PW Deal Announcements
is featured in our June issue of East/West’s
Sizzling June News and Reviews!
“There’s a concept called symbolic annihilation in psychology & sociology, which is the idea that if you don’t see yourself represented or reflected in society or in media (television, movies, #books), you essentially don’t exist…that’s why it’s so important to have L.G.B.T. representations in children’s books.”
Dr. Gayle E. Pitman Ph.D
Excerpt from June 26th NYT article.
Spring Picture Books On The Radar
“Hey, I wrote about Hey, Water! for the Horn Book, and that review is here. Antoinette Portis brings readers another playful and informative picture book with crisp, unfussy illustrations. This one is about about a young girl named Zoe, who considers the role of water inside and outside of her home.” –Julie Danielson
HEY, WATER! review from Betsy Bird / SLJ
“…Hey, Water! by Antoinette Portis is one of those extraordinary books. Appealing to older and younger readers alike, Portis has outdone herself with the book’s design and art. A book for everybody…a book that has had care and time poured into its pages exudes that love when you read it.
Portis’s perspective manages to slowly pull in, so that you go from lake to pool to puddle to dewdrop to tear. None of these choices are happenstance.
…this book is supremely smart.
Hey, Portis! You made a really good book.”
UNDER THE BROKEN SKY, a beautifully told MG novel-in-verse about a Japanese orphan’s experience in occupied rural Manchuria during World War II, by Mariko Nagai–coming in October.
(Christy Ottaviano Books, Henry Holt, Macmillan)
Efrén Divided by Ernesto Cisneros
as featured this month on Mr. Schu’s Watch.Connect.Read.
Coming March 2020
The Superlative A. Lincoln by Eileen R. Meyer
(Illus. Dave Szalay / Charlesbridge/ November 2019)
MOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE SCARES by Lynne Marie
(Sterling / August)
Congrats Dow Phumiruk, who – along with Helaine Becker – is the winner of the Cook Prize,
a national children’s choice award honoring the best STEM picture book.
Click above image to view Dow’s acceptance speech.
Another accolade for COUNTING ON KATHERINE
–Illus. by Dow Phumiruk
(Helaine Becker / Christy Ottaviano Books; Henry Holt; Macmillan)
Gianna Marino Q&A about Just Like My Brother with Deborah Kalb
Q: What do you hope kids take away from the story?
Gianna: I think siblings are always comparing themselves to one another and trying to be as good or smart or tall as their sibling. They often compete for the attention of parents and friends. But really, all of us need to discover who we are and what OUR strengths, passions and interests are. And with siblings, because we are always with them, it is more intense than friendships.
I hope this story inspires children to see the beauty in their siblings, but also in themselves. And know that, in the end, siblings always look out for each other.
DON’T LET THEM DISAPPEAR (Marino / Clinton / Philomel)
is one of Amazon’s 20 Best Children’s Books of 2019 (so far)
Marino is featured in the July/August Sonoma Magazine
LOOK WHAT I SEE
Illus. by Ron Barrett, (Little Simon /Judi Barrett) review from PW, May 27th issue:
“This board book from the creators of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs shows the world from a dog’s-eye view…Each spread shows two perspectives—the left-hand pages examines the dog in the world … On the facing pages, the images give readers the hound’s view…Absurd details, such as a toupee flying off a stately dog portrait, add silly fun to this welcome encouragement to look at life from new, unconventional perspectives.”
ROAR-ingly great news, Michael Paul!
A Baker’s Dozen: The Best Children’s Books for Family Literacy: 2019
JUNE IS PRIDE MONTH
What are you reading?
ONE TRUE WAY by Shannon Hitchcock (Scholastic)
Read an excerpt HERE.
A heartening story of two girls who discover their friendship is something more. But how, among their backward town, will Sam and Allie face what they know is true about themselves?
The paperback version of ONE TRUE WAY was released just in time for Pride Month.
Congrats Shannon–ONE TRUE WAY is on
Iowa City Public Library’s list of recommended books!
SEWING THE RAINBOW by Gayle E. Pitman
(Magination Press / Illus. Holly Clifton-Brown)
Children’s and Teen Choice Honoree!
