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Happy ARTvember

Celebrating all the incredibly talented illustrators
of East/West Literary




Congrats to Antoinette Portis
and Mehrdokht Amini,
whose illustrations
were featured in the 



Society of Illustrators
Original Art Exhibit

(Pictured above, Antoinette Portis' Breeze)


Original art by Mehrdokht Amini.
Portfolio online at myart2c.com  



Both
 Amini's YO SOY MUSLIM
(Mark Gonzales / Salaam Reads, S&S)


and CHICKEN IN THE KITCHEN
(Nnedi Okorofor / Lantana Publications)
as well as 



Portis' NOW (Roaring Brook)
are also nominees for the
2017 Cybil Awards


In addition, NOW is one of KIRKUS'
Best Picture Books of 2017.




Follow Portis at @aportisa,
on Insta bathingonthemoon,
and FB Antoinette Portis



And look for Antoinette's BEST FRINTS AT SKROOL (Roaring Brook) in 2018, as featured in Mile High Reading's "Coming Soon--Picture Books" along with Jim Averbeck's TREVOR
(Illus. Amy Hevron / Roaring Brook).  

Averbeck's original illustrations of Linda Sue Park's A LONG WALK TO WATER, one of the recent Global Read Aloud titles, were a huge hit with classes Skyping with Jim for #GRAwater. 




Follow him at @jimaverbeck , on FB Jim Averbeck, and at jimaverbeckbooks.com.  

Look for TWO PROBLEMS FROM SOPHIA (Illus. Yasmeen Ismail / S&S / Margaret K. McElderry) next June,
as featured in Mile High Reading's
"Coming Soon--Picture Books."



TWO PROBLEMS FOR SOPHIA is featured in 
Here We Read's Ultimate List of Children's Diverse Books 2018,
along with 

COUNTING ON KATHERINE
(see next column: illustrated by Dow Phumiruk
/ Becker/ Christy Ottaviano Books / Henry Holt)

and

CRESCENT MOONS AND POINTED MINARETS:  A MUSLIM BOOK OF SHAPES
(Khan; illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini/ Chronicle)


Luciana Navarro Powell
will be showing
a selection of framed prints



at Lettered Streets Coffee House,
Bellingham WA,

--through December. 

Find her at LucianaIllustration on FB, on Insta: lucianaillustration, and her web site: lucianaillustration.com



Look for Luciana's illustrations in
BABIES COME FROM AIRPORTS
(Erin Dealey / Kane Miller)
at Indies and B&N this January.



GRANDMA'S FAVORITE
and the companion book
GRANDPA'S FAVORITE
will release from the same team next June.  


COVER reveal! 

We hope you had a
fabulous THANKSGIVING!


Acqusitions and Licensing

CONGRATS to author/illustrator
Sarah Aspinall: 


Bonnie Verburg at Blue Sky Press/Scholastic has acquired PENGUINS LOVE SNOWMEN, Book #3 in the “penguins” franchise following


PENGUINS LOVE COLORS
and PENGUINS LOVE THEIR ABC’s.

Follow Sarah Aspinall at @SparkyPinklet,
Insta: sarahaspinalcreates
and find her at SarahAspinalCreatescom





WELCOME to the E/W team
– Don & Audrey Wood –
the multi-million copy bestselling collaborators known for many beloved books including...

 
THE NAPPING HOUSE,
the Caldecott Honor award-winning
KING BIDGOOD’S IN THE BATHTUB, PIGGIES, and more. 
(HMH Books for Young Readers)

Find them at 
@AudreyWoodBooks
on FB Audrey.Wood.Author
and at AudreyWood.com


Together and individually,
they are picture book creators
of the highest order.

Congratulations
Dow Phumiruk



Winner of the 
SCBWI 2017
Narrative Art Award




Dow received an all-expense paid trip to the SCBWI NYC Winter conference and the honor of having her illustrations displayed during the
New York Portfolio Showcase.



Dow won the SCBWI On-the-Verge Emerging Voices Award for Diversity in 2013. 




She is the illustrator of
MAYA LIN: ARTIST-ARCHITECT
OF LIGHT AND LINE 

(Jeanne Walker Harvey/ 
Christy Ottaviano Books / Henry Holt), most recently included on Amazon’s Omnivoracious Book Review,

Horn Books' Architects and Designers list, and featured as part of the Library of Congress' Veteran's Day Celebration.
in Washington DC.  





