Author: Nydia Armendia-Sánchez
Illustrator: Devon Holtzworth
Blurb: Children listen to their mama recount the story of papa's blacksmith heritage and their family's determination to hammer out a life as immigrants without being pushed to the margins through the bonds of love, courage, and the human connection that forges us all, in a two-book deal for publication in fall 2024.
Author: Stephanie Gibeault
Illustrator: Jaclyn Sinquett
Blurb: A middle grade nonfiction book that explores animals' numerical abilities while teaching mathematical concepts. Publication is slated for Spring 2024.
Author: Anita Yasuda
Illustrator: Yuko Shimizu
Blurb: A picture book biography of the determined and humble Japanese climber Junko Tabei as the first woman to climb Everest, scale the world's highest peaks, and protect these sacred spaces, all while inspiring children to reach their dreams, no matter how high they first seem. Publication is set for fall 2024.
Author: Tziporah Cohen
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Blurb: Jean Little First Novel Award-winning author Tziporah Cohen's CITY BEET, a retelling of a classic Russian tale set in an urban neighborhood which chronicles the antics that ensue when a girl and her neighbor are a little too successful in growing a beet for the neighbor's famous salad, and end up with a giant beet that just won't budge.
Author: Thushanthi Ponweera
Publisher: Holiday House
Blurb: I AM KAVI, a middle-grade novel-in-verse, which is set in 1990s Sri Lanka. 10-year-old Kavi must untangle the complex dynamics of a new family, a new school, new friends, and a new identity as she moves to a big city from the village, all while a civil war rages on.
Author: Sidura Ludwig
Illustrator: Sophia Vincent-Guy
Blurb: The story of a Jewish girl learning how to bake challah with her mother, a staple of Jewish family and community gatherings for generations, focusing on the familial comfort of baking together, the community of traditions, and the beauty of the Sabbath. Illustrated by Sophia Vincent-Guy. Publication is set for May 2024.
Author: Marcie Rendon
Illustrator: Joshua Mangshing Pawis-Steckley
Blurb: The story of a young girl's journey into womanhood is told through the bond she shares with her nookomis as they sew ribbon skirts for ceremonies, celebrating the women around them, culminating in her own coming-of-age ceremony.
Author: Salima Alikhan
Illustrator: Noor Sofi
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's
Blurb: The story of a multicultural girl attempting to reconcile her own cultural identity as she works to prepare a display for her school's multicultural day, to Deeba Zargarpur at Simon & Schuster Children's, in a nice deal, for publication in summer 2023.
Author: K.E. Lewis
Illustrator: Isabel Roxas
Blurb: A humorous, cautionary tale about the daredevil stunts and cringe-worthy antics you will inevitably face when traveling with your rhinoceros, to Kait Feldmann at Clarion, in an exclusive submission, for publication in summer 2024.
Author: Callie C. Miller
Blurb: Jessica Smith at Aladdin has acquired The Hunt for the Hollower by debut author Callie C. Miller. This middle grade adventure follows a young wizard--the second times great grandchild of the WIzard Merlyn--and her friends on a quest to save her brother from the magic-stealing Hollower while she master the mysteries of her magic. Publication is set for summer 2023.
Author: Tziporah Cohen
Illustrator: Yaara Eshet
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Blurb: Sydney Taylor honoree and National Jewish Book Award finalist Tziporah Cohen's AFIKOMEN, a Passover tale with a time travel twist in a wordless picture book, illustrated by Yaara Eshet, to Nan Froman and Karen Li at Groundwood Books, in a nice deal, for publication in spring 2023.
Author: C.M. Surrisi
Publisher: Putnam Children's
Blurb: Agatha Award nominee C. M. Surrisi's THE UNOFFICIAL LOLA BAY FAN CLUB, about an 11-year-old girl whose devoted fandom to a pop star distances her from good friends, attracts false friends, and draws her into bad decisions, leading her to evaluate the influence of peers, social media, parents, and pop culture as she decides what kind of person she wants to be, to Arianne Lewin at Putnam Children's, with Susan Kochan editing, for publication in spring 2023.
