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Hello! I’m thrilled to join the Upstart Crow Literary family. For my inaugural post, I’d like to introduce myself and discuss a little about what kinds of projects I’m looking for.

I hail from Austin, Texas, and even though I’ve been based on the West Coast for a decade, I stay connected to my southern roots through cooking and wearing cowboy boots. I started my career in children’s books working for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), where I had the privilege of working with numerous award-winning writers and illustrators, before moving on to work with Jennifer Rofé at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

I’m currently representing books for children: picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult, along with some nonfiction. … [more]

We are thrilled to share this first look at Adam Smyer’s newest book, YOU CAN KEEP THAT TO YOURSELF: A COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF WHAT NOT TO SAY TO BLACK PEOPLE.

Kirkus calls it: “A bitingly humorous compendium of the absurd subtle racism of the American workplace.”

Read. Watch. Laugh. Feel uncomfortable.

Out September 1. Preorder now!

 

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Happiest of publication days to Matt Myklusch and the second book in the Order of the Majestic series: LOST KINGDOM, out today from Aladdin/Simon and Schuster.

Joey Kopecky and his friends, Shazad and Leanora, have the weight of the world on their shoulders. As the new Order of the Majestic, it is their responsibility to keep magic alive and free for all, and to fight the influence of the Invisible Hand, a sinister group of magicians intent on rounding up the world’s remaining magical items and keeping everything to themselves. 

But all of that changes when Fate taps them on the shoulder, and puts the Secret Map of the World in their hands. Together, Joey and his friends strike off on a tour of hidden magical realms, trying to find a lost kingdom that could [more]

HOORAY and happiest of publications days to Rachael Allen on the publication of her newest YA novel, THE SUMMER OF IMPOSSIBILITIES, a book that author Jaye Robin Brown (Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit, The Meaning of Birds) calls “a soul-satisfying read that will make you smile long after you’ve turned the final page.”

Four girls. One summer. And a pact to do the impossible.

Skyler, Ellie, Scarlett, and Amelia Grace are forced to spend the summer at the lake house where their moms became best friends.

One can’t wait.

One would rather gnaw off her own arm than hang out with a bunch of strangers just so their moms can drink too much wine and sing Journey at two o’clock in the morning.

Two are sisters.

Three are currently feuding with their [more]

We are thrilled to announce the sale of Nicole Collier’s debut middle grade novel, JUST RIGHT JILLIAN, to Versify.

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations, Nicole!… [more]

Consider this: Our future mayors, governors, representatives—even a future President—have already been born! (Maybe she’s napping in your lap or splashing in the tub right now!). Happily, the perfect book for our future leaders is now available to share with everybaby: BABY LOVES DEMOCRACY! It’s an inclusive, nonpartisan look at elections and how everyone can participate – because YOUR voice matters!

From the author of the wildly popular Baby Loves Science and Baby Loves the Five Senses series comes a spinoff perfect for little citizens: Baby Loves Political Science!

Choosing a good leader is important, so everyone in America gets a say – even if they’re too young to vote (sorry, Baby!). Sending postcards, making signs, and attending rallies is hard work, but with Baby’s help, this campaign season is sure to be a success. … [more]

HOORAY and happiest of publications days to Marcie Colleen and Alison Oliver on the publication of their newest picture book, THE BEAR’S GARDEN!, which Kirkus Reviews calls “a well-illustrated, beautifully written tale of encouragement,” in a starred review.

Inspired by the true story of a community garden in Brooklyn, New York, The Bear’s Garden is a testament to how imagination and dedication can transform communities and create beauty for everyone in unexpected places.

A little girl sees an empty lot in a city and imagines what it can be.

She sees

a place to grow,

a place to play,

and a place to love.

With the help of her stuffed bear, the girl brings her community together to create a beautiful garden.

PRAISE for THE BEAR’S GARDEN:

“A well-illustrated, beautifully written tale … [more]

HOORAY and happiest of publications days to Sue Soltis on the publication of her newest picture books, THE STARS JUST UP THE STREET, with gorgeous illustrations by Christine Davenier!

A grandpa’s memories of brilliant night skies inspire a little girl to take action in a tale for budding community organizers and star lovers alike.

Mabel loves stars. She counts five from her window and thirty-seven from her backyard. But her grandfather tells her that, as a child, he could see thousands. Could it be true? Mabel climbs a hill looking for more stars — only to discover that the glow from the nearby town makes them hard to see. What would it take for her neighbors to turn off their lights, just for one night, so that everyone could see the starlit sky? Sue Soltis’s [more]

We’re delighted to announce the sale of Alison Oliver’s next PB illustration project, THE IN-BETWEEN BOOK, to Jennifer Adams at Sounds True!

Congratulations to all!
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HOORAY and happy book birthday to J.M.M. Nuanez’s BIRDIE AND ME — which is now out there in the world, finding it’s readers. I can’t wait to see how readers react to, and I’m so proud to have been a part of it’s publication.

*“Belongs alongside Holly Goldberg Sloan’s Counting by 7s, Cindy Baldwin’s Where the Watermelons Grow, and Ali Benjamin’s The Thing about JellyfishHighly recommended.”— School Library Journal, starred review

*”This strong, emotional, and engaging read is a must-have for any library. The issues are dealt with realistically and challenge the reader to examine their personal feelings, the various modes for dealing with grief, gender fluidity, and how to appropriately support students in their search for who they truly are. A great coming-of-age story for 5th-8th graders.” — … [more]