Posted by: Kathy Temean | May 17, 2023

Book Winners – Kudos – Industry Changes


Kim A Larson won THE LITTLEST AIRPLANE by Brook Hartman

Penny Taub won TRAVEL GUIDE FOR MONSTERS PART DEUX: A Canadian Adventure by Lori Degman and Jocelyn Watkinson

Angie Quantrell won MY POCKET BATHROOM by Yan Du




Newbery Honoree Rajani LaRocca’s SOME OF US: A STORY OF CITIZENSHIP AND AMERICA, about the unique paths to U.S. citizenship through naturalization, illustrated by Huy Voun Lee, to Jessica Anderson at Christy Ottaviano Books, in an exclusive submission, for publication in summer 2025, by Brent Taylor at TriadaUS Literary Agency for the author, and by Claire Easton Morance at Painted Words for the illustrator (world).

Laura Sassi’s MY TENDER HEART DEVOTIONS, pitched for readers ages three to six, the third book in the My Tender Heart collection, featuring 50 short poems about concrete items and concepts to prompt daily reflection about God’s presence and love followed by a short devotional, a heart moment, and an anchor verse, illustrated by Sandra Eide, to Lillian Miao at Paraclete, in a nice deal, in an exclusive submission, for publication in fall 2024, by Charlotte Wenger at Prospect Agency for the author, and by Robbin Brosterman at The Bright Group for the illustrator (world).

Jane Yolen’s RUBY FIFER MAPS HER WORLD, a STEM-focused picture book that follows a curious child who is eager to map the world around her as she captures each observation in her birthday journal, illustrated by COUNTING ON KATHERINE illustrator Dow Phumiruk, to Christy Ottaviano at Christy Ottaviano Books, for publication in winter 2025, by Elizabeth Harding at Curtis Brown for the author, and by Deborah Warren at East-West Agency for the illustrator (world).


Chronicle Books:

Ginee Seo, executive publishing director for children’s books, is departing the company today to “pursue a career in writing and editing and to spend more time with family.”

Chronicle’s founding children’s publisher Victoria Rock will lead the division until a successor is named.


Talk tomorrow,



  1. Congrats to all!


  2. Yippee! Thank you, Kathy!

    Thanks for the news updates as well. 🙂


  3. Kathy!!! I’m SO sorry I missed your birthday, but life has been…well, life has “been”…but I hope it was wonderful, pray that you and your son are well and that every day is as blessed as you so deserve them to be. Love and miss you! oxox


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