MAYA LIN--now in its fourth printing and
nominated for a 2017 Cybils Award
--is among Amazon's
Best Books of 2017
--so far
/ Non-Fiction. 


Look for Dow's next book, COUNTING ON KATHERINE--How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 (Helaine Becker / Christy Ottaviano Books / Henry Holt) June 2018.


COUNTING ON KATHERINE is featured in 
Here We Read's Ultimate List of Children's Diverse Books 2018.


Follow Dow at @DowPhumiruk,
Insta: dowphumiruk, and artbydow.blogspot.com.




NYT Bestselling creator
James Dean's



PETE THE CAT:
FIVE LITTLE PUMPKINS 


celebrating 21 weeks  
on the NYT Bestseller List
(11.12.17)

The week of 11.12.17 
marked East/West's

171st week on the 
NYT Bestseller List


E/W held FIVE slots for TWO weeks

E/W “batted 400,” with FOUR slots,
for ELEVEN weeks

E/W held the #1 slot for
TWENTY-TWO weeks


E/W held THREE slots for
THIRTY-TWO weeks


E/W held one or more slots for 88 consecutive weeks!

@PeteTheCatFun is on Twitter and FB Pete The Cat --as well as at petethecat.com

 


Look for the new series
coming from
NYT-bestselling James Dean:  PETE THE KITTY: 
I LOVE PETE THE KITTY
.

We agree:  cuteness overload!
 



Congrats to



PETE THE CAT:
The First Thanksgiving

(Harper Festival)


7 weeks
on the USA Today Best Seller list
(11.23.17)
and 


PETE THE CAT:
SNOW DAZE 

(Harper Collins)
9 weeks 


along with
Anna Dewdney's



Llama Llama Gives Thanks
(Viking) 


--3 weeks on the
USA Today Best Seller list.


and an IndieBound bestseller, as well:
(as of 11.19.17)


In addition,
LLAMA LLAMA GIVES THANKS 
PETE THE CAT THE FIRST THANKSGIVING 
and PETE THE CAT SNOW DAZE

are three of five
East/West
PW bestsellers

(issue of 11.27)

along with

 Anna Dewdney’s LLAMA LLAMA HOLIDAY DRAMA

and

PETE THE CAT SAVES CHRISTMAS


Did you know???

@AnnaDewdney is curated by the Anna E. Dewdney Literary Trust, and there's more at LlamaLlamaBook.com


We are thankful for
Team LlamaLlama
--both the Vikings
and the Penguins--

for helping to continue Anna's legacy.


Llots of Llove to the Vikings:
Denise Cronin/ VP/ Art Director,
Tracy Gates/ Editorial Director,
Ken Wright/ VP & Publisher,
and Reed Duncan
/Anna E. Dewdney Literary Trust.

Illustrator Web Sites
& Social Media




 Shiho Pate graduated with honors from Savannah College of Art and Design – and won the International Award Citta di Chioggia put on by the Associazione Culturale Teatrio of Venice. With 10+ years as a successful Game Artist / UI designer, and now a break out illustrator, her playful, bold style combines all of her talents – gouache, watercolor and digital media.


Shiho creates both warmth and a kind of
simplistic imperfection in her work that is both
endearing and enduring.


Check out her interview on KathyTemean's blog: "IllustratorSaturday."
Follow Shiho Pate at @shihopate,
Insta shihopare, and ShihoPate.com.


Santa-Cruz, CA-based Brian Bowes’ signature style is whimsical, magical and character-driven, with narrative watercolors that shine with story-telling, draftsmanship, and creativity. 



His high-end art book The Story of the Fisherman (Foolscap Press), a letterpress hand bound and hand colored limited edition, based on the Arabian Nights story, is housed in the U.S. Library of Congress collection
(Rare Book and Special Collections Division)
, as well as in numerous other university and private libraries around the world.

Click the above image to watch Brian create one of the illustrations from The Story of the Fisherman in a video that condenses 11 hours of work into 5 minutes!

Follow Brian Bowes at @StudioBowesArt,
on Insta at studioboewsart, and BrianBowesIllustration.com.

