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Do you remember learning to ride a bike as a kid? The fear of getting hurt, the impossibility of staying on it? Obviously the incredible Dashka Slater does, and Kayla, the little girl in Dashka’s newest picture book to get underway, is in the middle of it. Kayla, though, has a particular lens through which she sees the world: She loves horses. So she applies her thinking about riding a horse to riding a bicycle...and voila!

Kate Fletcher at Candlewick has signed world rights to Dashka Slater’s WILD BLUE, a picture book in which a girl works to tame her new bicycle so she can ride it, illustrated by Laura Hughes, for fall 2022. Erin Murphy of Erin Murphy Literary Agency represented the author and Arabella Stein of the Bright Agency represented the illustrator.

We’re so looking forward to seeing this one come together. Congratulations, Dashka!


—Erin