Winter 2022 Newsletter

December 24, 2022

Image by Z.B. Asterplume


Happy Book Birthday 

by award-winning
Gregory Barrington

(Harper Collins)


From award-winning COW BOY IS NOT A COWBOY author Gregory Barrington comes a twist on a fairytale in need of a serious retelling!

In this hilarious spin on the classic "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" story, Goldi meets a boisterous family of bears who destroy her home before she ever set foot on their doorstep. 

It’s time for a new (and totally true) narrative that clears Goldi’s name once and for all.

Creator's Spotlight:
Originally from Chicago, Gregory Barrington now lives at the foot of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado with his just-right family and four dogs that have noses that are too cold and breath that is too hot. While he has seen bears outside his front door, he has never let them into his house.

Gregory’s first book, COW BOY IS NOT A COWBOY (Harper Collins), was the winner of the thirtieth annual Colorado Book Award and received a starred review from School Library Journal.

Instagram: @barringtontales
Twitter: @BarringtonTales

Happy Book Birthday

Revised Edition; Paperback

Written by Mary Batten 

Thomas Gonzalez 

(Peachtree )
Coming Dec. 20th!

Updated, well-researched STEM (SCIENCE) for upper elementary students

The first of two N/F companion titles—informative introductions to earth science—about animals and plants in extreme environments and how they are being affected by climate change—from the frozen world of Antarctica to the boiling hot vents at the bottom of the sea.

Informativefascinating… The text makes a compelling case for understanding and caring about Antarctica. Gonzalez’s illustrations provide an intriguing depiction of the setting…. The well-researched text and captivating illustrations work well to convey the importance of conservation.

The ice is melting, and that is affecting not only Antarctica’s creatures but also people all over the world.  Sure to spark a passion for conservation of this incredible habitat.

“…set against a backdrop of gorgeous Antarctic scenes created by Gonzalez.…the scenery is magnificent…”

Beautifully illustrated… Batten presents well-researched and clearly written text that includes enough detail to engage readers without overwhelming them…. Gonzalez’s double-page pictures present vivid scenes of windswept ice, dramatic skies, and seas teeming with life. This inviting volume provides a lively introduction to Antarctica and its unique ecosystem.”

“Thomas Gonzalez’s watercolor illustrations are lively and precise, helping to make this an enchanting, educational introduction to Antarctica’s biodiversity.”
―Foreword Reviews
Also available,
the companion volume:

Up next from Gonzalez at Peachtree:
The 2nd N/F collaboration with Sibert-award winning Suzanne Slade following: 

The JLG title received three starred reviews, a Parents' Choice Gold Award, and was named an Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12.

(Coming 4/23)

Strange but true nonfiction filled with stunning illustrations, fascinating facts, and illuminating, elegant poetry—sidebars and back matter provide more information about octopuses and the specific species in the book.

Illustrator's Spotlight:
Thomas Gonzalez has been drawing since he was a child in Havana, Cuba. A Spanish speaker, Thomas didn’t know the English language when he migrated with his family to the States, so it became even more natural to express himself in pictures.

Express and impress, we might add!

Gonzalez’s debut picture book, 14 COWS FOR AMERICA, received many starred reviews—SLJ described it as “exquisite”—and made several national bestseller lists, including the NYT, which hailed Gonzalez’s illustrations as "beautifully evocative."

Happy Book Birthday


Illustrated by
Ruth E. Harper 


The 2nd N/F picture book
in the trilogy:

Written by Steven
& Clifford Simmons

well told and engaging . . . 

The rhyming format engages the reader's attention and is a sure way to effectively inform a child’s play, imagination and knowledge. The illustrations are beautiful, colorful and crystal clear. Overall, the format of the book and illustrations combine to draw the reader in, engage them, maintain their attention and extend their curiosity … a real treasure.”

As featured in:

"Did you know that hippos sleep underwater?"

Click the above image (at minute 15:50).

"Drifting off to sleep has never been easier, especially with the illustrations by Ruth Harper…" 

Big animals sleep, just like you! But where? And how? Let's take a look at what some big creatures do when you are asleep and the day is through.


Book #1 

"Realistic watercolor illustrations highlight the animals and, for the night scenes, incorporate the midnight blue introduced on the endpapers. Golden moonlight encircles sleeping creatures, including a frog, ducks, and horses. Young readers will easily recognize the brilliant fluttering daytime butterflies…"

Where Do Creatures Sleep At Night?

Twitter: @RuthEHarperArt 
Instagram: @rutheharper

Illustrator Highlight

Stay tuned for the next book in the trilogy: WHERE DO SEA CREATURES SLEEP AT NIGHT?

Happy Book Birthday


An Anna Dewdney Book

(Grosset & Dunlap)

 Coming Dec. 27th!

Ring in Valentine's Day—and love—with Llama Llama! 
The perfect gift for that special someone on Valentine's Day—or any day of the year.

