We are thrilled to welcome our new Literary & Foreign Rights Assistant, Julia Fink, to Sheldon Fogelman Agency as of September 14, 2022.
On Saturday, July 9, 2022, Sheldon Fogelman Agency literary agents Amy Stern and Julia Byers will be taking pitches at the 2022 Florida Writing Workshop. To register for the workshop and to sign up to pitch Amy and/or Julia, please visit the workshop's website.
On Saturday, June 11, 2022, Sheldon Fogelman Agency literary agents Amy Stern and Julia Byers will be taking pitches at the 2022 (Online) Writing Workshop of Chicago. To register for the workshop and to sign up to pitch Amy and/or Julia, please visit the workshop's website.
We're ecstatic to announce that in winter 2024, Balzer & Bray will be publishing illustrator Leanne Hatch's picture book MY THOUGHTS HAVE WINGS, written by Pushcart Prize-winning author Maggie Smith, a bedtime story about replacing the insecurity, fear, and sadness that sometimes surface at night with good thoughts, happy memories and things to look forward to. While at Sheldon Fogelman Agency, Janine Le negotiated the illustration deal for world rights.
We're excited to announce that in fall 2023, Chronicle Children's will be publishing author Anna Jordan's debut middle grade novel SHIRA AND ESTHER DOUBLE THE WONDER, in which a rabbi's daughter and a performer's daughter who share a remarkable resemblance swap places to pursue their forbidden dreams of the theater stage and the synagogue bimah, until they must team up to save the theater from closing and bring their families together. While at Sheldon Fogelman Agency, Janine Le negotiated the deal for North American rights.
We're thrilled to announce that in 2024, Amulet will be publishing author/illustrator ila Nguyen-Hayama's debut young adult graphic novel BENTEN SCHOOL OF ESOTERICS, a magical boarding school story set in Japan and drawing on Asian myths and folklore, in which an ordinary Tokyo girl discovers her powers and her best friend, a Korean fox spirit, battles prejudiced suspicions, as together they hunt the evil spirit attacking students. Janine Le, while at Sheldon Fogelman Agency, and Julia Byers negotiated the deal for world rights.
We join the chorus of voices mourning the loss of author/illustrator and dear friend Jerry Pinkney, who sadly passed away on October 20, 2021. Throughout his remarkable career, Jerry illustrated more than one hundred books and was renowned for his positive depictions of African American life. He earned countless accolades, including being the first individual Black winner of the Caldecott Medal in 2010, five Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards, five Caldecott honors, two nominations for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, a 2014 Carle Honors Artists Award, the 2016 Coretta Scott King - Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement, the 2016 Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal (now the Children's Literature Legacy Award), a nomination for the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration, and most recently the 2020 Orbis Pictus Award. Additionally, Jerry was the first children's book illustrator elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, volunteered as an internationally-recognized proponent of literacy, served as a member of the National Council on the Arts, and was inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame. For a number of years, he was the most exhibited artist in museums across the country. Jerry will likewise be remembered for his kindness, thoughtful advice, and mentorship. He was rightfully admired and respected throughout publishing, especially by those who were lucky enough to get to work with him. He will be deeply missed. For further information about his books and earlier awards and recognitions, visit Jerry Pinkney's website. To read more about Jerry Pinkney's incredible life and legacy, visit NPR, Publisher's Weekly, the Washington Post, the New York Times, or Time.
We're ecstatic to announce that in summer 2023, Margaret Ferguson Books will be publishing author/illustrator Leanne Hatch's picture book THE BRAND-NEW-NEVER-USED PERFECT CRAYONS, about an imaginative girl who earns a super-big box of crayons, but she loves the perfect crayons so much she refuses to share them or even use them. Janine Le negotiated the deal for North American rights.
Congratulations to author Songju Ma Daemicke, whose nonfiction picture book TU YOUYOU'S DISCOVERY: FINDING A CURE FOR MALARIA, illustrated by Lin, was published by Albert Whitman on October 1, 2021. Janine Le negotiated the deal.
