Deutsch’s fourth SPIRIT RIDING FREE companion volume, a
tie-in to the Netflix show by DreamWorks Animation,
wherein Lucky shares tips about friendship, with pages of fun quizzes, games, and even yummy recipes …
Look for Stacia’s SPIRIT RIDING FREE:
Acquisitions & Licensing
Scott Rieckens‘ PLAYING WITH FIRE: WHAT WOULD YOU DO FOR FINANCIAL FREEDOM?, a companion book to the author’s upcoming documentary about the growing “Financial Independence Retire Early (FIRE)” community and his family’s decision to change their lifestyle through frugal living (minimalism), a very high savings rate (50-70% of income) and low-cost stock index fund investing in order to reach financial independence quickly, to Jason Gardner
at New World Library
in a nice deal.
BOATS ON THE BAY by Jeanne Walker Harvey
(illus. Grady McFerrin/
Cameron & Co.)
is listed in Boating Magazine’sCool Boating Gifts for This Holiday Season: “…This book, with its lovely images and insightful descriptions of boats on SF Bay, will inspire, entertain, and inform …boaters of all ages.”
And don’t forget…
CHRISTMAS IN THE BARN Margaret Wise Brown’s classic, illustrated by Anna Dewdney.
PETE THE CAT SAVES CHRISTMAS (Dean & Litwin/ Harper Collins)
DECK THE WALLS by Erin Dealey (Sleeping Bear/
A parody of the classic carol, about the kids’ table at a holiday dinner.
CONGRATS Sarah Aspinall
PENGUINS LOVE COLORS
Blue Sky Press / Scholastic has been nominated for the amazing and prestigious One Book for Colorado award, the first ever book to be put forward two years running!
“Inspired by their radical teacher, eight elementary school students speak up for what they believe in and make change in their school community. In Scheerger’s middle-grade debut, she tackles issues of friendship, bullying, immigration, women’s rights, access to education, and homelessness/poverty. Her characters are genuine and complex as they grow and change. A thoughtful exploration of the power of the collective voice
—growing up is owning up and speaking up.”
An ARC of Sarah Scheerger’s debut middle grade, OPERATION FROG EFFECT (RH)–coming in February— has been hopping around to lucky readers too, much to their frog-tastic delight:
… Scheerger does an expert job throughout of keeping multiple subplots untangled and the voices of her narrators distinct … the author infuses her story in nonpreachy ways with themes of kindness, respect for others, and the importance of acting responsibly, capped by a list of helpful web resources.”
And HEY … look what’s trickling out into the world soon!
HEY, WATER! by Antoinette Portis
“Portis narrates in a conversational tone—“Hey, water! I know you! You’re all around.” But her story tackles a tricky cognitive task—recognizing an element that masquerades in different states. Clean graphic spreads mimic a map, with aerial views of water on the surface of the Earth in the matte palette that Portis (Not a Box) fans know. Each watery object—“stream,” “river,” “ocean”—is captioned in block letters with running text that conveys the actions of liquid water: “You trickle… and gurgle… and rush toward the sea.” But water is more complicated than this: “Water, even when you try to fool me, I know you.” It can hang suspended in midair as vapor (“You hide in the air and drift”) or be solid as “a rock that floats,” or “soft as a feather and fancier than lace. But water, I know it’s you!” The same element can exist in several different forms, the words imply—our senses don’t always tell us the truth about identity. Notes at the end with additional illustrations provide more information about states of matter, the water cycle, and conservation.”
@Bookstagram selected Jim Averbeck’s TWO PROBLEMS FOR SOPHIA
as the Best Picture Book Sequel 2018.
Deborah Warren with original art by Dow Phumiruk from COUNTING ON KATHERINE (Becker; Christy Ottaviano Books), and Chris Gorman’s ONE OF A KIND (Nancy Paulsen Books), at the opening of the Society of Illustrators Original Art Show, in the Museum of American Illustration, (open through January 5th), including featured selections from:
Mehrdokht Amini’s A MOON FOR MOE AND MO (Zalben/Charlesbridge). Grady McFerrin’s art from Jeanne Walker Harvey’s BOATS ON THE BAY was also represented in the Show.
Editor sightings: With Tracy Gates / Viking ~ and Emily Feinberg / Roaring Brook
To celebrate ABA’s recent “Love Your Bookstore Week,” Jim Averbeck created 2-sided posters with art from TREVOR (Amy Hevron; illustrator/Roaring Brook/Macmillan).
Macmillan and bookselling organizations around the country featured the promotion by including downloadable links in their newsletters, including this one:www.nciba.com
THANK YOU, booksellers, indeed!
Averbeck was part of Abilities United Authors Luncheon.
And check out the amazing TREVOR cookies!
Shannon Hitchcockpresented a session entitled LGBT Books–Mirrors and Windows for Students at the recent Florida Association for Media in Education Conference.
Check out her recap of the FAME conference here.
Hitchcock’s ONE TRUE WAY (Scholastic) is featured in the 50 of the Best LGBT Books of 2018: “Two seventh grade girls, Sam and Allie, realize that the crush they have on the other is mutual. But it’s the 1970s in the South, a hard time and place to be true to their queer selves.”