PW Deal Announcements
was featured in our March issue of East/West’s
Gonzalez has illustrated a bio about Chief Justice Sonia Sotomayor, by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand / Two Lions Pub,
to be released in Spanish this summer:
Sonia Sotomayor: Jueza de la Corte Suprema.
March Book News
Jim Averbeck — HITCH AT THE FAIRMONT
(Debut MG Illus. Nick Bertozzi / Atheneum)
and Jeanne Walker-Harvey
— BOATS ON THE BAY
(Illus. Grady McFerrin / Cameron & Co.)
presented at SF’s MOMA’s Family Day.
“The kids were spellbound as [Averbeck] talked about creating mysteries and suspense
with clips from Alfred Hitchcock movies.”
Check out the new book trailer here.
Congrats to Jeanne and BOATS ON THE BAY
–winner in the PICTURE BOOK category / NCIBA Golden Poppy Awards,
recognizing “the most distinguished books published by Northern California writers and artists.”
Coming in April: Don and Audrey Wood‘s FULL MOON AT THE NAPPING HOUSE,
padded board book (HMH).
WHEN PENCIL MET ERASER (Karen Kilpatrick, Luis O. Ramos Jr.,
Illus. German Blanco/ Imprint / Macmillan):
“Debut illustrator Blanco creates endearing endpapers that serve as mirrors to the story …through Kilpatrick and Ramos’ text, Pencil and Eraser entangle in a deeper dialogue …and further potential for disaster—or so Pencil would think—is humorously foreshadowed by more art utensils coming into the picture.
An imaginative and engaging look into artistic possibility.”
DON’T LET THEM DISAPPEAR by Chelsea Clinton,
illus. by Gianna Marino
Coming April 2nd from Philomel
“Writing in clear, compassionate prose, Chelsea Clinton…introduces readers to 12 endangered species: blue whales, elephants, giant pandas, giraffes, gorillas, lions, orangutans, polar bears, rhinoceroses, sea otters, tigers, and whale sharks…alongside gentle art by Gianna Marino that is more expressive than naturalistic–…an inviting,… appeal to care for the planet and its most vulnerable creatures.”
Congrats Gianna Marino
(photo credit Lisa Kristine)
–on Chelsea Clinton’s well-deserved praise of your “12 lush illustrations” in DON’T LET THEM DISAPPEAR in Romper’s exclusive: ” ‘I’m just hoping that the words match her beautiful illustrations,’ says Clinton of her collaborator.”
Chelsea Clinton will talk about the book at the upcoming Los Angeles Festival of Books …
CONGRATS to Rebecca Heller on the release of DOLPHINS, author of the first of two board books illustrated by #1 NYT-bestselling illustrator Suzie Mason [I’VE LOVED YOU FOREVER and YOU ARE MY HAPPY by Hoda Kotb] for Island Heritage. A surfer girl with family ties to Hawaii, Rebecca has a deep love of the ocean and all of its inhabitants.
Kwame Alexander’s HOW TO READ A BOOK
(Harper Collins / illus. Melissa Sweet )
Newbery Medalist Alexander’s love poem to literacy conjures up startling, luscious images: to begin reading a book, he tells readers, “peel its gentle skin,/ like you would/ a clementine…./ Dig your thumb/ at the bottom/ of each juicy section.” [Images by] Caldecott Honor artist Sweet (Some Writer!)…[are] By turns dreamy and ecstatic…As Alexander writes, “Now, sleep./ dream./ hope./ (you never reach)/ the end.”
The 3rd annual Anna Dewdney Read Together Award voting is now open to ALL Librarians,
Teachers & Booksellers thru March 28.
Speaking of Anna…
Coming in April:
A seriously silly ABC book packed with imaginary animals from the creator of the Llama Llama books,
Anna Dewdney, and Reed Duncan.
MELA AND THE ELEPHANT
by Dow Phumiruk
(Illus. by Ziyue Chen / Sleeping Bear)
is one of three finalists for the children’s book category of the 2019 Colorado Book Award.
