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Congrats to our September Bestsellers! 



Stacia Deutsch's

The Friendship Code

Girls Who Code (Book #1)
with a foreword by Reshma Saujani 
(Penguin Workshop)


Debuted at #10
(9.10.17)

"Between the integrated logic and the consciously diverse cast, a wonderful series launch."
--KIRKUS




Anna Dewdney's 
LITTLE EXCAVATOR


 (Viking Books for Young Readers)



Celebrated 6 weeks 
on the
NYT Best Seller List 

(9.17.17)



2015 Newbery Recipient
 
THE CROSSOVER

by Kwame Alexander
(HMH Books)

was back on the list for 
its 20th week!
(9.3.17)



The week of 9.17.17 
marks East/West's

165th 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!



 


    Happy Book Birthdays
to 

The Mysterious Makers of Shaker Street

by
NYT Bestselling
Author

Stacia Deutsch

(Stone Arch Books)




 

 

Think middle school Inspector Gadgets (x 3) + mysteries.

Michael, Liv, and Leo gather clues and put their creativity and building know-how to work to solve mysterious occurrences on Shaker Street. Instructions in the back show readers how to become makers themselves by recreating the gadgets and tools used by the trio! 


Stacia Deutsch 
has been busy
(as usual)!
 
THE FRIENDSHIP CODE is featured by A Mighty Girl



 
12 New Books About Science-Loving
Girls & Women  

This clever introduction to a new series teaches the basic principles of coding within the framework of a middle-grade mystery that's sure to intrigue young readers!

as well as


Top 20 Books & Programming Toys
To Inspire Mighty Girl Coders

…friendship, just like coding, takes time, dedication, and a good sense of humor!

Deutsch and Reshma Saujani (Founder, Girls Who Code ) were interviewed on TOP OF MIND (BYUradio) :

 Every site you browse on the web, software program you use on your computer or app on your phone was created by a coder. And that coder was probably a guy. He probably started coding as a kid, too. Why don’t more girls gravitate to coding? 
Stacia:  81:44



AND coming soon...
TEAM BFF:
RACE TO THE FINISH!
,
Book #2 Girls Who Code.

It's #BannedBooksWeek

What are YOU reading?



Award-winning author Gayle E. Pitman shares her story and a cautionary tale of censorship on ALA's Intellectual Freedom blog. 


Check out her resource page on censorship and the 1st amendment.
 



THIS DAY IN JUNE challenge DENIED-- featured in the Chicago Tribune.   




JACOB'S NEW DRESS
by Sarah & Ian Hoffman
--
was pulled from a lesson on bullying... 
via Intellectual Freedom blog. 


 


Beyond the Binding
 

Our hearts go out to all whose lives have been forever changed by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, and now Maria, as well as the earthquakes in Mexico and around the world.

The American Booksellers Association made a special emergency contribution of $5,000 to the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation for hurricane relief as well as matching all contributions made to Binc, up to $5,000, between 8/31 -9/15. 



In that time, Binc received more than $5,000 in donations in support of the organization’s efforts to provide booksellers in the Houston area and on the southeastern coast with relief from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

See full article here.


Barnes & Noble has made a $1 million book donation to First Book for areas affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, as reported in PW.

Happy

Book Birthday



PETE THE CAT AND THE LOST TOOTH

(My First I Can Read/ Harper Collins)

by 

NYT Bestselling
creator 

James Dean



Children's Beginning Readers

-- the 14th “groovy” 
I Can Read in the
PETE THE CAT 

HarperFestival 
extension line





Two PW
PETE THE CAT Bestsellers

as of 9.25.17

?

PETE THE CAT:
TRICK OR PETE


is a PW bestseller
– for the third week!





As well as a
USA TODAY bestseller. 



PETE THE CAT:
FIVE LITTLE PUMPKINS 


is a PW bestseller
--for the second week!




And


PETE THE CAT'S GOT CLASS

is part of Harper Collins’ 
latest Happy Meal Books program with McDonald’s USA. Meow-WOW to HC as well for their back-to-school donation of 100,000 books to Reading Is Fundamental!


Hispanic Heritage Month

We're celebrating our Latino authors and illustrators this month!


Up and coming
Alexandra Alessandri, 
a proud Colombian-American who lives South Florida,
is an Assistant Professor of English composition, literature and creative writing at Broward College. Her experience growing up straddling both cultures often influences her writing. 




As a writer and a teacher, 
Ernesto Cisneros believes in providing today’s youth—regardless of race or class—an honest depiction of characters with whom they can identify. His work speaks to a demographic that is severely under-represented in the teen market, and which needs – and deserves – to be heard.



Ana Crespo's THE SOCK THIEF (Albert Whitman), is the winner of the 2016 International Latino Book Award. 
 


