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.
Anne Hoppe at Clarion Books has bought world rights to The Sky’s the Limit, a middle grade memoir by rocket scientist and interim CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA Sylvia Acevedo. The book is a personal account of how Acevedo overcame childhood poverty through her involvement with the Girl Scouts and Head Start, to become one of the first Hispanics to receive a post-graduate degree in engineering from Stanford University. The book will be simultaneously published in English and Spanish, in fall 2018.
Author agent: Adriana Dominguez at Full Circle Literary.
Andrea Welch at S&S/Beach Lane has acquired world rights to mother-son team Surishtha Sehgal (l.) and Kabir Sehgal‘s Thread of Love, to be illustrated by Zara Gonzalez Hoang. The picture book is a sibling-love and Indian-holiday story told to the tune of the classic song “Frére Jacques.” Publication is scheduled for fall 2018.
Illustrator agent: Andrea Morrison at Writers House.
Jenna Pocius at Little Bee has acquired world rights to Coyote Moon author Maria Gianferrari‘s (l.) Operation Rescue Dog, a story told from two points of view: that of a girl on her way to meet her new rescue puppy, and the puppy itself as she approaches their meeting place. Luisa Uribe will illustrate; publication is slated for summer 2018.
Illustrator agent: Alli Brydon at Bright USA.
The first three books from Disney-Hyperion’s new imprint Rick Riordan Presents were announced, and one is Storm Runner by Jennifer Cervantes, a book about a 13-year-old boy who must save the world by unraveling an ancient Mayan prophecy. It will publish in September 2018.
Carol Hinz at Lerner/Millbrook Press has acquired world rights to The Vast Wonder of the World, a picture book by Mélina Mangal (l.), illustrated by Luisa Uribe, about the life and accomplishments of Ernest Everett Just, an African-American research biologist. The book is slated for fall 2018.
Illustrator agent: Alli Brydon at Bright USA
Victoria Rock at Chronicle Books has bought world rights to Rosie’s Sword by Jacqueline Veissid (l.), to be illustrated by Paola Zakimi, in which a girl, always feeling left out of her older brothers’ play, uses a stick and a big imagination to transform the world around her. Publication is slated for spring 2019.
Illustrator agent: Emily van Beek at Folio Jr. / Folio Literary Management.
Kat Brzozowski at Feiwel and Friends has bought 2017 Stonewall Honor recipient Anna-Marie McLemore‘s Blanca & Roja, a magical realist Snow-White & Rose-Red meets Swan Lake, in which two sisters become rivals in a game that will turn the losing girl into a swan. Publication is scheduled for fall 2018.
Author agent: Taylor Martindale Kean at Full Circle Literary.