Author: Monique Gray Smith
Illustrator: Nicole Neidhardt
Publisher: Zest Books
Blurb: Cree author Monique Gray Smith's BRAIDING SWEETGRASS ADAPTATION: A YOUNG PEOPLE'S GUIDE TO THE INDIGENOUS WISDOM, SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE, AND THE TEACHINGS OF PLANTS, a young reader's adaptation of botanist and Citizen Potawatomi Nation member Robin Wall Kimmerer's BRAIDING SWEETGRASS: INDIGENOUS WISDOM, SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE, AND THE TEACHINGS OF PLANTS, illustrated by Nicole Neidhardt, to Shaina Olmanson at Zest Books, in a nice deal, for publication in fall 2022.
Author: Lyn Miller-Lachmann
Illustrator: Gabriel Alborozo
Publisher: Levine Querido
Blurb: Arthur A. Levine at Levine Querido has acquired world rights in an exclusive submission to Ways to Play, the debut picture book by Lyn Miller-Lachmann (l.) (Rogue), illustrated by Gabriel Alborozo (This Old Dog), about a child on the autism spectrum whose cousins criticize her for not playing the "right" way with her toys. With the help of a beloved family pet, she teaches them that the right way to play is… any way you want to. This collaboration of neurodivergent author and illustrator is set for fall 2022.
Author: Monique Gray Smith (Cree-Lakota)
Illustrator: Nicole Niedhardt (Navajo)
Blurb: Monique Gray Smith's CIRCLE OF LOVE, in which a Cree girl reflects on and inclusively celebrates many types of loving relationships at an urban, intertribal community center gathering.
Author: Marcie Rendon
Publisher: Soho Crime
Blurb: Pinckley Prize winner Marcie Rendon's SINISTER GRAVES, set in 1970s Minnesota on the Ojibwe reservation, about a tough-as-nails 19-year-old who solves the disappearances of Native girls and their newborns, together with two backlist titles in the series.
Author: K.E. Lewis
Illustrator: Robert Paul Jr.
Blurb: A boy's excitement to show off his summertime fine at the annual cookout takes a disappointing turn until neighborhood folks add their own flair, and he learns the power of substance over style in this story about community kinship.
Author: Marta Magellan
Illustrator: Clementine Rocheron
Publisher: Albert Whitman
Blurb: A nonfiction biography of Mireya Mayor, a former NFL cheerleader, primatologist, and National Geographic wildlife correspondent; following Mireya as she overcomes obstacles, stereotypes, and dangerous jungles in her search for a life for herself and a home for endangered species that feels just wild enough.
Author: Kellye Crocker
Publisher: Albert Whitman
Blurb: A 12-year-old girl comes to grips with her newly diagnosed anxiety disorder and rapidly changing family and learns that the bravest people are the ones who are scared but who do the right thing anyway.
Author: Ashley Walker & Maureen Charles
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Blurb: A YA non-fiction book on women in the music industry, featuring pioneering contemporary female artists who represent a broad range of genres, cultures, and professional roles, and who are known for their humanitarian efforts.
Welcome to the Nest!
