Jocelyn Davies at Disney-Hyperion has acquired world rights to In Every Generation by Kendare Blake (the Three Dark Crowns series), a new YA trilogy set in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer universe. In a world with many Slayers, in a New Sunnydale rebuilt on top of the Old Sunnydale, one girl (and a werewolf, and a demon) must stop the Hellmouth from reopening and defeat the forces of evil bent on destroying everything and everyone she loves—including her Aunt Buffy. The first book is set for winter 2022; Adriann Zurhellen at Folio Literary Management represented the author while at Foundry Literary + Media.
Tamara Grasty at Page Street has bought A Beautiful Faux Paw and an untitled YA novel by Jessica Kara. The contemporary YA follows a teen artist as she pushes back against her hoarder mother and slips away to a furry convention with her friends. But when her mother's gaslighting and controlling behavior ruins the con, she must learn to set boundaries or risk staying shackled to the house and her mom for good. Publication is planned for spring 2022 and spring 2023, respectively; Cortney Radocaj at Belcastro Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.
Lisa Yoskowitz at Little, Brown has acquired, at auction, 6 Times We Almost Kissed (+ 1 Time We Did) by Tess Sharpe. This YA novel follows two girls who have always clashed, but whose paths constantly cross because of their mothers' epic friendship. When a long-awaited surgery forces both families to live together, the girls can't ignore their reluctantly shared past… or all those times they've almost kissed. Publication is scheduled for winter 2023; Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich, & Bourret did the deal for world rights.
Megan Abbate at Roaring Brook has bought, in a six-figure auction, two middle grade graphic novels written and illustrated by book designer Maggie Edkins Willis. In Smaller Sister, Lucy witnesses her big sister's eating disorder and recovery while reckoning with her own body image. In Cheer Up, Phoebe reluctantly trades her running shoes for poms when she isn't able to join the track team at her new school. When an accident unmoors her squad, Phoebe battles PTSD and finds there’s more to her teammates—and cheerleading—than she anticipated. Smaller Sister is slated for spring 2022, and Cheer Up is slated for spring 2024. Jennifer Rofé at the Andrea Brown Literary represented the author for world rights.
Gina Gagliano at Random House Graphic has acquired Next Stop by debut author Debbie Fong. This middle grade contemporary graphic novel follows Pia as she deals with her brother's death and embarks on a magical road trip that changes her life. Publication is planned for 2023; Janna Morishima at Janna Co. brokered the deal for world rights.
Mallory Kass at Scholastic has bought North American rights to Valentina Salazar Is Not a Monster Hunter by Zoraida Córdova, pitched as a genderbent Supernatural meets Unicorn Rescue Society. When a mythical egg surfaces on YouTube, the Salazar siblings steal the family van to race across the U.S. to save the egg before it hatches and goes viral—except their eldest sister and her dreaded monster hunters will stop at nothing to destroy the beast first. Publication is set for 2022. Victoria Marini at Irene Goodman Literary negotiated the deal; Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media handled all rights.
Erin Clarke at Knopf has acquired Sofía Acosta Makes a Scene by Emma Otheguy (Silver Meadows Summer) about a fifth-grade girl trying to figure out where she fits in her ballet-obsessed Cuban American family and her affluent suburban community. Publication is scheduled for spring 2022; Adriana Dominguez at Full Circle Literary brokered the deal for world rights.
Ken Wright at Philomel has bought There's a Ghost in This House by picture book creator Oliver Jeffers. Featuring an inventive format that includes translucent paper pages that overlay Jeffers's mixed-media illustrations, this picture book invites readers to find the hidden ghosts on every page. Publication is slated for September 2021; Jocelyn Schmidt at Penguin Young Readers did the deal with Carla Alonzo at HarperCollins UK, for U.S. rights.
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.
Grace Kendall at FSG has bought world English rights to A Book, Too, Can Be a Star, a picture book biography of Madeleine L'Engle by Charlotte Jones Voiklis (l.), one of L'Engle's granddaughters, and BabyLit author Jennifer Adams (c.); Adelina Lirius (r.) will illustrate. Using L'Engle's childhood fascination with stars, Voiklis and Adams offer a biography that is as much about living a creative life as it is a history of this beloved author and the inspiration behind A Wrinkle in Time. Publication is set for fall 2022; Lisa Erbach Vance at Aaron Priest Literary represented Voiklis, Steven Malk at Writers House represented Adams, and Christy Ewers at the CAT Agency represented Lirius.
