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By Ann Braden (Nancy Paulsen Books, May 4, 2021)
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Debbi Michiko Florence (August 3, 2021)
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agent, writer
Tricia Lawrence
Erin Murphy Literary
illustration
By Paula Yoo (Norton Young Readers, April 20, 2021)


GENRES & SPECIALTIES
Juvenile fiction, Children's books, 0-18, Board book to young adult fiction and nonfiction
MOST RECENT SALES/ FORTHCOMING BOOKS
Author of BELLA'S RECIPE FOR SUCCESS and IF YOUR BABYSITTER IS A BRUJA Ana Siqueira's LA MALA SUERTE IS FOLLOWING ME, following a boy through a series of misadventures once Mrs. Mala Suerte (Mrs. Bad Luck) starts thwarting his every move, illustrated by Carlos Velez Aguilera, to Karen Boss at Charlesbridge, for publication in spring 2024, simultaneously in Spanish, by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency for the author, and by Kate Kendrick Powell at Astound US for the illustrator (world).

Debut author Jessica Fries-Gaither's NATURE'S RULE BREAKERS: CREATURES THAT DON'T FIT IN, a photographic guide to animals that defy the usual scientific categories—warm-blooded or cold-blooded, diurnal or nocturnal, and much more, to Carol Hinz at Lerner Publishing, for publication in fall 2023, by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency (world).

Bobbie Peyton's debut DANCING THE TINIKLING, about a boy learning the traditional Philippine tinikling, where dancers leap between poles tapping and clapping at their feet; the boy compares the feeling to dancing between two cultures, illustrated by Diobelle Cerna, to Sarah Rockett at Sleeping Bear Press, for publication in fall 2023, by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency for the author, and by Christine Hong at Astound US for the illustrator (world).

Coauthor of THE GABI THAT GIRMA WORE Sara Ackerman's NOT JUST THE DRIVER, a rhyming ode to transit workers who aren't always visible—mechanics, dispatchers, and maintenance workers—reminding readers that it takes a lot of us to make things go, illustrated by Robert Neubecker, to Andrea Welch at Beach Lane Books, for publication in spring 2024, by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency for the author, and by Linda Pratt at Wernick & Pratt Agency for the illustrator (world).

Author of the forthcoming PATTERNS EVERYWHERE Lisa Varchol Perron's MY LOVE FOR YOU, a board book with a beachy setting that reassures a child that although all things change or come to an end, a parent's love lasts forever, illustrated by Sheryl Murray, to Hannah Lambert at Little Simon, for publication in summer 2023, by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency for the author (world).

Author of the forthcoming IF YOUR BABYSITTER IS A BRUJA Ana Siqueira's OUR WORLD: BRAZIL, a board book that invites young readers to ride the onibus to the beach and drink sugarcane juice at the feira for a taste of daily life in Brazil, illustrated by Ana Matsusaki, to Kate DePalma at Barefoot Books, with Autumn Allen editing, for publication in the spring of 2023, by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency for the author (world).

Lisa Varchol Perron's debut PATTERNS EVERYWHERE, an invitation to explore the many places in nature where patterns can be found, from leaf veins to snowflakes to sand dunes, to Carol Hinz at Millbrook, for publication in spring 2023, by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency (world).

Author of HOW TO GROW A DINOSAUR and the Thunder and Cluck graphic early reader series Jill Esbaum's STINKBIRD HAS A SUPERPOWER and PARROTFISH HAS A SUPERPOWER, introducing readers to unusual animals who have very unexpected and entertaining superpowers that help them survive, illustrated by Bob Shea, to Susan Kochan at Putnam Children's, in a two-book deal, for publication in summer 2023 and spring 2024, by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency for the author, and by Steven Malk at Writers House for the illustrator (world).

Author of THERE WAS AN OLD DRAGON WHO SWALLOWED A KNIGHT Penny Parker Klostermann's SPIDER LADY: NAN SONGER AND HER ARACHNID WWII ARMY, the story of a woman who raised thousands of spiders in her home and harvested their silk for the war effort, illustrated by Anne Lambelet, to Carolyn Yoder at Calkins Creek, in a nice deal, for publication in spring 2025, by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency for the author, and by Stephanie Fretwell-Hill at Red Fox Literary for the illustrator (NA).

Annie Bailey's HUSH, LITTLE HERO, following a toddler “hero” who's had a full day of leaping over block tower buildings, chasing villains, and teaching their sidekick stuffed animals to fly, illustrated by Dawn Lo, to Hannah Lambert at Little Simon, in a nice deal, for publication in spring 2023, by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency for the author, and by Nicole Tugeau at Tugeau 2 for the illustrator (world).

Sara Ackerman and Fasika Adefris's THE GABI THAT GIRMA WORE, the story of how the gabi, a traditional Ethiopian blanket, is made in a celebration of weaving, community and culture, illustrated by Netsanet Tesfay, to Margaret Raymo at Little, Brown Children's, for publication in winter 2024, by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency for the authors (world).