Ana's other titles include four books in her
My Emotions and Me series.
She was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 




Thomas Gonzalez was born in Havana, Cuba, and moved to the United States as a child. He has illustrated Peachtree picture books such as SEVEN AND A HALF TONS OF STEEL (Nolan), TOAD WEATHER (Markle), 14 COWS FOR AMERICA (Deedy), as well as GANDHI: A MARCH TO THE SEA (McGinty/Two Lions).  



Because of Gonzalez' background as an Art Director, Creative Director, and designer, he considers the design and relationship of the items on a page just as important as the actual illustrations.



Luciana Navarro Powell grew up in Curitiba, Brazil, and now lives in the Pacific northwest. 



Her projects vary from product and graphic design to board books (MY DAD IS THE BEST PLAYGROUND and MY MOM IS THE BEST CIRCUS / Penguin Random House
--Robin Corey Books).



Her illustration work includes:
 WHOSE HANDS ARE THESE? (Paul/Millbrook), 
BABIES COME FROM AIRPORTS (Dealey/Kane Miller); BUSY LITTLE DINOSAURS and TEN PLAYFUL TIGERS (Schwartz/Capstone); 
ALPHASAURUS, COLORASAURUS, COUNTASAURUS, and SHAPEASAURUS (Bryant/Chronicle). 




Miami-based Gaby Triana is the award-winning author of six YA novels—WAKE THE HOLLOW (Entangled Teen), SUMMER OF YESTERDAY (Simon Pulse), RIDING THE UNIVERSE, THE TEMPTRESS FOUR, CUBANITA, and BACKSTAGE PASS (all with Harper Collins). OH; and she has a thriving career as a ghostwriter for (some bestselling) romance authors, as well! 

Collectively, Triana's books have earned an IRA Teen Choice Award, an ALA Best Paperback Award, and a Hispanic Magazine’s Good Reads. When she’s not writing, she might also be helping run the Florida region of the SCBWI. Or writing more horror novels a la WAKE THE HOLLOW!



 
Happy

Book Birthday


NIGHT ANIMALS

(Viking Books for Young Readers)

by 
Gianna Marino

The bedtime picture book favorite is now available as a giggle-licious
board book!



“Truly remarkable illustrations clearly convey the book’s raucous activity…This eye-catching, slapstick foray into the worrisome night will light up the room with smiles.”
– Booklist, starred review



"Every page is visually funny, with hilarious close-ups and slapstick animal postures…A giggle-inducing new gem for the night-fears bookshelf.”
– Kirkus, starred review


Marino is offering free Skypes about her creative process
on PRH's 
Talk with an Author.



And here's a sneak peek of the
Advanced Readers Edition
of Gianna's January release:
IF I HAD A HORSE 
(A Neal Porter Book/ Roaring Brook).

 


Happy Book Birthday

or rather...

Bon Anniversaire

to
Peggy Robbins Janousky's
French edition

MOVE IT, MISS MACINTOSH
(Éditions Scholastic)


“A perfect first day of school book …” -- SLJ

Where's East/West?

Antoinette Portis’ NOW



and Mehrdokht Amini's
YO SOY MUSLIM: A FATHER'S
LETTER TO HIS DAUGHTER

will be featured in the

Original Art show at the Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibition.



Also represented: 
Kwame Alexander’s
OUT OF WONDER:
POEMS CELEBRATING POETS

via the award-winning illustrator
Ekua Holmes.

Portis' NOT A BOX is a featured Scholastic Book Club selection. 


East/Westers Jim Averbeck, Gianna Marino, and Jeanne Walker-Harvey met the infamous John Schumaker (MrSchuReads) at a recent Scholastic breakfast in the SF area. 



Gayle Pitman and special guests were part of story time featuring WHEN YOU LOOK OUT THE WINDOW (Magination Press) at Pretend City, Orange County CA.




Jeanne Walker-Harvey 
(
MAYA LIN: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines
illu. by Dow Phumiruk / Christy Ottaviano Books; Henry Holt)

was interviewed on


The History Author Show.


Erin Dealey (K IS FOR KINDERGARTEN--Sleeping Bear Press, illustrated by Joseph Cowman/ BABIES COME FROM AIRPORTS --Kane Miller, illustrated by Luciana Navarro Powell) was a featured author at ScholarShare Children's Book Festival , Fairytale Town, Sacramento CA. 

  


Also rocking out
at Fairytale Town was
JaNay Brown-Wood 
with GRANDMA'S TINY HOUSE:
A COUNTING STORY

(Charlesbridge;
illustrated by Priscilla Burris)


  
JaNay
will be signing books at
Once Upon a Storybook
in Orange County, CA, later this month.




Denise Deegan (THROUGH THE BARRICADES/ SCBWI Spark recipient) will be speaking at Lehman College in NYC on Oct. 12th.
 

Her (pre-published) MG novel,
THE ACCIDENTAL PIRATE, 
has been chosen as a quarter finalist for the Book Life Prize run by PW.


