Announced Deals

Senator Elizabeth Warren’s PINKIE PROMISES, inspired by the pinkie promises that have been a hallmark of Senator Warren’s time in public office, about a girl whose mother takes her to a rally to meet a woman who’s running for president, in which the candidate makes a pinkie promise with her to remember all the things that girls can do; the girl carries that promise with her at school, onto the soccer field, and even into an election for class president, illustrated by Charlene Chua, to Laura Godwin at Godwin Books, for publication in fall 2021, by Robert Barnett and Daniel Martin at Williams & Connolly for the author and Tracy Marchini at BookEnds for the illustrator (world).

Jennifer Robin Barr‘s GOODBYE, MR. SPALDING, to Porteghaal (Iran, Islamic Rep), by Jessica Alverez at BookEnds, on behalf of Tracy Marchini at BookEnds.

Rita Lorraine Hubbard‘s THE OLDEST STUDENT, illustrated by Oge Mora, to Melissa Reilly Ellard at Weston Woods, by Alessandra Birch at Writers House, on behalf of Tracy Marchini at BookEnds for the author and Steven Malk at Writers House for the illustrator.

Author of THE NOISY AIRPLANE RIDE Mike Downs‘s BEFORE THE WRIGHT BROTHERS: OTTO LILIENTHAL, THE WORLD’S FIRST PILOT, following Lilienthal’s attempts at flight, becoming the first person to fly by building a glider and inspiring the Wright Brothers, who used Lilienthal’s method before attempting the first powered flight, illustrated by David Hohn, to Joy Bean at Kane Press, for publication in fall 2022, by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds for the author, and by Natascha Morris (while at BookEnds) and James McGowan at BookEnds for the illustrator (world).

2020

Jessica Kulekjian‘s HIDERS SEEKERS, FINDERS KEEPERS, a look at the way animals respond to cold weather, illustrated by Salini Perera, to Kathleen Keenan at Kids Can Press, for publication in fall 2022, by Tracy Marchini and James McGowan at BookEnds for the author (world).

Carrie Tillotson‘s debut COUNTING TO BANANAS, a mostly rhyming picture book in which a banana and a narrator can’t agree what their book will be about and the banana goes from star waiting in the wings to potentially…lunch?!, illustrated by Estrela Lourenco, to Cheryl Eissing at Philomel, for publication in spring 2022, by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds for the author, and by James McGowan at BookEnds for the illustrator (world).

Author of THE HAWK OF THE CASTLE and SWALLOW THE LEADER Danna Smith‘s WAKE UP, FREIGHT TRAIN, in which a variety of different freight train cars are ‘woken up’ and joined together for a nighttime journey, illustrated by Jon Andersen, to Hannah Lambert at Little Simon, for publication in the summer of 2021, by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds for the author, and by Katie Wade at Lemonade Illustration Agency for the illustrator (world).

Author of WE COULD BE HEROES Margaret Finnegan‘s SUSIE B. WON’T BACK DOWN, an epistolary novel starring a fifth grader with ADHD who wants to be an activist like her hero Susan B. Anthony; when she decides to run for student council president to advocate for kids like her, it turns out to be more complicated than she thought, and even worse, she discovers her hero may not be as perfect as history makes it seem, to Alex Borbolla at Atheneum, in a two-book deal, for publication in fall 2021, by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds (world).

Author of A GIFT FOR AMMA: MARKET DAY IN INDIA Meera Sriram‘s DUMPLING DAY, a multicultural counting book in which 10 contemporary families cook different types of dumplings for a neighborhood potluck, illustrated by Ines de Antunano, to Lisa Rosinsky at Barefoot Books, for publication in fall 2021, by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds for the author, and by Alison Berson at Illo Agency for the illustrator (world).

Author-illustrator Tim Kleyn‘s debut SET SAIL FOR PANCAKES, the story of a girl and her grandfather as they set off on their boat to gather the tastiest eggs and finest flour for the best pancakes, only to find that perhaps the most important ingredient of all is love, to Tracy Gates at Viking Children’s, in a two-book deal, for publication in summer 2022, by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds (world English).

