(illustrated by Addy Rivera Sonda;
Ava Gabriela is visiting her family in Colombia for the holidays, but her loud relatives and the unfamiliar place make Ava shy and quiet. Will she find her voice?
LIA & LUÍS:
WHO HAS MORE?
(in hardcover and paperback)
by Ana Crespo
(illustrated by Giovana Medeiros;
Luís likes to brag – but when he insists he’s got more snacks than Lia, can his sister prove him wrong?
COW BOY IS NOT
by Gregory Barrington
Meet Goat Girl and Merle: an irresistible pair of characters who show young readers that the best friendships are built on more than first impressions.
Happy Book Birthday
ROLLO’S MANY COATS
by NYT Bestselling Author
illustrated by Keith Frawley)
Book #3 in the easy-to-read series, just “write” for progressing readers, about a rambunctious, mischievous, and totally lovable bulldog, Rollo!
Inspired by the real-life Rollo–pictured here (l) with Francesco Sedita (President & Publisher of Penguin Workshop)
…which began with the launch of UH-OH, ROLLO! and WHERE’S ROLLO?
Happy Book Birthdays
WHERE IS ROLLO?
…now available in paperback.
LOOK AT ROLLO!
Duncan is a former reading instructor, teacher, and school administrator. He was the longtime partner of Anna Dewdney, and is a co-creator and an executive producer/writer for the “Llama Llama” animated Netflix television series.
Happy Book Birthday
based on Anna Dewdney’s
NYT bestselling picture books
and an episode from the original series, now in its second season on Netflix.
“A heartfelt narrative that marries refreshingly unapologetic LGBTQ illustrations with text that many child readers will be able to relate to. This celebration of nonconforming parents is a nuanced and noteworthy addition to any home, classroom, or library.”
Gender diverse families finally get a story that celebrates the parent-child bond…
“The latest in Pitman’s LGBTQ books for children introduces young readers to a parent whose gender identity and expression are ‘entirely fantastically their own’—not a mommy or a daddy, but ‘my Maddy….’ Such positive images of gender-nonconforming presentations are rare in children’s literature, making this a valuable addition to any school, public, or personal library for its engaging art and accessible representation for a wide age range… Much needed in the landscape of family-oriented picture books.” –Kirkus
Included in PW‘s
READING WITH PRIDE:
LGBTQ BOOKS 2020 List
“Most mommies are girls. Most daddies are boys. But lots of parents are neither a boy nor a girl. Like my Maddy” …Pitman’s affirming text highlights the joy of in-between things—hazel eyes, sporks, sunrises, motorcycles (“It’s not a car or a bicycle. It’s kind of both, and it’s something all its own”) —gently illuminating the idea that people, too, can exist beyond categorization. An extensive note from a psychologist is aimed at parents transitioning or living an affirmed gender.”
From The Horn Book:
Diversity Five Ways:
Five Questions for Gayle E. Pitman
How do we help children of nonbinary parents navigate questions from their friends and friends’ parents?
Children should never feel they have to navigate these questions by themselves. Parents who identify as nonbinary (and those who don’t) can open the lines of communication with other parents, teachers, and other adults, and help prepare their children for questions friends might ask.
Check out these other
Magination titles from Pitman:
THIS DAY IN JUNE
Winner of The Stonewall Award
A Top Ten Title, 2015 ALA Rainbow List
Winner, 2015 Notable Books for a Global Society Awards
Named one of the most important books of the last decade by The Advocate’s “40 Under 40” list
WHEN YOU LOOK OUT
SEWING THE RAINBOW
5th-6th grade Finalist in 2019 Children’s Choice Book Awards
2019 ALA GLBT Round Table Rainbow Book List Selection
NCSS-CBC 2019 Notable Social Science Trade Book for Young People
National Parenting Product Award Winner (NAPPA)
FEMINISM FROM A TO Z
Gold Medal, 2018 IPPY Awards
Silver Medal, 2017 Foreword INDIES Awards
THE STONEWALL RIOTS
2020 Rainbow List
A CHURCH FOR ALL
Acquisitions and Licensing
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has selected NYT bestselling Gianna Marino’s “magical,” “brilliant” (Kirkus; starred) JUST LIKE MY BROTHER (Viking)
for their program. We love you, Dolly!
As a 4th foreign language license, Jacarandá Editora has “penciled in” Portuguese rights to Karen Kilpatrick, Luis O. Ramos, Jr. and German Blanco’s WHEN PENCIL MET ERASER (Imprint/Macmillan), a 2020 ILA-CBC Children’s Choice Selection and a 2019 Parents Best Children’s Book.
Stay tuned for the “colorful” companion, WHEN PENCIL MET THE MARKERS,
Speaking of penciling in…
SAVE THE DATE
At 10am PT, on June 27th, at the Bay Area Book Festival #UNBOUND virtual series, join award-winning author Jim Averbeck and award-winning animator and illustrator Yasmeen Ismail, in their quest for love and art as they discuss LOVE BY SOPHIA (McElderry/S&S), the latest installment of the series that Kirkus calls “fun, clever, and empowering.”
Halli Gomez, debut author of the upcoming #ownVoices YA, LIST OF TEN (Sterling),
was on a panel at SLJ Day of Dialog.
Shannon Hitchcock and FLYING OVER WATER (Scholastic) co-author Naheed Hasnat Senzai were part of Missouri Assoc. of School Libraries webinar: Stories in Conflict–Findiing Hope in War.
In addition to BookBound 2020, #SocDistBookFest, Everywhere Fest and ninosbookfest, Ernesto Cisneros appeared at #UNBOUND:
Speaking of Ernesto‘s EFRÉN DIVIDED, it’s been chosen as a Project Lit Selection, along with Kwame Alexander’s BOOKED and THE CROSSOVER, and the graphic adaptation of THE CROSSOVER,
illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile.
Alexandra Alessandrini (left)presented the #OwnVoices webinar Mining Our Cultural Heritage and Memories for Stories –watch a free replay here–with Joana Pastro, offered through Las Musas. Find out more about Las Musas and their free webinars here.
JACOB’S ROOM TO CHOOSE by Sarah & Ian Hoffman (Chris Case / MaginationPress) – included in the 2020 Rainbow Book List — is also a Foreword Indies Finalist!
SUMMER 2020 READING LIST
THANK YOU, INDIES!
UNDER THE BROKEN SKY by Mariko Nagai (Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt/Macmillan):
Sarah Scheerger’s MG, OPERATION FROG EFFECT (Random House), continues to be awarded and/or nominated to 2020/2021 state lists – in addition to Florida [Sunshine State Readers Award] and Maryland [the Black-Eyed Susan] the “compelling … enticingly readable” novel has recently been honored in Virginia and Alaska [HK Battle of the Books].
CONGRATS to Ernesto Cisneros and Heather Brockman Lee on their SCBWI call-outs for the RAM award and the winning piece in the April “Draw This!” word prompt –cooped up– for illustrators.