Geisel Honor Book. Chaconas, Dori. Muscrat Cork, who is older, has serious problems when he decides that he should be taller than his possum friend, Fuzz. Chodos-Irvine, Margaret. Best Best Friends. Two best friends have a fight that separates them--no more hugs, no more sharing toys until the fight is over. Preschoolers will see themselves in this loving story. Crews, Nina. I Lost My Tooth in Africa.
Amina loses her tooth while on vacation in Mali, but instead of a visit from the Tooth Fairy, she gets a chicken! DiCamillo, Kate. Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride. Gravett, Emily. When Rabbit goes to the library and checks out a book about wolves, he learns things he would rather not know. Grey, Mini. The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon. An irreverent look at the old nursery rhyme takes the dish and spoon off on a romantic getaway involving vaudeville, crime, and, of course, true love.
Henkes, Kevin. Lilly's Big Day. When her teacher announces he is getting married, the irrepressible Lilly automatically assumes she will be his flower girl. Hills, Tad. Then these rivals become friends as they care for and imagine a future for their mysterious charge. Hopkinson, Deborah. Howe, James. Houndsley and Catina. While Houndsley the dog tries not to discourage Catina the cat's authorial ambitions, Catina encourages Houndsley to enter a cooking contest. The two friends realize that their friendship is more valuable than elusive dreams of fame.
Kvasnosky, Laura McGee. Zelda and Ivy: The Runaways. Geisel Medal Book. Look, Lenore. Uncle Peter's Amazing Chinese Wedding. Jenny struggles with her feelings when her family celebrates the marriage of Uncle Peter in a traditional Chinese way. MacDonald, Margaret Read.
A Palestinian Folktale. Marshall Cavendish. A childless woman prays for "a child, even if it is nothing more than a cooking pot! Once I Ate a Pie. Beefy, a self-satisfied pug. Oil portraits of various canine breeds are paired with brief, humorous, and poignant first-person poems. McClintock, Barbara. McLimans, David. A contemporary interpretation of an illuminated alphabet melds animals and letters into 26 unique and elegant graphic images. Caldecott Honor Book.
Montes, Marisa. Los Gatos Black on Halloween. Spanish and English words blend perfectly in this original and spooky Halloween poem. Newman, Jeff. No, Rhino! Little, Brown. Pinkney, Jerry. The Little Red Hen. Oh joy of joys! There is yummy bread to be made, but who will help the little red hen?
Portis, Antoinette. Not a Box. Spare line drawings and minimal text show a personified bunny playing with, in, and on a cardboard box. Seeger, Laura Vaccaro. A Book of Opposites. Shannon, David. Good Boy, Fergus! Sierra, Judy. An endearing, fuzzy monster creates an appetizing tart made of hundreds and thousands of succulent flies. The irreverent, tongue-twisting verse is paired with squiggly black-and-white line drawings accented in bright lime green.
Scaredy Squirrel. Kids Can. When he loses the kit while evading a killer bee, something amazing happens. Wheeler, Lisa. Mammoths on the Move. Watch out, wooly mammoths! Winter, Jonah. Bardoe, Cheryl. Barrows, Annie. Brown, Susan Taylor. Hugging the Rock. When her mother leaves home, Rachel learns to communicate with and to love her father, while adjusting to disturbing truths about her mother's past.
A free-verse novel about loss and reconciliation. Su Dongpo: Chinese Genius. This richly illustrated biography illuminates the life of the eleventh-century Chinese poet, scholar, and statesman. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. A self-important china rabbit finds himself on a journey that spans years and miles, bringing special people into his life and changing him forever. The Adventures of Polo. A wordless picture book in graphic-novel format depicts the fantastic voyage of a dapper dog above and below the water, then across the ocean floor.
Goodman, Susan E. All in Just One Cookie. In Stock. A simple, fun book for toddlers. I downloaded it to my Kindle for books to read on vacation. My toddler loves the pictures of dogs. There is a simple rhyming structure to the story that makes it fun to read. Add to cart. This is my go-to gift for baby showers. Always appreciated by the to-be parents, even though I realize that when you are ordering and wrapping it, the books don't have the "aww! At the last baby shower, I didn't know either parent very well but still gave these books - both of their faces immediately lighted up and they said, "We were just talking about how we didn't know what to read to a baby!
