Christy Ottaviano Books

It has always been our mission to publish books that center women and girls. That said, we’re thrilled to have so many o...
06/14/2021

It has always been our mission to publish books that center women and girls. That said, we’re thrilled to have so many of our titles featured on A Mighty Girl’s book list. This catalog features girl-empowering books starring stellar Mighty Girl subjects. Full list here: https://www.amightygirl.com/books?fbclid=IwAR3uK5NCI7wc2uQp-wn8jYD3uD6VH8fSu-8-hYPeOy7cVxJOETFMSQT_BXg

It has always been our mission to publish books that center women and girls. That said, we’re thrilled to have so many of our titles featured on A Mighty Girl’s book list. This catalog features girl-empowering books starring stellar Mighty Girl subjects. Full list here: https://www.amightygirl.com/books?fbclid=IwAR3uK5NCI7wc2uQp-wn8jYD3uD6VH8fSu-8-hYPeOy7cVxJOETFMSQT_BXg

Dear Friends,We will be migrating over to Instagram for more frequent updates on imprint activity so if you haven’t alre...
03/17/2021

Dear Friends,

We will be migrating over to Instagram for more frequent updates on imprint activity so if you haven’t already followed us there, please do! We will still be posting on FB but more for round-ups with awards and seasonal notifications.

You can find us on IG at:
https://www.instagram.com/christyottavianobooks/

And if would like to check out our website for backlist reference, visit http://christyottaviano.com/

Thanks so much,
Christy, Jessica, and Leyla

Dear Friends,

We will be migrating over to Instagram for more frequent updates on imprint activity so if you haven’t already followed us there, please do! We will still be posting on FB but more for round-ups with awards and seasonal notifications.

You can find us on IG at:
https://www.instagram.com/christyottavianobooks/

And if would like to check out our website for backlist reference, visit http://christyottaviano.com/

Thanks so much,
Christy, Jessica, and Leyla

March is Women’s History Month—a perfect time to celebrate the recent release of AN EQUAL SHOT: HOW THE LAW TITLE IX CHA...
03/03/2021

March is Women’s History Month—a perfect time to celebrate the recent release of AN EQUAL SHOT: HOW THE LAW TITLE IX CHANGED AMERICA by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Dow Phumiruk (the wonderful team being COUNTING ON KATHERINE!).

This nonfiction picture book introduces the history and importance of Title IX as civil rights legislature and celebrates the women who fought to usher in this groundbreaking law. Glowing reviews confirm AN EQUAL SHOT is an essential resource for women’s history discussions:

“An intriguing, early introduction to women’s rights.”—Booklist

“Both an easy-to-read introduction and a powerful reminder that we must always fight for equality.”—Kirkus Reviews

“This book serves as a solid starting point for anyone interested in the groundbreaking law.”—Publishers Weekly

“A recommended addition that expands awareness of the full impact of Title IX.”—School Library Journal

March is Women’s History Month—a perfect time to celebrate the recent release of AN EQUAL SHOT: HOW THE LAW TITLE IX CHANGED AMERICA by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Dow Phumiruk (the wonderful team being COUNTING ON KATHERINE!).

This nonfiction picture book introduces the history and importance of Title IX as civil rights legislature and celebrates the women who fought to usher in this groundbreaking law. Glowing reviews confirm AN EQUAL SHOT is an essential resource for women’s history discussions:

“An intriguing, early introduction to women’s rights.”—Booklist

“Both an easy-to-read introduction and a powerful reminder that we must always fight for equality.”—Kirkus Reviews

“This book serves as a solid starting point for anyone interested in the groundbreaking law.”—Publishers Weekly

“A recommended addition that expands awareness of the full impact of Title IX.”—School Library Journal

CO Books is thrilled to congratulate Echo Brown for being named a finalist for the William C. Morris Award for her debut...
01/26/2021

CO Books is thrilled to congratulate Echo Brown for being named a finalist for the William C. Morris Award for her debut BLACK GIRL UNLIMITED! More to come from Echo in 2022!

CO Books is thrilled to congratulate Echo Brown for being named a finalist for the William C. Morris Award for her debut BLACK GIRL UNLIMITED! More to come from Echo in 2022!

