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(Viking Books
for Young Readers) 

NYT Bestselling

Anna Dewdney

Debuting at #6
on the NYT Bestseller List!

 "Pitch perfect...[Dewdney] has constructed a solid winner...with an appealing main character, vibrant illustrations with varying perspectives, and an action-packed, rhyming text with sound effects just begging to be read aloud with dramatic effect.
An A+ for Little E and his creator.
--KIRKUSstarred review

In this raucous rhyming [picture book] stuffed with noisy vehicular sound effectsDewdney’s little hero is so chipper and gung-ho—he breaks into a small, confident smile whenever he’s had a success—
that it’s impossible not to root for him. When he finally gets a job that’s a perfect fit for his diminutive size, his happiness and the bow he takes are both well deserved.

Little Excavator provides a welcome twist to the traditional construction site tale, proving that no one is too little to make a difference. It’s time to build a park, but it doesn’t seem like Little Excavator can do anything. There’s always someone stronger or taller or just plain bigger. But for some jobs, little is just right. Dewdney’s charming paintings provide this sweet story with characters kids will want to visit again and again.” —Sarah Holt, Left Bank Books, St. Louis, MO

Selected for B&N's National Story Time June 24th.

Anna Dewdney's LITTLE EXCAVATOR is among 
The Summer 2017 Kids’
Indie Next Great Reads

along with 

Antoinette Portis' NOW. 

"Dewdney excelled at pairing rhyme with heartfelt artwork to convey her character’s emotional journeys. The same skills are on display in “Little Excavator,” as the book’s determined protagonist struggles to help transform a vacant lot into a neighborhood park. Dewdney’s drawings of construction vehicles are as expressive as her llamas, and when Little Excavator beams with pride at the end of the book, the reader will feel
the warmth."
--NYT Book Review

The Best Children’s and YA Books of June 2017
by the Brightly Editors:

"With Dewdney's familiar illustration style and amazing ear for rhyme coupled with construction vehicles and scenes, Little Excavator is
sure to scoop up tons of fans.

An inspiring picture book that’s
just right for construction-loving kiddos."

"A little digger that will scoop up your heart. Our new bookshelf must-have pick from the beloved Anna Dewdney, is a story straight from the construction site that's perfect for vehicle lovers and any kid who knows what it's like to be small in a big world. With fun-to-read rhymes and a sweet ending, this one is sure to take a starring turn in your read-aloud rotation" --Brightly

5 Things You’ll Want to Know About Anna Dewdney’s
Little Excavator
by the Brightly Editors

Special thanks to Anna Dewdney's longtime editor Tracy Gates 
(Viking Books for Young Readers) who gave BRIGHTLY these insights into how LITTLE E came to be:
  • Anna first got the idea for Little Excavator when she bought a very old house in Vermont that needed a lot of work. “I began working with excavators during house construction and also when my nephews would come over to watch them.”
  • Anna wrote the very first version of Little Excavator in 2006, the year after Llama Llama Red Pajama was published. It changed a lot since then!
  • Anna could’ve driven some of the trucks in this book. She had a commercial driver’s license, which she obtained when she taught at a boarding school and sometimes drove the school bus! 
  • One of Anna’s favorite non-truck characters in Little Excavator is the little dog. When she wasn’t painting or writing, Anna was often walking or running with her dogs in the woods near her home. Here is a photo of her bulldog Rollo sitting in a tractor bucket! 
  • Accustomed to painting animals — especially llamas — Anna wasn’t interested at first in painting machinery, but as “Little E” become more real to her and more of a character, the more comfortable she got with giving him life.?

Speaking of Anna’s editor,
Tracy Gates:

"Gates recalled Dewdney’s more recent excitement about LITTLE EXCAVATOR, which the editor praised for having “the same read-aloudability as the Llama Llama books,” adding,
“It was clear from the get-go she was just in love with this story. Its message—that everyone has an important job they can do—was very important to Anna. And she liked the idea of creating this new character. Anna always wanted to spread her wings.”

LITTLE EXCAVATOR Continues Dewdney's Literary Legacy. --PW

"Dewdney found the inspiration for Little Excavator in her own backyard—literally. While she and her longtime partner, Reed Duncan, were restoring their 19th-century farmhouse in southern Vermont, they discovered the stone foundation of an old mill
on the property. “It was completely overgrown, and we did some work on it to make sure it didn’t fall in on itself, and to maintain its integrity and beauty,” Duncan told PW. “Because the foundation walls were very tall and the structure had a deep recess that was hard to access, the big machines were too large for the space, so the contractor brought in a small excavator.”

