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Nancy Paulsen at Penguin/Paulsen has acquired I’m Not Cute by author-illustrator Joy Steuerwald, a picture book featuring a bunny who desperately wants to be recognized for more than just her cuddly appearance. Publication is planned for spring 2024; Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary negotiated the deal for world rights.

Karen Boss at Charlesbridge has bought world rights to Diving Deep: Using Machines to Explore the Ocean written by Michelle Cusolito and illustrated by Nicole Wong. This nonfiction picture book explores the ways humans access the ocean—from snorkeling gear to deep-sea submersibles—highlighting the wonders and science of ocean exploration and the equipment used to achieve it. Publication is planned for summer 2022; James McGowan at BookEnds Literary represented the author, and Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary represented the illustrator.

Cecily Kaiser and Gabriella DeGennaro at Rise x Penguin Workshop have acquired How to Say Hello to a Worm: A Very First Guide to Gardening by author-illustrator Kari Percival. The picture book debut is a nonfiction gardening book for young children that encourages them to connect with nature. Publication is planned for spring 2022; Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary handled the deal for world rights.

Kaylan Adair at Candlewick has bought, in a preempt, world rights to counting book One Sweet Song by Jyoti Rajan Gopal, illustrated by Sonia Sánchez, where community members in a city neighborhood are slowly pulled to their windows by the sound of music. One note trills, another joins, and then another, and one by one people step out on their balconies to join their community medley, counting from 1–10 and back again. Publication is set for fall 2023; Wendi Gu at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates represented the author, and Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary represented the illustrator.

Cindy Kim at Little Simon has bought Little Seed by author-illustrator Benson Shum, a board book that follows a little seed with a big heart as he learns different ways to hug and love all of Earth’s creatures. Publication is scheduled for spring 2022; Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary brokered the deal for world rights.

Jill Davis at HarperCollins has acquired world English rights to author-illustrator Merrill Rainey‘s ROAR! I’m a Dinosaur, the first of two shaped board books with eyehole cutouts that transform children into different dinosaurs. Publication is scheduled for summer 2022; Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary handled the two-book deal.

Melissa Manlove at Chronicle has acquired world rights to The Moon Moved In by Sue Soltis  (The Stars Up the Street), illustrated by Sonia Sánchez. Pitched as Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me meets Ada Twist, Scientist, the story features Stella, who makes an unexpected friend when the Moon moves into the house next door. Publication is scheduled for fall 2022; Susan Hawk at Upstart Crow Literary represented the author, and Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary represented the illustrator.

Liesa Abrams at Aladdin has bought world English rights to Super Atomic Wombat Girl by Russell Ginns and illustrator Jay Cooper, a new graphic novel series starring a fearless wombat and her loyal pangolin sidekick as they save the world from ANVIL (the Agglomerated Network of Venomous Insects and Lizards). Publication for the first book is planned for spring 2022; Kevin O’Connor at O’Connor Literary represented the author, and Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary represented the illustrator in the two-book deal.

Asia Citro at the Innovation Press has bought world rights to Queen of Leaves by Stephen Briseño, a picture book biography of Mexican-American botanist Ynes Mexia, illustrated by Diana Toledano. Publication is set for fall 2022; Natalie Lakosil at Bradford Literary represented the author, and Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary represented the illustrator.

Heidi Kilgras at Random House has acquired world rights to Frances Gilbert‘s picture book Too Much Slime!, illustrated by Vin Vogel. Slime-making kids get a cautionary tale full of squelch-y sound words as a mysterious green slime knocks on a front door, then oozes all over the house, the street, the school, and the town. Publication is scheduled for summer 2021; the author was unagented, and Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary represented the illustrator. (8/24/2020)

Mekisha Telfer at Roaring Brook has bought, in a two-book deal, author-illustrator Benson Shum‘s Anzu the Great Kaiju, a picture book about a tiny kaiju with a big heart trying to follow in his ferocious family’s footsteps. Publication is scheduled for fall 2021; Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary did the deal for world English rights. (8/17/2020)

