HIDE AND SEEK:
A Lift the Flap Book (Penguin Workshop/PRH)
The fifth title in the Llama Llama novelty board book series
by Anna Dewdney
Associate Editor Nathaniel Tabachnik (c.) and President and Publisher Francesco Sedita
Children will love following along, lifting the flaps–and finding the mirror–as Llama Llama looks for his beloved Fuzzy.
An Amazon Best Book of the Month
As well as LLAMA LLAMA
YUM YUM YUM: A Scratch and Sniff Book
Coming next month: LLAMA LLAMA
VERY BUSY SPRINGTIME
The seventh NETFLIX media tie-in 8×8 based on Anna Dewdney‘s bestselling pre-school brand.
UNDER THE BROKEN SKY by Mariko Nagai
(Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt /Macmillan)
Nagai (R) with Ottaviano
“Published for middle-grade readersbut necessary for all of humankind, Under the Broken Sky is a breathtaking work of literature.”—BOOKLIST starred review
An NCTE Notable 2020
as well as a Denver Library’s
Best & Brightest
“Stunning, short, free verse poems move at a swift pace… Nagai, a Japanese-born author, includes back matter detailing extensive research, including oral interviews with individuals who were separated, often permanently, from their families during the invasion. She writes that even today, the refugee experience continues in many countries: “They have left everything they knew and loved to reach a place of safety. Nobody chooses to be a refugee.”“
THE WILD BOARS: The True Cave Rescue of
the Thai Soccer Team
Illustrated by Dow Phumiruk,
written by Pathana Sornhiran and Susan Hood (Harper Collins)
has been named a NSTA/CBC Best STEM Book of 2020.
TITAN is also a Cybils finalist!
along with OPERATION FROG EFFECT by Sarah Scheerger
“Mrs. Graham is not your typical teacher. First, she makes the students stay in the same seat all year to “build community.” Second, she expects them to change the world. When one of her groups takes that inspiration too far, Mrs. Graham’s class must use what they have learned to make real change in their local community in order to save Mrs. Graham’s job. A wonderful story told in multiple points of view and multiple formats.”
Art by Shiho Pate
Art by Dow Phumiruk
playful nonfiction picture book
HEY, WATER! (Neal Porter Books/Holiday House)
is a 2020 Sibert Honor Book!
The Sibert is awarded to the most distinguished informational book published
in the United States in English.
The Horn Book
School Library Journal
School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
NY Public Library Best Book of the Year
Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year
Denver Public Library Best & Brightest Book of the Year
A Groovy #9 on the NYT Bestseller List 15 weeks total (1.18.20)
Before we know it,
it’s going to be Valentine’s Day…
Anna Dewdney‘s LLAMA LLAMA
I LOVE YOU
is back on the USA Today Bestseller List
(23rd week as of 01/23/2020).
Top Ten Picture Books
According to Fourth Graders by Kim Haine
We see TITAN AND THE WILD BOARS!
In other Nerdy news…
The 2019 Nerdies
THE CROSSOVER by Newbery recipient Kwame Alexander Illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile (HMH Books for Young Readers)
Poetry and Novels in Verse
edited by Miranda Paul,
Illustrated by Marlena Miles,
including haiku by Megan Elizabeth Hoyt
Fiction Picture Books
HOW TO READ A BOOK by Newbery recipient Kwame Alexander Illustrated by Melissa Sweet (Harper Collins)
Also AN NCTE Notable 2020
Happy Book Birthday
The Curse of the Cursed Temple of Curses or –
We Nearly Died – A Lot
MG Debut; paperback edition A B&N Kids’ Book Hangout Title
Primetime Emmy & Annie Award
& Scott Petersen
Illustrated by Brian Ajhar (DIsney-Hyperion)
“Funny, warm, and weird, Shipwreckers is full of wildly inventive adventure! Peterson and Pruett really deliver the goods. I hate them a little.”―Max Brallier, author of the NYT and USA Today best-selling series The Last Kids on Earth
“An out-of-control ROLLER COASTER of fun, filled with hilarious characters and real heart. Peterson and Pruett have made magic here.”―Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, cocreators of Disney’s Phineas and Ferb
2020 Quick Picks for
Reluctant Young Adult Readers
Gayle E. Pitman‘s THE STONEWALL RIOTS:
COMING OUT IN THE STREETS (Harry N. Abrams)
and NYT-bestseller SWING (Harper Collins Blink) by Mary Rand Hess, co-authored with Kwame Alexander
Lynne Marie‘s MOLDILOCKS
AND THE THREE SCARES Illustrated by David Rodriguez Lorenzo
Acquisitions and Licensing
Mary-Kate Gaudet at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers has roped in NYT-bestselling author, Stacia Deutsch, to pen SPIRIT RIDING FREE: Riding Academy Race, a scavenger hunt-themed chapter book based on the Netflix show Spirit Riding Free by DreamWorks Animation, her sixth book in the series.
Further to Stacia Deutsch, check out these new Italian editions…
Frightfully funny tales come to life in this thrilling new series, perfect for fans of Goosebumps.