 

NYT- bestselling and award-winning Illustrator Thomas Gonzalez posts at TomPrints.com. 

Check out this blog with Thomas and Janet Nolan, author of SEVEN AND A HALF TONS OF STEEL (Peachtree). 

Gonzalez talks about his illustrations for
14 COWS FOR AMERICA, his first book,
written by Carmen Agra Deedy, here.

 

Hope Is the Word:  Can you offer any advice to any young person out there who is interested in pursuing a career in art or illustration?

Thomas Gonzalez It’s not technique, it’s an idea.  Everything starts with a sketch, so what’s in your head is way more important than learning a program.  



Ruth E. Harper is an English artist who fancies herself as a "spiffy writer-in-the-making." 
She’s best known as the illustrator of the
#1 NYT-bestselling
THE KISSING HAND
 
(Audrey Penn / Tanglewood),
now deemed “a classic.”



Oh; and she’s a “happy Mama,” too!

Follow Ruth Harper at @RuthEHarperArt,
Insta rutheharper (Check out the holiday wine label she designed!), and find her at
RuthHarper.com



Amal's work can be found at AmalIllustration.com and on FB Amal Karzai. Amal is the 2017 recipient of the SCBWI Martha Weston Grant.

She recently led a webinar for Austin SCBWI:
"Set the Mood for your Illustration."



Calida Garcia Rawles began her career as a fine artist, studying painting at Spelman College (later serving as artist-in-residence) and earning a Master of Arts at New York University.

Click here to watch the #diversity video
SAME DIFFERENCE
, a story she wrote and illustrated for her daughters.

Follow Calida Garcia Rawles at @ArtistCalida, on Insta at artistcalida.


She blogs at CrazyMomWithKids.com.




Gianna Marino's IF I HAD A HORSE

(Roaring Brook) was featured in  
Mile High Reading's
"Coming Soon--Picture Books"/ Part 1.



Follow her on FB Gianna Marino 
and find her at GiannaMarino.com 




EVEN MONSTERS author/illustrator AJ Smith is @ajsmithillustr, ajsmithnet on Insta, AJSmith on Facebook and ajsmith.net.



Follow Joey Spiotto at @JoeySpiotto,
Insta jo3bot, and jo3bot.com.



Danielle Arbour's art can be seen each month in our E/W Newsletter, as well as
on FB Danielle Arbour.


Follow Gregory Barrington
at @BarringtonTales  
and (soon) gregorybarrington.com.



Look for Nora Hilb & Eileen Spinelli's
NORA'S ARK (Zonderkidz) next April.

Check out Hilb's work at
NoraHilb--Illustraciones  and
childrensillustrators.com/norah


Michael Paul's upcoming book
ROAR A Dinosaur Tour 
(Crown Books for Young Readers / April 2018) 
is among the titles of 
Mile High Reading's "Coming Soon--Picture Books."

Follow him at @curiouscircus.  
 




Introducing...


HUGH MANATEE'S 
LAST STAND


Andy Myer's
"ultimate dystopian satire"


In Myer's words, "It's a spoof...that everyone will recognize (evil overlords tyrannizing a desperate human population, young heroes determined to break the iron grip of the oppressive ruling class, and unrequited love between two defiant--and incredibly good looking--protagonists."  

Myer's website www.hughmanateeslaststand.com offers an intro to the story, its characters, a glossary of the "absurd terminology and technology that appear throughout the story," as well as sample chapters. 




Check out Myer's political cartoons on Twitter at @AndrewMyer1.

YES--we are over the moon!



Click above image to check out Audrey & Don Wood in this video for 
THE FULL MOON AT THE NAPPING HOUSE. 


In an interview about the book, the Woods shared their process: 

Q: Don, can you describe your process? Do you work from sketches first, before you apply acrylics? There's such a translucent quality to them, which works very well as moonlight scenes.

DW: I begin with sketches and make three or four dummies, to feel the turning of the pages. I then do final pencils, transferred onto the stretched stretcher with the canvas that I paint on. The open acrylics dry three times faster--it requires the meticulous blending of colors for Granny's blanket.

AW: We work together on the pagination and where the words are going to go, I make suggestions, and he does the same thing for me. I ask, "How can I make this more dynamic?"

