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Sean McCarthy Literary Agency Literary agency specializing in children's books.

Hey picture book authors! Super excited to be working with Inked Voices on an advanced writing workshop for Winter/Sprin...
10/22/2020

Hey picture book authors! Super excited to be working with Inked Voices on an advanced writing workshop for Winter/Spring 2021, and we're offering a FREE spot for a writer from a diverse/marginalized background.

Apply below by 11/15/20, and please share!

https://inkedvoices.typeform.com/to/hktBh5y9a

So thrilled for Yinfan Huang Illustration, on her middle grade graphic novel, YELLOW SINGING SAIL, which will be publish...
06/10/2020
Rights Report: Week of June 8, 2020

So thrilled for Yinfan Huang Illustration, on her middle grade graphic novel, YELLOW SINGING SAIL, which will be published in Spring 2023 from Kids Can Press. Yinfan bravely poured her heart into this memoir, and it is a deeply felt and unforgettable look at growing up in China during the "one-child policy" era.

"Yasemin Uçar at Kids Can has acquired, with Debbie Rogosin editing, the middle-grade graphic novel memoir Yellow Singing Sail by Yinfan Huang. Set in China during the "one-child policy" era, the memoir details the author's adolescence as an only child and the struggle to forge an artistic identity and find friendship, made even more challenging by a move from a small town to a big city. Publication is set for spring 2023; Sean McCarthy at Sean McCarthy Literary handled the deal for world rights."

Congrats, Yinfan!

New deals for Kristen R. Lee, Jordyn Taylor, Isabel Strychacz, and others.

As soon as Jamie A. Swenson, Author shared this manuscript with me, I knew it would be an incredibly special project, an...
05/13/2020
Rights Report: Week of May 11, 2020

As soon as Jamie A. Swenson, Author shared this manuscript with me, I knew it would be an incredibly special project, and I can't think of better book companions than Sylvie Frank and Scott Magoon to bring Chipmunk's story to the page.

Coming Summer 2021 from SimonKIDS!

"Sylvie Frank at S&S/Wiseman has acquired world rights to Chirp!: Chipmunk Sings for a Friend, written by Jamie A. Swenson and illustrated by Scott Magoon. Chipmunk spends her days sitting on her rock and chirping by herself, but when she sets out to find a companion that will sing along with her, she finds friends (and harmonies) in unexpected places. Publication is planned for summer 2021; Sean McCarthy at Sean McCarthy Literary Agency represented the author, and Paul Rodeen at Rodeen Literary represented the artist."

New deals for Marieke Nijkamp, Adrienne Young, Jonny Garza Villa, Rinny Perkins, and others.

Thrilled to be working with Inked Voices on another advanced picture book writing workshop, and have partnered with them...
05/11/2020
Advanced PB Writers Application - Summer 2020- Diverse background

Thrilled to be working with Inked Voices on another advanced picture book writing workshop, and have partnered with them (thanks Brooke!) to be able to offer a FREE spot to an author of color and/or from a marginalized background.

Deadline is 5/12/20.

Full details in the link below, and please share!

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Happy #bookbirthday to Hyewon Yum on LION NEEDS A HAIRCUT, out today from Abrams Kids!"Brims with heart and charm, turni...
05/05/2020
Lion Needs a Haircut

Happy #bookbirthday to Hyewon Yum on LION NEEDS A HAIRCUT, out today from Abrams Kids!

"Brims with heart and charm, turning a classic childhood conflict on its head with subtle style and wit." - STARRED review from Booklist.

Available from your local independent bookstore via Bookshop in the link below.

Congrats, Hyewon!

This relatable story from award-winning author-illustrator Hyewon Yum explores the universal fear of first haircuts with honesty, tenderness, and humor Little lion needs a haircut. But he doesn't want one! Is he worried? No. Is he scared? NO! He just likes his hair the way it is. R-O-A-R! But there'...

New Deal Alert!Congrats Dana Wulfekotte on illustrating FOLLOWING THE HOLIDAYS, a collection of poems by Marilyn Singer ...
04/24/2020
Rights Report: Week of April 20, 2020

New Deal Alert!

