Sunday, April 16, 2017

Greenwillow Books

Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publisher, was launched in 1974 by legendary children's book Editor Susan Hirschman. (Listen to a 2009 interview with Hirschman here.) She retired in 2001. Under the leadership of Virginia Duncan, Greenwillow continues to publish fiction and some nonfiction "stories for children of every age created by authors and artists whose work is full of honesty, emotion, and depth." They have a 35th anniversary blog that they don't seem to post on anymore and they are active on Twitter and Facebook. They do not accept unsolicited submissions.

Getting to know Greenwillow Books (source)

VP & Publisher – Virginia Duncan
Behind the Scenes from Shelf Awareness (You may need to scroll down.)

Senior Editor – Martha Mihalick

Editorial Assistant – Tu Anh Dinh
Art Director – Paul Zakris

Books we had on hand (* indicates books we read):

*I Do Not Like Al's Hat (2017); written and illustrated by Erin McGill; edited by Virginia Duncan

*Plant the Tiny Seed (2017); written and illustrated by Christie Matheson

Good Night! Good Night! (2017); written and illustrated by Carin Berger

Egg (2017); written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes

*Mervin the Sloth is about to Do the Best Thing in the World (2016); written by Colleen AF Venable; illustrated by Ruth Chan; edited by Martha Mihalick

Home at Last (2016); written by Vera B. Williams; illustrated by Chris Raschka

Frank and Lucky Get Schooled (2016); written and illustrated by Lynne Rae Perkins

Flip & Fin: Super Sharks to the Rescue! (2016); written by Timothy Gill; illustrated by Neil Numberman; edited by Martha Mihalick

Wonderfall (2016); written and illustrated by Michael Hall

Dirt + Water = Mud (2016); written and illustrated by Katherine Hannigan; edited by Virginia Duncan

This is a Serious Book (2016); written by Jodie Parachini; illustrated by Daniel Rieley

When Spring Comes (2016); written by Kevin Henkes; illustrated by Laura Dronzek

*Frankencrayon (2016); written and illustrated by Michael Hall

*Little Lola Saves the Show (2016); written by Julie Saab; illustrated by David Gothard

*Finding Spring (2015); written and illustrated by Carin Berger; edited by Virginia Duncan

*Gwendolyn Grace (2015); written and illustrated by Katherine Hannigan

*Waiting (2015); written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes

Red: A Crayon's Story (2015); written and illustrated by Michael Hall; edited by Virginia Duncan

Circle, Square, Moose (2014); written by Kelly Bingham; illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

Little Lola (2014); written by Julie Saab; illustrated by David Gothard

*Tap the Magic Tree (2013); written and illustrated by Christie Matheson; edited by Martha Mihalick

*Giant Dance Party (2013); written by Betsy Bird; illustrated by Brandon Dorman

*Tiptoe Joe (2013); written by Ginger Foglesong Gibson; illustrated by Laura Rankin

Amelia Bedelia's First Library Card (2013); written by Herman Parish; illustrated by Lynne Avril

At our next meeting on May 13, we will read picture books published by Nancy Paulsen Books (an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group) and Sky Pony Press. Editors from both houses will be on the faculty at this summer's annual SCBWI Conference in Los Angeles.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Roaring Brook Press & Neal Porter Books

This month we read books by both Roaring Brook Press (an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group) and Neal Porter Books (an imprint of Roaring Brook Press). 

Roaring Brook Press has published high-quality literature for young readers of all ages, since 2002. Their books have received numerous awards, including the Michael L. Printz Award, the Caldecott Medal, and the Newbery Honor award, among many others. They publish about 60 books each year (roughly 18 of which are from Neal Porter). They do not accept unsolicited submissions.

Getting to know Roaring Brook Press & Neal Porter Books (source)

Publisher: Simon Boughton

Senior Editor: Connie Hsu
Interview from 2015
The Diverse Path - Video

Senior Editor: Katherine Jacobs

Interview from 2013
Interview from 2011

Associate Editor: Emily Feinberg

Interview from 2014

Assistant Editor: Claire Dorsett

Art Director: Elizabeth Clark 

Interview from 2016

Editorial Director, Neal Porter Books - Neal Porter 
Horn Book Interview from 2014

Roaring Brook Press (*indicates books we read):

*Coyote Moon (2016); written by Maria Gianferrari; illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

*Ned the Knitting Pirate (2016); written by Diana Murray; illustrated by Leslie Lammle

There is a Tribe of Kids (2016); written and illustrated by Lane Smith

*The Skunk (2015); written by Mac Barnett; illustrated by Patrick McDonnell

*Oskar and the Eight Blessings (2015); written by Richard Simon and Tanya Simon; illustrated by Mark Siegel

Aaron and Alexander: The Most Famous Duel in American History (2015); written and illustrated by Don Brown

*Star Stuff: Carl Saga and the Mysteries of the Cosmos (2014); written and illustrated by Stephanie Ross Sisson

Born in the Wild: Baby Mammals and Their Parents (2014); written and illustrated by Lita Judge

Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California's Farallon Islands (2014); written and illustrated by Katherine Roy

*Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads (2014); written by Bob Shea; illustrated by Lane Smith

Neal Porter Books

One Proud Penny (2017); written by Randy Siegel; illustrated by Serge Bloch

*Giant Squid (2016); written by Candace Fleming; illustrated by Eric Rohman

*Before I Leave (2016); written and illustrated by Jessixa Bagley

*School's First Day of School (2016); written by Adam Rex; illustrated by Christian Robinson

*Ideas Are All Around (2016); written and illustrated by Phillip C. Stead

A Boy, a Ball, and a Dog (2016); written and illustrated by Gianna Marino

*Water is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle (2015); written by Miranda Paul; illustrated by Jason Chin

Nerdy Birdy (2015); written by Aaron Reynolds; illustrated by Matt Davies

*Boats for Papa (2015); written and illustrated by Jessixa Bagley

How Jelly Roll Morton Invented Jazz (2015); written by Jonah Winter; illustrated by Keith Mallett

The Monsterator (2014); written and illustrated by Keith Graves

Sequoia (2014); written by Tony Johnston; illustrated by Wendell Minor

*Viva Frida (2014); writing and art by Yuyi Morales; photography by Tim O'Meara

*The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse (2014); written by Patricia MacLachlan; illustrated by Hadley Hooper

At our next meeting on April 8, we will read books published by two Simon and Schuster imprints: Margaret K. McElderry Books and Atheneum Books for Young Readers.