The YA Market in Spanish Shows Signs of Maturity
The YA market for books in Spanish in the U.S. may never be as large as the one in English, but it is healthy, growing, and one that commands attention. For example, even today, when vampires are no longer an of-the-moment trend, Spanish-language versions of the books in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series continues to be top sellers for their publisher. Click through for a look at the U.S. market for Spanish-language YA books. more
Klassen's 'Hat' Books Hit
Just two and a half years after author-illustrator Jon Klassen made his solo debut with I Want My Hat Back, that picture book and its companion, This Is Not My Hat, have reached a combined worldwide in-print tally of one million copies. The two books have been translated into a total of 22 languages, including Finnish, Catalan, and Tetum. more
Atheneum Debuts New Cronin-Cornell Series
The four fuzzy little chicks Doreen Cronin introduced in 2011's "The Trouble with Chickens," the first of her J.J. Tully Mysteries, now have their own series. S&S/Atheneum launches The Chicken Squad in May with "The First Misadventure," in which the plucky chicks – with some guidance from retired search-and-rescue dog-turned-detective J.J. Tully – prepare to do battle with what they erroneously assume is a UFO. Like the original series, The Chicken Squad, which continues in September with "The Next Misadventure," is illustrated by Kevin Cornell. more
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BookCon Panel at BEA
A BookCon program at BEA will feature an all-star panel of children's authors whose books are staples of bestseller lists. "Blockbuster Reads: Meet the Kids' Authors That Dazzle" will assemble Jeff Kinney, James Patterson, Rick Riordan, and Lemony Snicket on the same stage for the first time. more
Redleaf Press Launches Trade Imprint
Redleaf Press, which has specialized in publishing curriculum, management, and business resources for early childhood professionals since 1973, is moving into the trade market this season. Redleaf Lane, a picture book imprint, will be officially launched at the Minneapolis Central Library on Saturday, April 19, with a story time with author Mike Huber that will include book giveaways and signings. more
Q & A with Byron Barton
Byron Barton is the author-illustrator of many picture books for preschoolers, including Planes, Building a House, I Want to Be an Astronaut, Airport, Machines at Work, and My Car. His accolades include six ALA Notable Book Awards, five SLJ Best Books of the Year selections, and two Reading Rainbow picks.Thirteen years after My Car comes My Bus, a companion book. PW spoke with Barton about his long career as author and illustrator, and about his latest work.
Q: Have you heard, from reader feedback, that your vehicle-themed books are of particular interest to boys – and do you intentionally try to target this audience?
A: Maybe boys like cars and trucks more than girls, but I don't know. I've heard that girls also like my books. But that's not what I think about. I think of vehicles more as shapes and colors, and we drive and go places and do things with them – places that very young boys and girls want to know about. more
'Say What You Will'
At Liberty Bay Books in Poulsbo, Wash., bookseller Madison Butler is looking forward to selling Say What You Will, Cammie McGovern's debut YA novel, which HarperTeen will release in June.
Amy and Matthew have gone to school together since elementary school, but never really knew each other until Matthew becomes one of Amy's peer aides during their senior year. Amy has cerebral palsy and must use a walker, and can only speak with a speech-enabled computer. In each other, Amy and Matthew discover someone who can know the intimate truths of their private minds, and they help each other navigate a world that is not always the most compassionate toward people with disabilities. more
In Brief: April 10
This week, YA authors convene in San Antonio; a writer makes the cover (literally); author-friends toast a new release; a writer and illustrator accept their accolades; and athletes share the love of reading. more
Donna Bray at HarperCollins's Balzer + Bray imprint has acquired U.S. rights to Just a Second, a middle-grade novel by Tricia Springstubb, author of What Happened on Fox Street. Told from multiple perspectives and with a shifting time frame, the story is about a girl who faces choices about love, forgiveness, and the future when her former best friend's brother commits a shocking shooting, a split-second decision with huge consequences in a year when an extra second is due to be added to the official clock. Publication is set for summer 2016; Sarah Davies at the Greenhouse Literary Agency brokered the deal.