Kat Zhang’s AMY WU AND THE WARM WELCOME, the third book in the Amy Wu series, about a Chinese American girl who figures out the best way to welcome the new kid at school, illustrated by Charlene Chua, to Jennifer Ung at Simon & Schuster Children’s, for publication in summer 2022, by Emmanuelle Morgen at Stonesong for the author, and by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds for the illustrator (world).

Minh Le’s THE BLUR, about a baby with superhero-like abilities and the parents who are racing to keep up, illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat, and REAL TO ME, about a surprising development after an imaginary friend disappears, illustrated by Raissa Figueroa, reunited with Rotem Moscovich at Random House Children’s, in a two-book deal, for publication in summer 2022 and summer 2023, by Stephen Barbara at Inkwell Management for Le, by Jodi Reamer at Writers House for Santat and by Natascha Morris (while she was at BookEnds) and Tracy Marchini at BookEnds for Figueroa (world).

Author-illustrator Sina Merabian‘s THE MONSTER IN THE BATHHOUSE, a humorous story set in an Iranian bathhouse the day before Nowruz, where a group of children suspect a monster lives there, and must uncover the truth before the bathhouse closes for New Year celebrations, to Deeba Zargarpur at Simon & Schuster Children’s, in a two-book deal, for publication in spring 2022, by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds (world).

Author-illustrator Sally Deng‘s WARRIOR PRINCESS: THE STORY OF KHUTULUN, the story of the great-great granddaughter of Genghis Khan, a princess who could rule on the battlefield as well as—or better—than any soldier, and when faced with a potential marriage, learns that sometimes the best way to serve one’s community is to stay true to oneself, to Trisha de Guzman at Farrar, Straus Children’s, in a good deal, at auction, in a two-book deal, for publication in winter 2022, by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds (world English).

Author of THE YELLOW SUITCASE Meera Sriram‘s BETWEEN TWO WORLDS: THE ART AND LIFE OF AMRITA SHER-GIL, a biography that follows Amrita Sher-Gil, an Indian-Hungarian painter who blended Eastern and Western traditions to paint that which was not previously seen in fine art—the workers, the forgotten, and, most especially, the sadness that the women around her carried; with her work, she explored her own identity and found her way in the white male-dominated fine art world, illustrated by Ruchi Bakshi Sharma, to Alexis Orgera at Penny Candy Books, with Chad Reynolds editing, for publication in spring 2021, by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds (world).

Jessica Kulekjian‘s fiction debut FIRST NOTES OF SPRING, about a badger who is excluded from the band that wakes up spring each year and ultimately decides to march to the beat of her own drum, making friends along the way, illustrated by Jennifer Bower, to Claire Stetzer at Bloomsbury Children’s, for publication in winter 2022, by Tracy Marchini and James McGowan at BookEnds for the author, and by Jennifer March Soloway at Andrea Brown Literary Agency for the illustrator (world).

Author of THE HAWK OF THE CASTLE and SWALLOW THE LEADER Danna Smith‘s ONE BLUE GNU, a counting romp at the zoo, where a box of misplaced cell phones leads one blue gnu to call two white sheep, who plan a party—beep beep beep!, illustrated by Ana Zurita, to Rebecca Glaser at Amicus, for publication in spring 2021, by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds for the author, and by Chiara Patsias at IMC Literary Agency for the illustrator (world).

John Micklos Jr’s RAINDROPS TO RAINBOW, a color-focused story about a young girl who experiences a thunderstorm and learns that only with a little rain can we see the beauty of a rainbow, illustrated by Charlene Chua, to Rob Valois at Penguin Workshop, for publication in the spring of 2021, by Erin Murphy at Erin Murphy Literary Agency for the author, and by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds for the illustrator (world).

Jocelyn Rish‘s debut BATTLE OF THE BUTTS, a nonfiction, rump-centric romp where readers create their own criteria and rank their favorite (or least favorite) fannies among 10 animal competitors, illustrated by David Creighton, to Allison Cohen at Running Press Kids, in a pre-empt, for publication in fall 2021, by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds for the author, and by Samantha Groff at Advocate-Art for the illustrator (world).