THE STONEWALL RIOTS by Gayle E. Pitman
Shelf Awareness–Starred review:
STONEWALL RIOTS is…”An important look at a major moment in American history. Readers will come to understand why the iconic Stonewall Inn is now on the National Register of Historic Places, a National Historic Landmark, and a National Monument.”
For Children’s Book Week: LGBTQ-Inclusive Children’s Books of 2019 (So Far)
JACOB’S NEW DRESS
by Sarah and Ian Hoffman
JACOB’S ROOM TO CHOOSE
by Sarah and Ian Hoffman
Click image above to listen to Sarah & Ian Hoffman’s podcast on
The Children’s Book Podcast.
50+ Multicultural Middle Grade Novels for Summer Reading:
Sweet Tweet, Michael Portis!
(PINKY GOT OUT!
Illus. Lori Richmond/ Crown BFYR)
This June marks a year since the amazing rescue of the Thai soccer team.
TITAN AND THE WILD BOARS (with Illus. by Dow Phumiruk /
Hood & Sornhiran / Harper Collins) is featured on Librarian’s Quest:
“This factual narrative reads like an action-packed thriller regardless of the facts we know about the outcome.
With each illustration…Dow Phumiruk brings us deeply into the emotional moments of this story. We sense the urgency of the rescuers’ endeavors and the stress faced by the boys and their coach. She shifts perspective to accentuate each portion of the story. Every element is placed in her illustrations with intention.
You will find yourself moved to tears more than once at the bravery and teamwork exhibited by these humans.”
“Phumiruk’s digitally enhanced pencil, charcoal, and ink sketches bring this region, the boys, and the rescue efforts into sharp focus. She employs a variety of presentation styles: full-page spreads; composites featuring smaller, captioned scenes; close-ups; and collaged pages containing letters between the boys and their parents. Interspersed with short poems and quotations (some from the Buddha) and appended with further information, this inspiring celebration of teamwork will be popular.”
HURRAY FOR HOLLYWOOD!
FORBIDDEN HOLLYWOOD by Mark A. Vieira (Running Press)
“Impressively informative, absorbing, detailed, and definitive portrait of an unforgettable era in American filmmaking, FORBIDDEN HOLLYWOOD is an inherently fascinating, page-turner of a read that will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to both community and academic American Film History collections and supplemental curriculum studies rosters.”
– Midwest Book Review, Reviewer’s Bookwatch
Deborah Warren and Neal Porter at the Holiday House Party, pre-ALA19
Jim Averbeck (L) will be at Blue Marble Books
in Ft Thomas, Kentucky on 6/30.
With editor Sonali Fry (L / Penguin Random House) and
Philomel Editor Jill Santopolo with poster of Gianna Marino’s DON’T LET THEM DISAPPEAR.
Steve Geck (Sourcebooks) with Jennifer Fosberry’s ISABELLA, ARTIST EXTRAORDINAIRE and
Gayle E. Pitman (STONEWALL RIOTS / Abrams) with publisher Andrew Smith and editor Howard Reeves
and Lynne Marie’s MOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE SCARES (Sterling / L)
On stage at #ALA2019
Ian Hoffman, Gayle E. Pitman
and Gianna Marino’s HOW DO YOU DO? (L)
Books, books, books!
ONE TRUE WAY (Shannon Hitchcock / Scholastic), OPERATION FROG EFFECT (Sarah Scheerger / RHBYR),
TINY BROWN MONKEY ON THE BIG BLUE EARTH (Luciana Navarro Powell / Amicus Ink)
SHIPWRECKERS (Joshua Pruett / Disney / Scott Peterson)
Team Anna Dewdney–aka the Vikings and the Penguins–visit Vermont and Reed Duncan.
Erin Dealey’s SNOW GLOBE WISHES at the Sleeping Bear Booth #BEA19
(L) Luciana Navarro Powell with Kira Lynn and the Kane Miller team.
Joshua Pruett’s SHIPWRECKERS (Disney) launch crew–can you spot Deborah Warren and Stacia Deutsch?
Sarah and Ian Hoffman (JACOB’S ROOM TO CHOOSE Magination — JACOB’S NEW DRESS / Albert Whitman)
sharing their PRIDE at Books Inc.