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(Neal Porter Books/
Roaring Brook Press) 

Sendak-fellow, NYT bestselling and award-winning creator

Antoinette Portis
FIVE starred reviews 

A companion to Portis’ highly acclaimed WAIT, 
NOW is a clever and poignant picture book about enjoying life’s moments that kids will want
to revisit time and again.

Repetition of the simple sentence structure makes for a perfect read-along as the author creates a lovely rhythm layered with meaning...Text and art enhance each other, both like an East Asian sumi-e painting: deceivingly simple but highly sophisticated, every mark with meaning and purpose. Portis perfectly captures how children experience the world, the immediacy and magic of it all; exuberant and quiet, simple and complex, and extremely satisfying
-KIRKUS starred

...VERDICT: This childlike ode to the delights of living each moment to the fullest is an absolute charmer and, like Portis’s WAIT, may even encourage adults to notice and relish the world around them. – SLJ starred

NOW is an affirmation of the present and its many wonders...—with Portis’ vibrant colors brightening each page; ...a bold swooping brush stroke becomes a favorite tree branch; undulating waves of blue become a stream of rainwater; and quirky yellow birds are brought to life with a few deft brush strokes...Thoughtful without being preachy and meditative without being boring, NOW should prove to be a favorite for today—and well into the future.  --minh lê  HORN BOOK starred 

 “This is my favorite breeze.
This is my favorite leaf.
This is my favorite hole
because it’s the one I am digging.” 

 With a comforting refrain and plenty of familiar scenes, this pleasant, warm story of mindfulness and small joys will resonate with lots of little ones. Portis’ picture book contains Zen-like depth, and she taps into a uniquely childlike kind of wonder about the world. Cozy and subtly profound...
— Anita Lock BOOKLIST starred

"This is my favorite smell.
This is my favorite bird.
And this is my favorite song
because it is the one I am singing.

Now is a...conversation that ignites analytical readers: identifying shapes and colors; sharing thoughts on sights, sounds and smells; and, of course, selecting one's own favorites, which are likely to change with each subsequent read. Sweet, charming and destined to be a favorite. --Jen Forbus, freelancer, SHELF AWARENESS starred

Discover: Kindling a host of sensations through words and images, a child takes readers on a bold and brilliantly colorful grand tour of some of her favorite things.

NOW is on the Bookish list of Summer 2017 Best Children's and Middle Grade Books:  

No day but today

Antoinette Portis’ gentle picture book proves how joyful it can be to take life moment by moment...It’s a sweet tale that will remind readers of all ages to take pleasure from the little things and to find happiness in their everyday lives.

“Portis’s (“Not a Box”) words and art are both delightfully bold yet controlled. Her thick, black brush strokes slash across white expanses, and she adds washes of interesting color combinations. This book’s profundity might sneak up on you, but it will leave you marveling. 
– NYT Book Review

Mindfulness captured beautifully.
Joyful …an exuberant, unstudied celebration of small experiences both concrete and abstract... [a] delicious, effervescent embrace of the moment."

WA Post

The Summer 2017 Kids’
Indie Next Great Reads:

“A wonderful picture book for kids that demonstrates the importance of staying in the moment and enjoying life as it happens. A great book for teachers and parents to help children focus on the beauty around them and appreciate the here and now.”
—Lisa Nehs, Books & Company, Oconomowoc, WI

A Beginner’s Guide to Mindfulness
[A] wise sentiment and eloquent story.
BookPage review by Julie Danielson


Portis (Best Frints in the Whole Universe) invites children to ask themselves what gives them joy, making it clear that favorite things needn’t be logical, and can be simple, silly, and fleeting. --PW

And check out "Four Questions with Antoinette Portis" in PW. 


The art displays Portis’ usual keen graphic sense … making the view as open visually as the text is conceptually. Adults may gain second-hand mindfulness from sharing this spirited yet uncluttered embrace of the moment. -- BCCB

NOW was launched at Children's Book World in SoCal. Look for Antoinette and NOW on August 12th, 11 am, at Vroman's in Pasadena CA.

Acquisitions and Licensing

Eastern Publishing in Taiwan has licensed Complex Chinese rights to Kimberly & James Dean’s PETE THE CAT AND HIS MAGIC SUNGLASSES.

Editions Scholastic has licensed French North American rights to Peggy Janousky’s “perfect first day of school book” (SLJ) -- MOVE IT, MISS MACINTOSH.


Book Birthday



NYT Bestselling author

Stacia Deutsch

(Little Brown Books for Young Readers)

Other books in the series written by Stacia Deutsch:


Stay tuned for the upcoming:

Stacia Deutsch has written more than a hundred children's books. In addition to her award-winning chapter book series Blast to the Past, Stacia ghostwrites stories in many popular series and has written junior movie novels for blockbusters such as Batman and Ghostbusters


Book Birthday

Pete the Cat:


in Children's Halloween Books


NYT Bestselling Creators

Kimberly and James Dean

Pete goes trick-or-treating from house to house and discovers what is waiting behind each door. With over ten flaps that open to reveal fun spooky surprises, this book is sure to be spooktacular



(written by Joan Holub/ Scholastic)

Illustrated by

James Dean

TOOL SCHOOL is featured in
Scholastic's Fall 2017 Preview.