Of course Dr. My gift didn't bomb! Or they were just being nice, but at least it'll be used. Waiting Is Not Easy! An Elephant and Piggie Book. And the ending is worth the 'wait'" - by StubbornBrunette Portland, Oregon. A good friend pointed me towards these books and they have all been a huge hit with my 3 year old. This one follows in the same style as the others in illustrations and writing.
The story follows Gerald the elephant and how he is having a hard time waiting for Piggies surprise she has for him. My daughter loved the surprise at the end and immediately wanted me to read it again. I will continue to get all of the books in this series and I know my youngest will love them too once she's a little older. Educational books are vitally important, especially for early readers. This book is designed for very young children, but it is good for older children too, especially if they are trying to learn Spanish or English.
I enjoyed it thoroughly, and even added a few new Spanish words to my repertoire. Junie B. Jones's First Boxed Set Ever! Books My 7 year old son loves this series despite himself! He picked up and read an old Junie B book that was his older sisters one day and burned through it in 1 day. It was his first chapter book that he read independently! I asked if he would like for me to purchase more and he said no thanks - that these are for girls. Though of course series potential can be a great selling point!
Jenna November 7, at pm. Thank you for continuing to answer them! I have been working on short rhyming pieces, and I originally planned on using them for a collection of stories. I grew up loving Shel Silverstein, and his collections of poems. I would love to do something along those lines. Should I submit a complete collection, or only a few pieces? Is this something I should mention in the cover letter?
Ariel November 8, at pm. Hi Jenna, I grew up on Shel Silverstein too! Generally speaking picture books have stronger sales than poetry collections. Wishing you the best of luck with them! Sharon Stohler November 9, at am. Hi Ariel, Thank you so much for your instructions in this blog post. They were quite instructive as I worked through the process of submitting my picture book biography. As an experienced classroom teacher, I use picture book biographies every week, and have included extension activities, both in my submission and on my developing website.
I noticed that the Chronicle site has some Common Core suggestions for a couple of biographies. Ariel November 9, at pm. Hi Sharon, Yes, we do hire experienced teachers to generate curriculum material from time to time! Sharon Stohler November 11, at pm. Chad Jackson November 12, at am. Do I just print it and send it to Chronicle Books?
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I need some guidance on how to do this. Ariel November 14, at pm. Hi Chad, Congratulations! Tish McFadden November 29, at pm. Hi Ariel, I submitted a manuscript to Chronicle in early October. My self-addressed stamped postcard was returned to me in five days, letting me know it was received. In late October I submitted a second manuscript. Would you suggest I resend the second manuscript?
I suppose things do get lost in the mail from time to time. Thanks for your guidance. Ariel December 2, at pm. If not, definitely resend. Ram November 30, at pm. But either is acceptable. Charity miller January 5, at pm. The article is really useful for budding writers. I have a query. If the book has just a couple of words on each page along with illustrations, then how should the manuscript be submitted.
Is there any particular format for the same. Thank you in advance! Ariel January 12, at pm. Sue Scrase January 17, at am. Nancy Minchella January 29, at pm. I loved the picture of the editors reading manuscripts — gives submitting a more personal touch. Thanks so much,. Ariel January 30, at pm. Steve Keefe January 30, at pm. That being said, I am heading down the path of self-publishing. Ariel January 31, at pm. Violet Nye January 31, at pm.
Thank you so much for your post. Marty Lapointe-Malchik February 2, at pm. I love the commitment you have to unagented authors. You mentioned that illustration notes, novelty descriptions, and pagination are all acceptable to include. For ease of reading the text do you prefer an additional copy without any notation whatsoever?
Ariel Richardson February 3, at pm. But, as always, invest the most time and effort in the manuscript itself. But ideally your illustration notes, etc. Keep them short! Another way to go about it would be to include one short paragraph at the start of your manuscript describing your vision for the illustrations really only relevant if the illustrations contradict the text or novelty elements. Hope that helps. Dave February 5, at pm.
Great and extremely beneficial information Ariel , Thank You! Does your company publish coloring books , and if so what would recommend to me as submission guideline best practices? Any advice will be most appreciated and welcome! Best regards , Dave. Marty Lapointe-Malchik February 7, at am. Ashley lyons February 13, at am. Sharon March 3, at am. Thank you for this informative post. Is it possible to send in a manuscript with pictures? If so, what format would be best?
