An elegantly told, truly unique tale of a canary who befriends a lemon and finds that you don’t have to be two of a kind to form a meaningful and lasting friendship.
A lonely canary takes a chance on friendship and the payoff is immeasurable.
…Hevron’s depiction of Trevor’s earnest embrace of this friendship and his small world of cage, window, brown tree, pale blue sky, and yellow lemon is filled with sweetness and simplicity of line and color…
Both poignant and triumphant at once. —KIRKUS starred review
Speaking of Amy Hevron (represented by Kirsten Hall @ CatBird Agency):
Jim and Amy met last year in person at SCBWI National, and it was a “friend-fest!”
Averbeck offers a lovely ode to friendship that gets even better w/ repeat readings…
– SLJ starred review
TREVOR flies in on the heels of Averbeck’s June release:
Averbeck and Ismail are currently at work on a third installment, in which Sophia will undoubtedly continue to grow, change, strive, and thrive.
“What’s so great about Jim’s writing,” Ismail says, “is that it’s not stuck in the past. When I receive a text like this, I need to step up to it. The fact is, when you’re a writer or an illustrator…the publisher is handing you a microphone, a platform [to reach] all these tiny, impressionable children. We should all respond in a responsible way, and I think that’s what these books do.”
The week of 7.22.18
marks East/West’s 195th week on the NYT Bestseller List
E/W held one or more slots for 88 consecutive weeks!
2015 Newbery recipient
THE CROSSOVER HMH Books for Young Readers
was also back on the
NYT Best Seller list
Look for paperback editions of
THE CROSSOVER and BOOKED, to come, in spring 2019!
Happy Book Birthday
BOATS ON THE BAY
by Award-winning author Jeanne Walker-Harvey
Illustrated by Grady McFerrin Cameron Kids (August 2018)
A large-format picture book about boats found on a busy bay, buoyed by simple, spare, and lyrical text. Inspired by the San Francisco Bay but with universal appeal, BOATS ON THE BAY features a spectacular double-spread gatefold finale showing a boat parade and fireworks glowing against a city backdrop.
A celebration of place
and a catalogue of the kinds of vessels dear to the hearts of boat enthusiasts young and old. –PW
…Completely approachable, with a pleasing circularity… A well-designed book
with a simple, approachable text. —KIRKUS
Jeanne donates her proceeds to CALL OF THE SEA, an educational nonprofit that gives Bay Area youth an opportunity to sail traditional tall ships, investigate the local marine environment, connect to the Bay’s rich maritime history, and inspire them to be stewards of the sea and earth. www.callofthesea.org
A perfect sail for summer!
Happy Book Birthday
PETE THE KITTY AND BABY ANIMALS
by NYT Best Selling Creator
A Harper Festival tabbed Board Book (August 2018)
The fun new series that began with I LOVE PETE THE KITTY, introducing young readers to Pete the Cat before he was Pete the Cat…when he was little Pete the Kitty!
Pete the Cat Family Calendar 2018-2019
Andrews McMeel Publishing
with groovy stickers!
Gayle E. Pitman (above) signing
A CHURCH FOR ALL (Albert Whitman)
Pitman with the crew from Magination Press and SEWING THE RAINBOW.
Patricia Newman, DW and NEEMA–all smiles!
Shannon Hitchcock’s ONE TRUE WAY at the Scholastic booth.
Neal Porter (VP and Publisher of Neal Porter Books / Holiday House) sharing Antoinette Portis‘ upcomIng HEY, WATER.
Gianna Marino’s illustrations on display in Larissa Theule’s forthcoming HOW DO YOU DO? (Bloomsbury).
Marino’s IF I HAD A HORSE (Roaring Brook) at the Macmillan booth.
Happy Book Birthday
by NYT Best Selling Author Stacia Deutsch
Little Brown Books for Young Readers
–based on the Dreamworks Animation Series
Deutsch has written more than 250 books including the June release:
HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3
Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3
—starring Adam Sandler
and Selena Gomez –which hit theaters this month
as well as…
GIRLS WHO CODE:The Friendship Code #1
with foreword by Reshma Saujani,
published in partnership with the organization
An interfaith friendship develops when Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, overlaps with the Muslim holiday of Ramadan–an occurrence that happens only once every thirty years or so.
