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.
Author: C.M. Surrisi
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Blurb: The novel details the events leading to the discovery that the bones entombed in Viking warrior grave Bj581 were in fact female, and examines the fallout from that discovery and its impact on archaeologists' and historians' study of gender roles in ancient societies.
Author: Jilanne Hoffmann
Illustrator: Eugenia Mello
Publisher: Chronicle Children's
Blurb: A celebration of the power and wonder of Earth's ecosystems, following Dust across the globe as it revels in the beauty of its journey and the vital role it plays in nurturing life.
Welcome to the Nest!
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
9/10/2021: RQ client Laura Shovan has a story coming out next year in this incredible anthology of Jewish stories. It’s a collection of Bar and Bat Mitzvah tales geared to a middle grade audience published by Albert Whitman.
8/19/2021: Congratulations to RQ client Art Coulson on the release of his adorable picture book, Look, Grandma! Ni, Elisi! This sweet story celebrates math, diversity, and the power of storytelling.
8/13/2021: We are so excited for Lyn Miller-Lachmann! Penguin Kids is expanding the SHE PERSISTED universe with another picture book and even more chapter books in 2022! SHE PERSISTED IN SCIENCE and ten more chapter books about inspiring women are coming next year. Check out the April release!
8/01/2021: Congratulations to RQ clients Art Coulson and Monica Roe on the publication of Wilderness Ridge, a new chapter book series where authentic hunting and fishing stories are brought to life.
Editor: Wesley Adams
Work Author: Monica Roe
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux BYR
Art by: Oriol Vidal
Design by: Mallory Grigg
Revealed: Jul. 26, 2021
Publication: Winter 2022
An action-packed, empowering novel about a girl who has to speak up when her wheelchair motocross dreams get turned upside down. AIR is a smart, energetic middle grade debut from Monica Roe.
7/13/2021: Don't miss Raven Quill client Marcie Rendon at the United Methodist Women Virtual Book Reviews on Saturday, July 31, from 10 AM to 12:00 PM ET. The discussion is open to all. For more information and to RSVP, contact Eloise Sykes: email@example.com.
Sept 11, 2021
Agent Lori Steel will be taking pitches, presenting, and giving a talk about the importance of place and setting at the Chesapeake Writing Workshop.
Agent Jacqui Lipton will participate in this panel discussion with Q&A to follow about how to query kid lit.
Nov 4-7, 2021
Agent Lori Steel will be faculty as Guest Agent at VCFA’s Alumni Mini Residency.
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