Posted by: Kathy Temean | November 12, 2018

STARGIRL Movie Update – Cover Reveal and Industry Changes

Jerry Spinelli recently visited the STARGIRL film set in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He watched Julia Hart directing lunchroom scene when Stargirl sings “Happy Birthday” to Leo. Met Grace VanderWaal (Stargirl), Graham Verchere (Leo), and the rest of the terrific cast. Even got his own director’s chair to sit on. Shooting will wrap up before Thanksgiving, then months of post-production. The movie is expected to be one of the first shown on Disney’s new streaming service, possibly next year. Get your star parties ready!


David L Harrison’s next book isn’t coming out util next May, but here is the cover. It is sure to be a winner with these gorgeous cover and his lyrical prose. David, congratulations!

Rumm . . . rumm . . . rumm. A male bullfrog sings. A female bullfrog likes his song. And a life cycle begins. 

Eggs hatch and become tadpoles. The tadpoles nibble plants. They grow legs and start to breathe. Now they are little bullfrogs. They eat flies, fish, and spiders. In the winter they hibernate. And after three years, they are adult bullfrogs. Rumm . . . rumm . . . rumm.

Lyrical prose and elegant art depict the life cycle of a bullfrog in this nonfiction picture book by an award-winning poet-biologist.


Little, Brown announced that it would create a new imprint for illustrated books, with Michael Szczerban promoted to editorial director of the new line. Launching in fall 2019, the imprint “will grow to publish 20 to 25 titles a year.” Associate editor Nicky Guerreiro will move over to the imprint, and new hires will include a dedicated marketer.

Publisher Reagan Arthur says in the announcement, “The mission of the new imprint is to publish distinctive, bestselling illustrated books of the highest quality that entertain, inform, and inspire—while expanding the possibilities of visually-driven nonfiction and connecting readers to their passions.


Matt Adamec moves up to associate art director at Simon & Schuster Children’s.

At Random House Children’sRegina Flath moved up to assistant art director.

Eva Avery has joined Chronicle Books as assistant editor for Mark Tauber’s new Non-Fiction imprint

Eliza Swift has joined Sourcebooks as senior editor for Fire and Jabberwocky. Most recently she was editor at Albert Whitman, and she previously worked for Alloy Entertainment.

At Simon & Schuster Children’s, Jessi Smith has been promoted to assistant editor for Simon Pulse; Jen Ung moves up to senior editor for Simon Pulse; Sally Hosokawa becomes assistant editor for Simon Spotlight; Sarah Jane Abbott has been promoted to associate editor for Paula Wiseman Books and Beach Lane Books.

After 13 years as an agent, most recently at Empire Literary, Carrie Howland has formed her own agency, Howland Literary.

Ruby Rose Lee has been promoted to assistant editor at Henry Holt.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Oooo! new book by David Harrison! How cool is that. Also, I loved Stargirl so will be looking for the movie. Thanks for the post.


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