Client Books Honored By Coretta Scott King, Ezra Jack Keats and Geisel Awards

From new imprints to appearances to major award wins, our clients are keeping busy. Read on…

AWARDS & LISTS

MUDDY: THE STORY OF BLUES LEGEND MUDDY WATERSKwame Alexander‘s OUT OF WONDER (co-written by Chris Colderly and Marjorie Wentworth) won the Coretta Scott King Illustrator award for illustrations by Ekua Holmes. Bravo to all on this gorgeous book of poetry!

Evan Turk‘s picture book MUDDY: THE STORY OF BLUES LEGEND MUDDY WATERS won the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award. We’re singing Evan’s praise! Congrats, Evan.

At this year’s 2018 ALA awards, Salina Yoon‘s MY KITE IS STUCK AND OTHER STORIES (A Duck, Duck, Porcupine! Book) took home a Geisel Honor. Congratulations, Salina!

VOYA Magazine included BLOOMING AT THE TEXAS SUNRISE MOTEL by Kimberly Willis Holt on its Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers 2017 list.

NEW BOOKS

Kwame Alexander has launched his own imprint under publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. We look forward to seeing more innovative and out-of-the-box stories from his authors and illustrators. Both Kwame and The Booking Biz client Lamar Giles will have books on the debut spring 2019 list. Congrats, Kwame & Lamar! Read the New York Times article announcing the big news!

Alabama Spitfire: The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill a MockingbirdWe’re excited for Bethany Hegedus and her new picture book ALABAMA SPITFIRE: THE STORY OF HARPER LEE AND TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, which is a #1 New Release in Children’s Literary Biographies on Amazon! Bethany has launched #BeASpitifire campaign in honor of Harper Lee. Meet many kidlit creators and hear how they are spitfires.

Bethany Hegedus and ALABAMA SPITFIRE were also featured in the Austin Statesman newspaper.

APPEARANCES

Javaka Steptoe visited Austin’s Blanton Museum of Art. Discover how he explores the role of art in picture books with this thought provoking article in PW’s Shelftalker with BookPeople’s Meghan Dietsche Goel. The author/illustrator of RADIANT CHILD said, “Great art creates places for people to enter into it.” Check out the YouTube video.

Carmen Oliver - Path to PromotionCarmen Oliver is excited to be a part of the six-week online book publicity course Path to Promotion for authors/illustrators (published and pre-published) looking to make a splash in the school and library market and to help each author tap into their authentic selves in their programming/marketing. Registration opens March 1, 2018.

Additionally, Carmen Oliver will be teaching again at the workshop Crafting Successful Author Visits April 29 to May 4 at Highlights Foundation along side faculty members Peter Jacobi, Jan Cheripko and break-out star author Andrea Loney (who attended last year’s workshop and has soared to success). During the workshop attendees put together their own school visit program then take that program into a school and present supported by the faculty. Testimonials from last year’s attendees include: “The synergy and positive energy from three faculty members were almost unbelievable,” and, “The workshop was small and intimate, which kept me focused and allowed the instructors to do a deep-dive into the information.”

Winter Recommended Reads 2017

Happy Holidays from The Booking Biz!

No time of the year is bad for reading, but with winter weather outside and time off from work, the holidays are a great time to read new books and give books to others. Here are some of our best recommendations for wonderful holiday reading:

PICTURE BOOKS

It’s great to introduce kids to the wonder of reading early. This winter, spend time with your youngest family with these amazing books.

Penguin's Christmas WishAuthor/illustrator Salina Yoon‘s holiday board book with PENGUIN’S CHRISTMAS WISH, in which the beloved character Penguin finds Christmas magic in unlikely places.

Tis the season for kindness, and BE THE CHANGE written by Bethany Hegedus and Arun Gandhi, illustrated by Evan Turkshares the kind wisdom of the Mahatma Gandhi. Such a great thing to be thinking about this time of year. You can reflect and be the change you wish to see in the new year.

MUDDY: THE STORY OF BLUES LEGEND MUDDY WATERS written by Michael Mahin and illustrated by Evan Turk celebrates the music that would inspire rock and roll.

Elf in the House

The excitement of Christmas Eve is the subject of the GHOST IN THE HOUSE follow-up ELF IN THE HOUSE, written by Ammi-Joan Paquette and illustrated by Adam Record.

