Friday, January 4, 2019

Our Books: The 2019 Preview!

Happy New Year, it's 2019! Here is  sneak preview of all the titles to come from our KidlitArtists members this year. 13 members have 18 books coming out in 2019--and nearly half of those books are authored by KidlitArtist members as well. Check out the list below! 

We will update this post as more details and cover art becomes available.

Written and illustrated by Lisa Anchin
Apr. 2, 2019 from Dial/Penguin Random House

The Little Green Girl is no ordinary topiary. She dreams of visiting far off places and exploring the world beyond her garden’s walls. But for her gardener, Mr. Aster, the prospect of deviating from his daily routine–let alone leaving his beloved home–is unimaginable. Try as she might, the Little Green Girl can’t uproot herself and set off on her own. To realize her dream, she’ll have to find a way to show Mr. Aster that it’s possible to carry a bit of home with you wherever you go.


Brave Molly
Written and illustrated by Brooke Boynton Hughes
Spring 2019 from Chronicle Books

What do you do when no one can see your monsters but you? At first, Molly runs from them. But they follow her down the sidewalk, getting in the way when she tries to make a new friend, popping up unexpectedly out of shadows, and multiplying. Until finally...Molly faces her fears. Author-illustrator Brooke Boynton-Hughes delivers a modern classic in this moving adventure that honors everyday acts of bravery and the power of friendship to banish the monsters that haunt us.

Up, Up, Up, Down!
Written and illustrated by Kimberly Gee
May 7, 2019 from Penguin Random House/Putnam

From his first demand to be picked up and then immediately put down, opposites pop up all day long for this energetic boy. Breakfast is no, no, no, yes! At the sandbox, it’s make, make, make, break! And jumping into the pool goes from can’t, can’t, can’t, to can!

Little Muir's Song
Written by John Muir, illustrated by Ssie Ghahremani
August 2019 from Yosemite Conservancy

This book — written by John Muir himself — introduces the wonder season of the Sierras to little readers from the perspective of a young John Muir.


Take Your Pet to School Day
Written by Linda Ashman, illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman
July 2, 2019
from Penguin Random House

When pets show up with their kids at Maple View Elementary, it's total chaos! These animals have no respect for school rules, and every class quickly gets out of hand. But why did they show up in the first place? Who said they could come? Could it have been...the pets themselves? It turns out they just wanted in on the fun! Now, if they want to stay, they'll just have to behave....

Just Right: Searching for the Goldilocks Planet
Written by Curtis Manley, illustrated by Jessica Lanan
Jan 29, 2019 from Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Kids

Do you wonder if humans are the only beings who wonder if they are alone in the universe? Our sun is a star. In the night sky are all kinds of stars, and orbiting those stars are planets like the ones in our own solar system. Could those planets have life like we do on Earth? Planet Earth is not too big, not too small, not too hot, and not too cold. It’s just right. Our very own Goldilocks planet. Follow a young girl as she learns about the wondrous search for another Goldilocks planet.
A Junior Library Guild Selection.

The Fisherman and the Whale
Written and illustrated by Jessica Lanan
May 14, 2019
from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

A fisherman takes his son for a trip out on the water. When they encounter a whale entangled at sea, they discover a connection that transcends the bounds of species... and learn that their relationship with the sea is more complicated than they may have realized.

Finding Narnia: The Story of C.S. Lewis and his Brother
Written by Caroline McAlister, illustrated by Jessica Lanan
November 19, 2019
from Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Kids

Jack (C.S.) Lewis and Warren Lewis weren't just brothers; they were best friends. Follow the childhood of the boy who grew up to write the Chronicles of Narnia in this picture book biography to follow Caroline McAlister's "John Ronald's Dragons" (2017.)

Cover art coming soon!

My Heart

Written and illustrated by Corinna Luyken
Jan 8, 2019 from Dial/Penguin Random House

Some days your heart is a puddle or a fence to keep the world out. But some days it is wide open to the love that surrounds you. With lyrical text and breathtaking art, My Heart, My Heart empowers all readers to listen to the guide within in this ode to love and self-acceptance.

Weird Little Robots
Written by Carolyn Crimi, illustrated by Corinna Luyken
Fall 2019 from Candlewick Press

In a new town with only the robots she creates for company, it only takes a little bit of magic to change everything for nine-year-old Penny Rose.

Cover art coming soon!

