We are back from a whirlwind of the Spring tradeshows, starting with BEA at the end of March in NYC and culminating in ALA at the end of June in San Francisco. Book Expo America was an incredible few days, filled with authors and some great interactions with our favorite stores and readers. Author Todd Tarpley dropped by to sign My Grandma’s a Ninja.
And Valeri Gorbachev signed our beautiful new edition of his classic Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
BEA browsers loved our poster promoting our new line of classics, out this Fall.
Before we left for the American Library Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco, author-illustrator Sebastian Meschenmoser arrived in New York, from Berlin. Sebastian’s Mr. Squirrel and the Moon was a Top Ten Indie Next Pick in January.
We were so excited to take him out and about to his events at McNallyJackson Books, at Powerhouse Books, in Brooklyn and to an event at Deutsches Haus at NYU. The kids at McNallyJackson enjoyed the story very much, and were adorably interactive throughout the event. They had opinions!
Finally-onto the plane and out to San Francisco for ALA. 16,000 librarians and NorthSouth Books. It is always a great time. We were also gearing up for a big announcement at this conference!
Sebastian came with us and we visited some of the excellent Northern California stores like Bookshop Santa Cruz, Hicklebee’s, Books Inc, and The Linden Tree. We had some packed conference days, with booth signings and author speed dating. On Saturday afternoon we broke out the champagne and announced new picture book with Newbery Award winning author Kwame Alexander. Surf”s Up, illustrated by Daniel Miyares. We are so so over the moon for this incredible project-a perfect summer reading book, and a fantastic collaboration between two incredibly talented individuals. The book will be out February 2016.
Newbery Caldecott Wilder Banquet on Sunday night. Lots of laughter and some tears, as always. It is always incredible to be in that big room with so many of our colleagues from other children’s book publishers, and so many tremendously creative authors and illustrators who care so much about their work. It is always a great way to that conference. We hope you are all having wonderful summers!