Recent News and Releases

Publishing announcements, awards and general information for our authors, illustrators and author/illustrators. Upcoming release and features included.

Recent News

  • IT WASN’T ME by Dana Alison Levy receives a starred review from Kirkus.
  • Mr. Shu includes three client works in his 10 Must-Read Picture Books of 2018: HELLO LIGHTHOUSE by Sophie Blackall, SOMETIMES YOU FLY illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt, and SHAKING THINGS UP which includes illustrations by Sophie Blackall and Selina Alko.
  • LUCÍA THE LUCHADORA AND THE MILLION MASKS by Cynthia Leonor Garza receives a starred review from Kirkus.
  • LIFE ACCORDING TO OG THE FROG by Betty G. Birney receives a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly.
  • ALSC summer reading list selections:
    • Birth to Preschool: LUCÍA THE LUCHADORA by Cynthia Leonor Garza and WHY AM I ME? by Paige Britt, illustrated by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls
    • 6 to 8: THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK, cover by Kat Fajardo
    • Graphic Novels K-2: BOLIVAR by Sean Rubin and SUPER NARWHAL AND JELLY JOLT by Ben Clanton
  • Amazon’s Best Books of the Year So Far selections for 2018:
    • Top 20: Rick Riordan’s THE BURNING MAZE (also 9 to 12 category) and Ben Clanton’s NARWHAL AND JELLY 3: PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY (also 6 to 8 category)
    • Nonfiction: Jennifer Thermes’ GRANDMA GATEWOOD
    • 3 to 5 category: Sophie Blackall’s HELLO LIGHTHOUSE
  • Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) Choices 2018 annual best-of-the-year list selections:
    • Understanding Oneself and Others: WHY AM I ME? written by Paige Britt and illustrated by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls
    • Biography and Autobiography: DANGEROUS JANE illustrated by Alice Ratterree
    • Picture Books for Young Children: LUCÍA THE LUCHADORA by Cynthia Leonor Garza.
  • Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2018 selections, an annual reading list of exceptional books for use in social studies classrooms, selected by social studies educators:
    • THE HAWK OF THE CASTLE illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline
    • MARGARET AND THE MOON written by Dean Robbins
    • WHY AM I ME? written by Paige Britt and illustrated by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls
    • DANGEROUS JANE illustrated by Alice Ratterree
  • THIS IS IT by Daria Peoples-Riley receives a starred review from School Library Journal.
  • HELLO LIGHTHOUSE by Sophie Blackall receives starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and School Library Journal.
  • SEEING INTO TOMORROW illustrated by Nina Crews receives starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal.
  • 2018 Ultimate List of Diverse Children’s Books selections:
    • CAN I TOUCH YOUR HAIR? illustrated by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls
    • SEEING INTO TOMORROW illustrated by Nina Crews
    • THIS IS IT by Daria Peoples-Riley
  • For information regarding adult mystery submissions, please click here. Sandra Jordan will be the first reader.

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