Thank you. Heather March 5, at pm. I return to this post again and again. I have a question — I always submit to my top publishers first. Should I really wait a full 6 months before moving to round two, or is it safe to assume after 2 or 3 that my manuscript is likely not being pursued? Ariel Richardson March 15, at pm. Thank you for the kind note, Heather! Wishing you all the best, Ariel. Heather March 16, at pm. Thanks Ariel! Heather March 24, at am. Hi Ariel — I have another question. Ariel Richardson March 24, at pm.
Heather March 24, at pm. Noor H. Dee April 19, at am. Thank you so much, Ariel. This article is helping me so much. Ariel Richardson April 24, at pm. Yes, you can view our submissions guidelines here! Brandon Thomason May 14, at pm. Unpublished Author Brandon Thomason speaking. I have a few quick questions that may need to be addressed to clear things up for me. It is not only interesting to read and know, but also helps many people out there understand what it may take to get published.
For those who have become published, what steps must they take to start a franchise or series of books? In addition, Is there any cost involved between the unpublished author period, and the published author period? Would a seperate attached manuscript work?
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Would an inline image description be an option? Or is it simply not feasable? Sara Ridky July 18, at am. Ariel Richardson July 18, at pm. Steven Powell September 8, at am. Formatting and everything will be ready for print. How and where do I submit that to a given publisher? David M Battles October 12, at am. I am David M. Most of my books are written for the scholarly audience Scarecrow Press, Cambridge Scholars. It will be a color illustrated book I might need for Chronicle to take care of the illustrations , 40 pages in length, with text that would be appropriate to 3rd through 7th graders; however, the story can be well understood by 2 year-olds through 2nd graders if the text is read to them by an adult or an older child.
I have already paid Bro N Sis the appropriate fee for the first books, so that is satisfied as I believe that copies would be the highest first print run that will be needed. The adult University of Alabama historical series has been well reviewed and is selling well. Please let me know if Chronicle is interested in reading and publishing the Big Al book, which at the moment is in its second draft. I usually write 5 to 10 drafts before I am satisfied with the finished product.
I can email you a copy that contains the text and the page by page instructions to the illustrator. Lauresa December 1, at am. I started telling stories to all of the children I babysat at an early age. Then after I got married I took a class at our local JR college. I was encouraged to start writing my stories down.
I have made plenty of mistakes and still trying to learn my way around the publishing world. Putting the query letters in the right words to get attention has proven to be a problem. I have a great imagination and have raised six children and have seven grandchildren. I have gotten grand reviews from my readers. But finding a publisher has been a maze.
I got mixed up with a couple of POD co, not knowing what they were.
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But I am still burning with the desire of writing books that entertain and enjoyed by all ages. I have done all of my own illustrations so far and have several friends that have been editors for new papers and book companies in their younger years. I would love to have my material read but someone that is going to charge me for the privilege. Any ideas would be appreciated. David December 1, at pm. Jamie L Giles December 15, at am.
They are educational, solid books great stories and they all have a life lesson… They are poem books… I do not know just where to go to get these published. Ariette Richardson March 3, at am. Upon reading your post and reaching the end, I realized we have similar name. Thought that was funny.
Anyways, just wanted to share that. Ariel Richardson March 5, at pm. Meghan Carvs March 26, at am. I have a pretty clear imagine in my head of what I wanted the pages to look like room for change of course Does anyone know of any websites where I could browse to see illustrators work?
I am really hoping to connect with someone in a timely matter as I am very passionate about the story I wrote. Jatavius Thomas April 2, at pm. Very creative. Lauresa May 31, at pm. Sarah Trautvetter August 9, at am. I love the books that Chronicle publishes — both the content and the aesthetics, and wonder if my book might be a good fit.
Even if not, I would appreciate any advice on how one goes about getting a book republished by a new house. Anthony C. August 20, at am. There are millions of individuals out there who have the same aspirations as I do: we all have a story to tell, a dream to share with the world. How do I stand out from the crowd? I want to be a unique writer, while still being in tune with what children and their parents are actually reading—over and over and over again!
Any advice? Uduakobong Sunday August 24, at pm. I am really glad to be here. I am desirous to send manuscripts of my stories for publishing consideration to Chronicle books. I however have some questions to ask to enable me have direction on the way forward. While I have other other manuscripts, I will like to revise a story book that I had already published with Amazon by self-published approach. I will like to know if I can re-submit such a work. This is because what I actually wanted was not a self-published process. Secondly, for my story books, trusting that they can be considered for publication, i will like to know if publisher can undertake to do illustrations for insertion where necessary.
