Friday, December 23, 2011

The Gift of Giving

Every year I write a very detailed Christmas list.  It’s listed in order of importance, and color-coded, and broken down by price and availability.  And every year my list is studiously ignored.  My mom is notorious for her (well-intentioned I’m sure) odd and off-base gifts.  Over the years I’ve received: paperweights, napkin rings, a flannel nightgown, figurines of bears, and miniature tea sets. 

And all I want is shoes, ya’ll.  Horribly impractical shoes.

So this year I’ve devised a full-proof plan.  To do good for others and boost my karma for the rest of the year.  I’m just asking for donations for my favorite charity:  Heifer International.
Not only does it have the best name ever, it’s a really great cause.  You can buy a heifer (or water buffalo, sheep, pig, flock of geese, camel, etc.) for a family in a developing country.  Heifer International’s approach is “giving families a hand-up, not just a hand-out,” by helping them “improve their nutrition and generate income in sustainable ways.” 
It’s an innovative and great idea, and you can read more about their work here.

Speaking of cow-themed gifts, maybe you should add 14 Cows for America to your Christmas list.  After witnessing the 9/11 attacks, a Maasai tribesman returns to Kenya and tells his people the story of the tragedy.  As an act of solidarity and sympathy, the tribe donates 14 cows to the people of America.  Visit the book website to learn more about Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah and his gift.

Friday, December 16, 2011

An Imaginary Snow Day

Every year growing up my sister and I wished for snow on Christmas day.  We would have even been content for snow near Christmas, but Georgia weather just never obliged.  Now that I’m older, I usually appreciate the South’s temperate climate (especially in the morning when I have to walk the dogs), but I still hold a little hope in my heart for a white Christmas.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

C is for Catalogs!

It's about that time of year again, friends! I have catalogs and checklist letters piled up as far as the eye can see and I'm so excited to share with you the titles we have planned for Spring '12! 

This is the cover of our spring '12 catalog--pretty, yes?

Monday, November 28, 2011

Walking off the turkey...and the pie...and the cranberry sauce...and the other pie...

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! If you're anything like me, there are a few things that are certain about your weekend:

  1. A lot of food mysteriously disappeared from your kitchen around the same time someone shrunk all of your pants. How did that happen?
  2. Rather than busting it through all the Black Friday sales, you spent Friday blissfully unconscious in a series of naps with a note taped to your face: “If you attempt to wake me or otherwise ruin this glorious day off by asking me to be productive, bad things will happen. Back away slowly. You were never here.”
  3. The Sunday night blues set in as you realized that in a few short hours it would be Monday and this year’s Thanksgiving would soon be no more than a memory.
A good way to shake things up and get going again is to get outside! Get some fresh air! Bask in the splendor of nature! If you live in Atlanta, you can spend that time simultaneously basking and wondering, “How on earth is it still so WARM? I’m Christmas shopping in shorts and flip-flops!” You can also take advantage of all the great scenic and historical walks and trails in the metro area.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Guest Post by Author Cynthia Levinson

Our debut author Cynthia Levinson wrote this post for the PiBoIdMo blog (that's Picture Book Idea Month for all you uninitiated), and we liked it so much that we wanted all of ya'll to get a chance to read it too!  You can also hop over to PiBoIdMo if you'd like to read it there, or check out their other articles.
I was so heartened to read Carol Hampton Rasco’s opening blog post on PiBoIdMo because she made two comments that really resonate with me. Well, she said one, and then she quoted a savvy but jaded six-year-old.
First, she noted that the top picture-book choice of teachers, reading specialists, and Reading is Fundamental volunteers is NONFICTION. That buoyed me because that’s what I write. In fact, my agent, Erin Murphy, has two of my nonfiction picture books under submission right now. The six-year-old, however, quickly brought me down to earth. As he peered at a terrific looking book, he said, “it doesn’t look like a true fact book, they’re usually boring.” That’s good news for the book he was enjoying but “aargh” for the others.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving! And What You Thought You Knew About Jingle Bells

I’ll admit Thanksgiving wasn't my favorite childhood holiday.  For starters, there aren't any presents.  OK, stop judging me!  Be honest, and you’ll have to agree that presents are pretty much the barometer for holiday excellence when you’re a kid. 

It didn’t help that I don’t like any of the food Thanksgiving is famous for.   No, really.  Not the cranberry sauce or the stuffing or the gravy or the dressing (which actually might be the same as stuffing, I’m not certain), or sweet potato casserole, or green bean casserole, or pumpkin pie.  I don’t even like turkey.  Most childhood Thanksgivings had me sitting at the kids’ table, eating a slice of dry turkey slathered in ketchup with a side of cocktail olives.  

