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My Books

I am overjoyed to announce three forthcoming picture books, releasing in 2020 and 2021, with more titles in the pipeline!

My debut, PIGLETTE, releases May 26th, 2020.  It can already be pre-ordered here:

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/622563/piglette-by-katelyn-aronson-illustrated-by-eva-byrne/

  1. Publisher’s Weekly Rights Report (week of June 17th, 2019):

Publisher's Weekly Announcement

2. Publisher’s Marketplace Rights Report (September 6th, 2019):

POO-DUNIT? PM Announcement

3. Publisher’s Weekly Rights Report (week of November 11th, 2019):

PW Announcement for CLOVIS

A Few Favorites

Seb and the SunSeb and the Sun by Jami Gigot
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is a touch of HYGGE (happiness/coziness) to light long, wintry evenings. A perfect bedtime book for little ones and for anyone who wants to be transported to the far North while snuggling beneath the covers. I fell in love with Seb, his walrus sidekick, and their quest to restore a bit of light to their arctic community. Jami Gigot revisits an age-old theme in a brand-new way and graces it with glowing illustrations. To me, Seb and the Sun has all the makings of a classic.

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Bob, Not Bob!: *to be read as though you have the worst cold everBob, Not Bob!: *to be read as though you have the worst cold ever by Audrey Vernick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Brilliant, heart-warming, hilarious. Rarely have I seen a picture book (both text and illustrations) infused with so much personality and humor. Gift it to any and every kid in your life!

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The Bearskinner: A Tale of the Brothers GrimmThe Bearskinner: A Tale of the Brothers Grimm by Laura Amy Schlitz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I worked in the children’s book industry for years, in several different capacities, and today I still actively collect the very best in illustrated children’s books. I consider The Bearskinner to be the most powerful picture book I own. Never have I seen a picture book so honestly portray the darkness life can bring, while still championing hope and driving home the message, “No matter how hard things get, choose life. There will be a way out.” What a valuable book to share with a (slightly older) child audience! I read it to 8 to 12 year-olds and they are always spellbound by Laura Amy Schlitz’s rendering of this timeless Grimms’ tale. And yes, there is a happy ending.

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Featured Favorite: The Truffle Hunter

A hotel nestled in an old French village…a cranky chef called César…a blue Citroën Deux Chevaux…an under-appreciated sow named “Martine”… ancient cave paintings…a dark and handsome stranger…and a lesson in digging up tasty tubers…

Can an English-language picture book be any “French-er” than Inga Moore’s The Truffle Hunter ?

IMG_1429Her words and pictures capture such a spirit of place that you’ll be transported to the Perigord in the space of a story time. (Couldn’t you almost step into the full page spread above?) Like so many of Moore’s timeless works, The Truffle Hunter is still in print today. My hope is that we keep it that way for the next generation.

(You’ll find a short bio of British author-illustrator Inga Moore here.)

IMG_1427The Truffle Hunter
Inga Moore
Published byKane/Miller Book Publishers
1985

Featured Favorite: The Stars Will Still Shine

I “met” Cynthia Rylant’s The Stars Will Still Shine back in 2005 when I was a children’s book buyer. Today, the book’s reassuring message still seems as important as ever.

this new year...

…So Cynthia Rylant begins her ode to all things good, inviting us in to be comforted a while. Page after page, she reminds us of what is still right with the world. From the chiming of church bells, to ice cream cones three scoops high, to snuggling on a rainy day, her text appeals to a child’s senses while evoking the symbols of peace, delight, hope, and love most common to a child’s experience.

Tiphanie Beeke’s luminous illustrations are a testament to how vibrant watercolor can be. Just look at those jewel tones!

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To open this book is to open up a space of beauty and calm in the midst of troubled, uncertain times. What better gift for our children and ourselves this new year?

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The Stars Will Still Shine
Cynthia Rylant & Tiphanie Beeke
Published by HarperCollins
2005