Congrats Dana Wulfekotte on illustrating FOLLOWING THE HOLIDAYS, a collection of poems by Marilyn Singer (!) that celebrates Jewish holidays both familiar (and not), coming Fall 2022 from Penguin Kids.

Maybe now I'll finally learn the complete blessing of the candles for Hanukkah, and not just the beginning and the end of it as I've done for my entire adult life!

New deals for Candice Montgomery, cara davis-araux, Adrianne Russell, Emily Thiede, and others.

New Deal News!Congrats Elizabeth Brown on THE WORLD ENTIRE, coming Fall 2022 from Chronicle Books.Melissa Manlove at Chr...
03/05/2020
Rights Report: Week of March 2, 2020

New Deal News!

Congrats Elizabeth Brown on THE WORLD ENTIRE, coming Fall 2022 from Chronicle Books.

Melissa Manlove at Chronicle has bought world rights to Elizabeth Brown's (l.) The World Entire, a picture book biography of Portuguese diplomat Aristides de Sousa Mendes, who defied his government during World War II and helped save thousands of Jewish refugees, at great personal cost. Society of Illustrators Original Art gold medalist Melissa Castrillón will illustrate. Publication is planned for fall 2022; Sean McCarthy at Sean McCarthy Literary Agency represented the author, and Helen Boyle at Pickled Ink represented the artist.

New deals for Gregory Maguire, David Litchfield, David Arnold, Kylie Lee Baker, and others.

Congratulations to Hyewon Yum on winning the Fans of SCBWI Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Illustration for CLEVER LI...
01/21/2020
SCBWI | Announcing the Golden Kite and Sid Fleischman Winners

Congratulations to Hyewon Yum on winning the Fans of SCBWI Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Illustration for CLEVER LITTLE WITCH. Wow!!!!!

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is proud to announce the winners and honor recipients of the annual Golden Kite and Sid Fleischman Awards.

Thanks to Romper for including ONE SNOWY MORNING by Kevin Tseng and Dana Wulfekotte on this wonderful list of new holida...
12/17/2019
Cute Kid's Books You'll Want To Stuff In Stockings & Wrap 8 Times

Thanks to Romper for including ONE SNOWY MORNING by Kevin Tseng and Dana Wulfekotte on this wonderful list of new holiday/seasonal titles!

You can still read and gift The Polar Express, but maybe Dasher will be your new favorite, one of the many holiday-themed children's books out this year that put a stripy-stockingsed twist on stories you know, or fix the age-old problem in kids' lit…

Three cheers for FIX THAT CLOCK by Kurt Cyrus being named of the best rhyming picture books of 2019 by Betsy Bird for Sc...
12/05/2019
31 Days, 31 Lists: 2019 Rhyming Picture Books — @fuseeight A Fuse #8 Production

Three cheers for FIX THAT CLOCK by Kurt Cyrus being named of the best rhyming picture books of 2019 by Betsy Bird for School Library Journal!

"To this day I am still mad that the Cyrus book Billions of Bricks didn’t get the widespread love and appreciation I feel it so desperately deserved. That book was the world’s greatest counting-by-twos title out there (sorry Klassen’s Cats’ Night Out). This book isn’t quite as directly math-related, but it shares with Bricks a catchy rhyme scheme that feels to good to say out loud. Add in the fact that there are references here to Chaplin’s Safety Last and the sheer pleasure of Cyrus’s crisp, clean lines, and you’ve got yourself a truly magnificent construction book. Hand it to any kid that even remotely glances at a hammer. They’ll love it."

Way to go, Kurt!

In a recent guest piece on the site Goodreads With Ronna, editor Frances Gilbert spoke eloquently on the subject of rhyming picture books. Initially, because editors often cannot stand them. She writes:

Even if I still don't know how to correctly pronounce "concierge" (is it a hard C or a soft C?!?), I'm so pleased to see...
12/03/2019
NPR's Favorite Books Of 2019

Even if I still don't know how to correctly pronounce "concierge" (is it a hard C or a soft C?!?), I'm so pleased to see WHO WET MY PANTS? by Bob Shea and Zachariah OHora on the NPR Books Best Books of 2019 list!