Anne Schwartz at Random House/Schwartz has bought Something on the Hill by Jane Kohuth (Duck Sock Hop), illustrated by Sonia Sanchez (The Little Red Fort). In this picture book, a group of woodland animals journeys up a hill and finds the very first sign of spring—a seedling peeking through the earth. Publication is planned for spring 2023; Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary negotiated world rights for the author and illustrator. (8/3/2020)

Meredith Mundy at Abrams has bought world rights to Code Breaker, Spy Hunter by Laurie Wallmark (Hedy Lamarr’s Double Life), illustrated by Brooke Smart. The picture book biography highlights the achievements of Elizebeth Friedman, who smashed Nazi spy rings, took down gangsters, and created the CIA’s first cryptology unit. Publication is slated for spring 2021; Liza Fleissig at Liza Royce Agency represented the author, and Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary represented the illustrator. (7/27/2020)

Kelsey Skea at Amazon/Two Lions has acquired The Best Gift for Bear by Jennifer A. Bell in her authorial debut. The picture book features a thoughtful hedgehog who wants to give the perfect gift to her friend Bear. Publication is scheduled for fall 2022; Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary did the deal for world rights. (8/10/20)

Jill Davis at HarperCollins has bought author-illustrator Mike Petrik‘s Silly Sounds of Halloween and Silly Sounds of Christmas, two lift-the-flap board books that address the question: “What’s making that sound?” Publication is scheduled for summer and fall 2021; Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary negotiated the deal for world rights. (7/20/20)

Renee Kelly at Penguin Workshop has bought author-illustrator Rick Chrustowski‘s Dino-Zombies!, in which a creepy crew of dino-zombies take to the streets to chomp all the Halloween treats. Publication is set for summer 2021; Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary negotiated the deal for world English rights. (4/20/20)

Karen Boss at Charlesbridge has bought world rights to Branches of Hope: A Story About the 9/11 Survivor Tree, a nonfiction picture book by debut author Ann Magee (l.) and illustrated by Nicole Wong. The journey of the Callery pear tree rescued from Ground Zero and replanted 10 years later is presented alongside a wordless story about a girl and her first-responder uncle. Publication is set for summer 2021, in time for the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The author was represented by Carole Boston Weatherford, and Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary represented the illustrator. (4/20/20)

Renee Kelly at Penguin Workshop has bought author-illustrator Benson Shum‘s Alex’s Good Fortune, in which Alex and her family share their special Chinese New Year traditions with friends. Publication is planned for spring 2021; Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary handled the deal for world English rights. (3/30/20)

Valerie Garfield at Little Simon has bought world rights to Cari Meister‘s (l.) Rocking Bed of Dreams, illustrated by Diana Toledano. In this aquatic board book, a parent waits for their little one to drift off to sleep with a lullaby full of sweet dreams of exploring the wonders of the sea. Publication is scheduled for spring 2021; the author represented herself, and Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary represented the illustrator. (3/23/20)

Andrea Welch at S&S/Beach Lane has acquired world rights to Dressing Up the Stars, written by Jeanne Walker Harvey (l.) and illustrated by Diana Toledano. The picture book tells the story of iconic designer Edith Head, the first woman to lead a movie studio costume department and winner of a record eight Academy Awards for Best Costume Design. Publication is planned for fall 2021; Deborah Warren at East West Literary Agency represented the author, and Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary represented the illustrator. (1/27/20)

Heidi Kilgras at Random House has acquired Abe Lincoln’s Hat by Martha Brenner (l.), illustrated by Brooke Smart, a picture book biography of Abraham Lincoln, adapted from—and expanding upon—a Step into Reading book of the same name. Publication is expected in fall 2021; Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary brokered the deal for world rights, all languages. (9/16/2020)

Tamar Brazis at Viking has acquired Moon Camp by author-illustrator Barry Gott, about a boy who hates all the traditional activities at sleepaway camp—but this camp takes place in outer space. Camp is a cosmic disaster until he realizes the sky’s the limit when you discover a friend. Publication is scheduled for summer 2021; Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary negotiated the deal for world English rights. (9/16/2020)

