“This thoughtful picture book normalizes valid feelings about physical touch and encourages open communication. It’s an affirming read for kids and can be used as a gentle reminder for young hug enthusiasts to respect other people’s preferences … the expressive oil illustrations are rich with color and texture. A recommended addition to picture book collections, especially where stories about feelings and social skills are in demand.” —SLJ
“Readers will be cheering and eagerly turning the pages of this beautifully illustrated, diverse, and multigenerational book.” —Vivian Kirkfield, author of From Here to There
“As a clinician who has worked with thousands of children like Hattie, I know how empowering it is for children and families to embrace healthy boundaries and consent.” —Adolfo Garcia, Director of Clinical Operations, CALM
includes an Art Show (continuing through May) of Heather’s work.
20% of each sale will be donated to A Precious Child which provides support to disadvantaged and displaced children in Colorado- read more about them here.
As the Grand Prize Portfolio Showcase Winner, SCBWI Big Five-Oh! 2021, Heather Brockman Lee
was chosen to illustrate the cover of SCBWI’s new publishing guide:
Stay tuned for two more books, to come, including:
LIA y LUÍS
QUIÉN TIENE MÁS?
WHO HAS MORE?
Celebrating diversity, math, and the power of storytelling.
Illustrated by Giovana Medeiros
A 2021 Mathical Award-winner!
“A classic sibling debate sets the stage for this effective, child-led exploration of measurement methods. “
Stay tuned for Ana’s next book in the series,LIA & LUÍS: PUZZLED!
LUNA’S y su
RIQUÍSIMO DIM SUM
LUNA’S YUM YUM DIM SUM
Illustrated by Violet Kim
For activity guides, click image above.
Happy Book Birthday(s)
THE JESSIE FILES
An all-new Boxcar Children contemporary MG mystery series of the Boxcar Children spinoff
THE FRIENDSHIP FEATURE
“A case worth cracking.”
TALK OF THE TOWN
Mysteries seem to follow Jessie wherever she goes.
Also available in Audio CD.
(Aimee Lily, Narrator)
Stay tuned for Books #3 & # 4, soon!
NYT bestselling author Stacia Deutsch has written more than three hundred children’s books, including mysteries with the Boxcar Children and Nancy Drew, movie tie-in novels, and books in the “Girls Who Code” series – recently published in French [and available in Spanish, Polish and Italian, too!]:
—and books in the DreamWorks’ “Spirit” chapter book series, recently published in Dutch & Italian
[also available in Polish]:
Happy Book Birthday
COMING OF AGE
13 B’NAI MITZVAH STORIES
compiled by Rosen & Herz
in Children’s Jewish Fiction
Including a short story by
…highlighting the diverse experiences of becoming an adult in the Jewish faith.
Join thirteen diverse characters as they experience anxiety, doubt, and self-discovery while preparing for their b’nai mitzvah. And whether celebrating with a lavish party or in reception room A with an accordion player, the Jewish rite of passage remains the same. Filled with humor, hope, and history, there’s something in this anthology for every reader, regardless of their faith.
“The feel-good collection weaves threads among disparate adolescent episodes…” ―Booklist
Coming Next Month:
East/West agents and clients hit the floors of the 2022 Texas Library Association Conference in Fort Worth, TX.
Erin Dealey and Patricia Newman
Chronicle editor Ariel Richardson and Ana Crespo
Red Comet publisher Angus Yuen-Killick and Deborah Warren
Shannon Hitchcock, Patricia Newman, Deborah Warren, Ana Crespo, and Erin Dealey
Our April Illustrator Highlight
features images by Ruth E. Harper, Lisa Johnston Hancock, Heather Brockman Lee, Luciana Navarro Powell, Caroline Dittmann, Dow Phumiruk, John Ledda, Shiho Pate, Linh My Nguyen, and Kirk Reedstrom.
Stay tuned for ALONE—a 2022 Notable & one of NCTE’s 21 Best Poetry and Verse Novels for Kids, a Goodreads Choice Award Finalist named on multiple Best of 2021 book lists and recipient of numerous state awards—to be published in paperback next month:
Megan E. Freeman’s acclaimed debut MG novel in verse ALONE
… along with Dow Phumiruk’s debut as an author/illustrator, HUGSBY,
are finalists for the 2023 Colorado Book Awards.
Gregory Barrington’s debut PB, COW BOY IS NOT A COWBOY – last year’s CO Book Award Winner – has been selected to represent Colorado Children’s Literature at the 2022 National Book Festival in Washington, DC.
Stay tuned for Gregory’s upcoming book, soon!
Other State Award Nominations
Shannon Hitchcock & N.H. Senzai’s Kirkus Best Book of 2020, FLYING OVER WATER (Scholastic) is on the 2022 Garden State Teen Book Award ballot for Fiction Grades 6-8.
NY State 2023 Charlotte Award nominees (Intermediate category) include Megan Hoyt’s BARTALI’S BICYCLE (Quill Tree Books/HC) and Erin’s Dealey’s DEAR EARTH (HC).
TITAN AND THE WILD BOARS: THE TRUE CAVE RESCUE OF THE THAI SOCCER TEAM (HC), written by Susan Hood and Pathana Sornhiran, and illustrated by Dow Phumiruk, is a Louisiana Readers’ Choice Honor title for 2021-2022 (Grades 3 – 5).
2022 Green Earth Book Award Winners Honors
PLANET OCEAN, a Bank Street Best of 2022, is also a SLJ Top Book for Tween & Teen Climate activists. Alma Fullerton’s NO MORE PLASTIC is also an OLA Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award nominee and a 2022 Shining Willow Finalist (Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Awards).
Books to Make Earth Day Every Day
More Earth Day Books
Click above for book trailer.
“Clear, engaging, beautiful, and perfectly pitched … simply brilliant.” —Horn Book
“It’s a volume almost as jam-packed as a seed itself.” —PW
UPCOMING in May from Penguin:
“Succinct text and the combined talents of diverse artists bring vibrancy and color to the portrayal of Asian American pioneers … A radiant tribute to groundbreakers to inspire the next generation.” —Kirkus, starred review
Check out the spread from Dow Phumiruk:
UPCOMING in May from Macmillan:
May 10, 2022
SEEN on the floor at TLA:
Bottom right: Ariel Richardson of Chronicle, editor of Mehrdokht Amini’s latest book in the Concept of the Muslim World series, ONE SUN AND COUNTLESS STARS (written by Hena Khan).
Yes; we have stars in our eyes!
“The colorful illustrations capture the architecture, ceramics, calligraphy, and textiles of traditional Islamic art … a unique read-aloud and a significant addition to any library collection.”
—School Library Journal, starred review
Where else is East West?
Shannon Hitchcock and Alexandra Alessandri had sessions at the BAM (Books, Art, Music) Festival in West Palm Beach FLA.
Ernesto Cisneros will also be part of the Bay Area Book Festival.
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Congrats DOW PHUMIRUK: HER NAME WAS MARY KATHARINE on display at SFO:
*CONGRATULATIONS ONE AND ALL*
We are thrilled and thankful to represent such amazing talent.
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