October 2018

October 27, 2018

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Happy BOOKtober!

CONGRATS

PETE THE CAT
FIVE LITTLE PUMPKINS

by
NYT Best Selling Creator
James Dean

#2
 

For a total of
Twenty-five Weeks 

on the 
NYT Best Seller List

(as of 10. 28.18) 

The week of 10.28.18 
marks East/West's

207th week on the 
NYT Bestseller List

E/W held one or more slots for 88 consecutive weeks!

PETE THE CAT 
TRICK OR PETE
was the
#1 
PW Picture Book
Best Seller


10.12.18 

and is listed on the
USA Today Best Seller list
as well. 

PETE THE CAT
FIVE LITTLE PUMPKINS 
made the PW list too. 

Happy Book

Birthday

to
James Dean's 

PETE THE CAT
CHECKS OUT THE LIBRARY

Harper Festival 

A great introduction to the library from everyone's favorite
groovy cat.

Who knew reading could be so cool?

Includes over 30 groovy stickers!

Speaking of PETE THE CAT: look for the first book 
based on the Amazon Prime Video original series, next month!


Click image above to view
Episode 1 for free. 

Where's East/ West?

Congrats Brian Bowes, who accepted a position as professor of Illustration at the Savannah College of Art & Design.  

Bowes' work is part of an exhibit celebrating the 150th Birthday of libraries in Santa Cruz, CA. 


Deborah Warren wowed participants of SCBWI Illinois' Prairie Writers and Illustrators Day and teamed up with debut author, Eileen Meyer
(THE SUPERLATIVE A. LINCOLN / Charlesbridge)
on a panel about revision. 

 

 

Happy Book Birthday

SPIRIT RIDING FREE:
ABIGAIL'S DIARY


by
NYT Best Selling author
Stacia Deutsch

Deutsch's third
SPIRIT RIDING FREE diary,
tie-ins to the Netflix show by DreamWorks Animation, 
follows Abigail Stone's adventures at the Frontier Fillies Jamboree with her best friends,
Lucky and Pru.

Look for Stacia’s SPIRIT RIDING FREE:  LUCKY’S GUIDE TO HORSES & FRIENDSHIP, and SPIRIT RIDING FREE: PALs FOREVER, soon!

HAPPY BOOK RELEASE

to 

Award-winning
author,

Mariko Nagai's

debut MG novel in verse,

DUST OF EDEN
Paperback Edition 

Albert Whitman
 

What do you do when your home country treats you like an enemy?

"Crystal-clear prose poems paint a heart-rending picture …engaging…earnest, impassioned…
[A] vividly wrought story of displacement.”

KIRKUS

“Nagai does a wonderful job examining what it means to Mina and her family members to be American while not being treated as true citizens.”
SLJ

"[A]n honest and thoughtful exploration of a complicated chapter in American history, and the book’s strong narrative voice and solid imagery will help contemporary readers understand those complexities." —BCCB

"Nagai's writing is spare and rhythmic—it's real poetry."
Horn Book Magazine

“Nagai’s crystalline phrases, stanzas, lines that barely cover 120 pages prove gorgeously resonating.”  – Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

“Poignant … compelling and thoughtful … accessible and important.”
— International Reading Association

2015 CCBC Choice Selection

Best Older Fiction of 2014
– Chicago Public Library

One of the best New Middle Grade Novels of 2014
Christian Science Monitor

“An important and powerful work that should be on the reading lists of middle-grade educators and librarians.”

Mariko Nagai is an Associate Professor of creative writing and Japanese literature at Temple University, Japan Campus in Tokyo, where she is also the Director of Research. She also serves as Co-Regional Advisor of SCBWI Japan. 


DUST OF EDEN was recently featured in 'Dangerous Americans': Mighty Girl Books About The Internment of Japanese Americans

“This powerful novel in verse … asks the question of how you build a life worth living in such painful times.”

Look for Mariko’s new MG novels, coming from Christy Ottaviano Books (Holt/Macmillan), starting with UNDER THE BROKEN SKY, next year …

We stand with
Book the Vote, the 
nonpartisan Penguin Random House initiative dedicated to encouraging voter registration and voter turnout.

Use your voice and VOTE. 
 



Love this poster art by
Mehrdokht Amini for #MCBD's Classroom Poverty Kit. 
Both Amini and Erin Dealey are author sponsors for this year's Multicultural Children's Book Day.