Moses Feldman, a Jewish boy who lives at one end of Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, New York, and Mohammed Hassan, a Muslim boy who lives at the other, meet at Sahadi’s market while out shopping with their mothers and are mistaken for brothers. A friendship is born, and the boys bring their families together to share rugelach and date cookies
in the park as they make
a wish for peace.
…Author Zalben and illustrator Amini are immensely successful in creating parallels between the two boys’ lives, with each aspect mirrored both in the narrative and graphically. Amini’s vibrant collages capture both the busyness of the neighborhood and the growing friendship between the families. Completing the educational effort are two succinct informational sheets on both Rosh Hashanah and Ramadan along with two recipes for each tradition.
For other books celebrating Ramadan and Islam, including Mehrdokht’s GOLDEN DOMES AND SILVER LANTERNS and CRESCENT MOONS AND POINTED MINARETS, see ColoursOfUs.com:
As seen at the Chronicle booth: CRESCENT MOONS AND POINTED MINARETS,
“… spiced with tongue-in-cheek observations and otherworldly fun …
young Earthlings and their grown-up readers will certainly relate – and get a kick out of this
extra-terrestrial glimpse into human behavior.”
A STAR in Shelf Awareness for “another candy-colored extraterrestrial adventure”
Yelfred and Omek of Borborp make a new frint at skrool
in this sharp and silly sequel to Best Frints in the Whole Universe. —Shelf Awareness starred review
Let’s PARTY, indeed!
Antoinette, pictured above with children’s book legend Maurice Sendak,
was interviewed on GirlsGone50 —
“The real reason to make children’s books is because you loved them as a child, and love them now and want to interact with children and encourage their creativity.” A. Portis
Additional accolades for
COUNTING ON KATHERINE: HOW KATHERINE JOHNSON SAVED APOLLO 13:
Thanks to the 2016 movie Hidden Figures, Katherine Johnson became a household name. This engaging picture book biography will undoubtedly spread her fame to a younger audience. Neither Becker nor Phumiruk shy away from the realities of racism, depicting examples such as the jarring “Colored Computers” sign designating a room with only brown-skinned women…
Clean and attractive [art], with plenty of mathematical formulae, intertwining Katherine’s major interest with Becker’s fascinating text. – Shelf Awareness
Phumiruk works in a crisp, uncluttered art style, infusing emotionality into more private moments of reflection. Johnson is pictured gazing at the moon, encircled with strings of mathematical equations: “She was no longer the kid who dreamed of what lay beyond the stars. She was now a star herself.” — PW
A New Mighty Girl pick!
“This inspiring biography of the mathematician catapulted to fame by Hidden Figures celebrates a love of math and encourages kids to follow their passions.”
Who says school isn’t for anybody who wants to learn — or teach?
In addition to providing plenty of fodder for conversation about civil rights history and the power of a dedicated teacher, this book also sends a message about how change that initially seems scary or unsettling can actually provide unexpected opportunities.
Chris Gorman’s ONE OF A KIND got a great recommendation from Rachael Ray in the June issue of her magazine, Every Day:
“Chris Gorman is a visionary and, as the drummer for the alt-rock band, Belly, literally a rock star. I love his new children’s book, One Of A Kind. It’s so smart and empathetic. Whether you have kids or not, it’s a great read with amazing artwork.” –Rachael Ray
Tour dates for Gorman:
08/08 LA CA Teragram Ballroom
08/09 LA CA Teragram Ballroom
08/10 SF CA Great American Music Hall
08/11 Portland OR Revolution Hall
08/12 Seattle WA Neptune
08/22 Portland ME Port City
08/23 Boston MA TBA UN-ANNOUNCED SHOWS until after Boston Calling
08/24 Boston MA TBA UN-ANNOUNCED SHOWS until after Boston Calling
08/25 Brooklyn NY Music Hall Williamsburg
08/26 Brooklyn NY Music Hall Williamsburg
Kirkus review for Sibert award-winning Patricia Newman’s upcoming
EAVESDROPPING ON ELEPHANTS: How Listening Helps Conservation:
The text abounds with accessible…explanations of sound, spectrograms, technological advances, and more. Charts, graphs, and colorful photographs supplement the text. Grim facts are balanced by hope and faith in the next generation. Fascinating for earnest conservationists.
We’re already celebrating World Elephant Day on August 12th!