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I am so pleased to share the news that Kersten Hamilton has something brand-new and absolutely wonderful on the publishing horizon: FIRST FRIEND, which shows how wolves evolved into domesticated dogs through generations of humans—from one pair of child and dog to another, each iteration growing closer to communication and cohabitation, all the way to the present-day readers and their pups.

The wonderful acquiring editor, Janine O’Malley of FSG, snagged Jaime Kim, who did the ebullient art for Kate DiCamillo’s LA LA LA, to illustrate. 

Congratulations, Kersten!

—Erin

Since its publication early last year, Pat Zietlow Miller’s moving and timely picture book, BE KIND, has taken readers by storm. Brought to visual life by the inimitable Jen Hill, this picture book has spent 10 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and sparked countless kindness initiatives in homes and classrooms all across the country.

So what’s next from this dynamic duo, you ask? I’m so glad you did . . . and here is your answer!

Connie Hsu at Roaring Brook Press has acquired the picture book BE STRONG, by New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Pat Zietlow Miller and Jen Hill. A young girl thoughtfully explores the concept of inner strength, from her father showing up to help others and her mother speaking up to city leaders to seeing her grandmother never, ever giving up. Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency represented the author, and Annie Moore Armstrong at Bright Agency represented the illustrator in a the deal for World rights. The book will publish in winter 2021.

I for one cannot wait for what is sure to be another modern classic, delivered with humor and heart. Huge congratulations, Pat and team! 

--Joan


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