DW: It's like having a really good art director living with you. I've had some great art directors, but none come close to Audrey. You sometimes are so close to a work that you can't see it.

AW: That's true in writing, too.


November Thanks and Giving



Starred Review for Dr. Gayle E. Pitman's FEMINISM FROM A TO Z:
Energetic and engaging...VERDICT Pitman does an excellent job of making complex topics understandable and relatable while providing tips on actions people can take to bring more equality to the world. A great purchase for both public and high school libraries.  Full review here.
--SLJ 



Featured as one of SLJ’s “Spectacular November Stars,Pitman’s FEMINISM FROM A TO Z
is also a CBC “Hot off the Press” title.

  
For for
#GivingTuesday #GivingTuesday2017over 225 book stores will celebrate #LlamaLlamaPajamaDay by donating new PJs and books for children in need. 

Win-Win indeed!



Cover reveals for Anna Dewdney's LLAMA LLAMA LOVES TO READ (Viking) and
Chris Gorman's ONE OF A KIND
(Nancy Paulsen Books)
were featured in Mile High Reading's "Coming Soon--Picture Books"

         



Gianna Marino's IF I HAD A HORSE is "...a contemplative tribute to children’s deeply felt desires
for a pet and how one’s imagination can almost bring those fantasies to life."
--PW   
Full review here.



Jim Averbeck's ONE WORD FROM SOPHIA
is among the titles listed for
BiracialBookworm's Multicultural Book Advent: Books for Strong Girls.




Award-winning Denise Deegan’s THE ACCIDENTAL PIRATE has been chosen as the middle-grade finalist
by Publishers Weekly Booklife Prize, awarded to pre-published or self-published books: 

“A swashbuckling pirate adventure on the high seas. I can still taste the salt on the wind." — Taran Matharu



Patricia Newman
was part of a STEM panel at the
National Science Teachers Association conference in Milwaukee. 



At NCTE, Shannon Hitchcock signed ARCS for ONE TRUE WAY (Scholastic Press/February 2018)
and spoke about “Breaking Sexual Taboos Around Sexuality in MG Fiction.” 


   
 “Hitchcock unflinchingly characterizes the emotional struggles of being young and lesbian … a compelling and honest addition to the few existing stories about gay middle schoolers.”
--Starred Kirkus 



Amazon Best Books of 2017--so far:



THE PLAYBOOK by Kwame Alexander /HMH Books for Young Readers (ages 9-12)


   
NELLY GNU AND DADDY TOO by Anna Dewdney/ Viking (Baby to Age 2
LITTLE EXCAVATOR by Anna Dewdney/ Viking (Ages 3-5

Dewdney's LITTLE EXCAVATOR is also an Amazon Holiday Gift Pick
along with



Stacia Deutsch’s NYT-bestseller – also nominated for a 2017 Cybils award / MG Fiction--
THE FRIENDSHIP CODE #1; GIRLS WHO CODE /Penguin Workshop



CONGRATULATIONS to the 8 E/W titles nominated for the Cybils 2017 awards
-- in addition to the 4 titles listed above:

  


SEA OTTER HEROES and ZOO SCIENTISTS TO THE RESCUE, both written by Patricia Newman
/ Millbrook / Lerner, in the MG non-fiction category


and in the poetry category:  Kwame Alexander’s OUT OF WONDER / Candlewick and THE PLAYBOOK.

Kwame Alexander’s Newbery award winning THE CROSSOVER “makes the grade” on
Katherine Paterson’s List of Recommended Reads for MG and YA
We agree with her “suspicion that nearly every middle school boy in America has already read it and discovered, perhaps to the horrified amazement, that they were sneakily lured into a love of poetry when they thought they were just reading a basketball story.”




Erin Dealey (K IS FOR KINDERGARTEN; DECK THE WALLS--both Sleeping Bear Press)
had a full house at B&N Birdcage for a recent PJParty.


Dealey and Henry Herz celebrated #SmallBusinessSaturday as Honorary Book Sellers at their local Indies.

      

 

  

"Overheard"  at @EastWestLit on Twitter:




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*CONGRATULATIONS ONE AND ALL*

We are thrilled and thankful to represent such amazing talent.


Artwork by Danielle Arbour

 

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