Check out the full list below, and congrats Bob and Zach!

Just in time for today's snowy weather, Spotlight Newspapers has this terrific list of new winter reads, and includes ON...
12/02/2019
ON THE BOOKSHELF: A wonderland of winter reads

Just in time for today's snowy weather, Spotlight Newspapers has this terrific list of new winter reads, and includes ONE SNOWY MORNING illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte, and SOME SNOW IS... illustrated by Andrea Offermann!

‘Snowy Farm’ by Calvin Shaw; illustrated by Oamul Lu A magical and lyrical fantasy about a family of farmers who live in a in frosty old house in a snowy white world and the warmth of each other is…

Absolutely thrilled to share the news that I'm now working with the inimitable Gina Perry!I've been a long time fan of G...
11/06/2019
Gina Perry Illustrations

Absolutely thrilled to share the news that I'm now working with the inimitable Gina Perry!

I've been a long time fan of Gina's work, and so chuffed to have the chance to represent her.

Welcome, Gina!

Children's Illustration for books. Gouache and digital stylized art.

We are celebrating TWO book birthdays today, and House Stark would definitely approve of both! Huzzah Dana Wulfekotte on...
11/05/2019
One Snowy Morning | IndieBound.org

We are celebrating TWO book birthdays today, and House Stark would definitely approve of both!

Huzzah Dana Wulfekotte on ONE SNOWY MORNING, written by Kevin Tseng, and published by Dial Books/Penguin Kids!

Congrats Andrea Offermann on SOME SNOW IS..., written by Ellen Yeomans, and published by Putnam/Penguin Kids!

ONE SNOWY MORNING is available via IndieBound
(https://indiebound.org/book/9780735230415) or via Amazon Books (https://amazon.com/One-Snowy-Morning-Kevin-Tseng/dp/0735230412).

SOME SNOW IS.... is available via IndieBound
(https://indiebound.org/book/9780399547546) or via Amazon Books (https://amazon.com/Some-Snow-Ellen-Yeomans/dp/0399547541).

Catching up on the news from last week, and huge, soaking congrats to Bob Shea and Zachariah OHora and everyone at Littl...
11/05/2019
Best Books 2019: Publishers Weekly Publishers Weekly

Catching up on the news from last week, and huge, soaking congrats to Bob Shea and Zachariah OHora and everyone at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on WHO WET MY PANTS? being named a Publishers Weekly Best Picture Book of 2019!

"The animal scout troop is gathered around the campfire when everyone notices a crescent-shaped wet patch at the crotch of Reuben's pants. The bear immediately deflects the blame: "Who wet my pants?" he shouts, improbably. Shea and Ohora make a terrific team, creating a comedy that is both laugh-out-loud off-kilter and deeply humane."

Way to go Bob and Zach!

Best Picture Books, Migration: Incredible Animal Journeys, Mike Unwin, My Papi Has a Motorcycle,Isabel Quintero, A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation, Barry Wittenstein,Pokko and the Drum,River Elisha Cooper Roar

Hey NYC! Come join me, Marietta Zacker (Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency), and Linda Epstein (Emerald City Literary Agency...
11/04/2019
New York: Metropolitan | Agents Panel – SCBWI Metro NY and The New School

Hey NYC! Come join me, Marietta Zacker (Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency), and Linda Epstein (Emerald City Literary Agency) at the New School at 6:30pm tonight for an agent's panel, hosted by Harold Underdown and SCBWI MetroNY.

Details here: https://nymetro.scbwi.org/events/agents-panel-scbwimetro-ny-and-the-new-school/

The Agent Panel, moderated by Harold Underdown will feature Marietta Zacher (Gallt & Zacker) , Linda Epstein (Emerald City Literary Agency) and Sean McCarthyThis event is free for all SCBWI Members and New School Students.acher Attendees MUST register and bring a ticket from SCBWI Metro NY website.....

