Hello! I’m back from leave/hiatus and diving into the New Year with a monthly round up that’s part January 2020 and a bit end-of-Fall 2019.

First though – a big congratulations to author-illustrator Sally Deng, who was named as part of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list in Art + Style!

Publishing this Month

The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read by Rita Lorraine Hubbard and illustrated by Oge Mora (RH/Schwartz+Wade, January 2020)

Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao by Kat Zhang and illustrated by Charlene Chua (S&S/Aladdin, October 2019)

Starred Reviews and Best of Lists

Rita Lorraine Hubbard and Oge Mora’s The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read (Schwartz+Wade, January 2020) has received a total of four starred reviews from Kirkus, BookList, Publisher’s Weekly and School Library Journal!

Kat Zhang and Charlene Chua’s Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao (Aladdin, October 2019) has been named a Kirkus Best Picture Book for 2019 and a Toronto Library First and Best for 2019!

New Deals

Trisha de Guzman at Farrar, Straus and Giroux has bought world rights to Charlotte Sullivan Wild’s Love, Violet, illustrated by Charlene Chua, about a girl named Violet with a crush on another girl who attempts to share how she feels on Valentine’s Day. Publication is slated for fall 2021; Minju Chang at BookStop Literary represented the author, and Tracy Marchini at BookEnds Literary represented the illustrator.

Tamar Brazis and Aneeka Kalia have acquired, in a three-book deal, world rights to Diane Adams’s Sports Baby board book series about little athletes who love getting on the field to play. Charlene Chua will illustrate; publication of the first book is scheduled for spring 2021. Kelly Sonnack at Andrea Brown Literary Agency represented the author, and Tracy Marchini at BookEnds Literary represented the illustrator.

Kathleen Keenan at Kids Can Press has acquired world rights to Jessica Kulekjian‘s Mighty, in the Kingdom of Trees, a picture book that follows the backwards movement of a tree’s life cycle from mature giant to seed, illustrated by Madeline Kloepper. Publication is set for fall 2021; Tracy Marchini and James McGowan at BookEnds represented the author, and Emily van Beek at Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management represented the illustrator.

Beverley Dodd at Penguin Random House South Africa has acquired author-illustrator Kristina Jones‘s Solomon the Lion, a picture book tale in which a lion learns that it’s not about where you sleep – but who kisses you goodnight. Publication is scheduled for fall 2020; Tracy Marchini of BookEnds Literary did the deal for World English language rights.

New Clients

In 2019, I only had the bandwidth to take on one new client – hello author-illustrator Eleanor Rees Howell – but in 2020, I hope to expand my list!

Personal News


MSWL of the Month

More author-illustrator projects, please! You can query me at http://queryme.online/tmarchini for this and any other of my #mswls any time I’m open to queries.

Last Month in The Quacktory

Last month I was on a break, but this month I’ll be talking about the productivity question I asked myself in 2019 – and the better question I’ll be asking myself in 2020. To get my monthly newsletter delivered to your inbox, you can join The Quacktory. (This month’s issue goes out tomorrow!)

Preorders now available for Princesses Can Fix It! on AmazonBarnes & NobleBookshop.org, Indiebound, and you can add the book to your Goodreads.

For a personalized, autographed copy, you can pre-order from The Silver Unicorn

Chicken Wants a Nap by Tracy Marchini

"A surprising gem." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Chicken Wants a Nap is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and your favorite independent bookstore!

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