Click on image above to view video. 

Get ready, young builders, to twist and turn with laughter!

Young children will love the irresistible bold artwork and fun rhyming text as they learn that a little teamwork can make a big difference. Tool School introduces some of the most basic household tools, and cool tips explain how to successfully use them with the help of a grown-up!  

Dean and Holub previously teamed up on the

and their board book edition is a
PW Best Seller as well! 

(PW issue of 6.26)

Check out the cool video here!

is among Red Tricycle's
5 New Releases for Your Summer Must-read List
along with Anna Dewdney's LITTLE EXCAVATOR:   

If You Like Pete the Cat, You’ll Love:

Tool School

Pete the Cat illustrator James Dean has teamed up with author Joan Holub for a sweet story about the first day of Tool School, where the little tools quickly learn that working together is the only way to get the best job done. Pete the Cat fans will recognize the art immediately (especially the school bus) and parents will love the message. Great for back to school jitters, too.

If You Like Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, You’ll Love:

Little Excavator by Anna Dewdney

For fans of building and construction, or just fans of Dewdney’s, this sweet gem might bring a tiny tear to your eye with its signature rhyming text so true to Dewdney’s style and her darling illustrations. 

LITTLE EXCAVATOR  is among Amazon's Best children's books of 2017 so far (ages 3 to 5):

Dewdney's NELLY GNU AND DADDY TOO is one of Amazon's  Best Children's Books of 2017 so far (Baby to age 2): along with LLAMA LLAMA YUM YUM YUM. 


Book Birthday

Back From the Black

(Titan Books)


Joey Spiotto

Ever wondered how the crew of Serenity would fare if they landed back on Earth-That-Was? Would we see etiquette classes by Inara? Remedial math lessons from Jayne? Could River make it as a psychic poker champ? And what kind of carnage could Saffron cause with a charity kissing booth?

Find out in this cute cartoon collection from Joey Spiotto.

Joey Spiotto is a graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. He has previously worked in the film and video game industry on such projects as The Polar Express for Warner Bros. as well as The Sims and Dead Space video games for Electronic Arts. His artwork is regularly featured at Gallery 1988 in Hollywood and is one of the top artists at

“I gravitate towards kid-friendly, animation style,” he says. “It’s my comfort zone, it’s what I like doing, it’s what I like seeing.”

Spiotto was featured on Fatherly:

Spiotto aka Jo3Bot Illustration was recently at ComicCon:

WHERE'S East/West? 

at our annual LA SCBWI Summer Conference --East/West Soiree:

17 years ago,
Deborah Warren
moved on from 17 years at Harcourt and launched East/West Literary Agency. At the recent E/W soiree, she recalled, "MySpace was the thing. There was no such thing as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter. We were using AOL. ("You've got mail!") Hashtags were just a pound sign.We took selfies with disposable cameras. 
Actually, we called them photos..." 

Check out these photos!

Jim Averbeck celebrates 13 years with E/W and Mariko Nagai, 10 years! 

Best Frints: 
Antoinette Portis & DW.

The School and Library division of Macmillan hosted Antoinette Portis at the 2017 International Literacy conference in Orlando, FL, July 15-17.

Denise Deegen & Sarah Aspinall 

Gayle Pitman (WHEN YOU LOOK OUT THE WINDOW/ Magination Press)

Michael Portis

SPARK Award recipient, Denise Deegan, giving her SCBWI workshop session.

Henry Hertz moderated a fantasy novel panel at Comic-Con this year with NY Times bestsellers Gail Carriger, Mary Pearson, Robin Hobb, and Seanan McGuirre.  Alethea Kontis was also princessing about, and Stacia Deutsch was on a media tie-in writers panel. 

More Best of the Month Picks

Amazon's Best children's books of 2017 so far  (ages 6 to 8):also features Kimberly and James Dean's
Newbery recipient Kwame Alexander's THE PLAYBOOK is among Amazon's Best children's books of 2017 so far (ages 9 to 12):

Jeanne Walker-Harvey and Dow Phumiruk's MAYA LIN, Artist/Architect of Light and Lines is one of Amazon's Best Nonfiction Children's Books of 2017 so far.

July Fireworks!


OUT OF WONDER  has won a Parents’ Choice Gold Award: 
"In his preface, Kwame Alexander notes that he took the title of his beautiful book from a quote by poet Lucille Clifton: "Poems come out of wonder, not out of knowing." And what a heart-filled celebration this is..."  --Parents' Choice


ILA Reading List Choice *titles:


Children's Choices 2017 Reading List:
BOOKED, Kwame Alexander / HMH Books for Young Readers

Teacher's Choices 2017 Reading List:
SEVEN AND A HALF TONS OF STEEL, Nolan/ Peachtree--illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez;
WHOSE HANDS ARE THESE?, Paul/ Millbrook--illustrated by Luciana Navarro Powell
and Alexander's BOOKED--also listed on

YA Choices 2017 Reading List. 

