Kids + Teens

Children’s Publishing Group Spring 2012 Preview

With fall in full swing, we are getting excited for our Spring 2012 books. We invited local teachers, librarians, booksellers, and media to visit our offices, eat some delicious pastries, and get an inside look at our Spring 2012 books from our editors and designers.

Welcome to our Annual Children’s Publishing Group Spring 2012 Tea!

Some of the delicious breakfast treats we enjoyed:

Catching up with old friends and meeting new ones:

Some of our Spring 2012 titles on display

We started off with a little contest in celebration of one of our new spring books, How Many Jelly Beans? Guests were asked to (you guessed it!) guess how many jelly beans were in this jar. To make things a little trickier, we put in large and small jelly beans!

Can you believe that two people came extremely close to the correct number? We couldn’t either. So they both won a Chronicle Books prize pack that included some of our bestsellers and latest releases.

Our guests got to learn a little about the following books:


Wri10 by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Illustr8ed by Tom Lichtenheld
Available in July 2012
The creative team behind the New York Times Bestselling Duck! Rabbit! are at it again! It’s a book. It’s a game! It’s words created with numbers. 4tun8ly, if you look through the book and the pictures, you’ll get it ins10ly!

Backseat A-B-See
By Maria van Lieshout
Available May 2012
Introduce the alphabet and road signs to your little one at home, in the classroom or on the go.

How Many Jelly Beans?
Written by Andrea Menotti
Illustrated by Yancey Labat
Available May 2012
A giant picture book that offers kids a fun and easy way to understand large numbers.

Chloe, Instead
By Micah Player
Available May 2012
A snapshot of sibling love that is perfect for those who may need a bit of convincing what fun little siblings can be.

Water Sings Blue
Written by Kate Coombs
Illustrated by Meilo So
Available April 2012
Poems and gorgeous watercolors that celebrate the beauty of the ocean.

Kokeshi: Yumi
Kokeshi: Aoki
Available April 2012
Kokeshi 2013 Agenda
Available July 2012
By Annelore Parot
Meet Aoki and Yumi! Kokeshis celebrate their family and friends, their homes and school and of course their exquisite, adorable clothes. Don’t miss these great additions to the Kokeshi series.


By: Mark Fearing
Available in July 2012
Simultaneous hardcover and paperback publication.
A debut graphic novel that is out of this world!

Tua and the Elephant
Written by R.P. Harris
Illustrated by Taeeun Yoo
Available May 2012
The story of two unlikely friends on the adventure of a lifetime.

The Worst Case Scenario: Amazon
An Ultimate Adventure Novel

Written by Hena Khan and David Borgenicht with Amaon Consultant Ed Stafford
Illustrated by Yancey Labat
Available April 2012
With 22 possible endings and only one path to success, you decide how to survive the Amazon jungle. Good luck! It’s all in your hands. Find more books and info on the Ultimate Adventure series here.

Project Jackalope
By Emily Ecton
Available May 2012
A secret government agency, two kids on the run and one ruthless killer… with a fuzzy cotton tail.


Girl Meets Boy
Edited by Kelly Milner Halls
Available January 2012
An unforgettable collection, featuring 12 of today’s most loved voices in YA fiction, that reminds us that there are always two sides to every story.

We also were lucky enough to share original artwork from some of our titles.

The Orphan of Awkward Falls
By Keith Graves
Available Now
Colored pencil and acrylic paint illustrations.

Written by Tom Lichtenheld and Ezra Fields-Meyer
Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
Available Now
Ink, pastels and colored pencils illustrations.

Best Shot in the West
By Patricia C. McKissak and Fredrick L. McKissack Jr
Illustrated by Randy DuBurke
Available February 2012
Acrylic and pen illustrations.

Water Sings Blue
By Kate Coombs
Illustrated by Meilo So
Available April 2012
Watercolor illustrations.

When Thunder Comes
By J. Patrick Lewis
Available in Spring 2013
Illustrated by:
John Parra (pictured below)—Acrylic on board illustrations
Tonya Engel—Oils with cold encaustic illustrations
Gregory Christie—Acrylic on paper illustrations
Meilo So—Watercolor illustrations
Jim Burke—Oil on board illustrations

Ivy & Bean Series
By Anne Barrows
Illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Available Now!
Chinese ink illustrations

And if this wasn’t enough, Annie Barrows came to talk about the latest addition to her Ivy and Bean series: Book #8 No News Is Good News. She told us that the book was inspired by her very own daughter who was infatuated with the red wax from low-fat cheese in a special just-for-you-serving size.

Annie signed some books and met our guests.

We ended the event with some yummy macaroons from a local bakery—Chantal Guillon.

Leave a comment telling us which SP12 book you like best and you will be entered to win one of our Children’s Tea Gift Bags. The gift bag includes:

His Shoes Were Too Tight audio CD
E-mergency! postcard
E-mergency! buttons
E-mergency! activity kit
One Love buttons
One Love activity kit
• Ivy and Bean series activity kit
Ivy and Bean Mini Notes
Ivy and Bean Paper Doll Play Set
Press Here activity kit
Girl Meets Boy ARC
Best Shot in the West ARC
Earthling! ARC
Tua and the Elephant ARC
• Let’s Be Friends bookmarks
Chronicle Books 2011 Tote Bag

Winner will be chosen on November 16, 2011. Good luck!

Stephanie Wong
Marketing Manager, Children’s

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  • mirabelle November 8, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Chloe, Instead


  • Ann Faircloth November 9, 2011 at 5:34 am

    How can I possibly choose just one book among so many wonderful stories with such fabulous illustrations? But since I must choose only one, I would select "E-mergency!" I love the many, many play on words and the amazing illustrations that are found in the book. As an ESL elementary teacher, I believe this book would be a great resource to use in my classroom. I know that my students would love it and learn a lot from it. There are so many incredible learning tools that I could develop using this delightful book.


