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Ylvis Lands Deal for ‘What Does the Fox Say?’ Picture Book

fox coverYouTube sensation Ylvis has signed a picture book deal with Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. The Norwegian comedic duo has written a story based on their hit song, “The Fox.” Follow this link to view the music video.

Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing president Jon Anderson negotiated the deal with the Creative Artists Agency. Senior editor Christian Trimmer will edit the manuscript. A release date has been scheduled for December 10, 2013.

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Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing to Launch a New Science-Fiction, Fantasy, & Horror Imprint

chandaSimon & Schuster plans to create a new imprint specializing in science fiction, fantasy, and horror books “for readers of all ages.”

Jon Anderson, executive vice president and publisher of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, will oversee the not-yet-named imprint. In an interview with Publishers Weekly, he revealed that this imprint will acquire books for readers of “YA and above.”

Anderson expects the imprint to publish 12 to 15 hardcover titles on a yearly basis. Justin Chanda (pictured) has been named publisher. The editorial team includes Joe Monti as executive editor and Navah Wolfe as editor. (via Tor.com)

Jewel Lands Picture Book Deal

Grammy-nominated singer Jewel has inked a deal to publish her first picture book. Paula Wiseman Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, will release That’s What I’d Do and its companion CD on September 18th.

Publisher Jon Anderson negotiated the deal with Williams & Connolly’s Robert Barnett. Paula Wiseman will edit this project. Artist Amy June Bates will serve as the illustrator.

Jewel drew inspiration for this work from a song she wrote/recorded that shares the same name as her forthcoming book. She explained in the release: “I love to sing to my son, Kase, and I hope my first children’s book, That’s What I’d Do, will be shared with new babies in the same way. All children need the joy of music in their lives.”

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Astronaut Mark Kelly Lands Picture Book Deal

Astronaut Mark Kelly has inked a deal with with Paula Wiseman Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, for a picture book called Mousetronaut. Publication is set for October 9th.

Artist C. F. Payne will illustrate the book. Publisher Paula Wiseman will edit the book. Executive vice president Jon Anderson negotiated the deal with Williams & Connolly LLP attorney Robert B. Barnett.

Here’s more from the release: “Mousetronaut tells the story of a small mouse that wants nothing more than to travel to outer space. The little mouse works as hard as the bigger mice to show readiness for the mission . . . and is chosen for the flight! While in space, the astronauts are busy with their mission when only the smallest member of the crew can save the day.”

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Promotions for Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division Marketing Team

Publisher Jon Anderson announced several promotions at Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division yesterday.

Lucille Rettino will serve as vice president and director of marketing. Matt Pantoliano has been named senior digital marketing manager. Both Elke Villa and Julie Christopher were promoted to associate director of marketing.

Chrissy Noh is now a senior marketing manager. Carolyn Swerdloff will work as the marketing manager. Sooji Kim joins the team as digital marketing coordinator.

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Jill Biden Inks Picture Book Deal at Simon & Schuster

Dr. Jill Biden, wife of vice president Joe Biden, landed a deal with Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers for her picture book, Don’t Forget Nana, God Bless Our Troops. Publication is set for June.

Biden’s proceeds from the book will be donated to charity organizations that support military families. Williams & Connolly LLP attorney Robert B. Barnett negotiated the deal with publisher Jon Anderson. Paula Wiseman will edit the book.

Here’s more from the release: “Inspired by the real life experiences of the Biden family, Don’t Forget Nana, God Bless Our Troops will be told through the eyes of Vice President Joe and Jill Biden’s granddaughter, Natalie Biden. The story is inspired by Natalie’s life at home when her father was deployed. Natalie’s father, Beau Biden, is a Major in the Delaware Army National Guard and was deployed to Iraq for a year. Readers will follow Natalie’s experience as she learns to cope with missing her father and finds comfort in the kindness of members of her community, including teachers and neighbors, and the strength and pride that she and her mother and brother felt from being part of a military family.”

Ian Falconer Inks Deal for New ‘Olivia’ Picture Book

Ian Falconer has inked a deal with Simon & Schuster’s Atheneum Books for Young Readers imprint for the seventh installment in the Olivia series, Olivia and the Fairy Princess.

The picture book will be released in fall 2012. Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing publisher Jon Anderson negotiated the deal with Levine Plotkin & Menin, LLP entertainment lawyer Conrad Rippy. The deal includes audio and all translation rights. Executive editor Namrata Tripathi will edit the manuscript.

Here’s more from the release: “Originally created as a gift for his niece Olivia, Falconer’s children’s book Olivia was first published in October 2000. An instant bestseller and children’s classic, it received the prestigious Caldecott Honor from the American Library Association and the Book Sense Children’s Illustrated Book of the Year award from the American Booksellers Association. More than six million of Falconer’s classic Olivia books have been sold in 22 territories, and Olivia also debuted in 2009 on Nickelodeon as a top-rated and critically acclaimed television series.”

Philippa Gregory Inks Deal to Write Four YA Novels

Philippa Gregory (pictured, via), author of The Other Boleyn Girl, will publish four young adult historical romance books with Simon & Schuster. The first title is slated for a summer 2012 release.

Children’s publishing director Ingrid Selberg (Simon & Schuster UK) and publisher Jon Anderson (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing) negotiated the deal. Fiction editorial director Venetia Gosling will edit.

Anderson had this statement in the release: “Gregory is the gold standard for historical fiction. These books are an irresistible combination that will introduce a whole new group of readers to Philippa Gregory, and we look forward to working closely with Philippa to make this new venture a great success.”

Paul Crichton Promoted to VP, Director of Publicity at S&S Children’s Publishing Division

Today Simon & Schuster named Paul Crichton vice president, director of publicity for the  Children’s Publishing Division.

Crichton joined the division in 2006, handling campaigns for authors ranging from Sarah Ferguson (Duchess of York) to Lynne Cheney. In a memo about the promotion, Children’s Publishing Division publisher Jon Anderson praised Crichton and his team for 179 New York Times bestsellers, seven New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Books, four National Book Award nominees, and a Newbery Medal winner.

Anderson explained: “the week Paul arrived at Simon & Schuster the Children’s Division had no titles on The New York Times bestseller list, a drought that lasted three months until Scott Westerfeld’s Specials landed on the Paperback list. Since then, there has been only one week that we have not been represented (I’m guessing Paul was on vacation).  Coincidence?  I think not.”

Simon & Schuster’s “Pulse” of the Teen Nation

Riding a recent tidal wave of social networking initiatives, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing and Simon & Schuster Digital introduced a new community-oriented Pulse It website today.

The social networking site is aimed at teenagers from 14-to18, allowing them to read books, chat, review titles, and communicate with S&S authors online. The site also includes video interviews, like that interview with author Scott Westerfeld. Access depends on registration, an interesting experiment for publishing websites of the future.

Here’s a statement from Simon & Schuster Children’s Division’s publisher Jon Anderson: “The new Pulse It provides its teen members an instantaneous, shared reading experience … “We have also made it very easy for them to buzz our books by spreading the word to their peers on other networks and sites.”