicole Tugeau at Tugeau 2 represented the illustrator.
Amy Novesky at Cameron Kids has bought world rights to The Perfect Tree, by Corinne Demas (l.), illustrated by Penelope Dullaghan, a picture book about a bunny who searches for the perfect tree, only to discover she didn't have to look very far at all. Publication is set for fall 2022; Ariana Philips at Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency represented the author, and Scott Hull at Scott Hull Associates represented the illustrator.
Lisa Rosinsky at Barefoot Books has acquired That's Mine! and Undies, Please! by debut author Sumana Seeboruth (l.), illustrated by Ashleigh Corrin (Family Reunion). These board books explore the ups and downs of friendship at daycare, and potty-training at home. Publication is planned for fall 2021; the author and the illustrator represented themselves in the deal for world rights.
To see all of this week's deals, click here.
Fred Gets Dressed
What the World Could Make: A Story of Hope
Da Vinci’s Cat
Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey
The Threads of Magic
March 18, 2021
E-mail not displaying correctly? View it in your browser.who died on October 9, 2020. Authors including John Lithgow, Gary Paulsen, and Neal Shusterman will be speaking at the memorial, along with several colleagues. The service is open to the public, with no registration required, and will be held on Zoom.
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art presents On the Move with Eric Carle, on view now through August 22. Divided into themes of travel by land, air, and sea, this exhibition showcases artwork representing 15 Eric Carle titles, including familiar images from 10 Little Rubber Ducks and The Lonely Firefly and linoleum prints from The Boastful Fisherman. Visitors can become one of Carle’s fantastical characters as they make their way through railroad tracks, waterways, and roads. To learn more, click here.
The Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education has announced the 2021 winners of three awards recognizing outstanding works of children’s literature in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The Josette Frank Award winner for excellence in fiction is When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed, illus. by Jamieson with color by Iman Geddy. The winner of The Flora Stieglitz Straus Award for distinguished nonfiction for younger readers is Lizzie Demands a Seat!: Elizabeth Jennings Fights for Streetcar Rights by Beth Anderson, illus. by E. B. Lewis; and All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat has won for older readers. The Claudia Lewis Award for poetry for younger readers goes to I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes, illus. by Gordon C. James; and Flooded: Requiem for Johnstown by Ann E. Burg for older readers. Acceptance videos will be posted on CBC’s website. For more on the winners, click here.
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