Children’s picture books looking for a publisher!

Tiny Tina's Too Big Tongue - Hollis Kurman and Angela Peláez-VargasWhen we hosted an Open Mic (Books, Poetry and Music) at the ABC Treehouse in Amsterdam in September last year, Hollis Kurman and Angela Peláez-Vargas presented the two children’s book projects they are collaborating on together: Who Snuck In?! and Tiny Tina’s Too Big Tongue.

Open Mic, ABC Amsterdam, Sept. 2015Hollis, the author, read aloud, and Angela showed the illustrations. I was immediately enchanted and so was everyone else in the room. I told Hollis that we could easily sell these books in the store and was convinced that it would not be hard to find a publisher for the two books. But it turns out that finding the right publisher is hard and Hollis and Angela don’t want to self-publish. So, PUBLISHERS! Pay attention and have a peek at these two wonderful, poetic and very funny children’s books.  These stories will not only delight kids but also put a smile on the face of the adults reading to them.

You can contact Hollis Kurman through Linked-In if you are  a publisher interested in publishing one or both books.

– Karin, ABC Marketing Director

About the books:

Who Snuck In? - Hollis Kurman and Angela Peláez-Vargas Who Snuck In? - Hollis Kurman and Angela Peláez-Vargas

Who Snuck in?!

Each of the tales in Who Snuck In?! features an animal from the wild who unexpectedly shows up in some part of the house and is discovered – then befriended – by the child narrator. What begins as a scary surprise for both parties develops quickly into camaraderie, turning daily home rituals into fun-filled antics. Along the way, young readers also will learn some fresh facts about these animal interlopers.

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Tiny Tina’s  Too Big Tongue

Born with a Too Big Tongue, Tina figures out how to turn a potential oddity into a unique strength and source of endless fun, proving all the worriers wrong.  She delights in teaching her secret Tongue Tricks to her classmates, exchanging special Tongue Greetings with the zoo animals, telling Stories and Secrets to life… and getting into a wee bit of Trouble along the way.   In the end, Tina’s tongue turns out to be Just Big Enough.

Tiny Tina is a small girl with a big tongue – but also a big personality to match. In this colorful twist on classic childhood themes, Tina shows young readers how to make the most of what they’ve got. Tina is no ugly duckling. She doesn’t need to be transformed in order to enjoy life; rather, she is loved, appreciated and happy just the way she is.

About the Authors:

Hollis Kurman, Writer

Hollis Kurman studied poetry writing with Daniel Hoffman, former Poet Laureate Consultant to the Library of Congress.  Her poems have been published in Barrow Street, Rattle, Phoebe, VIA (Voices in Italian Americana) and the anthology The Path Not Taken, where it won The Editor’s Choice Award.  Her work also is forthcoming in The Ocean State Review.  Her innovation articles, presentations and interviews have been published in a wide number of European publications and conference forums. Hollis is a member of SCBWI and contributing Editor on the Board of Barrow Street Books (NY-based poetry publisher). She lives with her Dutch husband and their two children in Amsterdam and, when time allows, in New York.

You can contact Hollis Kurman through Linked-In if you are  a publisher interested in publishing one or both books.

Angela Peláez-Vargas, Illustrator

Angela Peláez-Vargas is a Colombian born author and illustrator of children’s books.  She began her international career as an Art Director, illustrating advertising campaigns for multi-national clients. She lives with her Dutch husband and their four children in Amsterdam.

Her first two children’s books were published in 2001 and 2002, with North-South Swiss Publishing house, and translated into 5 languages. Angela is a member of SCBWI.
Four of Angela’s books have been published in the past two years: Mia’s Nest, Sophie and the Lion, and The Dream Journeys of Puss Milo published by Rubinstein, and My Friend Renzo (finalist at the Key Colours Award) published by Clavis.  My Friend Oscar is coming out in March 2016.