WEEKEND CON IL LICANTROPO
(WEREWOLF WEEKEND, Hachette) ~Maestro del terrore Vol. 1~
LA PALUDE DELLA PAURA (HAUNTED SLEEPOVER, Hachette) ~Maestro del terrore Vol. 2~
by Stacia Deutch & B. A. Frade (Giunti Editore S.p.A.)
Anna Carbone / translator
COVER REVEALS Fall 2020
From Your Friends in Room 5
by Erin Dealey,
Illustrated by Luisa Uribe
(Harper Collins/Fall 2020)
What begins as a monthly exchange of ideas between Earth and Room 5
grows into a lasting friendship,
a school club with a surprising president,
and –hopefully– lifelong Earth-smart habits. Can you say #reduce #reuse #renew #recycle?
FLYING OVER WATER by Shannon Hitchcock and N.H. Senzai, (Scholastic/Fall 2020)
When Noura’s family is granted asylum in Jordyn’s hometown of Tampa, it’s an adjustment for everyone. But despite their differences the two girls quickly form an unshakable bond. Neither is prepared, though, for the prejudice and adversity Noura and other
Syrian refugees face.
PW Deal Announcements
This month’sEW Illustrator Highlightfeatured illustrations by Nora Hilb, Luciana Navarro Powell, Chris Gorman, Ron Barrett, Shiho Pate, and Gianna Marino.
And, in case you missed it, our Holiday EW Illustrator Highlight featured illustrations by Mehrdokht Amini, Z. B. Asterplume, Heather Brockman Lee, Megan Myers, Dow Phumiruk, and Gela Kalaitzidis.
January Celebrations and Revelations
CONGRATULATIONS to Ernesto Cisneros on his debut MG (EFRÉN DIVIDED; Quill Tree/HarperCollins; March 2020)
His star was shining brightly at the Winter Institute!
Speaking of stars, EFRÉN DIVIDED has just received its third star:
“As affecting as it is timely, Cisneros’s debut depicts how draconian U.S. immigration policies rip through one Southern California family… Cisneros tells this urgent story with focus and heart-wrenching realism, especially concerning the ripple effects of family separation, not just at the border but also among those in the U.S.Cisneros layers in stories of other deportees, underlining the importance of taking part in change as he portrays a community rallying around its most vulnerable members. (Efrén’s burnt-out history teacher shares cautionary tales of past exclusionary practices via Martin Niemöller’s “First they came for the socialists” poem.) If Efrén seems to shoulder burdens beyond his years with alarming maturity, he mirrors many children in this country who are forced to grow up fast.” – Publishers Weekly
And here’s a SHOUT OUT to the incredibly talented star-maker, herself, VP & ED Rosemary Brosnan, on her two new imprints at HC –
Quill Tree and Heartdrum. (Go, purple!)
Click image below to read Ernesto’s letter to readers…
MEET GREGORY BARRINGTON
SPOTLIGHT, indeed, on Gregory Barrington via his featured cover art and SCBWIRockyMtn’s Kite Tales interview.
(Love the Candyland/ Chutes & Ladders metaphor!)
“How to Illustrate a Picture Book for a Traditional Publishing House 101”
by Co-RA Dow Phumiruk is a must read for aspiring illustrators.
Stay tuned for Gregory’s debut picture books upcoming from HarperCollins
launching with COW BOY IS NOT A COWBOY.
Stay tuned for…
DICTIONARY FOR A BETTER WORLD:
POEMS, QUOTES and ANECDOTES FROM A to Z
(Charles Waters, Irene Latham/ Illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini / Lerner; February 2020)
How can we make the world a better place?
This inspiring resource for middle-grade readers is organized as a dictionary; each entry presents a word related to creating a better world, such as ally, empathy, or respect. For each word, there is a poem, a quote from an inspiring person, a personal anecdote from the authors,
and a “try it” prompt for an activity.
A nod from Booklist for Gianna Marino’s sequel to NIGHT ANIMALS – NIGHT ANIMALS NEED SLEEP TOO (Viking, February 2020):
“Marino’s cumulative tale is a satisfying slapstick romp; each new fright hilariously sets off some animal’s defenses (an acrid, smelly poooooooofffft from Skunk, whirlpooling eyes and a catatonic state in Possum) that will trigger a new round of giggles in readers.
Add in the text’s sound effects and large gouache-and-ink illustrations, and you’ve got a lively storytime pick.
Reverse the book jacket for bonus animal facts.” — Julia Smith
Also included in a recent SLJ round-up: “When Lullabies Fail / Books to Soothe at Bedtime …”
“…Snow Globe Wishes… is pure delight… This is a book to be read over and over and enjoyed every time as if it’s the very first time. You’ll want to add this charming story with its beautiful words and images to your seasonal collections at home and at work. I want to hug this book!“
Celebrating holiday cheer with Caldecott honor award-winning illustrator, Don Wood, of KING BIDGOOD’S IN THE BATHTUB, written by Audrey Wood … and many, many other international bestsellers. BIGGGGG H – M – H news to come!
Michael Portis’sPINKY GOT OUT!(Crown; Illustrated by Lori Richmond) spotted “in the wild” at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena. Stay tuned for the companion volume, PINKY CRASHES THE PARTY! in June.