Stephanie Pitts at Putnam has signed Lynnor Bontigao (r.) to illustrate The World's Best Class Plant, a picture book by Liz Garton Scanlon (l.) and Audrey Vernick (c.), which sold previously at auction in a two-book deal. The new book, scheduled for summer 2023, focuses on a class that is terribly disappointed in the lack of a class pet—until a class plant turns out to be the best thing ever. Erin Murphy of Erin Murphy Literary represented the authors for North American rights, and Caryn Wiseman of Andrea Brown Literary represented the illustrator for world rights.
Marilyn Brigham at Amazon Crossing Kids has acquired My Grandma's Photos, written by Özge Bahar Sunar (l.), illustrated by Senta Urgan (c.), and translated from the Turkish by Amy Marie Spangler (r.). This picture book follows a boy and his grandmother as they look through her old photos and travel back in time through the memories of her life. Publication is slated for October 2021; Burcu Unsal at Kalem Agency did the deal for world English rights.
Alvina Ling at Little, Brown has bought, at auction, This Is Not My Home, plus an untitled second book by debut author-illustrator duo Vivienne Chang (l.) and Eugenia Yoh. This picture book features a girl whose family moves to Taiwan and learns how a new place can become her home. Publication is set for winter 2023; Ellen Goff at HG Literary represented the author and the artist.
Rotem Moscovich at Knopf has acquired world rights for A Garden in My Hands by Meera Sriram (l.), illustrated by Sandhya Prabhat. In this picture book, an Indian American girl's mother applies intricate henna designs to her hands and, as she does so, recounts family memories and stories. Publication is planned for spring 2023; Tracy Marchini at BookEnds Literary negotiated a two-book deal for the author, and Alice Sutherland-Hawes at ASH Literary represented the illustrator.
Margaret Anastas at Viking has bought world rights for Somewhere, Right Now by Kerry Docherty (l.), illustrated by Suzie Mason. This picture book is a lesson in mindfulness that teaches readers to focus on beautiful things in the natural world, reminding us that a way to confront tough times is to remember that somewhere, right now, our earth is making something amazing happen. Publication is scheduled for spring 2022; the author was unagented, and James Burns at the Bright Agency represented the illustrator.
Christy Ottaviano at Little, Brown/Ottaviano has acquired world rights to Marching for the Vote: The Story of Ida B. Wells and the Women's March of 1913, written by Dinah Johnson (Black Magic) and illustrated by fine art painter Jerry Jordan in his picture book debut. This picture book tells the story of Ida B. Wells and her life as a suffragist, with a focus on the Women's March of 1913. Publication is slated for winter 2023; Allison Hellegers at Stimola Literary represented the author, and Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary represented the illustrator.
Liza Kaplan at Philomel has bought world rights to When Your Daddy's a Soldier by Gretchen McLellan, illustrated by E.G. Keller, about a boy whose father must leave to defend his country, and how the family copes—and hopes—in his absence. Publication is set for fall 2022; Karen Grencik at Red Fox Literary represented the author, and Lori Nowicki at Painted Words represented the illustrator.
Karen Boersma at Owlkids has acquired world rights to How to Party Like a Snail by Naseem Hrab (l.), illustrated by Kelly Collier (A Horse Named Steve), a picture book about a mild-mannered snail who loves to party (quietly). Jennifer Stokes will edit. Publication is planned for fall 2022; the author represented herself, and Erzsi Deak at Hen&ink Literary Studio represented the illustrator.
Naomi Kirsten at Chronicle has bought world rights to Wake Up, Woodlands by Karen Jameson, illustrated by Marc Boutavant, a picture book celebrating the joy of forest animals as they greet a glorious new spring. Publication is scheduled for spring 2024; Kathleen Rushall at Andrea Brown Literary represented the author, and Heart Agency represented the illustrator.
Carol Hinz at Lerner/Millbrook has acquired world rights to Ice Cycle by Maria Gianferrari (l.), illustrated by Jieting Chen. This poetry collection explores the many forms ice can take and the many names for it, from frost to cat ice to frazil. Publication is slated for fall 2022; Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary represented the author, and Alex Gehringer at the Bright Agency represented the illustrator.
