Deborah Marcero illustrating Christine Heppermann and Ron Koertge's THE BACKYARD WITCH, about three best friends and a mysterious visitor who appears for curious adventures just when you need her most, to Martha Mihalick at Greenwillow, in a three-book deal, for publication in Summer 2015.
Also, Deborah Marcero's URSA'S LIGHT, the story of a city bear who dreams big in the face of adversity, self-doubt, and failure; with a little help from her younger brother, her dreams come true and she discovers that the journey can be more important than the dream itself to Peter Pauper Press.
SNAPPSY THE ALLIGATOR (DID NOT ASK TO BE IN THIS BOOK) by Julie Falatko, a debut picture book about an alligator whose ordinary day is interrupted by a meddling narrator. In addition to SNAPPSY the two recently sold picture books, BUNNY'S NEW FRIENDS, in which a group of misfits is annoyed when a bunny infiltrates their meeting of Underrepresented Animals in Picture Books, and HELP WANTED: One Rooster, a cow is having trouble finding a suitable replacement rooster.
Julie Segal Walters's untitled picture book, which gets derailed by the illustrator's rant over the author's choice of fish, with Brian Biggs illustrating, to Sylvie Frank at Paula Wiseman Books.
ALWAYS MOM, FOREVER DAD by Joanna Rowland, a debut picture book about the love between a parent and child even when they are separated by divorce.
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