Alison Hughes’s OLIVER BOUNCES BACK, in which a boy having a very bad day in school learns how to “bounce back,” illustrated by Charlene Chua, to Anne Shone at Scholastic Canada, for publication in the fall of 2021, by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds for the illustrator (world).

Author of GOODBYE, MR. SPALDING Jennifer Robin Barr‘s THUNDER AND MERCY, about unfinished business, secret identities, and found families, throwing the protagonist into a historical mystery starring Mount Pleasant (a wedding gift from Benedict Arnold to his bride, Peggy Shippen) and the infamous Agent 355—a female member of the Culper Spy Ring who helped to expose Arnold, and whose real-life identity remains a mystery, to Carolyn Yoder at Calkins Creek, for publication in 2022, by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds (world English).

2019

Jessica Kulekjian‘s MIGHTY, IN THE KINGDOM OF TREES, following the backwards movement of a tree’s life cycle from mature giant to seed, illustrated by Madeline Kloepper, to Kathleen Keenan at Kids Can Press, for publication in fall 2021, by Tracy Marchini and James McGowan at BookEnds for the author, and by Emily van Beek at Folio Literary Management for the illustrator (world).

Diane Adams’s SPORTS BABY board book series, about little athletes who love getting on the field to play, illustrated by Charlene Chua, to Tamar Brazis and Aneeka Kalia at Viking Children’s, in a three-book deal, for publication of the first book in spring 2021, by Kelly Sonnack at Andrea Brown Literary Agency for the author, and by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds for the illustrator (world).

Author of THE AMAZING IDEA OF YOU Charlotte Sullivan Wild’s LOVE, VIOLET, about a young girl with a crush on another little girl who attempts to share how she feels on Valentine’s Day, illustrated by Charlene Chua, to Trisha de Guzman at Farrar, Straus Children’s, for publication in fall 2021, by Minju Chang at Bookstop Literary for the author, and by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds for the illustrator (world).

Author of THE YELLOW SUITCASE Meera Sriram‘s A GIFT FOR AMMA: MARKET DAY IN INDIA, an #OwnVoices story inspired by the author’s hometown marketplace in Chennai, India, in which a little girl searches for the perfect gift for her mother at a colorful outdoor market, illustrated by Mariona Cabassa, to Lisa Rosinsky at Barefoot Books, for publication in fall 2020, by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds for the author, and by Mela Bolinao at MB Artists for the illustrator (world).

Author-illustrator of THE AMAZING AFRICAN ANIMAL ALPHABET Kristina Jones‘s SOLOMON THE LION, to Beverley Dodd at Penguin Children’s South Africa, for publication in fall 2020, by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds (world English).

Author and illustrator team of THE GREAT GOOGLINI Sara Cassidy and Charlene Chua‘s GENIUS JOLENE, in which, on her annual road trip with her trucker father, a nearly-nine-year old girl learns about onion rings, rock falls, and human kindness as she photographs things that are important to her—good or bad—for a school assignment, to Andrew Wooldridge at Orca Books, for publication in spring 2020, by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds for the illustrator (world).

Kat Zhang’s AMY WU AND THE PATCHWORK DRAGON, the follow-up to the forthcoming AMY WU AND THE PERFECT BAO, about a Chinese-American girl’s quest to craft a dragon that is uniquely her own for school, illustrated by Charlene Chua, to Jennifer Ung at Aladdin, for publication in spring 2021, by Emmanuelle Morgen at Stonesong for the author, and by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds for the illustrator (world).

2018

Sherry Lee’s GOING UP!, about a child who joins her neighbors as they gather in an elevator on their way to a party on the top floor, illustrated by Charlene Chua, to Yasemin Ucar at Kids Can Press, for publication in spring 2020, by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds for the illustrator (world).

Illustrator Charlene Chua‘s author-illustrator debut HUG, about a girl who finds herself giving hug after hug after hug until, all of a sudden, she’s had enough, to Yasemin Ucar at Kids Can Press, for publication in fall 2020, by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds (world).

Chitra Soundar’s SHUBH DIWALI!, the story of a multigenerational family preparing for and celebrating the festival of lights, illustrated by Charlene Chua, to Andrea Hall at Albert Whitman, for publication in fall 2019, by Abi Sparrow at SP Literary for the author, and by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds for the illustrator (world).