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Adam Lehrhaupt’s SLOTH WENT, in which a young sloth heeds the call of adventure (and nature) to boldly and ever so slowly descend from his tree for a very special reason, illustrated by Benson Shum, to Sarah Shumway at Bloomsbury Children’s, in a nice deal, for publication in spring 2020, by Alexandra Penfold at Upstart Crow Literary for the author, and by Teresa Kietlinski for the illustrator (world). (11/28/18)

Pamela Jane’s TRUCKS ZOOMING BY, about a young girl who dreams of becoming a trucker and lives out her ideal day as she gets to ride with her parents in their big rig, illustrated by Barry Gott, to Joy Bean at Kane Press, for publication in October 2019, by by Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary for the illustrator (world).

Author of the LEMONADE WAR series Jacqueline Davies’s BUBBLES…UP!, in which shaped poetry conveys the joys (and danger) of a sunny afternoon at a crowded city pool, illustrated by Sonia Sanchez, to Maria Barbo at Katherine Tegen Books, for publication in summer 2020, by Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary for the illustrator (world).

Pura Belpre-winning author Meg Medina’s EVELYN DEL REY IS MOVING AWAY, in which two best friends must say goodbye to each other when one of them moves away, illustrated by Sonia Sanchez, to Kate Fletcher at Candlewick, in an exclusive submission, for publication in fall 2020, by Jennifer Rofe at Andrea Brown Literary Agency on behalf of Meg Medina for the author, and by Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary for the illustrator (world).

Author-illustrator Kristin Varner‘s TEN TIMES I FELL OFF MY HORSE, a tale about a horse-loving 12-year old who faces body insecurities while navigating boys, frenemies and the hardships of growing up, to Robyn Chapman at First Second, with Rachel Stark editing, in a good deal, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, for publication in spring 2021, by Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary (world English).

Brianna Caplan Sayres‘s WHERE DO DIGGERS CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS?, in which the best-selling diggers are preparing for Santa and even helping pull his sleigh, illustrated by Christian Slade, to Heidi Kilgras at Random House Children’s, for publication in September 2018, by Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary on behalf of author.

Debut author Hallee Adelman’s MY QUIET SHIP, whenever his parents fight, a boy escapes to his makeshift fort and into his imagination, but when his Quiet Ship is broken, he must bravely devise a new plan, illustrated by Sonia Sanchez, to Wendy McClure at Albert Whitman, for publication in Fall 2018, by Jill Corcoran at Jill Corcoran Literary Agency for the author, and by Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary for the illustrator (world).

Tina Kugler‘s SNAIL AND WORM ALL DAY, third in the series of beginning readers that includes the Geisel Honor-winning ‘Snail and Worm Again’, to Kate O’Sullivanat Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s, for publication in fall 2019, by Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary (world).

Author-illustrator Jay Cooper‘s THE PEPPER PARTY chapter book series, the first book, THE PEPPER PARTY PICKS THE PERFECT PET, introducing the zany Pepper family, who can never agree on anything, to Jenne Abramowitz at Scholastic, in a four-book deal, by Teresa Kietlinski of Bookmark Literary (World).

Judy Carey Nevin‘s ALL KIDS ARE GOOD KIDS, a board book that celebrates all the sweet, sassy, and kind things children do, illustrated by Susie Hammer, to Jeffrey Salane at Little Simon, in a two-book deal, for publication in 2018, by Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary on behalf of both the author and illustrator.

Susie Hammer to illustrate CONSTRUCTION ZOO by Jennifer Thorne, in which a zoo is under construction and the animals form surprising friendships with the trucks working on their home, to Eliza Swift at Albert Whitman, for publication in Fall 2018, by Katelyn Detweiler at Jill Grinberg Literary Management for the author and Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary for the illustrator (World).

