New Books, Awards, Covers and more

The Booking Biz authors are busy, and we’re so proud of their work and accomplishments. Here’s some latest news:


Congratulations to our clients Donna Janell Bowman and Christina Soontornvat whose debut books are now on shelves.

Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About KindnessAfter writing a number of educational books, Donna’s debut trade picture book biography STEP RIGHT UP: HOW DOC AND JIM KEY TAUGHT THE WORLD ABOUT KINDNESS tells the wonderful story of a former slave who inspired the humane movement after he taught a horse how to spell and do math  — yep! spell and do math — without once picking up a whip or prod. The inspiring book was published by Lee and Low and has earned three starred reviews as well as been named a Junior Library Guild Selection.

The ChangelingsChristina’s debut middle-grade novel THE CHANGELINGS is a fantasy about sisters, a rescue and a fairytale land. School Library Connection said the book is “an engaging story with unusual twists and a thought-provoking conclusion.” And THE CHANGELINGS was named an ABC Best Book for Young Readers by the Amercian booksellers Association.


House Arrest bookcover

K.A. Holt’s HOUSE ARREST has been nominated for the 2017-2018 Missouri Association of School Librarians Readers Award – the Mark Twain Readers Award! This novel in verse has also been recognized on the 2017 Nene Nominee Book List in Hawaii!

AudacityMelanie Crowder has received the Jefferson Cup Book Award from the Virginia Library Association honoring her young adult historical fiction novel in verse, AUDACITY, about the life and work of activist Clara Lemlich.

Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses HortonDon Tate‘s POET: THE REMARKABLE STORY OF GEORGE MOSES HORTON won the picture book category of the 2015 Writers League of Texas Book Awards. Kathi Appelt‘s COUNTING CROWS and Liz Garton Scanlon‘s IN THE CANYON were finalists in the same category. And K.A. Holt‘s HOUSE ARREST was a finalist in the middle grade/young adult category.


Two Truths and a LieThe cover of Ammi-Joan Paquette’s collaborative book with Laurie Ann Thompson, TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE, has been revealed! The book is described by @pragmaticmom as “a compendium of amazing stories about wacky and wonderful things in nature and history, combined with made-up stories.”

Gnome-A-GeddonThe curtain has also been pulled up to show the bookcover of K.A. Holt’s middle-grade fantasy novel GNOME-A-GEDDON, due to be released in May.


Don Tate has been named the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation’s 2016 Illumine Award Honoree for Children’s Literature. The awards honor Austin community members for their “outstanding literary achievement.”

Finally, congratulations to Kwame Alexander, Erzsi Deak and Carmen Oliver and the rest of the 2016 Picture Book Month Champions! Carmen kicks off the first essay, “Why Picture Books Are Important?”, on Nov 1. It’s sure to be an inspiring month.