Melissa Stewart's THANK YOU, MOON, describing how various animals adapt to the moon's phases to hunt, hide from predators, build homes, or build families, illustrated by Jessica Lanan, to Katherine Harrison at Knopf Children's, for publication in summer 2023, by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency for the author, and by Edward Maxwell at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates for the illustrator (world).

Author of MEMPHIS, MARTIN, AND THE MOUNTAINTOP and EVICTED Alice Faye Duncan's THIS TRAIN IS BOUND FOR GLORY and I GOTTA SING, introducing well-known African American spirituals and offering a short history behind each song, illustrated by Paul Kellam, to Kimberly Von Fange at WaterBrook Multnomah, in a very nice deal, in a two-book deal, for publication in summer 2023 and summer 2024, by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency for the author, and by Robbin Brosterman at The Bright Group for the illustrator (world).

Author of MEMPHIS, MARTIN, AND THE MOUNTAINTOP and EVICTED! Alice Faye Duncan's THE DREAMBUILDER'S BLUEPRINT, based on Dr. Martin Luther King's talk "What Is Your Life's Blueprint?" to students in Philadelphia six months before his assassination, illustrated by E.B. Lewis, to Carolyn Yoder at Astra, for publication in fall 2025, by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency for the author, and by Jeff Dwyer at Dwyer & O'Grady for the illustrator (NA).

Kim Rogers (Wichita)'s I AM OSAGE, a nonfiction picture book biography which focuses on Osage military hero Clarence Tinker, illustrated by Bobby Von Martin (Choctaw), to Rosemary Brosnan at Heartdrum, with Cynthia Leitich Smith editing, for publication in winter 2024, by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency for the author (world).

Author of the forthcoming JACK KNIGHT'S BRAVE FLIGHT Jill Esbaum's BIRD GIRL: GENE STRATTON-PORTER: HOW A CHILDHOOD PASSION GAVE WINGS TO A REMARKABLE LIFE, the story of Gene Stratton-Porter, a writer of books on birds and books for children, illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon, to Carolyn Yoder at Astra House, for publication in spring 2024, by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency for the author (NA).

National Book Award longlister and Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner for FROM A WHISPER TO A RALLYING CRY author Paula Yoo's RISING FROM THE ASHES: HOW THE 1992 LOS ANGELES UPRISING BRIDGED TWO COMMUNITIES, exploring a milestone in recent American history—the 1992 Los Angeles civil unrest movement (also known as the “L.A. Riots”), focusing on the destruction and rebirth of L.A.'s historic Koreatown and taking an in-depth look at the relationship between the Korean American and Black communities during these events and since, to Simon Boughton at Norton Children's, for publication in fall 2023, by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency (NA).

Author of 14 MONKEYS and ICK! Melissa Stewart's BIG BUGS, exploring and comparing some of the big, bigger, and biggest bugs in the world, illustrated by Lara Hawthorne, to Andrea Welch at Beach Lane Books, for publication in fall 2023, by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency for the author, and by Alice Williams at Alice Williams Literary for the illustrator (world).

Author of KEEP IT TOGETHER, KEIKO CARTER, JUST BE COOL, JENNA SAKAI, and JASMINE TOGUCHI Debbi Michiko Florence's THIS IS HOW I ROLL, in which a 12-year-old dreams of becoming a renowned chef like her father, but when he refuses to teach her without explanation, she decides he's not the only one who can keep secrets, and begins cooking up trouble with an off-limits boy, to Jenne Abramowitz at Scholastic, for publication in spring 2023, by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency (world).

Author of M.F.K. and the forthcoming REEL LOVE Nilah Magruder's HEX AND HAVOC, following two girls in a caste-based magical society as they fall in love and spark a revolution, illustrated by Sonia Liao, to Stephanie Guerdan at Harper Children's, in a two-book deal, for publication in summer 2023, by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency for the author (world).

Author of KEEP IT TOGETHER, KEIKO CARTER and JUST BE COOL, JENNA SAKAI Debbi Michiko Florence's books five to eight in the Jasmine Toguchi series, showcasing a girl on a family vacation in Japan, with each stop on their adventure featuring a cultural or historical highlight, illustrated again by Elizabet Vukovic, to Grace Kendall at Farrar, Straus Children's, in a four-book deal, for publication in 2022, by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency for the author (world English).
Rights: Alexandra Devlin at Rights People

Screenwriter Monica Zepeda's BOYS OF THE BEAST, in which three cousins who barely know one another -- one Jewish and gay, one evangelical Christian and uptight, and one a stoner and dropout -- set off for New Mexico together in their late grandma's 1988 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe, with each boy traveling for his own secret reasons; the manuscript won the publisher's New Visions Award, to Cheryl Klein at Tu Books, for publication in February 2022, by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency (world).