Nicole Neidhardt is Diné (Navajo) of Kiiyaa’áanii Clan on her mother’s side and a blend of European ancestry on her father’s side. She is an artist and illustrator whose Diné identity is the heart of her practice. She has a BFA from the University of Victoria and an MFA from OCAD University. She is repped by Jacqui Lipton.... read more
C.J. (Chang) Hong is a children’s writer with a passion for promoting literacy. With her stories, she hopes to help foster a love of reading in children. Picture books are her favorite genre for writing, and she was a finalist in that category in the 2019 Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers Writing for Children Competition. She is repped by Jacqui Lipton.... read more
Stefanie Hohl loves to write books for kids! She is the author of The Remember Tree, Where is the Star?, and the ABC See, Hear, Do series. She is passionate about discovering better methods for teaching young children and is the founder of Playful Learning Press, a publishing company focused on teaching children through movement. Stefanie has a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Penn State and a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, five children, a very silly dog, and two cuddly cats. Stefanie is repped by Jacqui Lipton. .... read more
Colleen Muske is a children’s book writer and illustrator. She has been writing poems and drawing horses as long as she can remember. But it wasn’t until she took a picture book illustration class 15 years ago, she knew she had finally found her calling. Her love of nature and animals is an endless source of inspiration for her art and writing. Colleen likes to use dynamic colors, with lots of print and texture in her illustrations, and paints using gouache, watercolor, and Photoshop. She loves to write picture books and middle grade .... read more
Jen Lynn Bailey was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. She loves playing with the sounds and rhythms of words while drawing on snippets and scraps from her life thus far. Jen has measured water quality, air quality, and the quality of treads on her hiking shoes. She loves balancing equations, the keel of her kayak, and the spine of a beautiful book on her knee. Jen holds a Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and her debut picture book, This is the Boat that Ben Built, is forthcoming in March 2022 .... read more
Nedda Lewers grew up in Queens, NY where she spent many Sundays at the local library deciding how many books she could possibly carry on the fifteen-minute walk home. Every summer, she visited Cairo, where her parents are from. She cherishes how that experience has made her perspective richer and more expansive. She strives to create books that take children on fun adventures with characters who are also trying to make sense of the big, complicated world and their place in it.... read more
Colleen Paeff is the author of The Great Stink: How Joseph Bazalgette Solved London’s Poop Pollution Problem (illustrated by Nancy Carpenter) and Rainbow Truck, co-authored with Hina Abidi. As a child, she made up stories to entertain herself on long car rides or to impress her friends at recess. Nowadays, she writes those stories down. Sometimes they’re made from her imagination, and sometimes they’re true stories about real people or places, but they almost always start with a wonder.... read more
Shay Fan is a Taiwanese American children’s book author and emerging screenwriter who got her start writing fanfiction in the fourth grade for The Magic School Bus and The Babysitters Club. When Shay isn’t writing, reading, doodling, or watching TV voraciously she enjoys snowboarding, running, hiking, and many other gerunds. Her recent favorite gerund of all is sleeping. Shay is repped by Kortney Price.... read more
Before Jessica Owens was two, her dad had to nail the bookshelf to the wall because he couldn’t keep her off of it. And while she mostly can reach the top shelf without climbing it these days, her appetite for a good story hasn’t let up. She holds a degree in English Literature from Purdue University, and has spent many years volunteering at her local school library. She writes YA and Middle Grade. Jessica is repped by Lori Steel. .... read more
After earning her MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2015, Dana has taught writing and literature at the University of Hartford, the Highlights Foundation, and the Mark Twain House. When she’s not writing or teaching, she rides roller coasters, watches movies, plays Catan, knits too many scarfs, hikes with her husband, puts together jigsaw puzzles, and collects Funko Pops. Dana is represented by Jacqui Lipton.... read more
Bill Canterbury has been writing for kids ever since he was seven. His “Today’s Weather Now!!!” daily handout for his classmates always forecast earthquakes and asteroids, none of which ever happened. Bill has written and produced over one hundred hours of animated and live-action comedy television shows for both kids and adults. He holds an A.B. degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University... read more
Natasha Khan is a Pakistani expat mom raising two boys with her husband in Saudi Arabia. She spends an inexcusable amount of time window shopping for books on the internet and playing the New York Times Spelling Bee. She is passionate about her country, her people, and her food... read more
5/9/2022: Congrats to Lyn Miller-Lachmann and Zetta Elliott for their starred reviews from leading trade journals for MOONWALKING, a novel-in-verse about an unlikely interracial friendship in 1980s Brooklyn amid the flowering of graffiti, hip hop, and punk rock. The New York Times writes that it “eloquently tackles race, culture, and life on the spectrum.”
