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There are some books where you just know, the moment you read them, that they are destined to be an instant classic. That was never more the case than with Amy Cherrix’s phenomenal text, GOODNIGHT, LITTLE BOOKSTORE. This soothing bedtime story involves a jaunt around a beloved bookshop, visiting each of the dear friends and tucking them into their shelves for the night.—And this is something that Amy herself has much experience with, as a bookseller in the Asheville, NC, Malaprop’s Bookstore. 

Luckily, I was not the only reader to feel the love, as GOODNIGHT, LITTLE BOOKSTORE was swept up in a speedy and enthusiastic preempt, selling to Mary Lee Donovan at Candlewick.

But, wait! It gets even better. Every great picture book needs an illustrator . . . and who better to complete the bookselling triangle than the incredible E. B. Goodale, who—you guessed it!—used to be a bookseller herself at the Curious George Bookstore in Cambridge, MA.

 So there you have it—a dream team to be sure! Look out for this gem on shelves everywhere in spring 2022.

--Joan

There are few things that make an agent’s day more special than being able to celebrate an author’s debut deal—and the more so when it turns out to be a slam-dunk, insta-editor-love type of sale. In case it’s not entirely clear, my friends, THAT is exactly the kind of news we are celebrating today. Here are the details, as listed in Publishers Weekly:

 Liza Kaplan at Philomel has acquired World rights to Nadia Salomon’s debut picture book text, GOODNIGHT GANESHA, a lush and warm bedtime story featuring two young children sleeping over at their grandparents’ home in India, and the various ways their culture plays a role in their nighttime routine. Kate Greenaway Medal finalist Poonam Mistry has signed on to illustrate. The author was represented by Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency, and the illustrator by Alice Sutherland-Hawes at Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency. The book is scheduled for publication in Fall 2021. 

 This is seriously a dream team situation, and I for one can’t wait to celebrate with a steaming hot beverage, a cozy quilt, and this book. Congratulations, Nadia! 

--Joan


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