Hello Friends,As many of you know, Christy Ottaviano Books has moved over to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/Hache...
01/06/2021

Hello Friends,
As many of you know, Christy Ottaviano Books has moved over to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/Hachette Book Group. Jessica and I are hard at work editing our list for 2022. Before we left Macmillan, we finished editing a crop of books for the 2021 season and will be posting about these special books and our talented authors and artists throughout the year. Here is a sneak preview of the books publishing this winter. If a book catches your eye, support your local independent booksellers and order directly from them. 😊

Celebrating our fall harvest of books by our talented authors and illustrators, and wishing everyone a happy and safe Th...
11/25/2020

Celebrating our fall harvest of books by our talented authors and illustrators, and wishing everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving. 💚

Calling all dog lovers: SNOW FRIENDS by Margery Cuyler, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand, is on sale today! This charming...
10/13/2020

Calling all dog lovers: SNOW FRIENDS by Margery Cuyler, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand, is on sale today! This charming winter picture book about friendship and dogs delivers the perfect seasonal read-aloud, set against an exciting snowy day.

Early reviews are glowing:

"There is an infectious exuberance underlying the story . . . A joyous, wintry read." --Kirkus Reviews

"Cuyler and Hillenbrand are back with another charming tale, this one about friendship forged on a winter day. Soft and bright illustrations by Hillenbrand accompany the sweet and simple text, working in tandem to bring this story to life. A heart-warming tale about friendship, recommended for libraries and homes everywhere."--School Library Journal

Our favorite doughnut is back in action: HELLO, ARNIE! by Laurie Keller goes on sale today! This irresistible new pictur...
09/29/2020

Our favorite doughnut is back in action: HELLO, ARNIE! by Laurie Keller goes on sale today! This irresistible new picture book is ideal for preschoolers. And little ones can follow all of Arnie’s adventures as they keep reading!

Praise for Hello, Arnie:
A Junior Library Guild Selection

"Donut expect this to pass young audiences without causing a sprinkle of giggles." --Kirkus Reviews

"Varying perspectives and layouts add humor, such as a montage of Arnie modeling ways to wear frosting and sprinkles (check out that sweet, sweet mustache). With engaging direct-address elements to encourage participation, this fanciful, gleeful read is sure to entertain, particularly during group story times."--Booklist

Happy pub day to MARIE'S OCEAN: MARIE THARP MAPS THE MOUNTAINS UNDER THE SEA by Josie James. We are delighted to publish...
09/22/2020

Happy pub day to MARIE'S OCEAN: MARIE THARP MAPS THE MOUNTAINS UNDER THE SEA by Josie James.

We are delighted to publish this women’s history mixed-format picture book biography of Marie Tharp, a hidden figure of geology and oceanography who is now recognized as one of the greatest oceanographic cartographers of the 20th century. With a Junior Library Guild Selection and excellent reviews out the gate, this is a must-have for home, school, and community libraries.

"A winning combination of lyric description, accessible explanation, scientific history, feminism, and accomplishment."--Kirkus Reviews

"Highly recommended for public and school libraries."--School Library Journal

"Using speech balloons as well as standard text, the graphic-novel-style presentation is appealing, and James makes good use of maps, charts, and other images related to Tharp’s work. These are helpful in understanding her findings and their significance. An engaging introduction to Tharp and her significant contributions to geology and cartography."--Booklist

Happy Pub Month to four fabulous books on our list!DRAGON MEETS BOY by Michael Slack. This poignant picture book capture...
08/18/2020

Happy Pub Month to four fabulous books on our list!

DRAGON MEETS BOY by Michael Slack. This poignant picture book captures the lifelong friendship between a child and a beloved toy. Wonderful reviews are in for this modern classic!

"[A] sweet, heartfelt tale about love transcending generations . . . Readers will love the idea that beautiful childhood memories last a lifetime." --Kirkus Reviews

"Slack’s calm, measured storytelling doesn’t overplay the pathos, and the relief when the box is finally opened, to reveal that the dragon will now belong to Boy’s daughter, should resonate." --Publishers Weekly

https://kidlit.tv/2020/06/book-trailer-premiere-dragon-meets-boy/

ELVIN LINK, PLEASE REPORT TO THE PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE by New Yorker cartoonist Drew Dernavich. This illustrated diary fiction mystery is a Junior Library Guild Selection as well as an Amazon Best Book of the Month! Reviewers agree, this is perfect for Wimpy Kid fans:

“Readers will keep turning pages to find out if Elvin will solve his compounding problems and stay out of trouble. Fans of “The Strange Case of Origami Yoda” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” will appreciate Dernavich’s hilarious doodles, sight gags and silly asides...and the deadpan illustrations will make you laugh out loud.— The New York Times

"This book contains plenty of laughs and school angst for fans of Jeff ­Kinney’s “Wimpy Kid” series." --School Library Journal

"Readers who prefer their heavily illustrated and wisecrack-laden accounts of pranks and mishaps on the sweeter side will be pleased to see Elvin, being no Greg Heffley, magnanimously mending fences with his remorseful nemesis at the end of this gentle mystery." --Booklist

"A good-natured illustrated story to warm the hearts of misunderstood boys and their friends." --Kirkus Reviews

THE MYSTERIOUS MESSENGER:
Here’s a winning middle grade debut by the talented artist and picture book creator Gilbert Ford. Set against an enchanting Brooklyn backdrop and infused with music and art history, this timeless mystery is full of heart.