Author of JUST LIKE A MAMA and MEMPHIS, MARTIN, AND THE MOUNTAINTOP Alice Faye Duncan's OPAL LEE & WHAT IT MEANS TO BE FREE, the true story of activist Opal Lee and her vision of Juneteenth as a holiday for everyone, illustrated by Keturah Bobo, to Adria Haley at Thomas Nelson, for publication in January 2022, by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency for the author (world).

Author of MEMPHIS, MARTIN, AND THE MOUNTAINTOP and JUST LIKE A MAMA Alice Faye Duncan's GIVE THE BALL TO LUCY, detailing the story of Lusia Harris, a U.S. Olympian from the Mississippi Delta and the first woman to be officially drafted by the National Basketball Association, illustrated by Keith Mallett, to Carolyn Yoder at Calkins Creek, for publication in 2024, by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency for the author (NA).

Author of A CRACK IN THE SEA and A TEAR IN THE OCEAN H.M. Bouwman's GOSSAMER SUMMER, in which four sisters make a friend, find a grubby fairy, and defend the neighborhood against evil birds; a book about grief, magic, and the power of stories, to Reka Simonsen at Atheneum, for publication in summer 2023, by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency (NA).

Cynthia Leitich Smith and Rosemary Brosnan at Heartdrum have acquired North American rights to A LETTER FOR BOB by JUST LIKE GRANDMA author Kim Rogers (Wichita), illustrated by Jonathan Nelson (Navajo), about a family that says goodbye to their beloved car, Bob. Publication is scheduled for summer 2023; Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary represented the author, and the illustrator represented himself.

Author of WE LOVE BABIES! Jill Esbaum's FRIENDS DO NOT EAT FRIENDS, in which a cheeky little dinosaur tries to convince a hungry T. rex he'd be better as a friend than a meal, illustrated by Miles Thompson, to Siobhan Ciminera at Simon Spotlight, in a three-book deal, for publication in summer 2021, by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency for the author (world).

Annie Bailey's MUD!, a debut celebration of the joyful, playful squishiness of mud, illustrated by Jen Corace, to Meredith Mundy at Appleseed, for publication in spring 2022, by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency for the author, and by Steven Malk at Writers House for the illustrator (world).

Melissa Stewart's WHALE FALL, about a whale fall, which is when a whale dies and drops to the bottom of the sea; as it decomposes, it supports a rich assortment of sea life, illustrated by Rob Dunlavey, to Ann Kelley at Random House Studio, for publication in spring 2023, by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency for the author, and by Ashley Valentine at Pippin Properties for the illustrator, on behalf of Elena Giovinazzo (world).

Author and illustrator team from MEMPHIS, MARTIN AND THE MOUNTAINTOP Alice Faye Duncan's CORETTA'S JOURNEY: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF CORETTA SCOTT KING, a portrait of the courageous American leader and the fiery trials of her childhood that emboldened her to fight racism and injustice with tactics of nonviolence, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, to Carolyn Yoder at Calkins Creek, for publication in spring 2023, by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency (NA).

Kim Rogers's debut JUST LIKE GRANDMA, about a contemporary Wichita girl who wants to be just like her grandmother, illustrated by Cree-Metis illustrator Julie Flett, to Cynthia Leitich Smith at Heartdrum, with Rosemary Brosnan editing, for publication in winter 2023, by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency for the author, and by Steven Malk at Writers House for the illustrator (NA).

Author of The Haunted Library series, The King & Kayla series, and DEAR BEAST Dori Hillestad Butler's THE TREASURE TROOP, a chapter book mystery series following the adventures of three code-cracking kids on the hunt for hidden treasure, illustrated by Tim Budgen, to Eve Adler at Penguin Workshop, with Nathaniel Tabachnik editing, in a four-book deal, for publication in January 2021, by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency (world).

Melissa Stewart's TREE HOLE HOME, about tree holes and the animals that inhabit them, illustrated by Amy Hevron, to Ann Kelley at Random House Studio, for publication in fall 2022, by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency for the author, and by Kirsten Hall at Catbird Productions for the illustrator (world).

Author of KEEP IT TOGETHER, KEIKO CARTER Debbi Michiko Florence's JUST BE COOL, JENNA SAKAI, in which a girl decides heartbreak is for suckers as she attempts to get over her first crush and her parents' divorce, to Jenne Abramowitz at Scholastic, in a two-book deal, for publication in summer 2021, by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency (NA).

Annie Bailey's 10 LITTLE TRACTORS and TEN LITTLE EXCAVATORS, babies and toddlers can follow ten busy little tractors and excavators throughout their day, counting down from 10 to 1 as each vehicle peels off and leaves the pack, illustrated by Florence Weiser, to Frances Gilbert at Doubleday Children's, in a two-book deal, for publication in summer 2021 and fall 2021, by Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency for the author, and by James Burns at The Bright Group for the illustrator (world).

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