Sonia Sanchez to illustrate A CRAZY-MUCH LOVE, by author Joy Jordan Lake, which follows an adopted child, her parents, and the family dog on their endearing journey of becoming a family, to Marilyn Brigham of Two Lions, for publication in Fall 2019, by Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary for the illustrator.

Author-illustrator Joy Steuerwald‘s debut THE PECULIAR PIG, about a brave little puppy raised by a family of pigs, to Nancy Paulsen at Nancy Paulsen Books, for publication in summer 2018, by Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary.

Debut author-illustrator E. Dee Taylor‘s LOTS OF CATS, about a lonely witch who realizes mixing friendship and magic can sometimes lead to CATastrophes, to Tamar Mays at HarperCollins, for publication in summer 2018; Teresa Kietlinski of Bookmark Literary.

Nicole Wong to illustrate FLYING DEEP, written by Michelle Cusolito. The story invites young readers to imagine themselves as a pilot of deep-sea submersible Alvin, exploring two miles deep where alien-looking life forms thrive, to Karen Boss at Charlesbridge, for publication in summer 2018, by Jill Corcoran at Jill Corcoran Literary Agency for the author and Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary for the illustrator. (World)

Author-illustrator Joyce Wan‘s GOODNIGHT, SWEETIE, in which an assortment of objects and figures commonly associated with bedtime go to sleep, to Celia Lee at Scholastic, and two untitled works in a three-book deal, by Teresa Kietlinski of Bookmark Literary (World).

Takako Fisher to illustrate SPRINGTIME BABIES by Danna Smith, a celebration welcoming spring and the new baby animals born on the farm, to Roberta Ludlow at Golden Books, for publication in 2018, by Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary (World).

Daniel Wiseman to illustrate GOODBYE BRINGS HELLO by Dianne White, a story written in verse about the ways a child must say goodbye to one moment in order to welcome the next, to Ann Rider at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s, for publication in Summer 2018, by Jennifer Rofe at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency for the author and Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary for the illustrator (World).

Author-illustrator Nina Victor Crittenden‘s THE THREE LITTLE PUGS, a picture book in which three pug puppies try to find ways to extricate a big bad cat from their comfy bed, to Jenna Pocius of Little Bee Books, for publication in Spring 2018, by Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary.

Author-illustrator Gina Perry‘s TOO MUCH! NOT ENOUGH!, in which a disagreement involving kazoos, pancakes and bubbles tests the limits of friendship, to Samantha Swenson at Tundra Books, in a two-book deal, for publication in 2018 and 2019, by Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary (NA).

Daniel Wiseman to illustrate Susanna Hill’s WHEN YOUR LION NEEDS A BATH and WHEN YOUR ELEPHANT HAS THE SNIFFLES, two board books that find the fun in frequently fraught childhood experiences, to Hannah Lambert at Little Simon, for publication in Summer 2017, by Liza Voges at Eden Street for the author and Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary for the illustrator.

Daniel Wiseman to illustrate Jessica Young’s PLAY THIS BOOK and PET THIS BOOK, two interactive books – the first will show children how different instruments are played, while the second will demonstrate how different animals are cared for, to Sarah Shumway at Bloomsbury Children’s, for publication in Summer 2018, by Kelly Sonnack at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency for the author, and Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary for illustrator (World).

Author-illustrator Mike Petrik‘s untitled picture book, about a Halloween-obsessed boy who prepares all year long for the scariest haunted house contest, to Kelsey Skea at Two Lions, for publication in Summer 2018, by Teresa Kietlinski of Bookmark Literary.

Author Judy Carey Nevin and illustrator Stepanie Cleaver Six’s WHAT MOMMIES LIKE, celebrates the special moments between a mother bear and her cub as they go to the library for story time, to Jenna Pocius at Little Bee Books, for publication in Spring 2018, by Teresa Kietlinski of Bookmark Literary.

Jay Cooper‘s illustrations for Jeffrey Burton’s DELIVERY TRUCKS!, a board book that focuses on many different types of delivery trucks and the goodies they bring, to Jeffrey Salane at Little Simon, for publication in Summer 2017, by Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary.

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