October 2022

October 31, 2022

Image by Niki Stage



Happy Book Birthday

by debut Author/Illustrator

Gela Kalaitzidis

(Flamingo / PRH)

Launching a signature style that’s both classic and fresh,
here we have Dragons Love Tacos meets Where the Wild Things Are in this rollicking story about the mishaps of a best friend duo . . .

One of B&N’s
Best Books of 2022

As featured in PW’s round-up:

The On-Sale Calendar: October 2022 Children’s Books

Author’s Spotlight

Note: Gela is pronounced Gay-lah and Kalaitzidis, Ka-lights-see-this, sounds like “Can I see this”.

Excerpt from Book Birthday Blog
interview with Erin Dealey:

Q . Since you are the author/illustrator of OZZIE AND PRINCE ZEBEDEE, I’m curious which came first in this project—the illustrations or the characters or the story?

GK: I would say the story came first. I actually wrote and illustrated something similar when I was around 16 years old. It was a longer story about a boy named Hugo who suffered from insomnia and while he was walking around at night, he ran into a dragon and a prince.

Many years later I remembered that story and rewrote it. My critique group helped me see that the heart of the story was with the bickering side characters, and slowly the manuscript evolved to what it is today.

I recently found the illustrations I made as a teenager in my father’s attic. I had completely forgotten how I drew back then, but seeing how much of the story I’ve been carrying around with me all these years was fun. That’s a pretty long production time, from 1989-2022!

Q . Where does Prince Zebedee’s name come from?

GK: My oldest daughter had a friend in kindergarten whose brother was named Zebedee. I’d never heard that name before but it felt perfect for my main character.

I should also mention that Ozzie’s original name was Ozymandias after Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem. And Zebedee’s cute looks are from my Godson. Inspiration comes from everywhere.

Q. How has your career as a movie digital artist (wherein you’ve “made Robert Downey Jr. fly, Brad Pitt age backwards, and sank Johnny Depp in numerous pirate ships…” ) influenced your work as a picture book creator?

GK: When you work with Visual FX for movies you work in a team. You have a client, a director, a supervisor, etc. guiding the shots. From that, I learned that critique is never personal against you, it’s a way to improve and get the best out of your art.

Sometimes I wish I still had a VFX supervisor checking my work on a big movie screen, circling areas to improve with a bright laser-pointer. I guess that’s who my talented agent and editor [here’s a shout out to Margaret Anastas!] are to me now.

Fun fact: Deborah Warren saw Gela’s portfolio at the 2019 SCBWI summer conference in Los Angeles. A few days later she joined the agency. It was love at first ART!

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Gela’s Illustrator Highlight

Happy Book Birthday

Karen Kilpatrick

Illustrated by Germán Blanco

(Genius Cat Books)

From the award-winning team of Karen Kilpatrick and Germán Blanco, this is the first in a humorous and action-packed early graphic novel series for young readers who love fun, adventure, and mystery!

“This is a delightful, cartoonish romp with zany digital illustrations that will have readers begging to know when the promised sequel will be released… Don’t let this book flutter by — read it!

This outlandish whodunit will keep readers guessing and laughing…all the way to the surprise ending!

P.I. Butterfly books and games develop:
🦋 Analytical and critical thinking 🦋 Observation skills
🦋 Problem-solving skills 🦋 Laughter and fun!

Look for Book 2 soon!

Happy Book Birthday

… continuing Shiho Pate’s non-fiction debut launched by ANIMATED SCIENCE: PERIODIC TABLE—the second in a fun and informative comic series:

Scholastic Nonfiction
Written by John Farndon

Scholastic Book Fair selection

in Children’s Earth Science Books

Rocks are everywhere – from the crust of the planet that you walk on, to the walls of your home, to the parts of your smartphone. Rocks are made from crystal minerals, some of which can be polished into gems – the most beautiful natural things on Earth.

Watch the trailer here

Full of fun facts like this one!

“Amazing faces and kid friendly descriptions in the opening “Rock Table” and “Mineral Table” humorously explore the classifications of rocks and minerals. Then individually illustrated, superhero-like, cameos (a spear wielding Rhyolite) and a conversational voice, provide an engaging way to explore the origin and characteristics of rocks and minerals, as well as a little history (the creation of Mt. Rushmore) and mini biographies (Mary Anning). A mineral detective section helps identify minerals by color, shape, luster, and testing. A wonderful book for rock collectors and comic lovers a like.”
—The Picture Book Buzz

Book 1, ANIMATED SERIES: PERIODIC TABLE, is a Kid’s Book Choice Awards finalist.

Up next:

RAMEN FOR EVERYONE (Patricia Tanumihardja / Illustrated by Shiho Pate/ March 2023/ Atheneum) is a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection!

Shiho’s Illustrator Highlight


for the 6th week
(10.17 print edition)


(as of 10.13)


(as of 10.03)



Also featured by Brightly in

Going Fright-Free: 23 Halloween Books for Little Pumpkins

Kids Bestsellers | Barnes & Noble®




Amazon has licensed Joey Spiotto’s GRUMPY UNICORN HITS THE ROAD (Scholastic)—the graphic novel sequel to GRUMPY UNICORN, WHY ME? —for their Kids+ subscription program.

Also available:


Dreamscape Media has licensed English language Iconographic Video rights throughout North America to A LIFE OF SERVICE (Candlewick; Christina Soontornvat) illustrated by Dow Phumiruk.


PJ Library has licensed rights to LEO’S TREE (Annick; Debora Pearson), illustrated by Nora Hilb.

¡Feliz cumpleaños!

