This has been on my #MSWL for a while but I want to put it out there again: I'd love to find the next Brian Selznick-type of creator who tells grand, intricate stories in a hybrid format of illustrations/text. ✨
One time I posted a link to my MSWL Pinterest board, and someone tweeted back, "I love CIRCUS MIRANDUS too!"
I was like: um, what? That book is not on the list. I've never even heard of it!
But guess what? I just read it...
And. WOW. Now it IS on my #MSWL! ✨🎪
I just read + really liked SHIP OF DOLLS by Shirley Parenteau—I love historical fiction centered around very specific, lesser known moments from history, in this case the Friendship Dolls exchange with Japan in the 20s. Would love to see more stories like this in my inbox! #MSWL
Every time I spot the SCBWI folder designed by @ogemora in my office, or read one of her books, I'm reminded yet again of how much I love collage. I'd love to see more PBs that utilize collage! ✂️📜🎨 #MSWL
Clelia Gore @MadmoiselleClelI would absolutely love to rep an author-illustrator with a very European, whimsical style a la Emily Winfield Martin's The Littlest Family's Big Day. Send me your samples of warm woodland delights, please! #mswl
Mystery. MG + YA. I will never forget reading The Dollhouse Murders when I was in fifth grade and having to close the book because I was so scared. I want to work on books that prompt that same level of book-induced fright! Also: I’m obsessed with the Truly Devious series. #MSWL
Spooky PBs! 👻🖤✨💀🎃
Ghosts, haunted houses, cobwebs. I would die for a picture book about rusalka.
See How to Make Friends with a Ghost for my spooky book crush, as well as an upcoming picture book called The Ugly Doodles by my client @vwicker2478. #MSWL
MG + YA Historical Fiction/Historical Fantasy—I am a history buff myself + would particularly love to see stories which highlight a marginalized narrative that hasn’t been explored as much as the white narrative has in this space. #MSWL
MG + YA Graphic Novels. Some recent faves of mine: Pumpkinheads, Pashmina, and Making Friends. I’d also LOVE to work with someone who has a hybrid format similar to Brian Selznick’s works, which is primarily visual but not in a traditional graphic novel sense. #MSWL
Mermaids! PB, MG, YA, GNs.✨🧜♀️ I'm not looking for an epic fantasy, or a story in which someone discovers they’re a mermaid, or a romance in which a mermaid falls in love with a human. I'd love for it to be something a non-genre reader could get into. #MSWL
Funny PBs! I loved Maria the Matador, Dragons Love Tacos, The Bad Seed, I Don’t Like Koala, Miss Hazeltime’s Home for Shy and Fearful Cats, Brunhilda’s Backwards Day, and Even Superheroes Make Mistakes. #MSWL
Magical PBs! A few favorites: The Night Gardener, The Antlered Ship, Ocean Meets Sky, The Bear and the Piano, Remarkables, Lights on Cotton Rock, The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore, Lola Shapes the Sky, Dream Animals. #MSWL
PBs that reflect contemporary families + their real life experiences. Examples: Hair Love, My Papi Has a Motorcycle, Tell Me a Tattoo Story, Honeysmoke, Under My Hijab, Alma, Julian is a Mermaid. #MSWL