You know how it is with some book characters—they leap off the page from the get-go and live like old friends in your mind long after you’ve put the book down. So it was for me with Bibsy Cross, a headstrong and sympathetic eight-year-old who stars in a new chapter book series (in verse!) by preeminent picture book author Liz Garton Scanlon, who has also published one middle-grade novel and has another publishing later this year.
Happily, I was not the only one who responded that way to dear Bibsy, as three different editors and their publishing teams fell in love, and soon after sending the manuscript out, we were doing an auction.
The big winner was Rotem Moscovich at Knopf, who signed up four books and brought in EYES THAT KISS AT THE CORNERS artist Dung Ho to provide illustrations. The first two books, including series starter BIBSY CROSS AND THE BAD APPLE, will debut in summer 2024, and I just can’t wait for you to read them and meet Bibsy for yourself!
Huge congratulations, Liz!