November / December 2023

November 8, 2023

 Good News–from East to West 
and everywhere in between!

Image by Heather Brockman Lee


Children’s Bestsellers: 

Facts and Figures compilation

Hardcover Backlist

Paperback Backlist


 Annual List  (2.23) 


Alexandra Alessandri

…with a 2nd star just in:


Congrats Shiho Pate

Thomas Gonzalez

…with a 2nd star just in:


Via stunningly realistic pastel, colored pencil, and airbrush artwork, Gonzalez presents a series of colorful octopus portraits, each shown in tight close-up. The images give the sense of being underwater, near enough to touch each species’ tentacles and look into its eyes …  an accessible, fact-rich volume.”


Dow Phumiruk


Image by Dow Phumiruk.

Happy Book Birthday

by Lauren H. Kerstein 

Illustrated by Nanette Regan

(Beaming Books)

A sensitively told SEL story about grief, cherishing family memories…  

Images throughout © Nanette Regan

… and the comforting truth that love lives on forever.

“I wanted to write a book that would capture the fact that even when someone isn’t part of our day-to-day/ our physical world, their love still lives on. The final iteration includes bits and pieces of many important people in my life. From cucumber hiccups to dancing to the jewelry box, each scene represents a way that my loved ones will live on forever… Nanette Regan’s incredibly beautiful illustrations added even more SEL and resonance.”
—Lauren H. Kerstein

SPOTLIGHT: Lauren H. Kerstein and Remembering Grandpa (

Book launch and Giving Party celebrated on Good Day Colorado:

As featured in
The Picture Book Buzz

Book cover - mom and son in a garden by large cucumber plant and sunflowers.

Q. What was the inspiration or your spark of interest for Remembering Sundays with Grandpa?

LHK: The inspiration for this book was the wonderful relationship I had with my grandmother. Her name was Henrietta. … The first main character was female and named Hannah—with an H for Henrietta, and she missed her grandmother. But over time, this book morphed into Henry and his grandpa. I wrote this book as a way to pay tribute to her. I also wanted to write a book for my daughters to help them with grief they might experience, especially as their great grandmother, Mimi, aged.

Q. How long did it take from the first draft to publication for Remembering Sundays with Grandpa?

LHK: It took approximately eleven years from initial draft to publication. In fact, this manuscript sat in the proverbial drawer for around nine years. I plucked it from the drawer after a meeting with an editor (a different editor) who said she wanted a book for her son about grief. I re-wrote it for her and although she ultimately declined, the incredible Andrea Hall with Beaming Books acquired it right away. So, after years of sitting in the drawer, I ripped it to shreds, put it back together and sold it a couple of months after that rewrite.

Round-up feature

15 New Picture Books,
November 2023

“…a sweet story that addresses the death of a grandparent and how a child comes to terms with their grief.”

Lauren H. Kerstein is an author and psychotherapist. She is a Jersey girl at heart who currently lives in Colorado with her husband, their daughters, and their rescue dogs. Lauren is the author of HOME FOR A WHILE, and the Rosie the Dragon and Charlie picture book series. She runs #ReVISIONweek and is a member of SCBWI and 12×12.

Happy Book Birthday

by Natasha Yim

Illustrated by
Jingting Wang

(words & pictures)

“A comprehensive and accessible introduction to an
important Chinese holiday.”

Images throughout © Jingting Wang

“This heavily illustrated guide to Lunar New Year, for 5 to 7 year olds, has a 16-page fact section, a craft project, a quiz, and a story about Ling and her family who celebrate Lunar New Year in China.”
The Bookseller

“…jovial mood with crisp color-block illustrations.”

As seen in
Children’s Bookshelf 

Natasha Yim was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, but attended elementary school in Singapore, and high school in Hong Kong. She came to the U.S. for college. Most of her career has been in counseling or social work. It was through reading and telling stories to kids who were away from their families that Natasha discovered how stories can soothe, comfort and inspire children, and why she decided to write books for kids. Natasha enjoys writing for different mediums, including magazine articles (both for kids and adults), short plays, play and book reviews. She is currently working on two middle grade novels as well as more picture book projects.

Happy Book Birthday 


Retold by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Illustrated by
Susy Pilgrim Waters

(via Lilla Rogers Studio)

(Square Fish / Macmillan)

“This fresh new version will soon have young listeners and readers telling the story themselves.” 

“Grandma’s witty resourcefulness and the opportunity to compare cross-cultural story traditions make this a useful resource and a good readaloud.”

in more than one sense of the word.”

Featured in Macmillan’s

…along with LaChanze’s

Image by Caroline Dittmann

THANKS and GIVING November 

meets Merry BOOKmas Cheer!


Ernesto Cisneros (@cisne.writes) • Instagram photos and videos

And there’s even more SOPER news!




(Dow with Arthur Levine of Levine Querido)


55 Best Picture Books of 2023 (

Honor Book


KidLit Connection: Getting to Know Illustrator, Luciana Navarro Powell – Weyakin Designs





Excerpted from April’s newsletter:







Mimi Rankin, School & Library Marketing team Manager / HC and M. García Peña, Latinx Kidlit Book Festival


Halli’s SCBWI-sponsored panel made PW:

In Brief: November 30, 2023 (




Beach Lane Executive Editor Andrea Welch, E/W dinner with Carol Hinz & Shaina Olmanson of Lerner, and Chronicle Executive Editor Melissa Manlove & Senior Editor Ariel Richardson 





Pruett’s Andrews McMeel panel made PW!

In Brief: December 7, 2023 (





Here, here to the holiday cheer!

Holiday Buying Guide 2023



2023 Books for Kids and Teens


Speaking of Afro Unicorn…

In Brief: November 2, 2023 (


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