“Anna loved this project dearly, and was really happy with the book,” Duncan said. “She had been able to complete it and knew that the wheels were in motion at Viking to produce it, and that made her very happy."

LITTLE EXCAVATOR is not, however, Dewdney’s final book.

This summer, Viking will publish LLAMA LLAMA GIVES THANKS 

and 2018 will bring LLAMA LLAMA LOVES TO READ

There are many other llama and
non-llama books in the works, including the tie-in editions to the upcoming NetfLlx animated TV series.


Book Birthday


Book #2 of

The Extraordinary Journeys of 

Clockwork Charlie 

a MG Fantasy trilogy 

(Knopf Books for Young Readers)


Dave Butler

The second installment in an action-adventure series about a boy on a rescue mission—part Pinocchio, part fantasy,
and all fun!

Praise for The Kidnap Plot:

“It’s a strong start to a new series—the characters are diverse, and Butler creates a smoky, grimy, harsh England that is almost a living character in itself. Readers will happily keep an eye out for the next volume.” 
The Bulletin for the Center for Children’s Books

“Reminiscent of both Pinocchio and The Great Mouse Detective, this novel is tailor-made for young readers who love adventure narratives and steampunk fiction.”
“A page-turning adventure.”
“The fast-paced plot is action-packed. . . .
with a meticulously crafted world. "

A featured finalist in its category for the AML
(Association of Mormon Letters) Award.

Click image to hear Christopher Paolini's interview with Dave Butler. 

Butler's recent adult title, the first in a trilogy, is WITCHY EYE (Baen), "a Flintlock Fantasy of a different breed." 

"...By turns sardonic and lighthearted...[the] story will appeal to fantasy readers of all stripes." 
--PW starred

"A stunning debut fantasy..."  
--Barnes & Noble




NYT Bestselling Creator


When Pete heads off to space camp, he gets to float in zero gravity, build rockets, and even goes on an extraordinary interstellar mission that is out of this world—literally! 
Houston, ready to rock out
with Pete the Cat!

Includes over 30 fun stickers!

We LOVE this mention of
PETE THE CAT on SLJ's "Top 10 Circulated Picture Books 2017": 

"The school year is ending soon –
a good time to take a look at the most popular books in our K-4 school library. Today – picture books. 
I did something with this list
– I excluded all series books (there is one sequel on here, though).


Because if I didn’t, the thing would be dominated by Pete the Cat.

And you already know Pete’s popular." --SLJ 


Cover Reveal 

of Shannon Hitchcock's 
MG historical LGBQT novel,

coming next February from Scholastic. 
(Cover design by Maeve Norton.)

Books to Celebrate Dad
(all year long!)


"[A] Father’s Day-ready vehicle to showcase an involved and attentive parent." —PW

" engaging story illustrated with a rainbow of vibrant hues that preschoolers will love." —KIRKUS 

"Move over, Mama Llama, it’s Daddy Gnu’s turn to shine!" —SLJ

Celebrate dads this Father’s Day with these books.

As featured in WA Post's Father's Day round-up:


And in BRIGHTLY's round-up post: Picture books Perfect for Dads.

“…Make sure to get a copy of the all-new board book — it’s going to become a favorite.”

As well as in A Mighty Girl's
"A Father's Love:
30 Books About Dads & Daughters"
 round-up post.  

Speaking of mighty!
James Dean illustrated this NYT-bestselling MIGHTY DADS
(Scholastic; Joan Holub)

Gianna' Marino's

(Viking Books for Young Readers)

PW, starred
             “… exuberant and gorgeous…”

SLJ, starred 
"...a heartwarming reminder of how children learn to trust and listen for papas’ songs in our lives."

KIRKUS, starred
"...This beautifully executed book about the bond between father and child that can be as deep as the darkest sea..."

(Penguin /Random House)
Luciana Navarro Powell

A 2014 PBS “10 Best Books for Father’s Day” (along with Nelly Gnu!)

A 2013 Latinidad Best Latino Pick   

(Two Lions / Illus. Valeria Docampo)
Sarah Lynn

"When Emma notices that Pop’s feet can still remember how to dance, a quiet hope grows that other special memories survive. A successful title in addressing a child’s perspective of aging and memory loss..."  

Acquisitions and Licensing

Recorded Books has licensed audio rights for Anna Dewdney’s LITTLE EXCAVATOR.

