On the LOOKOUT for Kids’ Books FALL 2020!

The Soaring ‘20’s are back with a FALL 2020 SHOWCASE! Keep reading for a sneak peek at their new picture books, behind the scenes and drawing tutorial videos, as well as advice for young writers! Prepare to be wowed by this group of up and coming kidlit extraordinaries — and make sure to stay on the lookout for their amazing books due to hit shelves Fall 2020!

Lindsey Metcalf

Question: What advice would you give your younger self?
Answer: You don’t have to be the best if you enjoy doing something. Keep going even if you don’t win a prize or get picked or praised. Do it for you, work to improve, and have fun along the way!

BEATRIX POTTER, SCIENTIST, Written by Lindsay H. Metcalf
llustrated by Junyi Wu
Available September 1, 2020, Albert Whitman & Company NO VOICE TOO SMALL: FOURTEEN YOUNG AMERICANS MAKING HISTORY, Edited by Lindsay H. Metcalf, Keila V. Dawson, and Jeanette Bradley
Illustrated by Jeanette Bradley
Available September 22, 2020, Charlesbridge Connect with Lindsey on Twitter | Instagram | Website


Joana Pastro

Question: What advice would you give your younger self?
Answer: Yes, writing picture books is hard, but if that’s your dream, go for it! Join SCBWI, learn the craft, seek feedback from other writers and publishing professionals, and persist! It takes time to succeed, but it’s worth it!

LILLYBELLE, A DAMSEL NOT IN DISTRESS, Written by Joana Pastro
Illustrated by Jhon Ortiz
Available September 8, 2020, Boyds Mills Press Connect with Joana on Twitter | InstagramWebsite


Question: What advice would you give your younger self?
Answer: I would tell myself to have fun and experiment more, and not take art so seriously all the time. I know are a perfectionist and along with your upbringing, it is hard to let go. But when you do, sometimes great unexpected things can manifest!

NO FUZZBALL! Written and Illustrated by Isabella Kung
Available August 4th, 2020, Orchard Books / Scholastic Connect with Isabella on Twitter | Instagram | Website


Question: What advice would you give your younger self?
Answer: I wish I could tell my younger self to take risks and follow my dreams of becoming a published writer. For too long, I made excuses for why I couldn’t do it until I finally just went for it. The writing community is so warm and welcoming and writing children’s literature is so much fun. I wish I had started earlier, but I’m especially glad I didn’t let the opportunity totally pass me by.

SATURDAYS ARE FOR STELLA, Written by Candy Wellins
Illustrated by Charlie Eve Ryan
Available August 11, 2020, Page Street Kids
Connect with Candy on Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Website 

Abi Cushman

Brand new kidlit coming in fall 2020 to be on the lookout for from these amazing new authors and illustrators.
Question: What advice would you give your younger self?
Answer: To my younger artist self, I would say, don’t worry so much about getting things perfect the first time. Part of the fun of art is tinkering, experimenting and trying new media and techniques. And sometimes the mistakes you make in a piece end up being the best part.
SOAKED! Written and Illustrated by Abi Cushman
Available July 14th, 2020, Viking Children’s Books
Connect with Abi on Twitter | Instagram | Website 

Rajani LaRocca

Question: What advice would you give your younger self?
Answer:Lean into the “weird stuff” you love—it’s going to make you a much more interesting person. Don’t be embarrassed about being optimistic and starry-eyed about the world. And all that stuff you’re worried about? It’s going to turn out just fine.

SEVEN GOLDEN RINGS: A TALE OF MUSIC AND MATH Written by Rajani LaRocca
Illustrated by Archana Sreenivasan
Available October 20, 2020, Lee & Low Books
Connect with Rajani on Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Website 

Carrie Finison

Brand new kidlit coming in fall 2020 to be on the lookout for from these amazing new authors and illustrators. Question: What advice would you give your younger self?
Answer: If I could go back in time and give some advice to my younger self, it would be to try more new things and new experiences. You might have fun, find something you love to do, find something you love to eat, make a new friend or two, or grow a skill you never knew you could have. Yes, it COULD also be terrible – but then you’ll have an experience to remember and laugh about (and maybe write about) later on. Also, I want to tell my younger self: Self! Do NOT slide off the front of that playground climber. It looks like fun but you will get seriously hurt! Listen to me, Self!!

DOZENS OF DOUGHNUTS Written by Carrie Finison
Illustrated by Brianne Farley
Available July 21, 2020, G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers Connect with Carrie on Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Website

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