Publishing is moving more slowly these days for a number of reasons, but I’m very excited for the above #TeamMarchini books that are publishing this year, and whose covers have recently been revealed!

Starred Reviews and Best of Lists

Meera Sriram‘s A Gift for Amma: Market Day in India (Barefoot Books, September 2020) received a starred review from Foreword Magazine!

New Clients

These last few months, I’ve been thrilled to welcome the following new clients to #TeamMarchini and BookEnds Jr.!

First up is Cristina Oxtra, who queried me with a beautiful picture book about a Filipino girl and her grandfather. I don’t want to say too much about the plot, but it just hit me right in the heart and I am so excited to bring this heartwarming story to readers!

Amanda Abler queried me with a YA non-fiction proposal that is full of narrative tension! It’s a story about scientists, but it’s also a story about what it’s like to be a woman working in what was still seen as a “man’s” world. It’s such a fantastic, engaging read, and I’m excited for her picture book and YA non-fiction!

I’m also excited to represent Walter Geoffrey the Frenchie, a pooch with an incredibly unique bark and a host of stories and opportunities for readers of all ages. I’m so excited to see what trouble Walter and her little sister CharChar get into!


And most recently, I signed author-illustrator Tim Kleyn. There’s so much heart in his stories, and his art has such a sweet and lovely – and yet, still very contemporary – feel to it, and I know that kids and their parents are going to love it, too!

(Also, how could I not love this??)

Personal News

I recently joined the 2021 Picture Book Scribblers! (Thank you to everybody that responded to my Twitter question about open groups!) It’s super fun to be talking about Princesses Can Fix It! with other 2021 authors, and in particular to see so many familiar names/faces in the group (including two of my own clients at BookEnds – Meera Sriram and Jocelyn Rish!)

You can keep up with all of us on Instagram and Twitter!

I also had a chance to see Julia Christians’ interior art and cover for Princesses Can Fix It! and I love it! While it’s still a bit early for a cover reveal, I am so, so excited for when I can share that with you.

In the meantime, I’m finally listening to James and playing with Instagram stories. Here’s the first (and only!) one I’ve made thus far.

MSWL of the Month

More Black children’s illustrator queries, please! I’d love to see more portfolios in my queries from Black illustrators looking to work on picture books, chapter books and graphic novels for children and teens. (And to be clear, this isn’t just for this month – this is a forever mswl.)

You can query me at for this and any other of my #mswls any time I’m open to queries.

Last Month in The Quacktory

In the last issue of the Quacktory, I talked about creating in difficult times. This month, I’ll talk about ways that you can boost the authors whose books you want to keep on the shelves – including and especially BIPOC voices – even while we’re physically distancing and regardless of your budget!

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 &, 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!

Join the Quacktory

Sign up to receive a monthly update from the Quacktory, including exclusive information about my books and giveaways!

Join Now!

You have Successfully Subscribed!