As announced in today's PW Children's Bookshelf, Austin power rules again!
Yolanda Scott at Charlesbridge has teamed our own Chris Barton and illustrator extraordinaire Don Tate, both of the vibrant Austin children's book community, for the picture book biography WHOOSH! LONNIE JOHNSON'S SUPER STREAM OF IDEAS, for spring 2016. The wonderful Caryn Wiseman of Andrea Brown Literary represented Don in this deal.
Chris's contract for this one was signed some time ago (back in 2010, in fact), but was delayed when the subject of the original project turned out to be less suitable to the format than originally realized. Chris searched anew for the perfect scientist to profile after the success of THE DAY-GLO BROTHERS, his publishing debut, which was also a Sibert Honor Book and named a best book of the year by PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, KIRKUS REVIEWS, THE WASHINGTON POST, and the Bank Street College of Education--and he happened upon Lonnie Johnson, a Tuskegee-educated scientist, engineer, inventor, and entrepreneur who not only worked for NASA, but also invented, of all things, the Super Soaker. What could possibly be a more kid-friendly window into science than that, I ask you?
We're so pleased that Don Tate has joined this project. Chris and Don are also working together on THE AMAZING AGE OF JOHN ROY LYNCH, another picture book biography, with Eerdmans. Go, Team Austin!