Posted by: Kathy Temean | August 29, 2019

Book Giveaway: LISTEN by Holly McGhee

Talented agent and author Holly McGhee has a new picture book LISTEN coming out on September 3rd. You can pre-order now. Holly is giving away a copy to one lucky winner.

If you would like to win a copy, please leave a comment, reblog, tweet, or talk about COME WITH ME on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you did to share the good news, so I can put the right amount of tickets in my basket for you. Check back to discover the winner.


A lyrical, inspiring picture book that promotes empathy from the creators of the New York Timesbestseller Come With Me.

with your heart.
It is your ears
your eyes
your nose
your mouth
your hands–

Author Holly M. McGhee and illustrator Pascal Lemaître ask you, me, and all of us to inspire empathy by exploring what it means to be connected to everything, including the natural world. Simple and tender, Listen teaches us to engage our senses, to taste, see, and feel in order to engage with the world around us.


“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.”

—Vincent Van Gogh

The journey of my new picture-book collaboration with Pascal Lemaitre, LISTEN, began at the Rizzoli launch of our first picture book together, the New York Times bestseller COME WITH ME. It was at that launch that the actor Matt Dillon said the following about Pascal’s mother-in-law, Yvette Pierpaouli: “Her eyes were as big as her ears.” Matt and Yvette had become close friends during their work together at Refugees International, and Pascal and I had dedicated the book to Yvette.

It was this idea that struck me about the concept of listening, and about how we can listen with all of our senses, not just our ears, but that the heart is the holder of all of the senses, and if we can learn to be quiet and listen with our hearts, the world would be a better place.

My journey with Pascal began nearly twenty years ago, not too long after I opened the doors at the literary agency, Pippin Properties, Inc. I’d decided to go out on my own in 1998 after many of the projects I wanted to acquire as an editor at HarperCollins were shot down. I thought it would be better to succeed or fail on my own sensibility, rather than the acquisition committee’s. So, I started with just a handful of clients and over time, this little “hobby” I had called Pippin grew into an incredible boutique literary agency, representing the most amazing authors and artists.

But back in those early days, I used to hope that an editor would deign to call me back (not that many did), as I was so new to the agenting world. I often wrote letters on my Pippin stationery to introduce myself to publishing people, hoping to get their attention. It is through a letter that I met an editor at Workman Publishing, Michaela Muntean. And about a year after I met her, she called me and said that the art director there at Workman had been cleaning his office, and came upon a dummy by a Belgian artist named Pascal Lemaitre. It was too good to throw out and would I look at it?

“Of course,” I said. And so Michaela sent it my way, and I fell in love with the images Pascal had drawn, and I called him and took him on as a client. The first book he ever illustrated was THE BOOK OF MEAN PEOPLE by Toni Morrison. Over the years we became not only great working partners but close friends and that led to our first collaboration in 2017, COME WITH ME. LISTEN is our second book together, and we have just signed up for three more, the first titled WHAT THE WORLD COULD MAKE, with our editor Jen Besser at Roaring Brook Press.

Listen is a story about love, about the earth, about how we are all connected, like trees through their roots . . . and Pascal and I hope that our youngest readers can discover how it feels to listen and act from the very center of their hearts, and by doing so, find joy in each other and the natural world, too.


HOLLY M. MCGHEE is the author of the NYT bestselling picture book COME WITH ME, illustrated by Pascal Lemaitre, an E.B.White Readaloud Finalist, and also the middle-grade novel, MATYLDA, BRIGHT & TENDER, an Amazon, Bank Street, and ABC Best Book of the Year. She wrote the award-winning MITCHELL GOES series under her pen name Hallie Durand. McGhee divides her time between New York City, where she helps bring books she loves into the world as a literary agent, and Maplewood, New Jersey. You can visit her at

Holly is a literary agent, a writer, a planker, a mayonnaise-hater, and a lifelong lover of words and pictures–currently working on several new projects, both as a writer and literary agent.

She divides my time between New York City and Maplewood, NJ.

You can find her here:
twitter: @hollymmcghee
insta: HollyMMcGhee
tumblr: HollyMMcGhee

(please note: She can’t accept queries from authors through her personal web site, but if you are a writer or artist looking for literary representation, you are welcome to follow the steps outlined on Pippin’s web site:


Pascal Lemaitre is the illustrator of several books for children, including Who’s Got Game? The Ant or the Grasshopper? (Simon & Schuster, 2003), Who’s Got Game? The Lion or the Mouse? (Simon & Schuster, 2003)—both New York Times bestsellers—as well as Who’s Got Game? Poppy or the Snake? (Simon & Schuster, 2004), and The Book of Mean People (Hyperion, 2002), all by Toni and Slade Morrison. Pascal also created the artwork for Supercat (Workman, 2002), Supercat to the Rescue (Workman, 2002), and Baby Goose (Hyperion, 2004), all by Kate McMullan, Do Not Open This Book! by Michaela Muntean (Scholastic, 2006), and the Doctor Ted series by Andrea Beaty (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2008). Pascal’s more recent books include Hush Baby Ghostling by Andrea Beaty, Always by Alison McGhee, Let’s Get a Checkup by Alan Katz, Bulldog’s Big Day by Kate McMullan, Goodnight Dragons by Judith L. Roth, and a retelling of Pinocchio by Kate McMullan. He also illustrated Come With Me by Holly McGhee, to be published in fall 2017.

Thank you Holly for sharing your book and its’ journey with us. The world needs more empathy and is a wonderful theme for a children to read. Good luck with the book.



  1. Sounds like an utterly lovely story.


  2. Can’t wait to read this book! I love the colors of each page and mood! Congratulations Holly and Pascal!


  3. I love Holly McGhee’s ethos. I’m looking forward to this book!


  4. This sounds like it’s a gem to treasure forever!


  5. Knowing this book will be out there for children makes me breath easier. We all need to Listen. Well done!


  6. This is a good book to give all those editors who wouldn’t listen.


  7. This looks like a lovely addition to my picture book library.


  8. “Your heart can hold everything,,,” so lovely! I need this book! xo


  9. “…the heart is the holder of all of the senses, and if we can learn to be quiet and listen with our hearts, the world would be a better place.”



  10. What a lovely book, I feel more relaxed just looking at it. Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy.
    I’ve tweeted a link to this post:, and pinned an image on Pinterest with a link as well:
    Thanks again, have a great day everyone!


  11. This looks lovely. I love that there are so many books about slowing down and taking it all in hitting the shelves.


  12. This definitely sounds like a wonderful story.


  13. This looks like a great book. I shared this on Facebook and Twitter.


  14. Sounds like a book I want to read.


  15. Great interview!


  16. Lovely book. Not sure if the giveaway is over.


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