Acquisitions and Licensing 

Congrats
Gregory Barrington!

Happy Book Birthday

to 
NYT Bestselling 
Author/Illustrator

Anna Dewdney's
 

LLAMA LLAMA
HOLIDAY DRAMA

Viking

The classic LLAMA LLAMA HOLIDAY DRAMA, now in board book format!

“This story is as familiar as a favorite ornament (and the cover glitters). Llama fans and newcomers alike will be charmed.” 
— SLJ


We love this trailer,
with a special reading by
Anna Dewdney.

 


Happy Book Birthday

MOUSE'S
CHRISTMAS GIFT

Mindy Baker/ Zonderkidz

Illustrated by
Dow Phumiruk*


Children's Christian
Holiday Fiction

Dow received the SCBWI Inaugural Narrative Art Award in 2017

Dow Phumiruk * pronunciation:
Dow rhymes with "wow!" 🙂
Phumiruk has a sneaky silent h:
Poo' mee ruck.

Dow's art from COUNTING ON KATHERINE (Becker; Christy Ottaviano Books) will be featured at the Society of Illustrators Original Art Show, in the Museum of American Illustration from November 7 through January 5. 


Her art from MAYA LIN: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines (Jeanne Walker-Harvey; Christy Ottaviano Books) is on display at the Library of Congress Youth Readers Center!


Check out Dow's SCBWI BookStop page about MELA AND THE ELEPHANT
her debut as a picture book author, 
and click to LIKE. 
 


Happy Book Birthday
 

THE STAR IN THE CHRISTMAS PLAY

by
Lynne Marie

Beaming Books
Illus. by Lorna Hussey 

Lynne Marie was never the Star in the Christmas Play, but enjoyed playing an angel and singing with the choir!

The author of HEDGEHOG GOES TO KINDERGARTEN, illustrated by Anne Kennedy (Scholastic) and HEDGEHOG'S 100th DAY OF SCHOOL, illustrated by Lorna Hussey (Scholastic), she is an on-staff writer for Jon and Laura Bard's Children's Book Insider, a book reviewer, and was a 2016 Cybils Awards panelist/ picture book category. 


Click image to watch
the adorable trailer. 

Here's Lynne Marie's
SCBWI BookStop page
please LIKE!

 



Join the challenge:
Take a photo in your favorite bookstore and post to social media November 10 – 16 
with the hashtag 
#loveyourbookstore 

October Book or Treat  

Scared?

Congrats to Shiho Pate, co-winner of SCBWI’s recent “Draw This” I’m Scared prompt. 
She’s
 featured in our debut issue of East/West's Illustrator Highlight,
a monthly e letter in which we will share the talent of E/W's amazing illustrators
with #kidlit art directors and publishers,
edited by East/West author Ana Crespo. 

  

Look for Luciana Navarro Powell in next month's Highlight.  

  

BOATS ON THE BAY by Jeanne Walker Harvey, illus. by Grady McFerrin/ Cameron & Co., made the NCIBA Best Seller list. 10.14.18.   

Jeanne has been full-speed-ahead at SF Bay Area book store events lately!

Check out her SCBWI BookStop page here
and LIKE,

not to mention this awesome SF Chronicle review:

  

CONGRATS Patricia Newman, who accepted her SECOND Green Earth Book Award from the Nature Generation, this time for her Sibert Award winning SEA OTTER HEROES (Millbrook/ Lerner). And look who's on her own deck of trading cards! The NatGen event wraps up a busy month for Newman, from the NatGen award dinner –and some cool school visits–in Virginia, to talking STEM on a panel at the National Science Teachers Assoc. conference in Reno, NV;

Breaking news: EAVESDROPPING ON ELEPHANTS (Millbrook/ Lerner), the “inviting introduction to biologists at work” (Booklist), just won Eureka GOLD at the California Reading Association's PDI conference. 

Congrats also to Eureka Gold winner Thomas Gonzalez,
Illustrator of COUNTDOWN–2979 DaysToThe Moon, 
who rendered “vivid mixed-media illustrations that stun.”
(PW; starred).


(Slade/ Peachtree) 

Listen to Newman on this recent podcast with Reading With Your Kids "
"Patrica Newman reminds us that scientific teams need people with diverse talents."