Betty J. Taylor August 26, at pm. Hello Anthony C, I will share my insights to what you have inquired about. Additionally, Chronicle Books Publisher gives submission guidelines. I knew I had to get to the bottom of this so I read their submission guidelines, etc. Philip Harrison August 27, at pm. I submitted a book to Chronicle. I do have to say this is one of the more unnerving experiences of my life. The story was one I always wanted to read, But no one else ever wrote it. So now all I have to do is wait until next year to find out if they enjoyed it.
Last week While I know they said you can submit it to others — I thought doing that would have cheapened my idea. Have others done the shotgun approach. Sent your work to multiple publishers? Talk about many and varied interests! Nancy Writer August 31, at am.
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Thank you for such useful tips! This is really inspired me for a publishing my book. Kenneth J. Janssen September 2, at am. Ken is a multi-genre novelist living in Ohio with his wife and miniature Schnauzer. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He moved to Long Island, N. During that period he wrote mostly short stories and novellas. During those years he had little time for writing as his career required extensive travel and he was busy raising a family. Years later he retired from the bicycle manufacturer, Huffy.
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Now, as a full-time writer, Ken writes because he feels that there are stories that need to be told. He enjoys the process of writing and firmly believes that you do your best writing when you are well read. To that end, he reads at least one novel a week. In the novel Mark topples an association funneling money to terrorists.
It was published as an ebook in November, Fatal Dose, the second Mark Matthews Mystery exposes a drug mafia distributing counterfeit prescription drugs and revisits some of the villains from Blood Money. It was published as an ebook in March, Siblings, is a captivating family saga and an introspective of the hierarchy in sibling families. This tale of the Symington family runs rampant with romance, gambling, psychedelic trips, abortions and infidelity.
It was released as a paperback and ebook in August, It introduces a new path to enter the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. It was released early in April, Tenderly Beats the Lonely Heart tells the heart wrenching story of a mother searching for the child she gave up over twenty years earlier, only to experience a series of tragic events when she finally locates him. The novel is scheduled to be published early in Before starting a novel, Ken does extensive research.
For Siblings he needed to learn about psychedelic drugs and abortion procedures. Natalie September 7, at pm. Thanks for sharing such helpful tips! Warren L. Jones September 18, at am. Ivy Verdin October 3, at pm. Sydney February 15, at pm. Does anyone know if you receive your self addressed envelope back but did not get a phone call yet, does that mean there is not interest in publishing the piece, or might they still be considering it? Janine February 25, at pm. I am stumped on how to start the process to publish.
In the article. It stated a guide and I was hoping a site to send your book. What companys are able to help me publish. Please help. Alyssa March 7, at am. Maggie March 7, at pm. Hi Alyssa, Your postcard will be returned to you before your submission is evaluated, as proof that your submission was received.
If we are interested in your submission, you can expect to hear from us within six months. Chronicle Books will not respond to an unsolicited submission besides returning your proof-of-receipt postcard unless interested in publishing it. But resubmitting a manuscript if fine!
Alyssa March 7, at pm. Thanks, Maggie! I am trying to find the balance between being hopeful and being realistic and I know that most of all I need to be patient! Thank you for these helpful reminders. Karlie April 15, at pm. Is there guidelines on what you would like included in those? Mike Puccetti May 24, at am.
I do have a real life story about a Brahma bull calf named Dusty, born close to death, rejected by the mother cow and against all odds is now thriving.
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Polish princess June 22, at pm. I just finish my first short good night story. I would like to get it published, but do not know where to start. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Email Address:. First Name:. At least once a month. Make a point of reading up on the ALA award winners every year, so you know what is being recognized as the best in our field.
Hone Your Craft Learn about the craft of writing! You can attend their conferences to meet editors, agents, and fellow writers and to learn about craft. They can also help you find a critique group where you can workshop projects before you submit to a publisher. Do Your Research Do your homework! If you feel your work is a good fit for our list, please do submit your manuscript! Relatedly, proofread for obvious typos and mistakes throughout, such as misspelling the name of an editor, the name of the company, or the name of one of our bestsellers.
BUT, in general the illustrator should be free to interpret the protagonist as they see fit, without keeping to the exact freckle pattern in the photograph…and stories about specific pets or children also run the risk of having too small an audience. Writing about a fictional animal or child often frees up the writer to make the story more exciting, more universal. But unless your pet is really that cute, leave out the photos.
