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Jon Klassen and Mac Barnett to Team Up for New Picture Book Project

candlewickCaldecott Medal winner Jon Klassen and acclaimed children’s author Mac Barnett will collaborate on a book called Sam and Dave Dig a Hole.

Klassen and Barnett first teamed up on a picture book entitled Extra Yarn; it went on to earn a Caldecott Honor in 2013. Candlewick Press has acquired this new project. According to the press release, a publication date has been scheduled for October 14, 2014.

Associate publisher Liz Bicknell negotiated the deal with Writers House literary agent Steven Malk. Bicknell will edit the manuscript. Art director Ann Stott will work on the design.

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Decemberists Lead Singer Colin Meloy Inks Three-Book Deal

cmeloy.jpgColin Meloy–the lead singer and songwriter behind the critically acclaimed indie rock band The Decemberists–has sold a children’s series to HarperCollins after a five-publisher auction. Entitled Wildwood, the first book will be illustrated by Carson Ellis.

The three-book middle-grade series sold to Donna Bray, the co-publisher of the HarperCollins imprint Balzer & Bray. The deal was negotiated by Steven Malk of Writers House. Described as “a classic tale of adventure, magic, and danger, set in an alternate version of modern-day Portland, Oregon,” publication is set for fall 2011.

Meloy (pictured, via) had this statement: “The germ of this series goes back a long way … For me, this is the culmination of a long-term collaboration with Carson, matching words and art. I grew up on a steady diet of Lloyd Alexander, Roald Dahl, and Tolkien; this is our humble paean to that grand tradition of epic adventure stories.”