Caitlyn Dlouhy at Atheneum has bought, in a two-book deal, debut author Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu's Somewhere Among, winner of the 2013 Writers' League of Texas Manuscript Contest for middle grade. Eleven-year-old Ema, the daughter of a Japanese father and a white mother, finds herself between two worlds during the summer leading up to and through 9/11 and the 60th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Somewhere Among is scheduled for 2016, and the second book, for 2017. Holly McGhee at Pippin Properties did the deal for world rights.
Kate O'Sullivan at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has acquired, at auction, Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman, author of the Taken trilogy. Set in 1877 Arizona, the story – pitched as True Grit meets Blood Red Road – follows Kate Thompson as she tracks the gang who hung her father, only to find herself entangled in a bloody search for lost gold in the Superstition Mountains. Publication is scheduled for fall 2015; Sara Crowe at Harvey Klinger did the deal for North American rights.
Ann Kelley at Schwartz & Wade has acquired debut author Tamara Ellis Smith's middle-grade novel Marble Boys in a two-book deal at auction. The novel tells the story of two boys who have experienced great trauma and loss – one with the death of his best friend near their home in the mountains of Vermont, and one in losing his home in Hurricane Katrina – and the ways the world pushes them together to find healing. Publication is scheduled to coincide with the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, in August 2015. Erin Murphy of Erin Murphy Literary Agency did the deal for world rights.
Wendy Loggia at Delacorte Press has acquired world rights to Dead Girls Society by Hexed author Michelle Krys, about a girl who escapes her helicopter parents by joining a high-stakes dare club. But she discovers more than thrills: girls are going missing, and she might be next. Publication is slated for 2016; Adriann Ranta at Wolf Literary Services was the agent.
Jill Santopolo at Philomel has acquired A Tiny of Piece of Sky, a middle-grade novel by Shawn Stout, author of the Penelope Crumb series. Set in 1939, the story tells of a girl who decides to prove she is more than just a #3 sister to her older siblings by trying to clear her father of accusations that he's a German spy – with surprising results. It's scheduled for publication in early 2016; Sarah Davies at the Greenhouse Literary Agency brokered the deal for world English rights.
Cecily Kaiser at Abrams Appleseed has acquired world English rights to the numerical companion to Alphablock by Christopher Franceschelli (l.), illustrated by Peskimo. Countablock features thick pages cut into the shape of each numeral, creating a peek-through guessing game around the number form itself. As children interact with the pages, they will familiarize themselves not only with the numbers one to 100, but with each numeral's physicality. Publication is scheduled for August 2014. Luke Wilson at Synergy was the agent for Peskimo and the author represented himself.
Lee Wade at Schwartz & Wade imprint has acquired, on exclusive submission, world rights to The Book of Gold by author-illustrator Bob Staake, which chronicles a boy's relentless search for the world's most magical book. Publication is scheduled for fall 2016; Gillian MacKenzie at Gillian MacKenzie Agency represented Staake.
Joanna Cardenas at Viking has signed debut illustrator Tim Miller for Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book), a previously signed text by debut author Julie Falatko. Snappsy's ordinary day is interrupted by a meddling narrator who insists Snappsy is looking for defenseless forest creatures to eat, while being obsessed with food that starts with the letter P. Publication is slated for fall 2015; Erica Rand Silverman of Sterling Lord Literistic did the deal for world rights.
Frances Gilbert at Doubleday Books for Young Readers has bought world rights to debut author Dev Petty's (l.) picture book I Don't Want to Be a Frog, about a frog who is experiencing an identity crisis. Mike Boldt (123 versus ABC) is slated to illustrate. Publication is set for spring 2015; Sara Sciuto of Full Circle Literary represented the author, and Jennifer Rofé at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency represented the illustrator.
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April 10, 2014
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At the Rep Picks Lunch on Monday April 7 at the ABC Children’s Institute in San Antonio, Tex., booksellers were introduced to the three middle grade and seven YA titles selected for the Indies Introduce New Voices program. A panel of booksellers selected the 10 titles – their selections for the best debuts summer/fall 2014 – which include The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove, Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne, and Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley. To see the complete list, click here.
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