Molly Yao Shen at Yeehoo Press has bought world rights to Who Is It, Whoodini? by Roman Yasiejko (l.), illustrated by Gustavo Ramos. In this picture book, when a mysterious bird crashes in a tree, two owl sleuths fly off to gather the facts for the surprise reveal and rescue. Publication is scheduled for summer 2022 in the U.S. and mainland China; the author represented himself, and Mohamed Danawi at Illozoo Agency represented the illustrator.
Kelsey Horton at Delacorte has acquired, in a best bid auction, three titles in YA series Royal Blood by Aimee Carter, a contemporary reimagining of the royal family pitched as The Princess Diaries with murder. After a 17-year-old American girl is exposed as the King of England's illegitimate daughter, she soon finds herself in an even bigger royal scandal as the primary suspect in a murder investigation. Publication for the first book is planned for fall 2022; Rosemary Stimola with Allison Remcheck at Stimola Literary Studio brokered the six-figure deal for North American rights.
Nick Thomas at Levine Querido has acquired, in an exclusive submission, world rights to 49 Days by New York Times Metropolitan Diary illustrator Agnes Lee. This YA graphic novel debut, inspired by a Buddhist belief regarding death and the afterlife, is about a Korean American girl who has died and must journey for 49 days. Publication is scheduled for 2023; Abigail Frank at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates negotiated the deal.
Wendy Loggia at Underlined has bought Horror Hotel by Victoria Fulton (l.) and Faith McClaren; Alison Romig will edit. Pitched as The Blair Witch Project for a new generation, this YA horror novel features a group of amateur YouTuber teen ghost hunters who travel to a haunted hotel, the site of an infamous L.A. tragedy, to spend the night and secretly film after dark. When they stumble upon a dead body, they realize that the most terrifying horror stories aren't always paranormal. Publication is set for spring 2022; Katie Shea Boutillier at Donald Maass Literary did the deal for world rights.
Joy Peskin at FSG has bought, in an exclusive submission, as part of a two-book deal, We Can: Portraits of Power by 14-year-old artistic prodigy Tyler Gordon. This picture book features portraits of, and informative text about, 35 icons who have inspired Tyler, including politicians like Kamala Harris and Joe Biden; sports heroes like LeBron James and Naomi Osaka; musicians like Janet Jackson and Lady Gaga; and pioneers in the entertainment industry like Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey. Publication is slated for fall 2021; Heather Jackson from Heather Jackson Literary brokered the deal for world rights.
Christy Ottaviano at Little, Brown/Ottaviano has acquired, in an exclusive submission, world rights to The Death and Life of Benny Brooks by Ethan Long. Pitched as a middle grade Hey, Kiddo, this illustrated autobiographical novel grapples with the darker undercurrents of the author's childhood, with themes of divorce, cancer, and anger management. Publication is planned for summer 2023; Paul Rodeen at Rodeen Literary Management negotiated the deal for world rights.
Talia Benamy at Philomel has bought New School Skirmish, the first in the Airi Sano: Prankmaster General illustrated middle grade series by Zoe Tokushige. Pitched as a Diary of a Wimpy Kid meets Problem Child and Dennis the Menace, the series starter features sixth-grade prankster Airi Sano, a Japanese American military brat who always gets in trouble at school—until she meets a teacher who gets to the heart of her troubles, unearthing an unaddressed learning disability and a spirited kid trying to find her way when the road keeps changing. Publication is set for summer 2022; Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media did the three-book deal for world English rights on behalf of CAKE Literary.
Bethany Buck at Pixel+Ink has acquired the first two books in The Swallowtail Legacy by Edgar Award finalist Michael D. Beil. This middle grade series follows a 12-year-old girl who finds herself trying to unravel a mystery that crosses generations and racial divides while spending the summer on an island in Lake Erie. Publication is scheduled for spring 2022; Rosemary Stimola at Stimola Literary Studio did the deal for world rights.
Holly West at Feiwel and Friends has bought world English rights to Kid Made by Kailei Pew. The illustrated nonfiction middle grade book highlights 40 kid inventors from across the globe, whose inventions are still used today, in an ode to the ingenuity, curiosity, and brilliance of young minds as they confront the inequities of their communities. Publication is slated for summer 2023; Emily Forney at BookEnds Literary represented the author.