Margaret Finnegan‘s BOOLER, in which a boy with autism and a girl with a secret team up to save a dog with epilepsy whose owner keeps him chained to a tree, and through their dog-napping, cow-milking scheme, learn what it really means to be a friend, to Alex Borbolla at Atheneum, in a pre-empt, for publication in spring 2020, by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds (world).

Tara Luebbe and Becky Cattie‘s OPERATION PHOTOBOMB, in which Monkey acquires a camera and Chameleon discovers a love of photobombing, leading the animals of the rainforest to intervene, illustrated by Matthew Rivera, to Eliza Swift at Albert Whitman, for publication in fall 2019, by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds for the author, and by Jodell Sadler and Jill Corcoran at Jill Corcoran Literary Agency for the illustrator (world).

Debut author Virginia Howard’s THE WIND PLAYS TRICKS, a barnyard tale where the wind sweeps in and swaps the animals’ sounds, and it’s up to them to get their original voices back, illustrated by Charlene Chua, to Sue Tarsky at Albert Whitman, for publication in spring 2019, by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds for the illustrator (world).

Meera Sriram‘s THE YELLOW SUITCASE, illustrated by Meera Sethi, the story of a girl who travels from America to India to mourn her grandmother’s passing and discovers a gift left just for her, to Alexis Orgera and Chad Reynolds at Penny Candy Books, for publication in Fall 2018, by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds for the author.

2017

Sibling author team Tara Luebbe and Becky Cattie‘s [R]ONAN THE LIBRARIAN, a look at what happens when a mighty raider is initiated into the world of reading, to Claire Dorsett at Roaring Brook Press, with Mekisha Telfer editing, at auction, in a two-book deal, for publication in 2019, by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds (World).

Author-illustrator Yvonne Ivinson‘s debut FOX BOX TAIL SAIL, the story of a fox who takes a box out on the open sea, to Virginia Duncan at Greenwillow, in a six-figure deal, at auction, in a three-book deal, for publication in 2019, by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds (World English).

Jennifer Robin Barr‘s GOODBYE, MR. SPALDING, the story of a boy and his best friend who need to stop the Philadelphia A’s from building the “Spite Fence” along right field and prevent the loss of income from their families’ rooftop bleachers across the street during the Great Depression, to Carolyn Yoder at Calkins Creek, at auction, by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds (World English).

Sara Cassidy’s THE GREAT GOOGLINI, illustrated by Charlene Chua, about a ten year old son of Croatian immigrants who is granted wishes by a genie, to Andrew Wooldridge at Orca Books, for their Orca Echoes chapter book series, for publication in Fall 2018, by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds for the illustrator.

Rita Lorraine Hubbard‘s THE OLDEST STUDENT: How Mary Walker Learned to Read, illustrated by Oge Mora, based on the true story of a former slave who learned to read at the age of 116, to Anne Schwartz at Schwartz & Wade, for publication in Spring 2019, by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds for the author, and Steven Malk at Writers House for the illustrator (world).

Kat Zhang’s AMY WU AND THE PERFECT BAO, about a Chinese-American girl’s quest to make the perfect bao dumpling, illustrated by Charlene Chua, to Jennifer Ung at Aladdin, by Emmanuelle Morgen at Stonesong for the author and Tracy Marchini at BookEnds for the illustrator (World).

Sibling author team Tara Luebbe and Becky Cattie‘s I AM FAMOUS and I USED TO BE FAMOUS, illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff, in which an only child meets and greets her adoring fans — and in the sequel, has to learn to share the spotlight, to Wendy McClure at Albert Whitman, with Eliza Swift editing, for publication in Spring 2018 and 2019, by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds for the authors and Mela Bolinao at MB Artists for the illustrator.

2016

Tara Luebbe and Becky Cattie‘s SHARK-NATE-O, about a kid who loves sharks but cannot swim, so he learns how to so he can feel like a shark, illustrated by Daniel Duncan, to Charlie Ilgunas of Little Bee Books, for publication in spring 2018, by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds for the authors and James Burns of The Bright Group (World).

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