“Gilbert Ford has conjured up a winner with this spirited, tender-hearted page-turner. You can’t help pulling for funny, spunky Maria as her lonely quest becomes a treasure hunt of the heart.”—Sheila Turnage, Newbery Honor author of Three Times Lucky

“The fun, sparkly supernatural mystery kept me turning pages, but Maria’s bright heart anchored me to the story. Her deep friendships—and her unique way of seeing the world—are enchanting.”—Natalie Lloyd, New York Times-bestselling author of Over the Moon

THE GIRL IN THE WHITE VAN by New York Times-bestselling author April Henry. April delivers another propulsive YA thriller, and reviews are glowing!

"With a relentless pace, this thrill-ride of a book will absolutely satisfy readers looking for pulse-quickening action and smart, resilient heroes." --Booklist

"This tight, fast-paced thriller [is] ideal for striving readers, particularly those who favor adventure or survival stories. Sure to satisfy fans of Courtney Summers and Caroline B. Cooney, this book is a solid purchase for libraries with widely circulating thriller collections." --School Library Journal

Happy pub day to two vibrant books for young readers: ALREADY A BUTTERFLY: A MEDITATION STORY by Julia Alvarez, illustra...
06/16/2020

Happy pub day to two vibrant books for young readers: ALREADY A BUTTERFLY: A MEDITATION STORY by Julia Alvarez, illustrated by Raul Colon, and ONE GOLDEN RULE AT SCHOOL by Selina Alko. These beautiful picture books each celebrate the comforts of taking care of yourself and others. Glowing reviews all around!

ALREADY A BUTTERFLY:
"Soft, textured illustrations full of floral elements match the gentle quality of the tale. In a world that can’t seem to slow down, this story reminds readers to trust their instincts and breathe." —Kirkus Reviews

"Young readers will find the prose and the dreamlike pictures of Mari’s journey soothing—and something to meditate on." —Booklist

"Alvarez pens this introduction to meditation with advisory zeal, focusing on explanations that will appeal to caretakers who seek to support young meditation practitioners. Jewel-toned spreads by Colón provide scope for dreaming: Mari’s distinctive features—her black braids, her elflike shoes, her golden crown—give readers a fantasy heroine to linger over." —Publishers Weekly

ONE GOLDEN RULE AT SCHOOL:
"The final, titular message comes on the penultimate page and is posted on the wall along with a banner saying, “We are ONE community.” Skills practice and a peek at the school day: a solid way to prepare." —Kirkus Reviews

"Alko brings her signature mixed-media collage art into a classroom setting through this counting tale with a timely and timeless seminal message."—Publishers Weekly

05/06/2020

Happy pub week to PAPA BRINGS ME THE WORLD by Jenny sue kostecki-shaw ART&books. This long-distance love story between parent and child celebrates inclusivity, imagination, and the richness of global cultures.This special picture book is out with glowing reviews, including a star from Booklist!

A Junior Library Guild Selection

★ "With its inviting story and imaginative illustrations, this picture book could spark curiosity about faraway places and encourage global awareness in young children." --Booklist, starred review

"Collages rendered with cut, layered paper and finished off with painted textures and rubber stamps create a warm, earthy atmosphere . . . A comforting story that will prompt exploration at home or in school." --Kirkus Reviews

Happy Pub Week to CATS ARE PEOPLE, TOO: A COLLECTION OF CAT CARTOONS TO CURL UP WITH by Dave Coverly. This hilarious col...
04/15/2020

Happy Pub Week to CATS ARE PEOPLE, TOO: A COLLECTION OF CAT CARTOONS TO CURL UP WITH by Dave Coverly. This hilarious collection is a great choice for readers of all ages who enjoy a good laugh.

Also available by Dave: DOGS ARE PEOPLE, TOO.

Happy pub day to TINY BIRD: A HUMMINGBIRD'S AMAZING JOURNEY by Robert Burleigh, illustrated by Wendell Minor. This inspi...
04/14/2020

Happy pub day to TINY BIRD: A HUMMINGBIRD'S AMAZING JOURNEY by Robert Burleigh, illustrated by Wendell Minor. This inspiring migratory and life cycle story celebrates the important and impressive feat of a small but mighty creature. It's a perfect picture book for spring, as Booklist put so well in this starred review:

★"Kids will be mesmerized by this dynamic portrait of one of nature’s winged wonders."