Thanksgiving too often gets skipped over nowadays, with Christmas decorations going up at Macy’s in October and Christmas music on the soft rock station in early November.  But don’t think that I’m skipping out on Thanksgiving just because this book’s title is Jingle Bells—what you might not know is that the song ‘Jingle Bells’ was actually written for the Thanksgiving holiday!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

NCTE Recap

Cynthia Levinson signing advanced reader's copies of We've Got a Job
Kathy and I showing off copies of We've Got a Job

Just wanted to mention that we had a great time at NCTE this year in Chicago!  We just got our first advance copies of We've Got a Job, which were snatched up immediately in our booth.  Debut author Cynthia Levinson presented on a social justice panel, and signed in the booth, and Lester Laminack was there as well, signing and presenting an anti-bullying campaign.

If you missed out on receiving a copy of We've Got a Job, the book will soon be available on NetGalley.  See you next year in Las Vegas!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Stand Up to Bullying!

Tomorrow is International Stand Up to Bullying Day.

I’m afraid we’re all too aware now of the widespread problem of bullying in schools and online.  Not that it’s a new problem—I think most of us can recall some painful school day moments—but it’s escalated in recent years to new and more tragic degrees.

In the good old days you would just get picked on by the swing set, or on the bus ride home, but with Facebook, Myspace, Twitter and a slew of other online apps, it’s all too easy for anonymous cruelty to take place.  

In This Girl is Different, Evie has been homeschooled by her free-spirited mother her whole life, but she craves an authentic high school experience.   She enrolls in the local public school for her senior year, but quickly discovers that real high school is a far cry from Saved by the Bell.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Where do ideas come from?

Where do ideas come from? All around! Check out Melissa Stewart’s video about the inspiration for her nature books:

There’s no denying that fall has finally descended on us here in Atlanta and that winter is on the way. The temperature is dropping and every morning on my drive into work I see roads covered in crispy, crunchy brown, yellow and red leaves. Suddenly, it's not unusual to see people in scarves and jackets and there are advertisements everywhere for events coming up in December. For me, this is my happy time--I love fall and all the promise of winter holidays ahead!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Blue Thirty-two, Blue Thirty-two, HUT HUT!

Okay, I have no idea what "blue thirty-two" means or if "HUT" is what they actually say down there on the field, but I love football and the competition of team sports. I particularly love the camaraderie and brotherhood of the team. Having never played on a football team, I can only imagine the warm fuzzies the guys must get knowing that their teammates have their backs. Okay, maybe not warm fuzzies, but some manly, scruffy version of warm fuzzies.

It takes a lot of hard work to become a team in the truest sense of the word. One of my alma mater's claims to fame is that 'Remember the Titans' was filmed in large part on our campus -- the scene in which the boys are called upon to tell Coach Boone something they've learned about another teammate is one of my favorite scenes. It shows the building blocks of teamwork and what it takes to invest yourself in those relationships. (It also helps your sense of teamwork if you have an awesome musical score playing in the background, but that's a post for another day.) Fred Bowen tackles (pun intended) these important lessons in his latest title, Quarterback Season.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Girls and Ponies

I was one of those annoying girls that grew up with my own pony.  In fact, I used to ride my pony around our ‘neighborhood’ (I use that term loosely, since I’m not sure five houses randomly plunked down along a dirt road really comprises suburbia), and sell wrapping paper, or cookies, or whatever we had to hawk for our school fundraiser.

When my sister and I weren’t racing our ponies around, we were playing with our horse figurines, or thumbing through the Dover Saddlery catalog, earmarking our favorite bridles (I wish I was exaggerating.  We were fairly boring kids).  Besides being a horse-crazy kid, I was also a voracious early reader, and had every copy of The Saddle Club and Thoroughbred series (my mom thought The Babysitter’s Club books were too racy).  

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Make Butterfly Memories: A Guest Post By Author Sandra Markle

Sandra Markle, author of Peachtree's Butterfly Tree, posted these helpful activities on her blog.  They are so amazing, and such a great guide to using Butterfly Tree at home or in the classroom, I couldn't help but share them here with you!

You can read the original post here, on Sandra's blog, Write On!


The best memories are the times we share. So I developed these activities for children to enjoy while reading my book, Butterfly Tree (Peachtree Publishers, 2011).

First, the heart of this book is about making a memory—taking time to do something together you can remember sharing forever. Talk about and then write about a special time you remember sharing with someone.

*Where and when did it happen?

*What happened?

*What was the key moment of that shared time?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Aunt Susan would be so proud!