ONCE UPON A KISS, the faerie tale romance anthology that Princess Alethea Kontis participated in this past year, won the Utopia Award for Best Anthology. Catch up on more with Princess Alethea in her latest newsletter here.

SLJ lists Janay Brown-Wood's upcoming GRANDMA'S TINY HOUSE
(Charlesbridge / Burris / August) among their
Math Books for Kids: the Truth Is Out There.

@hereweeread included GRANDMA'S TINY HOUSE, along with
Jeanne Walker-Harvey & Dow Phumiruk's MAYA LIN 
(Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt):

"The bold story of Maya Lin, the visionary artist-architect who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial."

and Kwame Alexander's BOOKED and OUT OF WONDER 
on their 2017 Ultimate Diverse Summer Reading List for Kids, Teens, & Adults

"A graceful narrative...& elegant illustrations..."
Listen to author Jeanne Walker-Harvey on the History Author Show podcast.
And here's an excerpt from her interview feature on Marin Scope:

When did you first become interested in Maya Lin?

When I was a senior in college in 1981 at Stanford University, Maya Lin was a senior at Yale University. I read in the newspaper that her design of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial had won the national contest that drew over 1400 entries. I was thrilled to learn that a woman my age had won. I thought her design, simple yet aesthetically stunning, was inspired and powerful. I’ve always been interested in modern art, and I’m a docent at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where I work with school groups visiting the museum. I was also impressed with Maya Lin’s courage and conviction when she stood up for her design after it was challenged in the governmental hearings following the contest.

What was it like to work with Dow Phumiruk?

I can’t tell you how thrilled I am with Dow’s incredible illustrations. And watching her develop the artwork was truly amazing. I feel very fortunate that the editor/publisher, Christy Ottaviano chose Dow. Dow and I share the same agent, Deborah Warren, which makes our connection even more special.

There's MORE!  MAYA LIN was the Horn Book starred nonfiction Review of the Week (week of July 19th):

Gayle Pitman's THIS DAY IN JUNE (MaginationPress)

is listed among SLJ's 
From Refugees to Voting Rights, Books to Inspire a Just, Inclusive Society.

Watch for Gianna Marino's NIGHT ANIMALS (Viking) --releasing this September as a board book! 

Speaking of board books---coming in August:
Anna Dewdney's LLAMA LLAMA GIVES THANKS (Viking) 

Erin Dealey's new blog series, Kindergarten SHOW AND TELL, inspired by her upcoming picture book, K is for KINDERGARTEN (August 2017 Sleeping Bear Press/ illus. by Joseph Cowman), continues with a BOOK GIVEAWAY and #tbt kindergarten pictures of more East/Westers.
Guess who? Find the answers here.: ) 

NC Teacher Stuff review: "What sets {K is for KINDERGARTEN] apart from the crowd? and activities that accompany every two page spread...ideas that will help prepare children for this important, colorful, and full of diverse characters... K is for Kindergarten is a great way to kick off a landmark year in a child's life."

Books for the Curious Child: "In this book, readers get two books. One is an alphabet book, counting down the days before the first day of Kindergarten, and the second is an activities book, providing the anxious/excited child activities to both entertain and teach...This book is a delight to the ear and eye and includes pages of interactive things to do."


Check out Andy Myer's new HUGH'S NEWS blog series inspired by his upcoming Dystopian Fantasy YA, Hugh Manatee's Last Stand. Get to know the Obelisk, download a printable PDF, get your box of crayons, let your imagination run wild, and send your scan or photo in! You may win an 11x14 print of the Hugh Manatee cover art (signed by the artist), suitable for framing!!

Shannon Hitchcock presented with Dr. Joan Kaywell at the ChLA, (Children's Literature Association Conference), on the topic, "When Will We Ever Learn? Linking Relevant Fiction With Nonfiction to Examine Equality in the United States."
All three of HItchcock's books have an equality theme, including her upcoming 

MG Historical novel, ONE TRUE WAY, about LGBTQ rights, due out next February from Scholastic. 

Kathi Appelt,
Newbery Honor-winning author and National Book Award finalist for The Underneath, says,
Shannon Hitchcock's important story shines a bright light on the struggles LGBT kids had to deal with in the mid-1970s, giving us a context with which to understand more fully the same struggles that are happening today. In straight-forward prose, this honest look shows us how far we've come, and at the same time doesn't deny how far we have to go."

(Sterling--illus. Benjamin Schipper) reviewed in Booklist

[With a] message about perseverance and creative thinking...[CAP’N REX] combines pirates and dinosaurs,
two perennial story time favorites.

CONGRATS to Pushcart prize winning Mariko Nagai [DUST OF EDEN; BROKEN HEAVEN to come]: her upcoming adult collection, IRRADIATED CITIES (Les Figues; August) about the fallout of radiation in 4 Japanese cities, received a starred PW review … “brilliantly on the border between the known and the unknown.”

INTO THE DARK: The Hidden World of Film Noir (Running Press) by Mark Vieira
is featured in an Amazon promotion for Classic Hollywood Books. 



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Art by Sarah Aspinall.
Look for Aspinall's
“unflagging energy” for a “raucous read-aloud.” (PW)
(Blue Sky Press) in August!


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