Monica Jean at Delacorte has acquired Lisa Allen-Agostini‘s Home Home, the story of a Trinidadian girl’s journey to recovery from a mental illness after she is sent to live with her estranged, lesbian aunt and removed from anything and everyone she knows to be home. Publication is set for spring 2020; Margot Edwards at Rights Consultancy handled the deal for U.S./Canadian/non-exclusive open market rights exclusive of EU, on behalf of Polly Pattullo at Papillote Press.
Matt Ringler at Scholastic has bought world rights to She’s the Liar by Alison Cherry, a middle grade novel told in the dueling perspectives of two sisters who weave a web of lies and schemes and blackmail around each other as they face off for control of the student government of their boarding school. Scholastic will publish in summer 2019; Holly Root at Root Literary negotiated the deal.
Howard Reeves at Abrams has acquired world rights to Stonewall Award-winning author Gayle E. Pitman‘s illustrated middle grade nonfiction book, The Stonewall Riots: A History in 50 Objects. The book is scheduled for spring 2019, in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion. Deborah Warren at East West Literary brokered the deal.
Sylvie Frank at SS/Paula Wiseman Books has bought world rights to Taeeun Yoo‘s The Garden Book. Set in Korea, the picture book explores the quiet joys and wonders of a garden, as well as the relationship between grandfather, grandchild, and their garden, where all living things flourish with love and attention. Publication is slated for 2021; Holly McGhee at Pippin Properties negotiated the deal.
Katherine Harrison at Knopf and Samantha Swenson at Tundra have acquired Ezra Jack Keats Award-winning illustrator Phoebe Wahl‘s The Blue House, about a father and son who lose their home in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood and must learn to accept the new while honoring and celebrating the old. Publication is planned for summer 2020; Jennifer Laughran at Andrea Brown Literary Agency did the deal for world rights.
Melissa Manlove at Chronicle has bought Dinosaur Doomsday by Jennifer Berne (On a Beam of Light), about the cataclysmic event that put an end to the reign of the dinosaurs and set the stage for the evolution of humans. Caldecott Medalist Brian Floca will illustrate. Publication is scheduled for spring 2021; Caryn Wiseman at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency represented the author, and the illustrator represented himself, in the deal for world rights.
Tracy Mack at Scholastic Press has acquired at auction Leo Plus Lea by Monica Wesolowska, illustrated by Kenard Pak. Friendship meets Fibonacci in the story about a boy who loves numbers and a girl who loves art and the unique connection they forge. A publication date has not been announced; Kelly Sonnack at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency represented the author for world rights, and Kirsten Hall at Catbird Productions represented the illustrator for North American rights.
Maria Barbo at HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books has bought North American rights to Shari Swanson‘s Honey, the Dog Who Saved Abe Lincoln, illustrated by Chuck Groenink, which tells the true story of how Abraham Lincoln, as a boy growing up in Kentucky, saved the life of a dog named Honey, and how Honey returned the favor when Abe got himself in trouble. Publication is set for spring 2019; John Rudolph at Dystel, Goderich Bourret represented the author, and Stephen Barr at Writers House represented the illustrator.
Courtney Code at Abrams has preempted world rights for the picture book Willow the Armadillo by Marilou Reeder, illustrated by Dave Mottram, in which the tenacious character dreams of being the hero of her very own picture book, but must learn what it means to be a hero first. Publication is slated for spring 2020; Lauren Spieller at TriadaUS represented the author, and Anne Moore Armstrong at the Bright Agency represented the illustrator.
Semareh Al-Hillal and Yvette Ghione at Kids Can Press have acquired world rights to Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies author Carmen Oliver‘s (l.) Simon Jackson: A Voice for the Spirit Bears, a picture book biography of Simon Jackson, the founder of the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition and Time‘s “Hero for the Planet.” Katy Dockrillwill illustrate; publication is planned for fall 2019. Erzsi Deak at Henink Literary represented the author, and Angela Dunning at I2i represented the illustrator.
Meredith Mundy at Sterling has bought world rights to Carolyn Rose‘s (l.) As Big as the Sky, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon. The book is a sibling story out of Malawi about Caleb and Prisca, a brother and sister who are separated when Caleb leaves to attend a school in their grandparents’ town. Publication is set for fall 2019; Christina Pulles will edit. Adriann Ranta Zurhellen at Foundry Literary + Media represented the author, and Lori Nowicki at Painted Words represented the illustrator.
Tracey Keevan and Esther Cajahuaringa at Disney-Hyperion have acquired world rights to XO, Exoplanet by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Jorge Lacera, a picture book told partly in letters between the planets of our solar system and an exoplanet. Publication is scheduled for summer 2020; Erin Murphy at Erin Murphy Literary Agency represented the author, and John Cusick at Folio Literary Management/Folio Jr. represented the illustrator.
Carolyn Yoder at Calkins Creek has bought “Smelly” Kelly and His Super Senses: The Mostly True Story of an Ordinary Man and His Extraordinary Nose by Beth Anderson (l.), illustrated by Jenn Harney. Set in the labyrinth of the 1930s New York City subway, the picture book is about a humble immigrant who learns to use his natural talents for the benefit of all—and also finds out what it takes to be a true hero. Publication is planned for fall 2020; Stephanie Fretwell-Hill at Red Fox Literary sold North American rights for the author, and Rachel Orr at the Prospect Agency sold world rights for the illustrator.
Kristen Mohn at Capstone has acquired a photo-illustrated nonfiction picture book that tells the true story of an Abyssinian ground hornbill whose beak is injured, as part of its Smithsonian brand. In Karl’s New Beak: 3-D Printing Builds a Bird a Better Life by Lela Nargi (l.), scientists and curators at Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Museum of Natural History team up to create a prosthetic beak for Karl using 3-D printing technology. Harriet Popham will illustrate. Publication is slated for spring 2019; Essie White at Storm Literary represented the author, and the Bright Agency represented the illustrator in the deal for world rights.
Wendy McClure at Albert Whitman has bought world rights to debut children’s author Rose Vina‘s (l.) Ice Breaker: How Mabel Fairbanks Shattered the Color Barrier in Figure Skating, a picture book biography about Mabel Fairbanks and her fight for equality within the world of competitive figure skating and journey to becoming the first African-American woman to be inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame. Claire Almon will illustrate; publication is scheduled for fall 2019. Alexandra Weiss at the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency represented the author, and Emily Coggins at Astound US represented the illustrator.