As featured in:

The On-Sale Calendar: December 2022 Children's Books

Noteworthy Picture Book and Novel Sequels: December 2022

The latest in the Llama Llama series shines a spotlight on the beauty of love just in time for Valentine’s Day

A must-have for fans of the NYT-bestselling series Llama Llama!  
Next up: 


Marking East/West's

288th week



in Children's Holiday Books


in Children's Jewish
Holiday Books

in Children’s Best Sellers
(as of 11.07)

Happy Book Birthday

Written by Katey Howes

Illustrated by
Heather Brockman Lee

(Innovation Press)

We all hold the seed of something wonderful inside us, just waiting for the right moment to bloom. 
In A POEM GROWS INSIDE YOU, the seed of an idea waits for the rhythm of the rainfall to awaken it, then takes root and begins to grow.

At once a celebration of the deep connection creatives have with their art and an acknowledgement of the courage it takes to let it into the sun, this beautifully illustrated picture book encourages readers to nurture their talents and boldly share them with the world.

“art  (is) … vibrant, blooming …”


A poem in words and image that will plant a poetic verse in its readers …

Katey Howes' lyrical text will make readers' hearts dance and want to nurture the bright promising feelings, passions, and love that can sprout through the power and inspiration of nature and self-expression. The soft, simple, and brilliant illustrations by Heather Brockman Lee create movement and emotion from hesitancy, to curiosity, to courage, to then arrive at a burst of creativity.
—Author Michelle Nott
(Letting Our Seeds Sprout)


Read about Heather’s process and learn some behind the scenes tidbits:

“I really loved painting this book—Katey’s words are just wonderful and I would find her phrases repeating in my head as I painted various spreads. And the Innovation Press has been such a fantastic publisher to work with.  I hope you will all enjoy reading and sharing it with children as much as I did illustrating it!”


A book that will encourage all its readers to create, take risks, and let themselves be seen.”

Heather Brockman Lee;
Kathy Temean’s blog

 Launched at:

Illustrator's Spotlight

Heather Brockman Lee won the Grand Prize Portfolio Showcase, 2021 SCBWI Big Five-Oh! as well as the 2020 Letters and Lines, at the Rocky Mountain chapter of SCBWI. She also volunteers as an assistant to the Illustrator Coordinator for her local SCBWI chapter, is a mentor through the Michelle Begley Mentor Program, and is an instructor for a brand new online school for children’s book illustrators, The Cuddlefish Academy:

When Heather is not in her studio painting, she is in her garden, hanging out with bees, whistling at birds, hiking or climbing trees. Her dog can read her mind. 

She lives with her husband and two kids in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she is slowly making the inside of our house resemble a library. Yoga, meditation and running or biking keeps her brain happy. She loves drawing people, nature, animals, and finding the magic in everyday moments. 

Next up:

Twitter: @heatherbl
Instagram: heatherbrockmanlee
Illustrator Highlight 

Happy Book Birthday

by #1 NYT-bestselling
Stacia Deutsch

(Rockridge Press)

in Children's Jewish Holiday Books


Author's Spotlight

Stacia Deutsch is an ordained Reform rabbi and the author of more than 350 books for children, including:

Happy Book Birthday

Audio CD for Book #3 in the “Boxcar Children” spin-off of

Oasis Audio; Unabridged edition
Read by Aimee Lilly

(Albert Whitman)
Stay tuned for the hardcover & paperback to come next year:

Along with p/b’s of Books #1 & #2

An AW bestseller!

… and Book #4!


Image by Gela Kalaitzidis

Merry Everything and Happy Always!

Click image above to watch video featuring illustrations by some of E/W's talent,
including Luciana Navarro Powell, Linh My Nguyen, and Niki Stage.



November Gratitude & December Joy


Interior from Dow Phumiruk







Also winner of the:


Also a: 


The 2022 Good Housekeeping Kids' Book Awards

Best Kids' Board Books 2022

Hailed as a “masterclass on how to create the ideal board book” by judge *Betsy Bird, a children’s librarian in Evanston, Illinois, this story nails the bedtime struggle. Though insisting he’s not sleepy (“The sun is down, but I’m up”), baby fights drifting off until — spoiler — the last page.

I’M UP & I’M STILL UP also named Best Board Books of 2022 by:


The 2022 Good Housekeeping Kids' Book Awards

Best Kids' Picture Books 2022 / Nonfiction Pick

42 Best Toys and Gifts for 8-Year-Old Girls, 
According to Toy Experts and Kid Testers

42 Best Toys and Unique Gifts for 8-Year-Old Girls in 2022 (


2022 Kids' Book Choice Awards Announced

Image © Erin Kraan / Used with permission


Golden Poppy Awards 2022 Finalists



Where is East/West?





E/W represents!
Alexandra Alessandri (Atheneum/S & S, Sleeping Bear Press, Albert Whitman), Ernesto Cisneros (Highlights/Quill Tree/HC), Ana Crespo (Charlesbridge) Megan E. Freeman (Aladdin/S & S), Dow Phumiruk (Candlewick & Levine Querido), and Natasha Yim (Charlesbridge)






Stay tuned for the companion volume, Lia & Luís: Puzzled!, soon!
New and Noteworthy STEAM Books and Initiatives (




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