December 2019

December 28, 2019

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Mark A. Vieira
and Leonard Stanley
with foreword by Robin Adrian 

From ruby slippers to fashion runways, ADRIAN is a visual celebration of the life and work of the man behind some of the most memorable fashions of Hollywood’s golden age.

Adrian  (1903-1959)  designed  costumes  for Broadway  shows  and over  150  Hollywood  productions, including fabulous gowns worn by such iconic actresses as Greta Garbo, Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Judy  Garland,  and  Katharine  Hepburn. ADRIAN is  the  first  book  on  the  famed  Hollywood  fashion  and  costume  designer  to  be  published  with the cooperation of his family. With a foreword by the designer’s son, Robin Adrian, as well as a treasure trove of never-before-seen images and anecdotes taken from Adrian’s unpublished manuscript, this is the definitive book on the life of the legendary designer.

From Edge Media Network
(with 8 million viewers):
“Stunning in all regards… although Adrian died at just 56 years of age, his majesty of movie fashion, art and design will eternally live on through (this book), a legacy of beauty realized.”

So many books…

So many lists…

Newbery Medalist 
Kwame Alexander 

(Illustrated by Melissa Sweet,
Harper Collins)

“A linguistic and visual feast awaits in Alexander and Sweet’s debut collaboration.”

Kwame Alexander
(Illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile;
Harper Collins)

“Flashy and engaging with emotional depth.
A slam-dunk thrill.” 



Sarah Scheerger has written a timely relatable story told in diary form with eight diverse students writing their experiences as the school year advances…The pacing in the story never strays, and Scheerger addresses situations that middle school kids face every day: family life, friendship drama, and hideous homework… What is impressive is the way each student writes their individual journal entries in diverse compositions… [including a] graphic novel format… These different structures in the story will engage a wide variety of readers.”
–Heavy Medal

(illustrated by Gina Perry)

“Topical social issues intertwined into this middle-grade novel, such as immigration and homelessness, keep the story in perspective… Readers will find OPERATION FROG EFFECT uplifting till the very end. The story was a marvelous read.”

OPERATION FROG EFFECT (Random House) has also been handpicked by Amazon kids’ books editor, Seira Wilson, for Prime Book Box – a children’s subscription that inspires a love of reading.


Chicago Public Library’s
Best of 2019 L


The True Cave Rescue of
the Thai Soccer Team 

Illustrated by Dow Phumiruk,
written by Pathana Sornhiran and Susan Hood (Harper Collins)

Antoinette Portis’

(Neal Porter, Holiday House)


Edited by Miranda Paul;
Megan Hoyt, contributor

Happy Book Birthday

Poems About our 16th President 

Eileen R. Meyer 
(Charlesbridge, illustrated 
by David Szalay)

The tallest, wisest, most studious–Lincoln was simply superlative!
Get to know the personal side of Honest Abe (his LEAST FAVORITE nickname) through fresh and funny poems expressing his superlative nature.

“Telling Abraham Lincoln’s story in poetry is a tall order, but Meyer pulls it off… A tip of the stovepipe hat for making a poetry biography
so much fun.


A selection of the

(grades 3-5)

Launching in March 2020,
Illinois Reads selections will be included on posters and bookmarks shared with their member list of over 3000 reading ambassadors, public libraries, and schools
throughout the state.

“Amusing tidbits of information, like why Abe wore such a tall hat, are combined with historical footnotes… An excellent use of language and recognizable rhyme schemes make this title a wonderful teaching toolHighly recommended for elementary schools and public libraries.”

“Meyer offers a sprightly, lilting poem for every milestone and legendary quality associated with the 16th president, building each tribute around a superlative title… (A short paragraph contextualizes each poem, and a concluding time line provide additional background.) …while the book’s portrait orientation provides plenty of opportunities to salute Lincoln’s lanky stature.” 

In addition to her many launch events, Eileen recently presented at NCTE, as well as at Books and Brunch (Assistance League of Chicagoland West).

 Eileen Meyer pictured with Jill Santopolo and Mary Kubica.

Born and raised in the state of Illinois, Eileen Meyer has always been a huge fan of Abraham Lincoln. A number of years ago she was reading a biography about Lincoln and she realized that there were stories about our sixteenth president that young readers might not be aware of. She also thought Lincoln’s actions and great wisdom were still relevant today.  Eileen is especially excited by “The Superlative YOU” page in the back matter. It encourages young readers to consider the ways in which they, too, are superlative.


by Antoinette Portis 

is among SLJ’

101 Great Books for Kids (2019 Edition)

A masterful display of water in it all its myriad forms.”


along with 

And there’s more…

Portis’ HEY, WATER! is one of
New York Public Library’s 
Best Books of 2019

along with Gayle E. Pitman’s


A Groovy #6
on the 
NYT Bestseller List
10 weeks total

East/West’s 242nd week!

~ Also on the

Bestseller List


(9 weeks) 

And look who sailed onto the



Happy Book Birthday

Mealtime Around the World

Lynne Marie
(Beaming Books, illustrated
by Parwinder Singh) 

Dig in to this fun and informational book that explores foods from 13 countries around the world. Meet characters from countries including Sweden, Peru, Pakistan, Nigeria, and more as they enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Let’s eat!