Story is at the heart of how we learn, grow and entertain, and in Adam Lehrhaupt‘s THIS IS A GOOD STORY, illustrated by Magali Le Huche, story is broken down so readers can build it back up.

Emily Arrow offers up kidlit tunes celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, and winter in her new WINTERTIME SINGALONG CD (and kazoo!), with songs inspired by CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS, THE POLAR EXPRESS and others.

CHAPTER BOOKS AND MIDDLE GRADE

Here are some of our winter favorites for kids of every age … including adults.

The WIsh List Book TwoEveryone wants wishes to come true, and Sarah Aronson‘s THE WISH LIST series from Scholastic is just that.

For an inspirational story encouraging girl empowerment, we love STEP UP TO THE PLATE, MARIA SINGH by Uma Krishnaswami.

Reading is fun during dark, spooky nights, and Janet Fox‘s THE CHARMED CHILDREN OF ROOKSKILL CASTLE is an historical fiction adventure with ghosts and creepy characters.

Written by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee, MAYBE A FOX tells a beautiful, heart-warming tale that’s a great read by a roaring fire.

The Epic Fail of Arturo ZamoraPablo Cartaya‘s THE EPIC FAIL OF ARTURO ZAMORA is filled with familia, comida y amor!

Family and friendship come in all different configurations in Elaine Vickers‘ PAPER CHAINS and Melanie Crowder‘s THREE PENNIES.

TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE: IT’S ALIVE! by Ammi-Joan Paquette and Laurie Ann Thompson will keep budding scientists and nature lovers learning over the holiday.

Pet lovers will want to read Elana K. Arnold‘s A BOY CALLED BAT to review all that is involved with making a new friend.

If you’re hoping for good fortune in the new year, JASPER AND THE RIDDLE OF RILEY’S MINE by Caroline Starr Rose is a golden pick!

And for help keeping your New Year’s resolution, Molly B. Burnham‘s TEDDY MARS ALMOST A WORLD RECORD BREAKER gives readers the never-give-up attitude.

YOUNG ADULT 

Winter is always a good time to reflect on the world and our place in it, and how better than to read amazing YA books…

OverturnedThere’s nothing like a good thriller to keep your mind off the cold weather outside, and Lamar Giles‘ new book OVERTURNED is just that.

National Book Award finalist WHAT GIRLS ARE MADE OF by Elana K. Arnold is especially poignant right now as women speak up.

The highly acclaimed YOU BRING THE DISTANT NEAR by Miltali Perkins is on many best-of lists for a reason. It’s is currently on agent Sarah Ahzibo’s TBR list for the holidays.

Plus, a treat for the ears, the audiobook version of Kwame Alexander‘s SOLO includes the music created for the book by Randy Preston! What’s not to love?

Check out more books by our speakers.

Kudos to Our Clients

What Girls Are Made OfWe’re honored to represent TWO authors recognized in the National Book AwardsElana K. Arnold‘s WHAT GIRLS ARE MADE OF was a finalist for Young People’s Literature and Mitali Perkins‘ YOU BRING THE DISTANT NEAR was on the longlist. They’ve both been busy getting lots of other awards attention—along with our other clients. Continue reading “Kudos to Our Clients”

Movies, Stars & Champions

Rickshaw GirlThe best movies are based on books, which is why we’re so excited for the movie version of Mitali Perkins‘ novel RICKSHAW GIRL, which is scheduled for release in 2018! The book tells the story of Naima, who uses her talented painter of Bangladeshi alpana patterns to help her family earn money.

Our clients have lots more amazing news… Continue reading “Movies, Stars & Champions”

Our Clients Hit Nerd Camp and More News

Who’s going to Nerd Camp? If you haven’t been before, Nerd Camp is a two-day education conference, with the second day focusing on literacy. Nerd Camp is in Michigan July 10-11 and we’re thrilled that so many of our clients will be there. Make sure you say hi to them: Continue reading “Our Clients Hit Nerd Camp and More News”

2017 Summer Reading List

The sun is shining, birds are singing, and summer is almost here. So there’s only one question we’re trying answer: What are we going to read?

We at The Booking Biz are always looking for new books to read and recommend. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of the books we’re most excited about this summer. Continue reading “2017 Summer Reading List”