Patricia Newman will  present at the California Science Teacher Association Conference, Sacramento, CA on Oct. 15th, and the California Reading Association on Oct. 21st. 



Click book cover to watch the new trailer for Newman's
ZOO SCIENTISTS TO THE RESCUE-- coming Oct. 1st.

Acquisitions and Licensing

CONGRATULATIONS to
Sarah Lynn Scheerger

MITZVAH PIZZA,
based on the real life “pay it forward” pizza program started by Mason Wartman in Philadelphia and featured on the Ellen Show, has been acquired by Joni Sussman of Kar-Ben Publishing.


Beijing Baby-Cube has licensed Simplified Chinese rights to
LLAMA LLAMA AND ME: MY BOOK OF MEMORIES, an Anna Dewdney Book, that celebrates all the important “firsts” of a child’s life.



September

Cool News
is in the air!

 

Alethea Kontis sat down with Jane Yolen at DragonCon:

Writer of over 200 books, Jane Yolen talks about her writing process and her life in literature.



 

David Butler (CLOCKWORK CHARLIE trilogy; WITCHY EYE)
was also a presenter at DragonCon and will be at Comic Con in Salt Lake City this month. 

 


Congrats --and welcome to East/West Lit-- 
Megan Elizabeth Hoyt

SCBWI 2017 Work-in-Progress grant recipient for Picture Book Text

BARTALI'S BICYCLE
“Some medals are pinned to your soul, not your jacket.” A real life hero, Tour de France winner Gino Bartali risked his life to help over 800 people evade the Nazis during World War II.



K IS FOR KINDERGARTEN by Erin Dealey:
 "The alphabet frames this collection of activities for kindergarten, highlighting 26 (and more) words and challenges for youngsters anticipating the highlights of a school day. As rhyming verse introduces each activity, a sidebar lists Countdown and Challenge activities for more adventurous readers and their parents...VERDICT: ...
this well-organized book will encourage readers to practice new words, learn through hands-on creativity, and face new challenges." 
--SLJ 




JaNay Brown-Wood’s GRANDMA'S TINY HOUSE: A COUNTING STORY (Charlesbridge; illustrated by Priscilla Burris) has been nominated by Betsy Bird for the third annual 2017 Best in Rhyme Award sponsored by Author Angie Karcher from the Rhyme Revolution Group.
Congratulations!
 


MAYA LIN: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines
(Jeanne Walker-Harvey & Dow Phumiruk / Christy Ottaviano Books -- Henry Holt)

is already in its second printing!





Thanks for the stellar support, Macmillan/ Christy Ottaviano Books/ Henry Holt.


  

Gayle Pitman's current blog series celebrates her October release,
FEMINISM A TO Z (Magination Press) . 
Check out her recent post:
...H-I-J-K...I is for "I Love My Librarian" award winner Courtney Kincaid!



Pitman was featured on Erin Dealey's K IS FOR KINDERGARTEN Show & Tell blog series.
And check out 
This Show is So Gay‏ Ep (#419) 
for Pitman's talk on children's books, feminism & more!

#podernfamily #podcast #lgbtq


Speaking of blogs, Patricia Newman has a series of #STEM posts aligned with Sea Otter Awareness month. SEA OTTER HEROES (Millbrook/Lerner) is featured in SLJ's Tween Titles To Inspire Science-Based Community Projects:

Author Patricia Newman provides guidance for creating a
 mesocosm and offers thought-provoking questions to get readers thinking about their own relationship with local wildlife. With an adult to provide assistance, this book could easily be used as part of a larger effort to reclaim a creek area, create an urban garden, or otherwise improve the local community with a science-based project.



Sarah Aspinall (PENGUINS LOVE THEIR ABCs/ Blue Sky Press--Scholastic)
shares an important reminder for all on
The Princess Awesome Blog: We're All Still Learning


[In ONE TRUE WAY] "Shannon Hitchcock brings a light touch to a very complex era in history, revealing how the “one true way” is the path to unconditional love for two girls. A brilliant and powerful story!"
Gayle E. Pitman; Stonewall Award-winning author of THIS DAY IN JUNE

Great interview with Shannon Hitchcock about LGBTQ rights and her forthcoming 
MG Historical novel, ONE TRUE WAY, due out next February from Scholastic.
Check out the current reviews/discussions HERE:
"This book will be joining my classroom." 

 


Hitchcock's RUBY LEE & ME is an Iowa Children's Choice Nominee!

Click image above to view book trailer created at animoto.com.



Andy Myer's political cartoons are posted on his web site and on social media.  
 
  

"Overheard"  at @EastWestLit on Twitter:




*CONGRATULATIONS ONE AND ALL*

We are thrilled and thankful to represent such amazing talent.


Artwork by Danielle Arbour

 

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