Written by Hayley Barrett, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal
April 2, 2019 from Candlewick Press

Inside the cozy house, a baby has arrived! The world is eager to meet the newcomer, but there will be time enough for that later. Right now, the family is on its babymoon: cocooning, connecting, learning, and muddling through each new concern. While the term “babymoon” is often used to refer to a parents’ getaway before the birth of a child, it was originally coined by midwives to describe days like these: at home with a newborn, with the world held at bay and the wonder of a new family constellation unfolding. Paired with warm and winsome illustrations by Juana Martinez-Neal, Hayley Barrett’s lyrical ode to these tender first days will resonate with new families everywhere.

Fry Bread
Written byKevin Noble Maillard, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal
October 22, 2019 from Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Kids

Told in lively and powerful verse by debut author Kevin Noble Maillard, 
Fry Bread is an evocative depiction of a modern Native American family, vibrantly illustrated by Pura Belpré Award winner Juana Martinez-Neal.

Fry bread is food
It is warm and delicious, piled high on a plate.

Fry bread is time.
It brings families together for meals and new memories.

Fry bread is nation. 
It is shared by many, from coast to coast and beyond. 

Fry bread is us. 
It is a celebration of old and new, traditional and modern, similarity and difference.


Written by Michael Ian Black, illustrated by Debbie Ohi

June 4, 2019 from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Potato is worried. About everything.

Because anything might happen.

When he tells his friends, he expects them to comfort him by saying that everything will be okay. Except they don’t. Because it might not be, and that’s okay too. Still, there’s one thing they can promise for sure: no matter what happens…they will always be by his side.


I Am a Thief

Written by Abigail Rayner, illustrated by Molly Ruttan

Fall 2019 from NorthSouth Books

Description and cover art coming soon!


Are Your Stars like My Stars?

Written by Leslie Helakoski, illustrated by Heidi Woodward Sheffield

Fall 2019 from Sterling

Description and cover art coming soon! 


Written and illustrated by K-Fai Steele

June 2019 from Balzer + Bray/Harpercollins Childrens

Pip is a normal pig who does normal stuff: cooking, painting, and dreaming of what she’ll be when she grows up. But one day a new pig comes to school and starts pointing out all the ways in which Pip is different. Suddenly she doesn’t like any of the same things she used to . . . the things that made her Pip. This charming picture book celebrates all our differences while questioning the idea that there is only one way to be “normal.”

Cover art coming soon!


Written by Jacob Kramer, illustrated by K-Fai Steele

Jan 2019 from Enchanted Lion

NOODLEPHANT is a story about an elephant and her friends who band together to overthrow the kangaroos that run their town. It’s about who makes the rules, and who must break them. It’s about noodles and revolution, laws and lasagna.


 Written and illustrated by Liz Wong

Jan 22 2019 from Penguin Random House

Henrietta likes her quiet life. A morning swim, a cup of tea–all is serene. But everything changes when she bumps her head and winds up with a goose egg–a REAL goose egg. Henrietta tries to return the baby goose to the nest, but her flock has flown. It’s up to Henrietta to raise her.

Goose isn’t anything like Henrietta. She’s flappy, and noisy, and exhausting. But Henrietta raises that goose right. She teaches her to swim, and to honk, and to fly. When Goose flies off with the other geese, Henrietta is so proud!

And then . . . lonely. How quiet her life feels now.

But the love you give has a way of coming back to you. And Henrietta has a wonderful surprise in store. . . .


 Written and illustrated by Andrea Zuill

March 26 2019 from Schwartz and Wade/Penguin Random House

Sweety is awkward, even for a naked mole rat. She has protruding front teeth, thick glasses, and some very unusual hobbies, including interpretive dance and fungus identification. She’s intense and passionate–and her peers don’t always get her. But surely there are other mushroom lovers out there? As Sweety sets out to find them, she comes to realize–with a little help from her cool Aunt Ruth– that being Sweety is actually pretty awesome. With heart and humor and a whole lot of charm, Andrea Zuill delivers a story about learning to embrace everything that makes you you–and that’s something many kids are going to relate to.

Jessica Lanan was the recipient of the SCBWI mentorship award in 2011. She is the illustrator of THE STORY I'LL TELL (Lee & Low, 2015) and OUT OF SCHOOL AND INTO NATURE: THE ANNA COMSTOCK STORY (Sleeping Bear Press, 2017.)

Her first book as an author and illustrator, THE FISHERMAN AND THE WHALE, will be published by Simon & Schuster in 2019.

Other upcoming books include:
  • A KID OF THEIR OWN (Charlesbridge, spring 2020)
  • LOST (Roaring Brook, 2020)
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