Klett- Sprachen has licensed a English language educational edition of Kwame Alexander’s  Newbery Award winning THE CROSSOVER with German annotations.

Book Birthday


How Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin Built a Community

(Magination Press)



Gayle E. Pitman

When You Look Out the Window
tells the story of
Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin,
one of San Francisco's
most well-known and politically active lesbian couples.

Describing the view from
Phyllis and Del's SF window,
this picture book biography shows how one couple's activism transformed their community ---and had ripple effects throughout the world.

Click image to view the trailer. 

WHEN YOU LOOK OUT THE WINDOW includes a Reading Guide that provides helpful historical context, as well as a Note to Parents, Caregivers, and Educators about the importance of teaching LGBTQ history and culture to all children.

...a portrait of change... --PW 

Pitman's THIS DAY IN JUNE  (Magination Press, illus. Kristyna Litten),  an ALA Stonewall Book Award winner, is one of CMA's "10 Picture Books About Pride and Gender Expression, and 

CoolMomPicks' "6 Fantastic Children's Books Celebrating #LGBQT Families because #LoveisLove."   

Cherry Lemonade read Pitman's book on Drag Queen Story Time at the Portland Pride Festival, a new storytelling tradition which began in San Francisco in December 2015 and spread to Brooklyn last summer, according to Drag Queen Story Hour Puts the Rainbow in Reading featured recently in the NYT

Some very cool Sisters helped Pitman celebrate her launch at the Lavender Library in Sacramento CA. 

Both of her titles are among Magination Press' growing LGBTQ Pride books.

Next up--another Pitman/ Magination Press project,  

Look for it soon!


Look who else is on the shelf!

JACOB'S NEW DRESS by Sarah & Ian Hoffman 

Where's East/West?

After organizing her region's successful SCBWI Canada East conference, including Deborah Warren, Alma Fullerton was on faculty at the Highlights Foundation (below L) teaching Novels in Verse: 

"The comments on the verse ms. beforehand were insightful and comprehensive. But it was their lectures that led to at least one epiphany a day..."

Alma is also a presenter at the June SCBWI Florida Mid-year Workshop in Orlando.

Lee & Low's Editor-at-large Louise May and Editorial Director, Cheryl Klein.

In addition to the SCBWI Canada East, Deborah Warren spread the East/West word at #BEA17 in NYC.  

Dianne Hess, Executive Editor, Scholastic Press

Connie Hsu, Senior Editor, Roaring Brook, MacKidsBooks.

Editorial Director Kelsey Skea, Two Lions, at Amazon Rooftop party. #BEA17.


Irish bestselling author and SPARK Award winner Denise Deegan will host a breakout session on self-publishing at the SCBWI summer conference.

Princess Alethea Kontis was the guest of honor at Hypericon, in Nashville TN. In addition, on July 8th she will be at the Orlando Book Festival

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


Congratulations to all of the 
BINC. 2017 Higher Education
Scholarship recipients!

Shelf Awareness reports: 
"The Book Industry Charitable Foundation has named the 27 recipients who will receive $109,000 in education scholarship funding as part of Binc's Higher Education Scholarship Program. They were selected from 125 applicants, including bookstore owners, booksellers, former Borders Books employees or their dependents.
A complete list of recipients, who represent 23 stores in 14 states, can be found here."

East/West is proud to be a BINC Lexicon Donor.

June Stars Shine

THIRD starred review for NOW by Antoinette Portis
(Neal Porter Books/Roaring Brook Press; available July): 

A natural follow-up to Portis’s WAIT,...
NOW is an affirmation of the present and its many wonders...—with Portis’s 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. The focus is always on being mindful of and appreciating the moment. 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

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

No day but today

Do you have a favorite leaf? Hole? Breeze? This young narrator does. Antoinette Portisgentle picture book proves how joyful it can be to take life moment by moment. A young girl takes readers through her day, pointing out her favorite things (covering everything from clouds to paper boats). She reveals, in a moment wise beyond her years, that each item is her favorite because it is the one in her life at that time. 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.

 Starred review for GRANDMA'S TINY HOUSE: A Counting Book by Janay Brown-Wood, illustrated by Priscilla Burris:  

(Charlesbridge /August 2017)

" ...breezy, confident rhymes... 
A warmhearted tribute to the messy joys of a big, impromptu gathering." --PW

That should create some Charlesbridge summer book buzz

Speaking of buzz: Check out this NYT Book Review on SPLOTCH 
(Viking Books for Young Readers) 
by award-winning Author/Illustrator Gianna Marino:

What Not To Tell the Kids When the Goldfish Dies, and Other lessons From Pet Picture Books:

"Marino has created an interesting game of “Who’s kidding whom?” between parent and child … that hinges on visual discernment … light on text and strong on visual storytelling … with exaggerated facial expressions to convey the characters’ shifting moods and motives.  Don’t miss the back endpapers, which suggest an alternative, sunnier fate for Splotch and all the other fish we flush."

