Children's Books for Fall:
All Our Coverage
Check out our comprehensive A-to-Z listings of publishers' fall offerings for kids and teens! In addition to the listings, we ask a number of publishers and booksellers about the ways they are reaching young readers through subscription boxes. We also take a look at how crowdfunding platforms can boost new book projects. Finally, we profile author Nic Stone, whose forthcoming YA novel, Jackpot, confronts issues of privilege and class. Plus our exclusive spring 2020 Sneak Previews! MORE
Tim Tingle Book
Author and storyteller Tim Tingle’s forthcoming middle grade book Doc and the Detective is being pulled from publication prior to its release, just weeks after allegations of inappropriate behavior were made against the author by two booksellers. more
Angelina Ballerina: Back in the Spotlight
Simon & Schuster is reintroducing the popular Angelina Ballerina series this month with a reissue of the original 1983 Angelina Ballerina picture book, written by Katharine Holabird and illustrated by Helen Craig. more
Inaugural IDEA Tank in Photos
Last month, businesswoman and author Lowey Bundy Sichol channeled the spirit of her middle grade series, From an Idea to... , into the first-ever IDEA Tank for children ages eight to 14. Held in Chicago, the Shark Tank-style event offered young pioneers the chance to pitch their concepts to a panel of executives and entrepreneurs. Click through for a selection of photos from the competition. more
Noteworthy Picture Book and Graphic Novel Sequels: September 2019
Picture book and graphic novel sequels hitting shelves next month include stories about noodle siblings, a trip to Washington, D.C., a snarky blue feline, and more. more
Meghan Maria McCullough and Arthur Levine at Levine Querido have bought two YA novels by debut author André-Naquian Wheeler. Set in the near future, Second Coming follows Ebb, a teen with a traumatic romantic past; that is, until he meets Manny, an immigrant from Nicaragua who loves him openly—and might also be the son of God. The second book, Like and Subscribe, is a contemporary novel about Hunter, a queer black boy struggling to manage his anxiety, fame, and love life in the face of viral stardom. Publication will begin in 2021; the author represented himself in the deal for world rights.
Samantha Gentry at Little, Brown/Poppy has acquired world rights, in an exclusive submission, to Erica George's contemporary YA novel The Edge of Summer. An aspiring marine biologist must navigate first love and the loss of a friend, all while saving humpback whales from entanglement during her summer on Cape Cod. Publication is scheduled for summer 2022; Liza Fleissig at Liza Royce Agency negotiated the deal.
Erin Clarke at Knopf and Ruth Knowles at Puffin U.K. have bought Gavriel Savit's young adult novel The Way Back, a historical fantasy that follows two Eastern European teens on a journey through the Far Country, the Jewish Land of the Dead. Publication is slated for fall 2020; Catherine Drayton at InkWell Management brokered the deal for world English rights.
Jocelyn Davies at Disney-Hyperion has acquired a new middle grade series, Mischief Makers, by Jen Calonita (Fairy Tale Reform School; Royal Academy Rebels), which imagines the origins and youthful misadventures of Disney's most infamous rogue boys: Flynn Rider, Aladdin, Kristoff, and Peter Pan. The first book, The Rise of Flynnigan Rider, is set for spring 2021; Dan Mandel at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates did the deal for world rights.
Gina Gagliano at Random House Graphic has bought world rights to a graphic novel adaptation of Jennifer L. Holm's (l.) Newbery Honor-winning middle-grade novel Turtle in Paradise. The book tells the story of Turtle, who goes to live with her aunt and cousins in Florida and finds her life opening up in new and unexpected ways. Savanna Ganucheau will collaborate with Holm on the adaptation, and illustrate. Publication is planned for 2021; Jill Grinberg at Jill Grinberg Literary Management represented Holm, and Charlie Olsen at Inkwell represented Ganucheau.
Holly West at Feiwel and Friends has acquired world rights, in a three-book deal, to bestselling author Mo O'Hara's (l.) first graphic novel series, Agent Moose, illustrated by Jess Bradley. Anonymoose, a master of disguise, and his trusty sidekick Owlfred foil crimes and crack cases all over the forest, including a suspicious turtle-napping. Book one is scheduled for summer 2020; Gemma Cooper at the Bent Agency represented the author, and the illustrator represented herself.
