New picture book deal! Dewey Decimal
Hi! Well this was a bit of an exciting afternoon, signing a contract for a new picture book with The Five Mile Press / Bonnier Publishing called DEWEY DECIMAL.
I bet you can guess where Dewey might live… Yep, you’ve got it. A library! Dewey is a library mouse, who keeps everything in order. But one night, a curly haired girl, who is no stranger to destruction, lands in his library. It appears she’s fallen out of a book! This story is about going beyond the library bookshelf, into a land of adventure.
Niki Horin, commissioning editor at the Five Mile Press came to me with this idea about a year ago. I’ve been working with the Five Mile team, mainly Samone Bos, ever since. Dewey’s first adventure will be out in 2018, and we are beyond excited.
I feel like this contract came at a good time. School library funding is under threat, which is weird, given how important libraries obviously are. Yes of course we use the internet etc. but libraries are communal, free and give kids and adults access to infinite worlds beyond what they know. The library was a sanctuary for me growing me. Everyone in publishing has strong feelings about their childhood library. And kids I meet today have the same affinity. Just because technology is changing the world, doesn’t meet we have reduce the importance of libraries. Libraries can change with the world! Heck, they could even change the world.