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January 2016
Bedtime Blastoff

Bedtime Blastoff

We're celebrating the release of two books today - Jennifer A. Nielsen's RISE OF THE WOLF and Luke Reynolds' BEDTIME BLASTOFF! Congratulations, Jennifer and Luke - we're so excited for readers to dive into these incredible books!

Goodnight, Good Dog

Goodnight, Good Dog

We're celebrating another starred review for Mary Lyn Ray's GOODNIGHT, GOOD DOG, this one from The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books! "[T]hey'll be enchanted by the pooch's dozy meanderings and eventual sleepy example." Congratulations, Mary Lyn!

Keepers of the Labyrinth

Keepers of the Labyrinth

New year, new start! Author Erin Moulton is well known for her heartwarming middle-grade novels—FLUTTER, TRACING STARS, and CHASING THE MILKY WAY—and most recently for her action-packed YA thrill ride, KEEPERS OF THE LABYRINTH. Her newest deal, though, is taking her talents in a completely different direction.

Here's the announcement that's gone out today:

Daniel Harmon at Zest Books has acquired THINGS WE HAVEN'T SAID from author Erin E. Moulton. The YA anthology will be a collection of true stories from survivors of sexual violence, geared toward empowering teens of today who are facing similar situations, with contributors including Melissa Marr, Carrie Jones, and Cheryl Rainfield. Publication is scheduled for Fall 2016

As you might imagine, this is a hugely important project, which we know will have a big impact on readers everywhere.—In addition to the benefit of the book itself, Erin will be donating her royalties to RAINN. Please visit Erin's website for more information about THINGS WE HAVEN'T SAID, and what you can do to be involved.

Kudos and congrats to Erin on shepherding this book out into the world!

- Joan

Picture book lovers, listen up! You may not have heard of Megan Wagner Lloyd yet, but—I guarantee—you will soon. Her debut, FINDING WILD, is coming out from Knopf on May 10th. And it is Everything.

Can we just pause everything for a moment and appreciate that incredible cover? Trust me, what's inside is every bit as breathtaking, both the text and the art, which was beautifully rendered by Abigail Halpin.

So it's with very little surprise—but with a massive amount of JOY—that I am stepping up today to announce a brand new deal. Megan's latest picture book is called A FORT-BUILDING TIME, and it follows a couple of intrepid young fort-makers as they build their mini-dream houses in all seasons of the year.

Even better? Abigail Halpin will return to lend her artistic expertise! A FORT-BUILDING TIME is scheduled for Fall 2017, and I for one can't wait.

Congratulations, Megan!

- Joan

The Schneider Family Book Award from the American Library Association honors "an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences." This award, which was first given in 2004, has always struck us as being on the recent leading edge of nudging children's publishing towards more diversity—making us all conscious of a population (1 in 7 Americans!) that is often underrepresented in books.

Unlike other ALA Awards, the Schneider doesn't give medals and then honor books; instead, it honors books in three categories: teen, middle school, and younger children. This year, four books were honored, with a tie in the middle school category. We couldn't be happier to have EMLA books count as half the Schneider Awards for this year!

Honored are Lynda Mullaly Hunt's FISH IN A TREE in the middle school category (published by Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin), and Laurie Thompson's EMMANUEL'S DREAM in the younger children category (illustrated by Sean Qualls, published by Schwartz & Wade/Random House). Both books are so deserving of this recognition, and we couldn't be prouder of Lynda and Laurie for bringing these stories to readers!

Huge congratulations, Lynda and Laurie!

—Erin and Joan


Jean Reidy has a half-dozen books under her belt and more underway, and I am especially pleased to announce her latest deal! PUP 681 came about when illustrator Ashley Crowley had a piece featuring an otter pup in his portfolio that grabbed the interest of editors—but no story to go with it. Ash had been intrigued by the story of an otter pup raised at Shedd Aquarium who was just 5 weeks old when she was rescued. She became a media sensation, and was named in a contest.

Jean took this story and ran with it, creating a text that is warm and snuggly but also full of interesting information about otters. I promise it will make you say "Awwwww!"

I collaborated with Ash's agent, Kirsten Hall of Catbird Productions, in putting a package together and sending it off, and Laura Godwin of Henry Holt has signed it up for publication in winter 2018.

Huge congratulations, Jean!


The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle

The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle
Janet Fox

Janet Fox's THE CHARMED CHILDREN OF ROOKSKILL CASTLE has just received its third starred review - this time from Publishers Weekly! Huge congratulations, Janet!

"True-to-life protagonists, the skillful interweaving of flashbacks and the chatelaine motif, a masterful final encounter, and a satisfying denouement attest to Fox's craftsmanship."

Where Futures End

Where Futures End
Parker Peevyhouse

SLJ gave Parker Peevyhouse's WHERE FUTURES END a starred review! They described it as a "thoughtful, idea-driven read" - and we definitely agree! Congratulations on such a great review, Parker! Look for this one on shelves in February.

Hillary Rodham Clinton: Do All the Good You Can

Hillary Rodham Clinton: Do All the Good You Can
Cynthia Levinson

We are so thrilled to be celebrating the release of Cynthia Levinson's HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON: DO ALL THE GOOD YOU CAN! Please help us welcome this incredible book into the world - you get your hands on this one in stores now!

Congratulations, Cynthia!