10/15/2019

Some more sparkly good news to share! UNICORN & YETI written by Heather Ayris Burnell will now be available at Target, along with some other amazing #ScholasticAcorn titles (as seen in the video below).

If you spot Unicorn and Yeti in the wild, please share!

The first review is in for ONE SNOWY MORNING by Kevin Tseng and Dana Wulfekotte Author & Illustrator, and it's a beauty ...
10/10/2019
ONE SNOWY MORNING by Kevin Tseng , Dana Wulfekotte | Kirkus Reviews

The first review is in for ONE SNOWY MORNING by Kevin Tseng and Dana Wulfekotte Author & Illustrator, and it's a beauty from Kirkus Reviews!

Favorite pull-quote: "This sweet read will encourage young ones to look at everyday items in brand-new ways."

Congrats, Kevin and Dana!

One snowy morning, two forest friends stumble across an unexpected surprise…a snowman.

So chuffed (been watching a lot of Great British Bake Off lately) to share the news of a new Mark Fearing picture book, ...
10/03/2019
Highlights from the Carle Honors; Julie Murphy on Her MG Debut

So chuffed (been watching a lot of Great British Bake Off lately) to share the news of a new Mark Fearing picture book, coming in Spring 2021 from Candlewick Press!

There's laughs, tears, tissues, and a moat filled with something that may or may not be snot.

"Kate Fletcher at Candlewick has acquired, in an exclusive submission, Mark Fearing's picture book Castle Gesundheit. No one in the village of Handkerchief can get any rest because Baron Von Sneeze won't stop sneezing, until a boy named Finn figures out an ingenious solution that makes everyone happy (mostly). Publication is scheduled for spring 2021; Sean McCarthy at Sean McCarthy Literary Agency brokered the deal for world rights."

Congrats, Mark!

Friday Night Wrestlefest J.F. Fox, illus. by Micah Player. Roaring Brook, $17.99 (48p) ISBN 978-1-250-21240-5 Bedtime is often a contest of wills, so it’s not a huge leap to imagine it as a WWE-type event. Here, however, wrestling is not as much about the “battle to the bedtime” as it is an op...

New deal announcement!So thrilled for Elizabeth Brown for TWINKLE LITTLE STAR, coming in 2022 from KidsBloomsbury.It's a...
09/26/2019
Rights Report: Week of September 23, 2019

New deal announcement!

So thrilled for Elizabeth Brown for TWINKLE LITTLE STAR, coming in 2022 from KidsBloomsbury.

It's a moving and timely portrait of poet Jane Taylor, and explores the inspiration behind "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and why she was nearly unfairly erased from history. Becca Stadtlander is set to illustrate, and Sarah Shumway Liu will edit.

Congrats all!

New deals for Adib Khorram, Rory Power, Stephan Lee, and others.

Happy #BookBirthday to Bob Shea and Zachariah OHora on WHO WET MY PANTS? Out today from Little, Brown Books for Young Re...
09/17/2019
Who Wet My Pants?

Happy #BookBirthday to Bob Shea and Zachariah OHora on WHO WET MY PANTS?

Out today from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, it's already earned three (!) starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, and Publishers Weekly.

Available at your local bookstore and library, or online via the link below.

Congrats, Bob and Zach!

In this hilarious tale of blame, compassion, and forgiveness, a very embarrassed bear is reminded that accidents can happen--but with the support of good friends, life goes on.Reuben the bear's got donuts for everyone in his scout troop, but his friends are all staring at something else: there's ...

Happy #BookBirthday to Bob McMahon on the publication of SOCCER TIME! from Random House Children's Books! This Step Into...
09/10/2019
Soccer Time! (Step into Reading)

Happy #BookBirthday to Bob McMahon on the publication of SOCCER TIME! from Random House Children's Books! This Step Into Reading book is perfect for all footy fans, and is available at your local indie bookstore or via the link below.

Congrats, Bob!