Margaret Ferguson at Holiday House has acquired, in a preempt, world rights to Bizard, The Bear Wizard by Chrissie Krebs, in a two-book deal. This young graphic novel series features a bear who reluctantly becomes a wizard when a magic wand crashes into his head and who uses his powers to protect the forest animals from a sinister wolf. Publication is planned for summer 2023 and spring 2024; Elizabeth Bennett at the Transatlantic Agency negotiated the deal.
Daria Harper at Chronicle has bought world rights to the first two books in an early chapter book series written by Jenn Bailey (l.) and illustrated by Mika Song, based on their Schneider Family Honor book, A Friend for Henry. In this new series, a boy on the autism spectrum navigates friendships, classroom conundrums, and the ups and downs of daily life as a sweet and sensitive first grader. The first book, Henry, Like Always, is set for spring 2023, with a second book to follow in spring 2024; Erica Rand Silverman at Stimola Literary Studio represented the author and illustrator.
Tamar Mays at HarperCollins has acquired world rights to Dot's Day by Kallie George (l.), illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman, first in a My First I Can Read series about a curious ladybug named Dot who helps her friends by solving spotty mysteries. Publication is scheduled for summer 2023; Emily van Beek at Folio Literary Management represented the author, and Alex Gehringer at the Bright Agency represented the illustrator.
Grace Kendall at FSG has bought North American rights to If I Had a Boat by Brooke Boynton Hughes. This picture book tells the story of an older sister who longs for solitude, and a little brother who patiently waits for his big sister's acceptance. Publication is slated for fall 2023; Marietta B. Zacker at Gallt and Zacker Literary brokered the deal.
Deirdre Jones at Little, Brown has acquired, at auction, It's Fall! by Renée Kurilla (One Springy, Singy Day). From warm sweaters to delicious drinks to jumping in leaf piles and more, this celebration of all things autumn is an ode to a favorite seasonal time of year. Publication is planned for summer 2023; Jennifer Rofé at Andrea Brown Literary handled the deal for world rights.
Emily Feinberg at Roaring Brook has bought world rights to The Wave by debut author-illustrator Tyler Charlton, a metaphorical look at depression in children in which a boy confronts getting swept away by his own wave. Publication is scheduled for winter 2023; Carrie Hannigan at HG Literary represented the author.
Julia McCarthy at Atheneum has acquired world rights to I Want to Be a VaseSNL writer, and co-creator of Los Espookys Julio Torres (l.), illustrated by 3D artist Julian Glander. This tale of a plunger who dreams of a more decorative life was inspired by Torres's HBO comedy special My Favorite Shapes, which explores the interior dramas of everyday objects. Publication is set for summer 2022; Richard Abate and Olivia Gerke at 3Arts represented Torres, and Glander represented himself.
Samantha Gentry at Little, Brown has bought world rights to Bake Infinite Pie with X + Y by acclaimed mathematician and author Eugenia Cheng (l.), illustrated by Amber Ren, a picture book about X and Y who are determined to bake infinite pie with uber-smart Aunt Z by using math to bake their way to success. Publication is slated for winter 2022; the author represented herself, and Jennifer Rofé at Andrea Brown Literary represented the artist.
Karen Smith at Knopf has acquired, at auction, world rights to Everyone Loves Lunchtime but Zia and a sequel by Jenny Liao (l.), illustrated by Dream Chen. The author's debut picture book follows Zia, a Chinese American girl who learns to appreciate her heritage when she brings the foods of her culture to school. Publication is planned for spring 2023; Savannah Brooks at the Jennifer de Chiara Literary Agency represented the author, and Nicole Tugeau at Tugeau2 represented the illustrator.
Virginia Duncan at Greenwillow has bought world rights to Small Talk by Mary Lee Donovan (l.), illustrated by Brizida Magro. This picture book offers a chance to explore words and expressions of love from around the world. Publication is scheduled for winter 2023; Victoria Sanders at Victoria Sanders and Associates represented the author, and Anne Moore Armstrong at the Bright Agency represented the illustrator.
Ellen Cormier at Dial has acquired world rights to Your One and Only Heart by physician Rajani LaRocca (l.), illustrated by Lauren Paige Conrad. The nonfiction picture book uses poetry to describe the wonder of how the human heart works. Back matter provides more information about this vital organ. Publication is set for spring 2023; Brent Taylor at Triada US represented the author, and Hannah Mann at Writers House represented the illustrator.