Announcing a deal! Alison Oliver's MOON

I'm delighted to announce the sale of Alison Oliver's picture book, MOON, as well as a sequel.  MOON is a gorgeous, heartfelt story that explores the joy of wildness.

Like most children, Moon’s life is busy.  School is followed by homework, followed by piano practice, followed by chores; and the next day it all begins again.  Moon is good at doing everything expected, but she wonders: what it would be like if she didn’t have so much to do.  

And then, one night, she meets a wolf.  Not the wolf you’re expecting – not the one that plagued the pigs, or grinned at Red Riding Hood.  This wolf takes her to the forest, away from home and the endless round of things-to-do.  Moon doesn’t command or tame the wolves, she learns from them – she learns to howl, to hide, and how to be wild. 

A big congratulations to Alison and Jennifer Greene at Clarion Books.  I can't wait for this book to be out in the world!


Announcing a Deal! New SUPER HAPPY PARTY BEARS by Marcie Colleen!

I'm so pleased to announce that Marcie Colleen will be writing the next four SUPER HAPPY PARTY BEARS books, for a total of eight.  The first SHPB books came out this fall -- GNAWING AROUND and KNOCK KNOCK ON WOOD -- and are jumping off shelves everywhere!

To the Super Happy Party Bears, everything is a good thing. Their entire attitude can be summed up in one word: YAY! They love doughnuts, dancing, and above all else—a good party. Not so for the rest of the animals living in the Grumpy Woods. They find the bears terribly annoying.

In GNAWING AROUND, when a few beavers come to town, the Grumpy Woods are even grumpier than usual. These beavers are drying up their river with their dam . . . the beavers are ruining everything! They must leave—it is decreed! But the Super Happy Party Bears just love the beavers! As the Grumpy Woods scheme to unwelcome them, the Super Happy Party Bears throw them a housewarming party that will prove dancing can always save the day.

In KNOCK, KNOCK, the Grumpy Woods dislike Wallace Woodpecker only slightly less than the Super Happy Party Bears. They find his pecking preposterously loud, but the bears think Wallace is beating a nice rhythm--it's great for early-morning dancercise! The bears convince Wallace he has great skills to offer the woods, and they give him ideas for unsolicited handy work. Instead of endearing him to the neighbors, it annoys them even more. Can the bears really help this noisy neighbor?





Congratulations to Marcie Colleen and Steve James for this new deal!




Happy Publication Day to A PATRON SAINT FOR JUNIOR BRIDESMAIDS & THE INFINITY YEAR OF AVALON JAMES!

Happy publication day to these wonderful middle grade novels!

A PATRON SAINT FOR JUNIOR BRIDESMAIDS is Shelley Tougas's third novel, following THE GRAHAM CRACKER PLOT and last fall's FINDERS, KEEPERS, which is now available in paperback.

A bully, a wedding, and a larger-than-life family add up to a hilarious and heartfelt middle-grade novel.
Mary Margaret Miller is going to be a junior bridesmaid--that is, if she isn't grounded for the rest of her life. She's feuding with school bully Brent Helzinski, and her cousin Eden, aka The Bride, is clashing with her grandmother about wedding plans. Mary knows it's her job as a junior bridesmaid to make the day run smoothly, but she sure could use a little help from above.

“Tougas keeps the narrative just light enough for her target audience of middle graders even as Mary struggles with some pretty deep religious questions. She may have been the Minnesota Church Youth Group Member of the Year, but that doesn't mean she is without flaws—a hard thing to admit. Wedding-prep comedy balances serious questions of morality in this sweetly perceptive book.” – Kirkus Reviews

"With a boisterous, multigenerational family and touching themes of tolerance, there’s a lot to like here, and fans of feel-good stories will be delighted." – Booklist

"[Mary's] voice is funny without being hyperbolic; instead, she is ordinary, observant, and realistically plagued by an overburdened sense of responsibility to keep everyone happy, which makes her relatable to many tweens. Readers looking for a lighthearted summer read about faith, family, and figuring out who you are in the midst of a lot of noise will enjoy this." – Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Mary Margaret Miller is one of those narrators who leaps off the page.  She’s funny, smart and bold; tender, compassionate and courageous.  As a story teller, a truth seeker and a Junior Bridesmaid, Mary is absolutely radiant.  Well done, Shelley Tougas!” – Sheila Turnage, author of the Newbery Honor book, Three Times Lucky

"Is there a Patron Saint for reading?  I hope so because this book is sweet, funny, and chock full of goodness!" – Lisa Greenwald, author of My Life in Pink and Green

To buy a copy of this delightful book, please visit:

And to say hi to Shelley, visit her site, or say hi on twitter!