Lynne Marie takes children on a delectable journey that celebrates what kids eat around the world. Parents may want to brush up on international recipes, because they’re likely to get some exciting requests after the kids devour this book!” –Nancy Churnin, author of THE WILLIAM HOY STORY, MANJHI MOVES A MOUNTAIN, and IRVING BERLIN, THE IMMIGRANT BOY WHO MADE AMERICA SING

“In this delightful picture book filled with fun facts and kid-friendly art, little ones will experience the fabulous foods and customs of thirteen countries as they take a fascinating spin around the globe! A wonderful way to unlock the world for future travelers.” –Norma Rodriguez, Travel Leaders Network

Where’s East/West?

Talking LLAMA LLAMA HIDE AND SEEK: A Lift the Flap Book with Nathaniel Tabachnik (c.) and Francesco Sedita (Penguin Workshop; January 2020)

Checking in with Little Brown editors Mary-Kate Gaudet and Regan Winter
(Stacia Deutch!)

Lots of fabulous Harper Collins meet-ups:
Megan Ilnitzki (Dow Phumiruk/TITAN & THE WILD BOARS and Jeanne Walker Harvey–upcoming!);
Luana Horry (Gregory Barrington/COW BOY IS NOT A COWBOY!);
Karen Chaplin (Megan Hoyt/BARTALI’S BICYCLE);
and Jill Davis

Christy Ottaviano 
COUNTING ON KATHERINE by Cook-award winners Helaine Becker and Dow Phumiruk, and UNDER THE BROKEN SKY by Mariko Nagai (Christy Ottaviano Books, Henry Holt/Macmillan)

John Morgan (Imprint, Macmillan)
Celebrating WHEN PENCIL MET ERASER–a feature on Amazon’s Holiday Toy List–and a Parents Best Selection, too!

Aladdin/S & S Editorial Director Kristin Gilson–looking forward to working with you on Megan E. Freeman‘s debut novel in the works!

Simon & Schuster/Simon Kids Editorial Director Kendra Levin


PW Deal Announcements 

Happy 20 years of #Kidlit

Gianna Marino

Illustrator Highlight



   November/December Good Tidings

Stars in our eyes!

A star from Kirkus for Ernesto Cisneros’ EFRÉN DIVIDED (HarperCollins; March 2020)

(Tory Christie, Illustrated by Luciana Navarro Powell; Amicus Ink)


Stay tuned for these upcoming books illustrated by Luciana: 
and EXTRAORDINARY ORDINARY ELLA (February 2020; Amicus Ink)

A nod from SLJ for Gianna Marino’s sequel to NIGHT ANIMALS –
NIGHT ANIMALS NEED SLEEP TOO (Viking, February 2020):

“The animals are realistically rendered in color, and the texture of each one is as close to lifelike as they can be in two dimensions. To tell the story, the words are presented in word bubbles above each character’s head, serving to accent the images and provide light context … Some light humor coupled with a learning opportunity at the end make this book enjoyable both to young children and to their caregivers.  VERDICT Emerging readers will love the accessibility of this picture book as they increase their independence, while still in the arms of their parents.”

2019’s Original Art Show, a chance to see the original art from curated picture books, opened November 14 at the Society of Illustrators in NYC.  Highlighted books include Antoinette Portis’ HEY WATER (Neal Porter Books/Holiday House), and author-represented selections from Kwame Alexander’s HOW TO READ A BOOK (illustrated by Melissa Sweet; Harper Collins) and THE CROSSOVER graphic novel (illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile; HMH).

Check out this advance blurb for Sarah Lynn Scheerger’s upcoming YA
HOW TO LIVE ON THE EDGE (Carolrhoda Lab, May 2020)

“Cancer took Cayenne’s mom, it’s gunning for her aunt, and she’s sure she’s next. But as long-held secrets upend Cayenne’s world, she learns that defying death isn’t about facing down trains or jumping off cliffs―it’s learning to live and love with every ounce of your being. Honest and real, How to Live on the Edge is a gift to young readers living in the frightening shadow of a genetic curse.”―Catherine Linka, author of What I Want You to SeeA Girl Called Fearless, and A Girl Undone



The COUNTING ON KATHERINE team has been nominated for the prestigious 2020 Silver Birch Express Award, a program of the Ontario Library Association Forest Reading® Program, one of the largest children’s choice programs in Canada.  

THE ONE AND ONLY WOLFGANG (Zonderkidz; illustrated by Nadja Sarell) written by Instagram sensation Steve Greig and NYT bestselling author Mary Rand Hess is not only a PW bestseller, it is also an
Amazon Best Book of 2019!

And a Big Shout-Out to
Erin Dealey‘s SNOW GLOBE WISHES (illustrated by Claire Shorrock; Sleeping Bear Press) and Lauren Kerstein’s ROSIE THE DRAGON AND CHARLIE MAKE WAVES (illustrated by Nate Wragg; Two Lions) for making it to the semi-finals of Goodread’s Best Picture Books of 2019, along with and Kwame Alexander’s HOW TO READ A BOOK.

SNOW GLOBE WISHES was also featured on Kathy Temean’s Writing and Illustrating blog and on the Washington Post’s 10 great holiday-season books to enjoy with your little ones.


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