Allyn Johnston at SS/Beach Lane has acquired The Farmer and the Monkey and The Farmer and the Circus by Marla Frazee, two wordless picture books that will continue the story begun in Frazee’s Boston Globe-Horn Book Picture Book Award-winning The Farmer and the Clown. Publication is scheduled for 2020 and 2021; Steven Malk at Writers House negotiated the deal for world rights.
Cheryl Klein at Scholastic/Levine has bought The Great Santa Stakeout, a picture book collaboration between librarian and blogger Betsy Bird, and Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat. The story centers on Freddy Melcher, Santa’s #1 fan, who will stop at nothing to get a picture with Santa on Christmas Eve, but outwitting the big man proves harder than he imagined. Publication is set for fall 2019; Kait Feldmann will edit. Stephen Barbara at InkWell Management represented the author, and Jodi Reamer at Writers House represented the illustrator.
Kendra Levin at Viking has acquired, in a preempt, Hannah and the Ramadan Gift by human rights activist and host of the @ResightIslam podcast Qasim Rashid. The picture book tells the story of Hannah, who comes to realize that though she may be too young to perform many of the rituals of Ramadan with the grownups in her family, her empathetic actions toward her friends reflect the true meaning of Ramadan. Aaliya Jaleel will illustrate; publication is slated in time for Ramadan 2021. Tanusri Prasanna at Foundry Literary + Media represented the author, and Alex Gehringer at the Bright Agency represented the illustrator.
Kate Harrison at Dial has bought two picture books by Tiffany Stone, illustrated by Mike Lowery: the pun-filled Knot Cannot, in which a piece of rope envies the freedom and abilities of his friend Snake, until danger threatens and he learns the value in his own form, and a follow-up in the same vein, Wood Could. Publication of the first title is planned for spring 2020; Hilary McMahon at Westwood Creative Artists negotiated the two-book deal for Stone at auction for world rights, and Susan McCabe at Lilla Rogers Studios represented Lowery.
Carol Hinz at Lerner/Millbrook has acquired world rights to A Girl Like Me by Angela Johnson (l.), a poem that celebrates girls, ambition, and being true to oneself. Nina Crews will illustrate the picture book using photo collage; publication is scheduled for spring 2020. Barry Goldblatt at Barry Goldblatt Literary represented the author, and Marietta Zacker at Gallt Zacker Literary Agency represented the illustrator.
Emma Ledbetter at Abrams has bought world rights to Skulls! author Blair Thornburgh‘s (l.) Second Banana, illustrated by Mae’s First Day of School author-illustrator Kate Berube, about navigating the disappointment of being cast as second banana in the class play, figuratively or literally. Publication is set for fall 2020; Uwe Stender at Triada US Literary Agency represented the author, and Lori Kilkelly at LK Literary Agency represented the illustrator.
Clarissa Wong at HarperCollins has acquired, in a preempt, debut author Joanna Ho Bradshaw‘s (l.) Eyes That Kiss in the Corners, a picture book in which a Chinese girl realizes that her eyes, like those of her mother, grandmother, and little sister, are beautiful and hold love, and stories of the past and the future. Dung Ho is set to illustrate. Publication is expected in winter 2021; Caryn Wiseman at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency represented the author in the deal for world rights, and the illustrator represented herself.
Susan Kochan has bought world rights to The Treasure Boxby Dave Keane (Who Wants a Tortoise?), illustrated by Rahele Jomepour Bell, a picture book about a grandfather and grandchild’s poignant ritual, and how that ritual must change after Grandpa’s death. Publication is slated for spring 2022; Jennifer Mattson at Andrea Brown Literary Agency represented the author, and Christy T. Ewers at the CAT Agency represented the artist.
Anne Schwartz at Random House/Schwartz Wade has acquired world rights to We Are a Garden by Lisa Westberg Peters (l.), illustrated by Victoria Tentler-Krylov, a picture book that illuminates the many immigrants who have made their homes in North America through the centuries. Publication is planned for spring 2021; Susan Cohen of Writers House represented the author, and Studio Goodwin Sturges represented the illustrator.