Marino's SPLOTCH events continue with a story time and books signing at Face in a Book, El Dorado Hills  CA, July 16th. 

Go. Little E, go! 

Jeanne Walker-Harvey was interviewed on The History Author Show about her book, 


MAYA LIN, ARTIST-ARCHITECT OF LIGHT AND LINE, (Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt) Illustrated by Dow Phumiruk.

Look for the *STAR* in July/Aug #HornBookMag
That a twenty-one-year-old novice beat out 1,420 other candidates, many of them famous architects, is intrinsically captivating fodder for a picture book, and Lin’s conviction about her own design in the face of public backlash is a built-in lesson in perseverance. Appropriately, the book’s muted art has the fine lines, precision, and spatial astuteness of architectural drawings, and Phumiruk’s use of perspective is often striking. A wide double-page spread of the finished memorial, for instance, impressively captures its length as the wall of fallen solders’ names stretches diagonally toward the horizon. Harvey’s text makes thoughtful, relatable connections between Lin’s work and the themes of her life; an author’s note adds supplementary details on the memorial’s design and touches on Lin’s later work. katrina hedeen
starred review

PW featured Walker-Harvey and sons!

Family Ties

Jeanne Walker Harvey recently celebrated the release of her new picture book, Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines (Holt/Ottaviano), illustrated by Dow Phumiruk, at Studio 333 in Sausalito, Calif., where she has a writing loft. Among the guests at the event were Harvey’s two sons, seen here with the author.

And check out this great review of MAYA LIN on Librarian's Quest: "To Touch the Names"
"Constantly amazed by what I learn from non-fiction."

Speaking of non-fiction:

Click the image above to see Patricia Newman's book trailer for
SEA OTTER HEROES:The Predators That Saved An Eco-system (Lerner),
created by Curiosity Films' talented middle school students. 

TCR on Film: An Interview with Mark A. Vieira,
author of INTO THE DARK -- The Hidden World of Film Noir, 1941-1950.

KIRKUS review: CAP'N REX & HIS CLEVER CREW by Henry L. Herz,
Illus. Benjamin Schipper/ August release)

Is there room for one more piratical dinosaur tale on the seven seas? There be! It takes daring to traverse the ocean waves. As Capt. Rex and his dinosaur pirates three (a pterosaur, a sauropod, and a ceratopsid) search for buried treasure, they are beset by ...seemingly insurmountable obstacles...With his emphasis on invention over brute force,
Herz eloquently models positive attitudes for young readers...
The dinosaurs may be extinct but let's hope dinosaur pirates keep on sailing for arr-ternity. 

Alexandra Alessandri’s
poem, "Where I'm From," was just selected as a winner in the Finding Home Contest at YARN (Young Adult Review Network). Check out another one of her poems, “When You Died: An Abecedarian,” here in the Acentos Review. So lovely! 

A Mighty Girl featured GRANDMA AND THE GREAT GOURD: A Bengali Folktale, by Chitra Divakaruni and illustrated by Susy Pilgrim Waters, in their
200 Books of Fairy Tales About Clever and Courageous Girls : 

Chitra Divakaruni's sharp, rhythmic retelling of this Bengali folktale is complimented perfectly by Susy Pilgrim Waters's brightly colored, captivating illustrations.

More #BEA17 sightings:

Merrymakers' display of Pete the Cat! 

Erin Dealey's K is for KINDERGARTEN (August 2017 Sleeping Bear Press/ illus. by Joseph Cowman) on the big screen at #SLJdod17 

Erin Dealey's new blog series, KIndergarten SHOW AND TELL, inspired by her upcoming picture book, K is for KINDERGARTEN , features #tbt kindergarten pictures of fan favs and kidlit authors & illustrators including a few East/Westers.
Guess who? Find the answers here. : ) 

The week ending June 25, 2017 marks East/West's
158th 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!


"Overheard"  at @EastWestLit on Twitter:

Sarah Aspinall's PENGUINS LOVE COLORS, Spanish edition,
at the Scholastic booth #BEA17.

HannahtheLibrarian picks


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