"Miller’s Wherever You Go showcased her talent for creating pitch-perfect rhymes, and that skill is just as present in this portrait of a family in 19th-century America...This is a warm and wonderful holiday treasure." - Publishers Weekly, STARRED review
The creation of some books is like a tough mountain climb: rugged and hard fought and something that has to be wrestled from the hands of fate (or so it can seem). Other books . . . aren't.
The exciting new deal I have to share today is one of the latter. You know K.A. Holt as the critically acclaimed author of the powerful and moving novels in verse, RHYME SCHEMER and HOUSE ARREST. She's also got an action-packed science-fiction space adventure coming out from Atheneum in early 2016, RED MOON RISING.
But this new project is entirely different. Here's the deal listing to give you an idea:
Kari Anne Holt's BECAUSE YOU'RE WONDERFUL, illustrated by Kenard Pak, a conversation between a grown-up and an inquisitive and imaginative child, to Maria Modugno at Random House Children's Books, by Ammi-Joan Paquette at EMLA (for author), and Kirsten Hall at Catbird Agency (for illustrator.)
As mentioned above, this picture book has felt like a breath of serendipity all along the steps of its conception, and it found its home through a deliciously fortuitous series of events that results in this perfect match with powerhouse editor Maria Modugno and rising star illustrator Kenard Pak.
I couldn't be happier about the result, and hope you'll join me in a hearty round of congratulations to Kari!