Neal Porter of Roaring Brook's Neal Porter Books has acquired two new books by Philip C. Stead. The first, Vernon Is On His Way: Small Stories follows Vernon the toad as he explores his world, solving problems, and enjoying time spent with his good friends Skunk and Porcupine. In All the Animals Where I Live, Stead and his dog, Wednesday, accompany readers on a tour through the seasons, offering an introduction to the many animals one is likely to encounter in and around their country home. Publication is set for winter 2018; Emily van Beek of Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management negotiated the two-book deal for world rights.

Anne Schwartz at Random House's Schwartz & Wade imprint has bought world rights to Kate Banks's Pup and Bear, to be illustrated by Naoko Stoop, about a lost wolf pup in the Arctic who is raised by a polar bear. Publication is slated for fall 2017; Rick Margolis at Rising Bear Literary Agency represented the author and Brenda Bowen at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates represented the illustrator.

Karen Wojtyla at S&S/McElderry has acquired Muon Van's picture book, Clever Little Witch, about a witch who comes up with innovative ways to get rid of her baby brother, only to realize she has drastically underestimated him, and her appreciation for him. Publication is scheduled for 2017; Liza Fleissig at Liza Royce Agency brokered the deal for world rights.

Maria Modugno at Random House has bought Kari Anne Holt's picture book Because You're Wonderful, illustrated by Kenard Pak, a conversation between a grown-up and an inquisitive, imaginative child. Publication is planned for fall 2018. Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency represented the author and Kirsten Hall at Catbird Agency represented the illustrator in the deal for world rights in all languages.

Annette Pollert-Morgan at Sourcebooks Fire has acquired two YA novels from Rin Chupeco. The first, entitled The Bone Witch, follows a young necromancer who recounts the dramatic story of her exile on a desolate beach to a bard who begins to suspect her of sinister motives. Publication is slated for summer 2017; Rebecca Podos at the Rees Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.

Kristen Mohn at Capstone has bought Angie Stanton's Waking in Time, a YA novel about a time-traveling college student who wakes in the same dorm room throughout different decades meeting a mysterious professor who wants to help, her young grandmother who harbors a secret, and a college boy who becomes the love of her life. Publication is set for spring 2017; Jane Dystel at Dystel & Goderich negotiated the deal for world rights.