Compiled by Cecilia Cackley
This is a monthly series keeping track of the book deals announced by Latinx writers and illustrators. The purpose of this series is to celebrate book deals by authors and illustrators in our community and to advocate for more of them. If you are an agent and you have a Latinx client who just announced a deal, you can let me know on Twitter, @citymousedc. If you are a Latinx author or illustrator writing for children or young adults, and you just got a book deal, send me a message and we will celebrate with you! Here’s to many more wonderful books in the years to come.
March was a great month for picture book deals, but there were almost no deals for middle grade and YA books. My fellow blogger Cindy L. Rodriguez recently highlighted 10 Latinx middle grade books in 2017, but unless publishing steps it up, 2018 is going to be sadly lacking by comparison. I am hoping for a better report in April!
Ken Geist at Scholastic has acquired world rights to We’ve Got the Whole World in Our Hands, a picture book celebration of what connects us all, illustrated by Rafael Lopez with the text adapted from the original lyrics by Reverend F.W. McGee. Publication is planned for fall 2018. Illustrator agent: Adriana Domínguez and Stefanie Von Borstal from Full Circle Literary.
Nancy Paulsen at Penguin’s Nancy Paulsen Books has acquired world rights to Señorita Mariposa, a debut picture book celebrating butterfly migration as witnessed by American and Mexican children, written by Latin Grammy Award-winning children’s musician Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer) (l.), to be illustrated by Mexican artist Marcos Almada Rivero. Publication is slated for 2018. Author agent: Zoe Sandler at ICM.
Marissa Moss at Creston Books has bought world rights to Nancy Churnin‘s Irving Berlin: The Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing, to be illustrated by James Rey Sanchez. The nonfiction picture book tells the story of the boy who grew up to become the prolific songwriter who wrote “God Bless America” and gave every penny the song earned to the children of the land that he loved. Publication is planned for spring 2018, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the year Berlin wrote the song.
Amy Novesky at Cameron Kids has bought world rights to Los Angeles, written by Elisa Parhad and illustrated by Alexander Vidal, a board book featuring the sights and delights of Los Angeles in simple rhyme. Publication is set for spring 2018.
Nancy Paulsen at Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Books has acquired world rights to Moth & Butterfly by Dev Petty (l.), about two caterpillar friends who emerge post-metamorphosis with different results. Ana Aranda is set to illustrate; publication is set for spring 2019. Illustrator agent: Adriana Domínguez at Full Circle Literary.
Stacey Barney at Putnam has acquired at auction Alex Villasante‘s The Grief Keeper, about sisters Marisol and Gabriella Morales who make it across the Mexican border only to learn their request for asylum is being denied, unless Marisol participates in a human study for a cutting-edge PTSD treatment. It’s scheduled for spring 2019. Author agent: Barbara Poelle at Irene Goodman Agency.
Carter Hasegawa at Candlewick has bought world rights to Tami Charles‘s (l.) debut picture book, Freedom Soup, celebrating the history behind the Haitian tradition of ringing in the New Year by eating soup joumou. Jacqueline Alcántara, the inaugural winner of the We Need Diverse Books Illustration Mentorship Award, will illustrate. Publication is planned for fall 2019. Illustrator agent: Adriana Domínguez at Full Circle Literary.