Erik Anderson at the University of Minnesota Press has bought Miriam Busch and Larry Day‘s Eleanor Wonders, a picture book about a beret-sporting elephant who adores sea creatures, but never imitates them quite well enough to satisfy herself. But when she mistakenly plummets into deep, scary water, she must summon what she’s learned over the course of her “failed” adventures to rescue herself from a dicey situation. Publication is set for spring 2020; Hannah Mann at Writers House represented the author and the illustrator in the deal for world rights.
David Saylor at Scholastic Press has acquired a new picture book by Max Amato, author-illustrator of Perfect (spring 2019). Amato’s new, as yet untitled book features two very competitive ice cream cones, each vying to be tastier and snazzier than the other. Publication is scheduled for spring 2021; Wendi Gu at Janklow Nesbit brokered the deal for world rights.
Kristin Rens at HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray has bought, in a six-figure deal, Ember and the Ice Dragons and a second middle grade fantasy by Heather Fawcett, author of the Even the Darkest Stars series. Pitched as The Golden Compass meets The Last Unicorn, Ember tells the story of a 12-year-old dragon, transformed into a human girl by her adoptive magician father, who travels to Antarctica and joins an ice dragon hunt in order to sabotage it. Publication is slated for October 2019; Brianne Johnson at Writers House did the deal for world English rights.
Stephanie Pitts at Putnam has acquired, in a six-figure preempt, The Loose Ends List author Carrie Firestone‘s debut middle-grade novel, Dress Coded, about an eighth grader who starts a podcast to protest the unfair dress code enforcement at her middle school and sparks a rebellion, while also dealing with changing friendships and her older brother’s vaping addiction. Publication is planned for summer 2020; Sara Crowe at Pippin Properties negotiated the two-book deal for world English rights.
Julie Matysik at Running Press Kids has bought, in an exclusive submission, Pack of Dorks and The Reckless Club author Beth Vrabel‘s The Cub Report, in which a group of free press-loving middle-schoolers create their own newspaper when the town paper folds. Publication of book one is scheduled for spring 2020; Nicole Rescinitti at the Seymour Agency brokered the two-book deal for world English rights.
Miriam Newman at Candlewick has acquired The Sisters of Straygarden Place by Hayley Chewins (The Turnaway Girls). The middle grade fantasy novel follows three sisters, cursed with insomnia and abandoned to the care of a magical mansion, who must unravel the mystery of their home’s origins and their parents’ disappearance when one of them falls ill. Publication is set for fall 2020; Patricia Nelson at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency did the deal for world English rights.
Whitney Leopard at Random House Graphic has bought Victoria Grace Elliott‘s middle-grade graphic novel Yummy in an exclusive submission. Peri is a food sprite who loves desserts and explores the history of everything from ice cream to cookies and other desserts from around the world. Publication is planned for 2021; Steven Salpeter at Curtis Brown sold world rights.
Clarissa Wong at HarperCollins has acquired, in a preempt, in a two-book deal, Cullen Bunn and Cat Farris’s The Ghoul Next Door, a middle grade graphic novel about an 11-year-old boy who befriends a ghoul after she helps him complete his history project—a model of a historic cemetery—but when she brings him home to meet the family, he is given a choice: become a ghoul himself by eating the dead, or death. Publication is slated for summer 2021 and summer 2022; Charlie Olsen at InkWell Management negotiated the deal for world English rights.
Candice Keimig at ABDO has bought world rights to the chapter book series Sylvie by debut author Ali Bovis (l.), illustrated by Jen Taylor. From a paint party for pets to a coastal cleanup, young aspiring activist Sylvie Schwartz has big plans to save the world, if only the world would stop getting in her way. Publication for the four books is set for spring 2020; the author represented herself, and Lucie Luddington at Bright Agency represented the illustrator.
Chelsea Eberly at Random House has acquired debut author Kevin van Whye‘s Date Me, Bryson Keller! Everyone at Fairvale Academy knows of Bryson Keller’s pledge: that for one week— Monday to Sunday— he will be the perfect boyfriend to the first person to ask him out, but when closeted Kai Sheridan asks him out, everything changes. This #OwnVoices YA romance featuring a biracial main character is pitched as an LGBTQ To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Publication is planned for summer 2020; Robert Guinsler at Sterling Lord Literistic brokered the deal for world English rights.