Next up is THE INFINITY YEAR OF AVALON JAMES by debut author, Dana Middleton.  

Avalon James and Atticus Brightwell have a secret--one that they aren't allowed to discuss with anyone. This secret is shared between two best friends. When you and your best friend turn ten years old magical things are said to happen. You both will receive some kind of magical power. It can be a power you can call on time and time again. Or it can be a power that comes once when you need it most. It's your Infinity Year and the possibilities are endless.

The past year hasn't been great with her family being torn apart and bullying at school, so Avalon is depending on her magical ability to appear soon and help. With the clock ticking and her eleventh birthday approaching, which would be the end of her powers, Avalon's hopes are running high. Will she and Atticus get the powers they so desperately want and need?

Dana Middleton's debut novel is a wonderfully enchanting story of the possibility of magic and the even more magical bond between two best friends.

We've received two starred reviews for this lovely novel!

“Life lessons are related in Avalon's genial, evocative voice, convincingly illuminating many of the issues of a year that can offer infinite possibilities, even if the magic is imagined. A fine, tenderly nuanced tale of the remarkable power of friendship.” – Kirkus Reviews, starred review

 “This offers a number of realistically drawn characters, both kids and adults, portrayed as complex people who interact and cope with their troubles in individual ways. A well-knit first novel with an involving, affecting story." – Booklist 

“Blending realism with just a touch of magic, Middleton’s debut novel demonstrates a keen awareness of the infinite possibilities of childhood.”  – Publishers Weekly

“This will appeal to readers looking for an overall upbeat story with realistic drama. Featuring a positive depiction of boy-girl friendship and appealing characters, this is recommended.” – School Library Journal

For copies of AVALON, please visit:

and give author Dana Middleton a shout on twitter!

Announcing a Deal! MAXINE AND MILTON by Ruth Spiro

I'm so pleased to announce the sale of  Ruth Spiro's MAXINE AND MILTON picture book series!  Ruth is also the author of the BABY LOVES series, out this month.  In this new series, Ruth has created a marvelous new main character -- Maxine, who is a Maker.  She likes to create things, but not in a crafty sense.  She prefers gears to googly eyes and circuits to coloring books.  And for Maxine, there’s nothing better than a problem to solve.  With her beloved companion and muse, a goldfish named Milton, she deconstructs and reconstructs, tweaks and hacks – Maxine can make anything better with a little elbow grease and her know-how.

When Maxine invites Milton to march with her in the class Pet Parade, he’s bubbling with excitement. (Being a goldfish, he doesn’t get out much.)  There’s just one hitch: marching doesn’t come naturally for a fish, even one as cool as Milton.  Maxine is undeterred – she must use her powers of invention, and maker know-how, to create a way for Milton to take part.  But this hack may be the toughest one yet…

MAXINE & MILTON celebrates one girl’s smart, determined approach to solving problems.  I love that Maxine is a maker – never happier than when she’s tinkering with machines and technology – but she’s more than a modern day Rube Goldberg.  Maxine is a good friend too, dedicated to including Milton not just because it’s an opportunity to invent, but because she loves him.

We're so excited about working with Holly Hatam on this book, and can't wait to see how she brings Maxine to life!






Happy Publication Day: BABY LOVES QUARKS! & BABY LOVES AEROSPACE ENGINEERING! by Ruth Spiro

These little books about big ideas -- BABY LOVES QUARKS and BABY LOVES AEROSPACE ENGINEERING -- make me very happy, and I'm so glad that they are out in the world today!

I work with Ruth Spiro, the writer whose concept these books are. Her ability to explain complex scientific ideas simply and completely, never ceases to amaze me!  When she sent me the texts for these two books, I was utterly delighted and I know that parents, babies and teachers will be too.

Accurate enough to satisfy an expert, yet simple enough for baby, QUARKS explores the basics of particle physics and chemistry – quarks, protons, neutrons, atoms and molecules – and ties it all to baby’s world. AEROSPACE ENGINEERING looks into the basics of flight, again relating everything to babies' world.

Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby’s sense of wonder. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two, as well!

MetroParent says, "The books are well-crafted for their young audience, with bright colors, adorable illustrations of babies and subject matter that is tailor-made to young children's interests. In AEROSPACE ENGINEERING a baby notices a bird, and, in short, simple sentences, concepts of aeronautics are taught... [In QUARKS]...the concept of atoms being the building blocks of matter is compared to actual building blocks. Little children will love the adorable illustrations of protons and neutrons holding hands as they unify to create an atom, and they'll love the concept of scientists smashing a nucleus as the baby smashing his block tower is shown!"  (For the complete review, click here).

Charlesbridge has already signed up two more BABY LOVES books -- BABY LOVES THERMODYNAMICS! and BABY LOVES QUANTUM PHYSICS! will be published next fall.

To get your copies of these adorable books, visit the GoodReads giveaway, click HERE!  Or, you can purchase at any of these outlets:

To learn more about author Ruth Spiro, visit her website or say hello on twitter.







Happy Publication Day: Paul Acampora's HOW TO AVOID EXTINCTION

I'm so happy to let you know about a marvelous new middle-grade novel from Paul Acampora, HOW TO AVOID EXTINCTION.

Since the death of his grandfather, Leo's number one chore has been to chase after his grandmother who seems to wander away from home every few days. Now, Gram's decided to roam farther than ever. And despite his misgivings, Leo's going along for the ride. With his seventeen-year-old cousin, Abbey, and an old, gassy dog named Kermit, Leo joins Gram in a big, old Buick to leave their Pennsylvania home for a cross-country road trip filled with fold-out maps, family secrets, new friends, and dinosaur bones.


This is a middle grade comedy about death and food and family and fossils. It's about running away from home and coming back again. For Leo, it's about asking hard questions and hopefully finding some sensible answers. As if good sense has anything to do with it. 

Against a backdrop of America's stunning size and beauty, How to Avoid Extinction talks about growing up, getting old, dreaming about immortality, and figuring out all the things we can — and can't — leave behind.


We've been receiving loads of praise for Paul's new novel!

“[A] fast-paced family story full of humor and heart…A cast of memorable characters, intelligent banter, and wry humor reminiscent of Richard Peck or Gary Paulsen make this an authentic and unforgettable journey.” – School Library Journal

“Serves up witty jokes in spades…Love plus laughter is pretty much an extinction-proof formula for a middle-grade book…a satisfyingly hopeful family drama will find plenty to dig up and enjoy here.” – Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Late in the book, a character sums up the plot by saying, ‘That's the key to happiness….Join the right circus.’…This book is the right circus.” – Kirkus Reviews

"With a compelling plot, sparkling dialogue, and pitch-perfect narrative, readers will dig this masterfully crafted novel about life, families, and friendship." —David Lubar, author of Hidden Talents and Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie

"HOW TO AVOID EXTINCTION unearths a complex story of heart, humor, and hope. I laughed. I cried. I may have to get an allosaurus tattoo. And definitely eat a donut." —Erin Dionne, author of the 14 Day Mystery series

I can't say it better than these quotes -- humor, heart, hope.  This is the kind of book that makes you feel better about the world.  You can find it here:

For more about Paul, or to give him a shout hello, visit his website here or find him on twitter.

BOOK TRAILER for Sarah Lariviere's MG debut, THE BAD KID

Without any further ado, please enjoy this charming book trailer for Sarah Lariviere's MG debut -- a mystery-comedy -- THE BAD KID!

Claudeline Feng LeBernardin learns what it really means to be bad in this colorful and hilarious mystery reminiscent of Harriet the Spy.

Claudeline Feng LeBernardin is very good at being bad. Her Grandpa Si was a real-life gangster, and Claude always thought she’d take over the family business when he was gone. Instead, Claude’s dad is in charge—and she’s sure he’s running things into the ground. She wants to step in, but her parents are keeping secrets and her partner in crime, Fingerless Brett, is suddenly on the straight and narrow.

Then, when a very strange character by the name of Alma Lingonberry shows up in the neighborhood, Claude gets closer to the crime life than ever. Before long, she’s swept up in a maddening mystery that’s got her wondering: What does it really mean to be bad?