  • Sara C November 9, 2011 at 6:44 am

    The Spring 2012 book that caught my eye immediately is Chloe, Instead. My daughter's name has been turning up all over the place lately, but this book's charming cover and focus on sibling relationships also made me curious. There are several others, though, that are on my radar, and this post has left me wishing I was "local" and could attend. Looks like fun!


  • Lisa November 9, 2011 at 8:01 am

    I'd have to say the Chloe, Instead title because I have a new niece named Chloe!


  • Heidi Grange November 9, 2011 at 9:30 am

    So many fun books to choose from. I have to pick two, Tua and the Elephant and Project Jackalope both sound really interesting to me.


  • Christopher November 9, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    I'll totally take some macaroons. 🙂 I love Backseat A-B-See and could totally see this being really useful in the classroom!


  • Arianna November 9, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    the Yumi and Aoki books look great! I love the style and the colors!


  • Tim November 9, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Although the How Many Jelly Beans book and the Kokeshi books look very inviting I'm going to have to say Tua and the Elephant which looks like some of the classic story books of my youth. Looks like a great 2012 ahead!


  • Mia November 9, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    They're all beautiful, but I love your Kokeshi series the most. My mom gave me a few of her old kokeshi dolls when I was little and I've loved them since. I can't wait to buy the books when they come out! 🙂


  • Jennifer November 9, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    My daughter, Mira, and I just picked up books 1 & 2 of Ivy and Bean. We love them! Can't wait to get going on book 3. What a great giveaway!


  • Helen November 9, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Tua and the Elephant. looks like a heartwarming book that might bring tears to my eyes 🙂


  • katrina November 9, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Girl Meets Boy — my soon to be teen-aged daughter is starting to hint at an interest in relationships. i'll be neediing all the persepctive i can get…


  • Nora November 9, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    I'm usually attracted to the illustrations first, and so right now, my favorite is Water Sings Blue. It looks absolutely beautiful.


  • Bavarian Erin November 9, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    I really can’t wait to see those Moomin books. I have a little niece who will be well educated about the Moomins thanks to her favorite auntie (me!)

    Also, Wumbers looks like fun!


  • Leigh G November 9, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    How Many Jelly Beans looks like a fun super sized book!


  • Liz November 9, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Can't wait for the Ivy and Bean paper dolls–probably want them as much as my daughter will!


  • Freya November 9, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Absolutely anything by Amy Rosenthal is a winner in my book, and the ultimate survival guide for my reluctant readers will be a huge hit, just as Everest was!


  • Tracy November 9, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    The artwork in Water Sings Blue looks amazing! It's my fave Spring 2012 book.


  • Karen November 9, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    The Press Here activity kit – the low tech version of an iPad!


  • Melissa November 9, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    I love a choose-your-adventure book, as well as the Worst-Case Scenario franchise, so I'd say the "The Worst Case Scenario: Amazon" will be excellent. 🙂


  • stacey November 9, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    How could anyone not want to read "Project Jackalope" right away?! Not only does it look hilarious, it might also be a useful guide book to surviving a jackalope insurrection! I might even feel a little desperate to read this book…!


  • godotchris November 9, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Chloe, Instead


  • Cristina V November 9, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Project Jackalope looks like a darling read! But all of them look lovely as well : )


  • Helena Juhasz November 9, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    I'm super interested in "Earthling!" It's exciting to see a graphic novel published by Chronicle for the fun of reading words and pictures together, but also for my selfish reasons of eventually pitching my own story to your editors. The title implies something sci-fi but fun and silly. The cover illustration is wonderfully colourful, inviting to understand what the dilemma is and you can't go wrong with a bunch of (not-overly) cute monsters! I can't wait to read it. Can it come out sooner than July 2012?


  • Traci November 9, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Oh, we are all about the Ivy and Bean at this house! Love them all!


  • Janine L. November 10, 2011 at 12:48 am

    “Project Jackalope” by Emily Ecton because my grown-up daughter has always loved rabbits and this looks to be a clever story she would enjoy reading to her kids.


  • YvonneJ November 10, 2011 at 7:27 am

    They all look great but I have to go with "Girl Meets Boy" – collections are such a great way to sample different authors.


  • Carina November 11, 2011 at 11:46 am

    I'm going to have to go with Chloe, Instead! I love my siblings. 🙂


  • Kathy November 12, 2011 at 12:43 am

    I would LOVE to win a Tea Party Bag! (couldn’t make the Tea Party itself this year, so that would go a long way toward making me feel better, haha). I love the look of several Spring books and can’t wait to get them for my school library. But if I have to spotlight one: E-mergency! What a delight of wordplay AND visual play on the alphabet.


  • Anamaria Anderson November 13, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    It's hard to choose, but Tua and the Elephant looks so lovely–and a great fit for my own animal-loving daughter. Thanks for the giveaway!


  • aneducationinbooks November 15, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    I'm looking forward to Wumbers and Tua and the Elephant.


  • Erin December 2, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I love it! The book/tea party looks like a lot of fun! My mother is a retired Elementary Media Specialist so my family will always read and appreciate children's books! All of these books are going on my list. The Orphan of Awkward Falls looks neat and Tua and the Elephant sounds sweet. I know my mom would love the Kokeshi series – she shared a lot about Japanese culture with her students.


  • Artist in LA LA Land August 24, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Ah, it looks like you had a really fun children's book party! So many fun books!


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