It was with great joy that I welcomed my newest picture book author, Hayley Barrett, into the EMLA family a few short months ago. After a year or more of corresponding together, I absolutely knew that she was someone I had to work with—her voice and stories were that rich and moving. One piece in particular made my heart glow each time I read it: BABYMOON, the gentle, lyrical tribute to a new baby's birth – one of those rare texts you absolutely know will go on to be a timeless classic.
To my great joy—and no great surprise!—I'm delighted to say that BABYMOON got immediate attention, and only a few weeks after signing Hayley on, we heard that an offer was on the way. Today, that offer can be shared at last: I'm thrilled to announce that BABYMOON has been acquired by Mary Lee Donovan at Candlewick!
Huge congratulations, Hayley!