Happy pub day to new books in two of our most beloved series: A TRIP TO THE COUNTRY FOR MARVIN AND JAMES, Book 5 (the fi...
04/07/2020

Happy pub day to new books in two of our most beloved series: A TRIP TO THE COUNTRY FOR MARVIN AND JAMES, Book 5 (the final installment) in the Masterpiece Adventures chapter book series by Elise Broach & Kelly Murphy; and MY LIFE AS A CODER, book 9 in the My Life illustrated middle grade series by Janet Tashjian and Jake Tashjian.

Happy pub day to Ethan Long's HELLO, WORLD!--Book 1 in the Happy County picture book series for preschoolers. We're thri...
03/03/2020
In Conversation: Ethan Long and Christy Ottaviano

Happy pub day to Ethan Long's HELLO, WORLD!--Book 1 in the Happy County picture book series for preschoolers. We're thrilled to have Ethan Long and Christy Ottaviano in conversation with Publishers Weekly to launch this vibrant, interactive series.

★"Brimful of fun and sure to inspire many repeat readings."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Much like Richard Scarry’s Busy, Busy Town, Happy County is populated by a cast of cartoon animals with goofy names and a proclivity for getting into trouble . . . Amid Long’s engaging stories, interactive interstitials offer prompts to spell short words, sing, and seek and find various objects."―Publishers Weekly

"Long ventures into Scarry territory with elevated, cartoon-style overviews of Happy County . . . Young visitors will indeed be inclined to “Come back soon!” as the billboard on the road out urges." ―Booklist

https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-authors/article/82540-in-conversation-ethan-long-and-christy-ottaviano.html

We asked author-illustrator Ethan Long and his editor, Christy Ottaviano—publisher of her eponymous imprint at Henry Holt—about their new collaboration, the Happy County picture book series for preschoolers.

Happy pub month to BLACK GIRL UNLIMITED: THE REMARKABLE STORY OF A TEENAGE WIZARD by Echo Brown. This stunning YA debut ...
02/14/2020
In Hollywood, Stories About People of Color Are Still Rare. These Y.A. Fantasy Novels Pick Up the Slack.

Happy pub month to BLACK GIRL UNLIMITED: THE REMARKABLE STORY OF A TEENAGE WIZARD by Echo Brown. This stunning YA debut is out to much love, including a terrific review in last weekend's New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/04/books/review/dark-and-deepest-red-anna-mari-mclemore-black-girl-unlimited-echo-brown.html

★"[An] empowering autobiographical novel fused with magical realism and allegory . . . with the nods to Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Malcolm X, and Alice Walker. This revelatory YA book deserves space on bookstore and library shelves for its healing power for all readers to break the chains of intergenerational pain and trauma."―School Library Journal, starred review

"A much-needed story. Just brilliant."―Kirkus Reviews

"Brown’s prose is searingly beautiful and painful in its imagery . . . Echo is an unforgettable heroine, and her tale makes a compelling counterpart to Nikki Grimes’ memoir, Ordinary Hazards, or a first step toward Octavia Butler. " ―The Bulletin

"A treasure of a story that’s poignant, soulful, and inspiring."―Booklist

Echo Brown’s ‘Black Girl Unlimited,’ Anna-Marie McLemore’s ‘Dark and Deepest Red’ and Adam Silvera’s ‘Infinity Son’ expand the possibilities for teenage heroes.

Happy pub week to two wonderful picture books about daring women in history: EMILY WRITES: EMILY DICKINSON AND HER POETI...
02/05/2020

Happy pub week to two wonderful picture books about daring women in history: EMILY WRITES: EMILY DICKINSON AND HER POETIC BEGINNINGS by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Christine Davenier, and ALICE ACROSS AMERICA: THE STORY OF THE FIRST WOMEN'S CROSS-COUNTRY ROAD TRIP by Sarah Jane Marsh, illustrated by Gilbert Ford. Both are out with glowing reviews. Congratulations to all!

ALICE ACROSS AMERICA:
★"A fun and fascinating story that includes many favorites: cars, strong women, and little-known historical facts. A must-have." ―School Library Journal, starred review

"A fine choice that showcases a strong woman inspired to succeed."―Kirkus Reviews

EMILY WRITES:
"Yolen’s love of language and her knowledge of the poet’s life and work as well as her understanding of young children. . . An imaginative portrayal of the poet as a young child."―Booklist

"The text moves along smoothly with plenty of appealing turns of phrase and engaging images. A warm portrait that even those unfamiliar with the iconic poet will likely enjoy."―Kirkus Reviews

"Yolen and Davenier portray Dickinson as a small child . . . Yolen conjures appealing possibilities. Davenier’s loose-lined, color-washed ink illustrations capture childlike joy and curiosity."―Publishers Weekly

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