GOOOOOOOOAL!! This Step 1 introduction to practically every child's first team sport is a win for emergent readers.No hands--just feet. The game starts. Tweet! Young soccer enthusiasts will build their reading confidence as they learn about basic skills and the thrill of scoring a goal in Terry P...

Happy debut (!) book birthday to Yinfan Huang Illustration for the illustrations to THE COUCH POTATO, out today from Kid...
09/03/2019
The Couch Potato | IndieBound.org

Happy debut (!) book birthday to Yinfan Huang Illustration for the illustrations to THE COUCH POTATO, out today from Kids Can Press!

Publishers Weekly raved that "the colored pencil, gouache, and watercolor images have a naïf look of on-the-spot sketches, and they’re a fine match for the deadpan narration."

Out today from your favorite online retailer, or get a copy from your local bookstore via the link below.

Congrats, Yinfan!

Yinfan Huang lives in New York City, where she creates editorial illustrations, pens her own comics and crafts handmade ceramics. The Couch Potato is her first English-language picture book.

I can't believe that we're already in the middle of Back to School season, but since we clearly are, I'm thrilled to see...
08/15/2019
First Day of School Books for Preschoolers | Parentology

I can't believe that we're already in the middle of Back to School season, but since we clearly are, I'm thrilled to see UNICORN & YETI (written by Heather Ayris Burnell) in this terrific round-up of First Day of School Books for Preschoolers from Parentology. (And special thanks to editor extraordinaire Katie Carella for the shout out!)

Before jitters hit, reading these first day of school books for preschool address the topic in funny and heartwarming ways. Check out the list.

The first review is in for FIX THAT CLOCK by Kurt Cyrus, and it's a star (!) from Kirkus Reviews.Favorite pull-quote: "W...
08/13/2019
FIX THAT CLOCK by Kurt Cyrus , Kurt Cyrus | Kirkus Reviews

The first review is in for FIX THAT CLOCK by Kurt Cyrus, and it's a star (!) from Kirkus Reviews.

Favorite pull-quote: "With lots to look at and a pleasing rhythm, this energetic repair project ticks along very nicely indeed."

Congrats, Kurt!

Three young builders repair a run-down clock housed in a wooden tower.

Thanks to the International Literacy Association for including DANCING THROUGH FIELDS OF COLOR: THE STORY OF HELEN FRANK...
08/09/2019
Biographies and the Arts

Thanks to the International Literacy Association for including DANCING THROUGH FIELDS OF COLOR: THE STORY OF HELEN FRANKENTHALER by Elizabeth Brown in their round-up of biographies on artists, writers, and other creative types. Helen is in some fine company here.

Congrats, Elizabeth!

The biographies reviewed this week introduce readers to creative individuals who have made contributions in the visual, literary, and performing arts. Included are books that are great choices for reading aloud to spark interest and discussion on a topic in classrooms, libraries, and homes as well a...

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Ahh, what a day; we also have NEW 🚨 deal news 🚨 to report! "Sarah Shumway at KidsBloomsbury has acquired world rights to AMAH FARAWAY, written by Margaret Chiu Greanias (l.) and illustrated by Tracy Subisak, a picture book in modified reverse poem structure about a Taiwanese American girl who goes to visit her Amah in Taiwan. Publication is scheduled for fall 2022; Sean McCarthy at Sean McCarthy Literary Agency represented the author, and Lori Kilkelly at LK Literary Agency represented the illustrator. This is a story close to both author and illustrator, and to top it off, we finally have a deal with pal Sean McCarthy! DELIGHTED!!
Hooray!!! Unicorn & Yeti FRIENDS ROCK is out today!!! If you're on Twitter go enter Sean McCarthy Literary Agency's sparkly giveaway of all 3 books in the series! Sean McCarthy @mccarthylit Happy #bookbirthday to UNICORN & YETI: FRIENDS ROCK by @heatherayris & @HazelQuintanil9! To celebrate, I'm doing a #giveaway for all THREE Unicorn & Yeti books! To enter, simply: 1) Follow @heatherayris and @HazelQuintanil9 2) Retweet this! A winner will be chosen on 10/4/19