5/3/2022: Ellen Mulholland will be an author mentor for RogueMentor, a Twitter mentoring program run by Natalie Lockett. She will mentor MG writers in Round 2, which opens May 27-30. Check out her MSWL!
4/29/2022: How to Write a Mystery: A Handbook from Mystery Writers of America by MWA, including Raven Quill's own C.M. Surrisi, with editors Lee Child and Laurie R. King, won the Agatha Award for best nonfiction book in 2021.
4/28/2022: Laura Shovan, author of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Bimah" in this short story collection from Albert Whitman, will be hosting an in-person book launch at Baltimore's Ivy Bookshop today at 6 pm with author Nancy Krulik and Jewish educator Julie Wohl.
"Stop Calling us Groomers and Quit Making Us Your Prey," an article about the targeting of LGBTQ+ teachers by RQ author Mary Cronin, was published in The Advocate magazine online.
Congratulations to Lynn Becker, whose debut picture book, MONSTERS IN THE BRINY, illustrated by Scott Brundage, published on April 15th! School Library Journal says it's School Library Journal says, "Fans of cryptozoology and the high seas will love the exuberant illustrations… Alliteration, rhyming, and clever wordplay support language arts lessons… A fun musical maritime adventure, perfect for interactive read-aloud sessions.” 🐙
Title: Just Wild Enough: Mireya Mayor, Primatologist
Work Author: Marta Magellan
Illustrator: Clémentine Rocheron
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Revealed: April 16, 2022
Publication: September 1 , 2022
Primatologist Mireya Mayor is living proof that courage and determination can make the impossible possible. For Mireya Mayor, even as a young child whose house was filed with cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, a chicken, and a snapping turtle, nothing was quite wild enough. Older, she traded her pom-poms as a cheerleader for the National Football League for the swamps of the South American jungle. The first woman wildlife TV reporter for National Geographic, she traveled the world, but things still weren't quite wild enough. It was only when Mireya went to Madagascar that things FINALLY got wild enough. This biography of the woman who convinced the prime minister of Madagascar to make the mouse lemur’s rain forest a protected national park is an inspiring―and wild story.
4/19/2022: Out today: This short story collection from Albert Whitman features a story from Raven Quill's own Laura Shovan. Pick up the book and check out "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Bimah" today!
Dionna Mann named Honor winner in Magazine Merit Competition
4/5/2022: Dionna Mann's entry into the SCWBI 2021 Magazine Merit Award Competition, "Snot-Copter: Drone at Work" from the February 2021 issue of Spider, was named the Honor winner of the Nonfiction category.
Title: Music Mavens: 15 Women of Note In the Industry
Work Author: Ashley Walker and Maureen Charles
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Revealed: March 31, 2022
Publication: November 15, 2022
Music Mavens transports readers around the world (and beyond)—to a jazz performance in Genoa, an instrument lab in London, a Tokyo taiko dojo, a New York City beatbox battle, and even a film scoring session aboard the Starship Enterprise, to name a few. Along the way, it spotlights artists whose work spans musical genres and industry roles, including composing and songwriting, performing and conducting, audio engineering, producing, and rock photography. In Music Mavens, 15 extraordinary women reveal how they turned their passions into platforms and how they use their power to uplift others. Their musical resumes will inspire, but the way each artist lives her life is the real story.
3/4/2022: Art Coulson's picture book, LOOK, GRANDMA! NI, ELISI!, illustrated by Madelyn Goodnight, will be featured on the premiere of Reading Rainbow Live, which is a tribute to the original Reading Rainbow, the joy of reading, and a generation of fans who are hoping to pass the “learning is magic” torch forward. You can watch it on demand on March 6th! https://readingrainbowlive.com
3/2/2022: Congrats to RQ author Lindsey McDevitt, whose book about Nelson Mandela's hope for his nation, A PLAN FOR THE PEOPLE, made the 2022 NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books list! It also made the School Library Journal list in November. Congratulations!
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