Plus, check out her interview on ScienceBookADay 


In addition, NEEMA'S REASON TO SMILE by Patricia Newman & Mehrdokht Amini 
(Lightswitch Learning) was part of a giveaway from PragmaticMom 

 

Even Wonder Woman and Black Panther checked out NEEMA'S REASON TO SMILE
at NYC ComicCon!

 Shannon Hitchcock's ONE TRUE WAY is featured in Scholastic's Diversity Catalog,

BookRiot's 

30 FASCINATING HISTORICAL FICTION BOOKS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL READERS

and listed on MedalOnMyMind–a Stonewall award / Speculation blog: 
MIDDLE GRADE FICTION ROUND-UP:

"[ONE TRUE WAY] may well be the first ever historical fiction title
to capture queer life for this age group.”

Check out Hitchcock's SCBWI BookStop page 
and click to LIKE!

ONE TRUE WAY was also among the #MGBooktober Day 15: Favorite Historical MG. 

And from the ScaryMommy blog: 

20 LGBTQ Books For Kids From Preschooler To High School

"[ONE TRUE WAY[ is one of the sweetest and most honest books about young queer love I have ever read. Hitchcock perfectly paints the infatuation of a first crush with the frustration of having to hide because the crush is between two girls. The backdrop of the book is a 1970s southern town soaked in religion. But 7th graders Sam and Allie challenge politics, disapproval, and fear by clinging to their feelings for each other."

More updates on Hitchcock's blog here. 


Scott Rieckens' upcoming book and documentary, PLAYING WITH FIRE,
was featured in "How to Retire in your 30's with $1 MIllion in the Bank" in the NYTimes


Henry Herz had a marine biologist (cephalopodiatrist?) help him explain
HOW THE SQUID GOT TWO LONG ARMS (Pelican) at Birch Aquarium.


 

Sarah Scheerger is the fifth grade whisperer. With her OPERATION FROG EFFECT, it feels as if a classroom of children have shared with her their deepest and most secret thoughts. It’s truly funny and genuine. Students, parents and teachers will all recognize themselves. Not only is this delightful and poignant middle grade novel filled with authentic voices, it offers the best parts of a graphic novel, some poetry, the very cool science of frogs, and most importantly a whole lot of heart. Kids will be hoppy to have this book!  It’s sure to be loved by boys and girls alike.” 
— Hillary Homzie, middle grade author of Queen of Likes and 
professor of children’s writing and literature, Hollins University

“OPERATION FROG EFFECT is like ‘The Breakfast Club’ for middle schoolers. It’ll make you laugh, cheer, and strive to be a better person.” 
— Shannon Hitchcock, author of Ruby Lee & Me and One True Way (Scholastic)

  
Erin Dealey (and Charlie) joined Sacramento's Walk4Literacy.

Selected 2019 Picture Book Previews:

  
HOW DO YOU DO?
by L. Theule, Illustrated by Gianna Marino (Bloomsbury)

"The story is serious about its shift from glum to optimistic, but the background colors and the animals' humorous expressions keep it light throughout—anyone who's needed this kind of intervention will relate." 
–KIRKUS

HOW TO READ A BOOK by Kwame Alexander (Harper Collins, illus. by Melissa Sweet)

  

HEY, WATER! by Antoinette Portis (Holiday House/ Neal Porter)
JUST LIKE MY BROTHER  by Gianna Marino (Viking) 

   

CHOMP by Michael Paul (Crown BFYR)
WHEN PENCIL MET ERASER
by Karen Kilpatrick and Luis O. Ramos, Jr. / illus. by German Blanco
(Imprint/ Macmillan)

   
PINKY GOT OUT! by Michael Portis
(Crown BFYR / illus. Lori Richmond)
MITZVAH PIZZA by Sarah Lynn Scheerger (Kar-Ben/ illus. by Deborah Melmon)

 
ISABELLA, ARTIST EXTRAORDINAIRE by Jennifer Fosberry
(Sourcebooks/ illus. Mike Litwin)
SEA OTTERS, SNAILS, AND TADPOLE TALES Illustrated by Ruth E. Harper 
(Eric Ode/ Kane Miller)

  
GRANDMA'S FAVORITE
and GRANDPA'S FAVORITE
by Erin Dealey & Luciana Navarro Powell (Kane Miller/ Indie book release);
 


  

"Overheard"  at @EastWestLit on Twitter:

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Great to see you, too, Alexandra! 

*CONGRATULATIONS ONE AND ALL*

We are thrilled and thankful to represent such amazing talent.


Artwork by Danielle Arbour