Illustrated JJ Harrison
Translated by Isabel Mendoza
Edited by Adriana Dominguez

(Penguin Young Readers)

Celebrate the holidays with Llama Llama and all his friends in this bilingual 8 x 8 storybook, based on the hit animated Netflix series!

The ever-popular Llama Llama finally arrives in the Spanish-speaking market!

The Llama Llama TV tie-in program includes 8x8s, leveled readers, sticker and activity books, and more, all featuring the themes, characters, and artwork from the Netflix television series.

Over 10 million Llama Llama books in print—Anna Dewdney‘s Llama Llama hardcover picture books have sales of over 1,000,000 copies combined!

More Spanish editions:

Llama Llama concept board books from Anna Dewdney’s
Learning with Llama/Aprendiendo con Llama Llama
early education series

(Viking Children’s Books)

Illustrated by JT Morrow
Translated by Claudia Hoepelman

Art by JT Morrow

Incluida en la selección de grandes éxitos de The New York Times, la serie narrativa de Anna Dewdney continúa con un nuevo libro ilustrado de Llama Llama que nos lleva de la A a la Z.

Along with :


Art by JT Morrow

“Everyone’s favorite llama is back in these Spanish-language board books exploring colors and numbers. … The lilting and rhyming text make these perfect for nap time or lapsits. -VERDICT Great selections for where Llama Llama is a favorite and Spanish-language board books are in need.”
—Shelly M. Diaz

Other Spanish editions:

Best Spanish Books for Kids 2022: 30 Top-Selling Bilingual Reads

Additional titles:

Author’s Spotlight

Click the above to watch a tribute to our beloved Anna Dewdney (1965-2016), who will forever be in our hearts.

Image by Marie Boyd

Happy Book Birthday

Illustrated by John Ledda

Written by Francesca Hampton

(Bala Kids Books)


A Curious Kid’s Guide to Life’s Ups and Downs and Lots In-Between

Includes a step-by-step guided practice at the end to get kids started.

Illustrator Spotlight

John Ledda is a lifelong lover of children’s books and holds an MFA in illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He creates charming, humorous, and heartfelt images and stories for readers of all ages and currently lives and works in the Bay Area.

John’s Illustrator Highlight

Image by Heather Brockman Lee

Illustrator Highlight

featuring the work of Brian Bowes

See the entire Highlight here.

Save the date, E/W clients!

Fa-BOO-lous October News!

BLACK GIRL RISING wins African American Literary Award:

At the 18th annual African American Literary Awards, BLACK GIRL RISING by Brynne Barnes (Chronicle/ Illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh) was honored as the winner in the Children’s Book category.

“I just want to thank everyone here … for blessing this project, this beautiful book, with their time, energy, and creativity. I’m overcome with gratitude every time I hold BLACK GIRL RISING in my hands.”
Brynne Barnes
Excerpt from acceptance speech

Image (r) by @DanielleMariettaBooks on Instagram

Art by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

Watch the BLACK GIRL RISING Book Trailer


A SEED GROWS is a PW Best Book of 2022:

Best Books 2022: Publishers Weekly – Picture Books: Publishers Weekly

“It’s a volume almost as jam-packed as a seed itself.”—PW

Further accolades from:


Antoinette Portis’s ebullient and sun-dappled A SEED GROWS is a thing of beauty … (with) visually rich colors, textures, and patterns …”


A SEED GROWS (Antoinette Portis / Neal Porter Books)
ABLAZE WITH COLOR (Loveis Wise/Jeanne Harvey / HC)


Megan E. Freeman’s ALONE received the High Plains BookAward / Literature of the U.S. and Canadian high plains.

ALONE is also featured as an ALAN Pick (NCTE) for October:

“Beyond this being an engaging read, this book helps to highlight mental health and how important it is to have not just physical safety but a safe mental space as well. When loneliness becomes almost as big a burden as a snow storm or a group of looters, it places the highlight on self-awareness and survival in every sense of the word.

“Young readers will enjoy this book and the harrowing feats Maddie endures, but they will also enjoy the beautiful language on its own, as this book melds lyrical text with fast-paced action.”


Alma Fullerton’s FLIPPING FORWARD TWISTING BACKWARD is nominated for a 2023 Silver Birch Express Award
from the Ontario Library Association:

Where is East/West?

Children’s Authors, Illustrators Connect with Booksellers at MPIBA 2022

Children’s Authors, Illustrators Connect with Booksellers at MPIBA 2022


… joined by members of the E/W family Lisa Johnston Hancock (center) and Shiho Pate



Click on the link to see the trailer from Book #1, WHERE DO CREATURES SLEEP AT NIGHT,
illustrated by NYT-bestselling Ruth E. Harper:

Trailer: Where Do Creatures Sleep At Night? – YouTube





NYT-bestselling author Gaby Triana was seen haunting the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival in MA with her anthology LITERALLY DEAD (Alien Head Press)



A recent #1 in the category of Children’s Fashion Books!




Megan E. Freeman (ALONE) and Halli Gomez (LIST OF TEN)
presented at The Louisville Book Festival in Louisville, KY Oct 28-29.

October is…




Fire Prevention Month

HELLO, TREE by Ana Crespo & Dow Phumiruk (Little, Brown)


…and the spooky season!

Give yourself a treat and watch:

CONGRATS to Blake Harris on his writing credit!


There’s still time to vote!
Check out our E/W finalists in the 2022 CBC Kids’ Book Choice Awards:

Nationwide long list voting to select the winners of each category ends on 11/13/2022.
Learn more and find the link for kids to vote here.

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