Kimberly Cowger's pitch for Sprinkles Goes To School appeared on Susanna Hill's blog "Would You Read It?" and was selected as the "Pitch Pick of the Month" for June. Kimberly's pitch will now be read and critiqued by editor Erin Molta.
Jill Esbaum has sold her picture book If a T. Rex Crashes your Birthday Party to Sterling Children's Books. This is her third sale to editor Alli Brydon, whom Jill first met at an SCBWI Iowa conference. Jill also had two new books released in June, both from National Geographic: Explore My World: Penguins and Explore My World: Snow Leopards. Blogger Susanna Leonard Hill featured Jill's I am Cow, Hear me Moo (Dial) as a Perfect Picture Book in her June 13th blog.
Barb Kramer will celebrate the release of her new level 3 biography, Nelson Mandela (National Geographic Children’s Books) on August 5th.
Jennifer Black Reinhardt has signed with Dinah Stevenson at Clarion to illustrate Linda Sue Park's Yaks Yak. The picture book, in which the animals' names inspire their activity resulting in unusual situations, is scheduled for release in spring 2016. Jennifer will also celebrate the release of Rabbi Benjamin's Buttons (Dial), written by Alice McGinty, on August 5th. Kirkus has given the book a starred review and said "[Jennifer's] detailed watercolors depict a diverse congregation brimming with endearing idiosyncrasies and mutual affection—a real mishpochah."
Susan Maupin Schmid has sold her fantasy novel One Hundred Dresses to Diane Landolf at Random House in a three book deal. The fantasy about 100 magical dresses in a castle built by dragons is scheduled for publication in spring 2016.