We are proud to announce that two Transatlantic clients are finalists in the prestigious California Golden Poppy Awards!

Vicky Fang’s ALPHABOT has been nominated in the Children’s non-fiction category, and Christine Evans’ DEAR MR. G in the Picture Book category. 

The California Independent Booksellers Alliance (CALIBA) presents the 2023 Golden Poppy Awards in recognition of the most distinguished books written and illustrated by creators who have made California their home.

To see the full list of finalists, click here: https://caliballiance.org/page/GP2023

This year’s voting period will be January 1-15, 2024.

About the chosen titles:

ALPHABOT by Vicky Fang
Even the youngest robotocists will love flipping the flaps to create their own robot—while exploring a simple A to Z roundup of robotics terms.

Found your circuit-board head? Your voice-control torso? Your hydrojet feet? Hooray! You’ve made one of the 729 mix-and-match robots that are possible with this innovative flip-flap book. Alongside the bright and cheery illustrations of robot parts is a basic alphabetical listing of terms—from android to gears, neural network to program, wheels to Z-drive—and a basic definition of each. With a concealed spiral binding and sturdy card stock pages to hold up to enthusiastic flap-turning, AlphaBot is full of appeal for young robot lovers, preschoolers who love machines, and anyone looking for STEM books for the younger set. Back matter includes a brief explanation of the three key abilities of robots: to sense, think, and act.

DEAR MR. G by Christine Evans, illustrated by Gracey Zhang
A gentle and moving story about an intergenerational friendship between a young child and their neighbor told through a series of letters, for fans of Ida, Always.

When Jackson’s soccer ball accidentally lands in his neighbor’s rose bush, he thinks he’s ruined Mr. Graham’s roses forever. So he quickly writes a letter to Mr. Graham that blossoms into a marvelous friendship. Jackson writes letters, highlighting the everyday moments to make them feel larger than life, and Mr. G keeps writing back until the very end of his life, encouraging Jackson to live each day to the fullest.  

This breathtakingly beautiful epistolary story shows the strength of letter-writing and intergenerational bonds. The text is accompanied by tender and evocative artwork to remind us that even as seasons change, our loved ones always stay in our hearts. 

Vicky Fang and Christine Evans are represented by Elizabeth Bennett.