July ~ August 2018

July 28, 2018

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Happy Book




Award-winning author
Jim Averbeck

Illustrated by 

Amy Hevron

Roaring Brook Press / Porter
(July 2018)

A 2018 JLG Selection


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
Highly Recommended. 

– SLJ starred review

TREVOR flies in on the heels of Averbeck’s June release:


Illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail

Margaret K. McElderry Books



KIRKUS interviewed the SOPHIA author/illustrator team.
Here’s an excerpt:

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.”

Look for  

next Spring 2019!

Until then, we’re
“perdurably” yours!




by Anna Dewdney &
Reed Duncan

Illus. by J.T.Morrow


Nine Weeks 
as a 
NYT Best Seller

(as of 7.22.18) 

Featured in Brightly’s

Bookshelf Must-Have: 
Llama Llama Loves to Read

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!

Kwame Alexander’s

2015 Newbery recipient

HMH Books for Young Readers

was also back on the

NYT Best Seller list 
this month. 

Look for paperback editions of
THE CROSSOVER and BOOKED, to come, in spring 2019!

Happy Book Birthday


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.

…Completely approachable, with a pleasing circularity…
A well-designed book
with a simple, approachable text.


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


by NYT Best Selling Creator
James Dean 


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!


Now available:

Pete the Cat Family Calendar

 Andrews McMeel Publishing

with groovy stickers!

Where’s East/West?

#ALA 2018

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
(July 2018)

–based on the Dreamworks Animation Series
has written more than 250 books including the June release:

Summer Vacation


Stacia’s 16th 

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

Download Penguin’s STEM guide for Readers Pre-K – 12

which includes…
Stacia’s two titles:

Happy Book Birthday



by J.B.Zalben


Illustrated by 
Mehrdokht Amini

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.
A gem.

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
a Muslim book of shapes–#ALA18  

Where’s East/West?


Deborah Warren will be on faculty at the Aug. 3-6
SCBWI LA conference. 

Hope to see you there!

Acquisitions and Licensing


Summer Stars

The “remarkable versatile” Antoinette Portis’ BEST FRINTS AT SKROOL is a
WA POST “best book” to inspire young readers:

“… 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


And check out this interview with Dow Phumiruk about COUNTING ON KATHERINE on
The Picture Book Buzz.

Additional accolades for

 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.”

Already in a second printing!


Shannon Hitchcock’s RUBY LEE AND ME (Scholastic) is part of Alaska’s Battle of the books, and “A Mighty Girl” book for Tweens’ Summer 2018 Reading List 

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.

Hitchcock’s ONE TRUE WAY is a new “A Mighty Girl” book about Standing Up for Others:

This emotionally honest middle grade novel also
provides an opportunity to discuss the history of gay rights in America.


Hitchcock will be at nErDcampNC. 


JACOB’S NEW DRESS (Sarah & Ian Hoffman/ Albert Whitman) and 
THIS DAY IN JUNE (Gayle E. Pitman / Magination) were among  
“Queer Books for #Pride LGBT Picture Books”

Pitman was featured in the June Author Spotlight of the CBCBooks newsletter:

A CHURCH FOR ALL (Gayle E. Pitman / Albert Whitman) is in good company on Qspirit’s “2018 Brings Many New LGBTQ Christian Books”– including the memoir of former Glide chuch pastor, Bishop Oliveto. 

by Erin Dealey & Luciana Navarro Powell / Kane Miller:


Both books were on display at #ala18 at the Kane Miller booth.

Check out Erin Dealey and Luciana Illustration on Instagram. 
Also spotted at #ala18:

Michael Paul’s ROAR: A DINOSAUR TOUR at Crown Books. 
Michael Paul’s new Instagram account includes photos of all of his author events.

Stay tuned for his rip-ROARingly great dinosaur tour at 
The San Diego Natural History Museum on July 28th!


Another reprint for Sam Barry’s HOW TO PLAY THE HARMONICA: and Other Life Lessons 
Speaking of reprints: Alethea Kontis’ ALPHA OOPS! Is in its 10th printing. 

Alethea is now a book reviewer for NPR. 
Check out her most recent review here.

And for your consideration:

Audio now available.

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
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!

Don’t be scared: bookmark Gaby Triana’s new blog, THE WITCH HAUNT, now!


“Overheard”  at @EastWestLit on Twitter:



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