D.J. Butler’s Americana flintlock fantasy adult novel WITCHY WINTER, the second book in the trilogy
launched by the groundbreaking WITCHY EYE (Baen Books),
has been chosen as a finalist for the 2018 Association for Mormon Letters Novel Award.
Stay tuned for the third book in the series,
WITCHY KINGDOM, in August …
Look for Mark A. Vieira’s upcoming
(Running Press/ Turner Movie Classics)
#1 New Release in Cinematography
April 6 – American Cinematheque (sponsored by Art Deco Society of Los Angeles); with screening of Call Her Savage
April 13-14: Turner Classic Movies Film Classic Festival;
April 26 – UCLA Film Archive book signing; intro of double bill (The Sign of the Cross, Only Yesterday)
April 2019 – A roundtable press conference with Hans J. Spurkel and members of the Hollywood Foreign
“Why we chose THIS BOOK: MITZVAH PIZZA”
(Read the post by PJ Library to learn the answer.)
“Based on a real pizzeria, MITZVAH PIZZA by Sarah Lynn Scheerger, is a heartwarming story about fathers and daughters, fast friendship, and a young girl realizing her own agency to do a mitzvah (literally a “commandment” and often used to describe a good deed).” PJLibrary
Patricia Newman and Mehrdokht Amini’s, NEEMA’S REASON TO SMILE inspired this dream basket project.
A call out of “adventure ahoy” from KIRKUS on Josh Pruett and Scott Peterson’s MG,
SHIPWRECKERS: THE CURSE OF THE CURSED TEMPLE OF CURSES (Disney)
as “a pulpy, screwball novel…a journey spiked with absurdity.” Check: “a cursed temple? Magical jewels? Hungry hippos? A bumbling captain? … Fans of swashbuckling adventures will find much to enjoy.”
Gayle E. Pitman’s SEWING THE RAINBOW
(Magination Press; Clifton/Brown)
is a 5th-6th grade finalist in 2019 Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards! Young readers and teens can cast their vote here between March 1st and June 2nd.
Also — forthcoming from Pitman (Abrams):
THE STONEWALL RIOTS
Coming Out in the Streets
“A substantive look at a key moment in the history of the LGBTQIAP-equality movement… Pitman deftly weaves in social issues of the time—women’s liberation, the Black Power movement, El Movimiento, etc.—along with frank discussions of the ideological weaknesses sometimes found in the gay community: racism, transphobia, internalized homophobia, and misogyny… A user-friendly look at a watershed event and its context.” —KIRKUS
Pitman’s STONEWALL RIOTS, plus THIS DAY IN JUNE; and WHEN YOU LOOK OUT THE WINDOW
(Magination Press) and Dealey/Navarro Powell’s books GRANDMA’S FAVORITE and GRANDPA’S FAVORITE
–in both English and Spanish (Kane Miller) are listed in CBCBook’s Around the World (Spring 2019) list.
Fabulous review of Shannon Hitchcock’s ONE TRUE WAY (Scholastic) from Tierney/ LesLibrary:
“Coming out stories may be more oversaturated in fiction and pop culture geared toward adults and young adults, but a middle grade story like this (especially one that is so well-written, thoughtful, and tender) is nothing less than stunning–especially one starring a 12-year-old girl, set in the 1970s, and in North Carolina no less.”
Full review here.
Cool SLJ review of Michael Paul’s CHOMP (upcoming from Crown) … a companion volume to ROAR)
“CHOMP: Fans of ROAR: A Dinosaur Tour + the “Baby Shark” song will enjoy learning about sharks that live under the ocean’s surface. VERDICT A strong choice for early elem. nf shelves & a vibrant exploration of different types of sharks.” —SLJ
Meet Michael Paul next month at The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books!
Andrea Alban brought her book, THE HAPPINESS TREE and her apple tree puppet, TREEna to the 17th annual Author-Illustrator Fair at the Orion Starship School in Redwood City, CA.
A teacher created a “Tree of Gratitude” in the hallway
and invited her students to write what they are grateful for on the leaves.
The activity spread to the whole school, and the tree was full of leaves in one day!