Simon Boughton at Norton Young Readers has bought Shawn Harris's Bad Business, a picture book pitched as a 2019 version of Everyone Poops, framed as a funny whodunit mystery. Publication is slated for fall 2021; Steven Malk at Writers House negotiated the deal for world rights.
Doris Kutschbach at Prestel has acquired Yevgenia Nayberg's picture book Mona Lisa in New York, the love story of Mona, the 500-year-old condescending snob, and Tag, a street-wise New York graffiti. Publication is planned for September 2020; Anna Olswanger at Olswanger Literary brokered the deal for world English rights.
Liza Kaplan at Philomel has bought North American rights to Australian author-illustrator Jess McGeachin's debut picture book Fly, about a girl named Lucy who has always been good at fixing things, and becomes determined to help when she finds a bird with a broken wing. Publication is set for summer 2021; Allison Hellegers at Rights People negotiated the deal on behalf of Nerrilee Weir at Penguin Random House Australia.
Emma Ledbetter at Abrams has acquired, at auction, Bird House and an untitled picture book by Blanca Gómez. The author-illustrator's debut, inspired by a formative childhood experience, is about a girl and her grandmother who find an injured bird and nurse it back to health with a lot of love for the animal and each other. Publication is scheduled for spring 2021, with the second book to follow in spring 2022; Rebecca Sherman at Writers House did the deal for world rights.
Christy Ottaviano at Macmillan/Ottaviano has bought author-illustrator Julie Fortenberry's picture book Darcy's First Sleepover, in a two-book deal. Darcy is very excited about her first sleepover, but soon becomes anxious when she discovers things aren't the way they are at home. Publication is planned for spring 2021; Steven Chudney at the Chudney Agency handled the deal for world rights.
Kate O'Sullivan at HMH has acquired world rights to Kate Banks's (l.) as-yet-untitled picture book. When a group of woodland animals searches for clues about where a forgotten doll came from, they discover more unfamiliar things—and are reminded of the one true thing that everyone has in common. Galia Bernstein will illustrate; publication is slated for fall 2021. Rick Margolis at Rising Bear Literary Agency represented the author, and Anne Moore Armstrong at the Bright Agency represented the illustrator.
Christian Trimmer at Holt has bought, in an exclusive submission, world rights to Your Future Is Bright by Corey Finkle, with art by Shelley Couvillion. The picture book in rhyming verse celebrates the accomplishments of a group of children and explores the exciting paths the future might hold for them. Publication is scheduled for spring 2021; Sean McCarthy at Sean McCarthy Literary Agency represented the author, and Kelly Sonnack at Andrea Brown Literary Agency represented the illustrator.
Christina Pulles at Albert Whitman has acquired world rights to Queen of Physics author Teresa Robeson's (l.) new picture book, Bicycles in Beijing, with Junyi Wu illustrating. Side by side, two bikes, Lunzi and Huangche, watch the city from their shop window. But when Huangche is bought, Lunzi begins an epic race around the city to find her friend, introducing readers to the sights of Beijing along the way. Publication is set for spring 2020; Natascha Morris at BookEnds Literary represented the author, and Alex Gehringer at the Bright Agency represented the illustrator.
Julia Sooy at Holt/Godwin has bought world rights to Super Spaghetti, a picture book written by Rebecca Donnelly (l.) and illustrated by Bonnie Lui, about a boy named Fred who acquires superpowers after a mishap with his mother's latest pasta-based mechanical invention. Publication is slated for spring 2021; Molly Ker Hawn at the Bent Agency represented the author, and Nicole Tugeau at Tugeau 2 represented the illustrator.
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A Solution to Amazon’s Counterfeiting Problem
In this new era of mutual assistance a bookseller offers his advice to Amazon regarding the counterfeit books issue.more »
Soon to Be a Major Motion Picture
Are we losing or gaining readers once the silver screen projects kids’ books?more »
Dear Bookstore Owner, P.S.
A little additional advice to self-published authors on maintaining successful relationships with indie booksellers.more »
Meghan Dietsche Goel
The Next Generation of Booksellers?
Booksellers’ kids talk about the ups and downs of hours spent at the bookstore.more »
The Book Rescuer: How a Mensch from Massachusetts Saved Yiddish Literature for Generations to Come
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