Splash! A spunky little girl plays a spirited game of hide-and-seek with water, in this gorgeously illustrated nf picture book.
by Sendak-fellow and
award winning creator
(Neal Porter Books /
Exploring the different ways water exists in the world–ponds and puddles, snaking streams and garden hoses–Hey, Water! is a celebration of the many ways we see and use water every day.
“An ideal read-aloud for the youngest scientists…bold,
beautiful and simple illustrations
…a striking first science book.”
“A joyful, lyrical celebration of water… Portis’ bold illustrations undulate on the page… raindrops roar and pour; dwarfing a whale, oceans surge (even on the endpapers)…An energetic and literary introduction to water science.”
A non-fiction picture book for the youngest readers complete with accessible back matter on the water cycle, water conservation, and more …
“The text creates an easy-going, conversational tone while maintaining a good balance of scientific knowledge, everyday observation, and a child’s perspective. In the book’s artwork, …the brushstrokes bring a sense of spontaneity and energy…
“Playful and informative, Portis’ main text is spare and accessible, with occasional, effective use of figurative language . . . crisp, uncluttered … illustrations.” — HORN BOOKStarredreview
“Portis narrates in a conversational tone...But her story tackles a tricky cognitive task:…The same element [water] can exist in several different forms…”
“Page design is simple and airy, with variations in viewpoint to keep the visuals fresh…a lively celebration…”
In NYC with Editor Emily Feinberg,
Roaring Brook Press, Antoinette, and
BEST FRINTS AT SKROOL,
a companion volume to the four-starred “cosmically delightful” (KIRKUS), “wonderfully wacky” (SLJ), otherworldly book about friendship, BEST FRINTS IN THE WHOLE UNIVERSE.
Congrats and safe travels to Antoinette, who will make her second trip to China for the Bookworm Literary Festival soon!
PS In case you missed #WorldWaterDay— HEY, WATER! is a perfect read. Everyone deserves access to clean, safe water. Learn how to do your part to conserve our planet’s fresh water resources at the United Nation’s unwater.org.
As a way of celebrating World Water Day 2019 Antoinette created a special piece to show the world what water means to her.
Antoinette took over the Holiday House Instagram feed and focused on a behind the scenes making of
HEY, WATER! (click image below to read)
Holiday House hosted a book giveaway on twitter and FB platforms to celebrate both World Water Day and the release of HEY, WATER–supplemented as well by an educator’s guide and a dedicated e-newsletter.
Special Thanks to the fabulous Holiday House promotion, publicity, and marketing team.
Where’s East/West? NYC–again!
(above) Stacey Barney, Executive Editor at Penguin/ GP Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers — chatting about Karen Ehrhardt, and her upcoming pb bio of renowned African musician,
Salif Keita, THE DIFFERENCE.
With Shana Corey, editor of Sarah Scheerger’s MG debut, OPERATION FROG EFFECT. (Random House BFYR)
Talking OPERATION FROG EFFECT (Sarah Scheerger) w/ Assoc. Publishing Director Michelle Nagler, Random House BFYR.
Click image above to listen to Scheerger discuss OPERATION FROG EFFECT.
Now in paperback!
Best Selling Author
2015 Newbery Medal Winner
A 2015 Coretta Scott King Honor Award Winner
Five Starred Reviews
YALSA 2015 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults∙ 2015 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers ∙PW Best Book ∙ SLJ Best Book∙ KIRKUS Best Book
Look for: THE CROSSOVER Graphic Novel by Alexander,
illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile,
adapting Alexander’s Newbery-winning novel (HMH)
Hess and Alexander will receive their award on April 5th at Howard University in D.C. The Children’s Africana Book Awards (CABA) are presented annually to the authors and illustrators of the best children’s and young adult books on Africa published or republished in the U.S. The awards were created by Africa Access and the Outreach Council of the African Studies Association (ASA) to encourage the publication and use of accurate, balanced children’s materials about Africa.
Hess’s picture book THE ONE AND ONLY WOLFGANG (From Pet Rescue to One Big Happy Family) — co-written with Steve Greig, illus. Nadja Sarell / Zonderkidz,releases in September.
Sarah Scheerger’s Launch Party for OPERATION FROG EFFECT at Mrs.Fig’s Bookworm, was a hopping success!
Acquisitions & Licensing
Heather Hughes at Sleeping Bear Press has acquired world rights to Alexandra Alessandri’s debut picture book, ISABEL AND HER COLORES GO TO KINDERGARTEN, loosely based on Alexandra’s experience of starting kindergarten in NY while knowing only Spanish, to be released in 2012 as a bilingual book.
Pearson Education has licensed non-exclusive educational rights to GRANDMA AND THE GREAT GOURD: A BENGALI FOLKTALE (Roaring Brook Press), a Kirkus Best Book of 2013, by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, illustrated by Susy Pilgrim Waters via Lilla Roger Studios.
Nypon has licensed Swedish rights to indie rocker Chris Gorman’sONE OF A KIND (Nancy Paulsen Books), which captures the thrill and challenges of marching to your own beat with bold, graphic art.
¡Libros en español! Spanish editions of GRANDMA’S FAVORITE and GRANDPA’S FAVORITE (Kane Miller) by Erin Dealey and Luciana Navarro Powell.
Happy Book Birthday(s)
PETE THE CAT’S
GIANT GROOVY BOOK
(My First I Can Read/
Ideal for children learning to sound out words and sentences and beginning readers, this collection includes both My First and Level 1 books, making it perfect for young readers who are ready to grow with I Can Read …
Includes eight favorite tales plus a brand-new one exclusive to this collection:
(above) Editorial Director Jenny Bak of JIMMY Patterson imprint,
Little Brown BFYR.
Colorado Book and Arts Festival: Lauren Kerstein, Heather Brockman Lee, and Dow Phumirik
SCBWI SF/South Asilomar GG Conference: Naomi Kinsman Downing,
Erin Dealey, and Evan Sagerman –aka Ian Hoffman with his new book co-authored by Sarah Hoffman — JACOB’S ROOM TO CHOOSE (Magination Press, Illus. Chris Case)
Luciana Navarro Powell will be in Italia soon for the Bologna Children’s Book Fair! Check out her portfolio preparations:
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.”
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 FORBIDDEN HOLLYWOOD
(Running Press/ Turner Movie Classics)
April 2. #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
“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!