Congratulations to author/illustrator Leanne Hatch, whose debut picture book UNRAVELED was published by Margaret Ferguson Books on August 17, 2021! It received lovely reviews from Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Parents, and School Library Journal. It was also chosen as a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard selection. Janine Le negotiated the deal for North American rights.
We're excited to announce that in summer 2023, Random House Studio will be publishing author Leslie Kimmelman's nonfiction picture book READY, SET, RUN!, illustrated by Jessie Hartland. Facts about the history of the marathon are intertwined with a narrative that highlights a community coming together during this long run through the city's five boroughs. Amy Stern negotiated the author deal.
We're thrilled to announce that author/illustrator Su Youn Lee's debut picture book HAVE YOU EATEN?, publishing on April 19, 2022 from Feiwel and Friends, is now available for preorder. Janine Le negotiated the deal for world rights.
Congratulations to author/illustrator Robin Robinson, whose middle grade graphic novel NO ONE RETURNS FROM THE ENCHANTED FOREST was published by First Second on May 25, 2021! It received glowing reviews from Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Booklist, and Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. It was also selected for the ALA Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table's 2021 Best Graphic Novels for Children Reading List and the Texas Library Association's 2022 Little Maverick Graphic Reading List. Amy Stern negotiated the deal for world rights.
Congratulations to illustrator Jerry Pinkney, whose work appears at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, MA in an exhibition titled PICTURE THE DREAM: THE STORY OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT THROUGH CHILDREN'S BOOKS, on display February 7 - July 3, 2021.
We're ecstatic to announce that in summer 2022, Putnam Children's will be publishing author/illustrator Leanne Hatch's heartfelt picture book ROSIE AND THE PRE-LOVED DRESS, about a young girl who finds the perfect dress at her local thrift shop and whose curiosity about the previous owner leads her to discover that secondhand clothes carry far more possibilities than meet the eye. Janine Le negotiated the deal for North American rights.
Congratulations to author/illustrator Leanne Hatch, who was an SCBWI 2021 Portfolio Award Grand Prize winner!
Congratulations to author/illustrator Jerry Pinkney, whose picture book THE LITTLE MERMAID was published on November 3, 2020 by Little, Brown Young Readers! It received starred reviews from School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and BookPage. Sheldon Fogelman negotiated the deal.
We're ecstatic to announce that in fall 2022, Carolrhoda Books will be publishing Crystal Kite-winning author Kerry O'Malley Cerra's HEAR ME, an #OwnVoices contemporary novel following a twelve-year-old who, at odds with her parents over her sudden hearing loss and looming cochlear implant surgery, sets off on a journey where she discovers that even though her ears may be broken, she is not. Janine Le negotiated the deal for world rights.
We're excited to announce that in spring 2023, Anne Schwartz Books will be publishing Caldecott Medalist and five-time Coretta Scott King Award-winning illustrator Jerry Pinkney's THE LITTLEST DROP, written by debut author Sascha Alper, pitched as being based on a South American fable retold by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai, showing how the smallest of us can impact the environment, in which a tiny hummingbird extinguishes a massive fire by inspiring all the other animals to help. Sheldon Fogelman negotiated the illustration deal for North American rights.
Congratulations to illustrator Jerry Pinkney, whose picture book A PLACE TO LAND: MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AND THE SPEECH THAT INSPIRED A NATION was published by Neal Porter Books on August 27, 2019! It received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, The Horn Book, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal. Additionally, it won the Orbis Pictus Award 2020, was nominated for an NAACP Image Award, was selected for the CBC Champions of Change Showcase, and was named a Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and School Library Journal. It also was a Bank Street Best Book of the Year, Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, and Booklist Editors' Choice. Sheldon Fogelman negotiated the illustration deal.
Congratulations to illustrator Jerry Pinkney, whose exhibit FREEDOM JOURNAL: THE ART OF JERRY PINKNEY was featured by the Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia in 2019.