We also get a lot of submissions where the parent is the real protagonist of the story—the plot is about parental concerns, the parent is the one who has substantial character growth, and who performs all the problem-solving at the end. If there is a kid in the manuscript, they need to be the protagonist. On Mock-Ups: If you are submitting a novelty or gift project such as an interactive board book , we do encourage you to create a dummy of your project to share how you envision the package functioning.
We have lots of practice reading a text-only manuscript and then imagining how it would work visually. Here are just a few: If you include great backmatter along with your submission if relevant! Award committees and teachers and librarians love nonfiction educational content at the back of books—and so do we. If you mention how your submission ties in with the curriculum for the age group of your intended audience.
Best of luck from all of us here at Chronicle Books. Ariel Richardson. Anjali December 17, at pm As an unpublished author, I really value this post. If you need anyone, I can help you. Emily December 15, at pm How did you become an illustrator? Anyway, I would love to hear more. Email me at: sugarprincess gmail. I look forward to hearing off you! Jessica Boehman December 17, at pm Thanks for these great tips!
Juliana Lee December 17, at pm Wow! Wonderful information. Thank you so much. Ana Crespo December 17, at pm Wonderful post! Bob McMahon December 17, at pm I find it strangely reassuring to see the bins of manuscripts and the actual Chronicle editors sitting reading the submissions. Aiken December 17, at pm Thank you. Great article and a much better understanding of the company. Tim Fortier February 19, at am Deborah, your analogy is so accurate and laughable all in one.
Jarm Del Boccio December 17, at pm Very helpful advice. Thanks so much, Ariel! Cecilia Clark December 17, at pm Thank you Ariel Richardson, I shall go immerse myself in your company website and keep your suggestions firmly in mind. Mel Rosenberg December 17, at pm Thank you for this great article. Jackie Wellington December 17, at pm Thanks for the information, Ariel. Darshana December 18, at am Excellent article Ariel! Hope your team finds some real gems this year. Janie Reinart December 18, at am Ariel, love seeing everyone on the couches!
Thank you for the tips. Happy reading! Ariel Bernstein December 18, at am So much helpful information in here! Thanks for posting! Leeann Zouras December 18, at am Thank you for putting real-live people behind the Chronicle name. Happy Holidays! Patti Richards December 19, at pm This article was absolutely wonderful in so many ways and encouraging as well, mainly because of the concise, relevant advice. Dionna December 21, at am Very informative! Ariel Richardson February 24, at pm Wow, great idea! Kathy Marker December 21, at am Thank you so much for taking time to inform or remind us of what exactly we should be doing or not doing.
Genevieve Petrillo December 21, at am Why doesn't every publishing company that accepts unsolicited manuscropts do a post like this? Pam Vaughan December 27, at pm Thank you Ariel! Rani Iyer December 28, at am Thank you! Antoinette Griffin January 4, at pm Thanks so much for this great advice. Very encouraging for a first time unpublished author. Judith Klausner January 6, at pm Loved reading about the unsolisited Manuscript. Teri Drobnick February 23, at pm Thanks, Ariel, this information is so helpful.
Tara Powers April 12, at pm Thanks, Ariel, for this helpful post. Tara Powers April 13, at pm Thanks so much for your help! Sibba Hartunian May 16, at am What a wonderful and encouraging post! Sibba Hartunian May 18, at pm Thanks for the quick and thorough response, Ariel! Danielle Orkin June 24, at am Hi there Thanks for the extra info and tips.
I have a question for you. Please advise. Kind Regards Danielle South Africa. Lise Saunders June 29, at pm I heard on the rumor mill that submissions are best sent in January… Is there any merit to this? Ariel Richardson June 30, at pm What a fascinating rumor! Sibba July 15, at am Hi Ariel, One more question! Melissa Manlove July 15, at am Hi Sibba!
Sibba July 16, at pm Hi! Greg July 24, at pm Hi Ariel, Thanks for the article. Really appreciate the insight Greg. Ariel Richardson July 27, at pm Yep! Thanks for any advice. Ariel Richardson August 12, at am Thanks, Marianne. I think Dear Editor is great! Helene McLaughlin August 17, at pm Hi Ariel, I have my own artwork that goes with a specific type of journal that I have created.
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Erin August 23, at am Thanks for the great tips, Ariel. Ariel Richardson August 24, at pm Thanks, Erin! Gabriel Pacheco September 4, at am Great advice! Ariel Richardson September 4, at am Either!