Did you vote yesterday? It may not be a presidential election year, but yesterday we celebrated Election Day just as we have every year since 1845.  Well, almost as we have since 1845.  See, a whole lot has changed in our country and in our culture since then, and much of this change is more recent than you’d think.

One of the biggest changes came in 1920 with the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment which guarantees that “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” 

Approving this amendment was a long and arduous process many years in the making. Our recent title, Marching with Aunt Susan, details one of the many rallies leading to this giant step toward gender equality in our country.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Happy Birthday, Margaret Mitchell!

Margaret Mitchell was an enigma in her day. Virtually unknown except for breaking convention as a socialite and as the first female reporter for the largest newspaper in the south, Mitchell's first manuscript was published almost in spite of her best intentions (After having given her manuscript to Macmillan publisher Howard Latham, she sent him a telegram reading "Have changed my mind. Send manuscript back.").  It went on to become one of the most popular novels in American history, selling over 30 million copies worldwide. 

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Turn Back the Clocks!

Tomorrow is the end of Daylight Saving Time!  Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour tonight and enjoy that bonus hour of snoozing.  Here are some sleep-centric Peachtree titles to get you in the mood for some extra Zs.

Please Don’t Wake the Animals
 Written by Mary Batten, Illustrated by Higgins Bond

All people sleep. So do all other mammals. Birds sleep, too. Even snakes, fish, and insects have a way of sleeping. How different animals sleep on land, in water, and in the air—and the special ways they do it—is the subject of this fascinating book for young readers.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Notes from the Litter box: Cats rule, Dogs drool

Hello my faithful readers! I’ve been away for a while but someone finally left a computer on overnight, allowing me to make my long-anticipated return to the blog! I’d have done so sooner, but do you know how hard it is to push a power button when you’re a cat? Really, my dependence on these humans is so frustrating at times. I’ll continue my futile attempts to distract them as they leave in hopes that they forget to switch everything off more often. I could get used to this computer being on--it makes a great heater for me to sleep on!

Remember how I said that a cat makes a better ‘man’s best friend’ than a dog? I just about flipped my lid when I saw this book: 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Happy Halloween from Peachtree!

Halloween at my house usually means hoarding candy like there's no tomorrow and staying up way too late watching scary movies on television. This year, however, I may skip the scary movie. Having had quite the spooky night last weekend, I think I'm all scared out!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Melissa Stewart gives us an inside look at her office!

What are you going to be for Halloween? A pumpkin? A ghost? How about an author? Melissa Stewart’s nieces are getting a head start, showing their aunt just how an author should show off her work space!

Friday, October 7, 2011

The Cheshire Cheese Cat Challenge!

Ready for a Dickens of a contest? There are MANY ways to enter this one for the chance to win a signed copy of The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale and a poster! Multiple entries are encouraged, friends – the more points, the better!

I’ll be picking three winners and you have the next two weeks to enter as many ways as you can! The three people with the most points will be contacted Friday evening, Oct. 21!

Monday, October 3, 2011

The Cheshire Cheese Cat blog tour!

The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale

Welcome to the official blog tour for The Cheshire Cheese Cat! I'll be updating this page throughout the week with links to the blog posts, so check back often!

Monday, Oct. 3:
A Word’s Worth – Check out some exclusive interior images and enter for your chance to win a copy of The Cheshire Cheese Cat!

Maestra Amanda's Bookshelf -- A great review of The Cheshire Cheese Cat awaits along with another chance for you to win a copy of the book!

Monday, September 26, 2011

All Things Cheshire Cheese!

“What greater gift than the love of a cat?" 
 - Charles Dickens

Announcing Cheshire Cheese Week! We have a lot of fun in store for everyone beginning...right now! 

This week: Watch Twitter (@PeachtreePub) for fun Dickens facts and trivia!

Saturday, Oct. 1: We'll be hosting 'A Tale of Three Cities' book launch parties for The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale in three cities (get it?)! For more info, check out our Facebook pages for the event! Also, our Cheshire Cheese Cat website will go live!

Monday, September 19, 2011

S is for Signings!

Earlier this month, I had the privilege of hopping over to the Buckhead area of Atlanta to meet up with author Susan Stockdale for Children's Hour at Barnes & Noble, where she was scheduled to read and sign books.

Being fairly new to this position at Peachtree, I hadn't been on the professional side of a book signing before, so I didn't know what to expect upon my arrival. Sure, I had stood in line to get a book signed before, all the while contemplating the PERFECT thing to say during what always promises to be a four-second foray into how awkward I can possibly be (pretty darn, as it turns out, which is impressive given the time restraint!), but I had never had an actual role to play at a book event. I had never had a real reason for showing up early and hanging out late (though that never stopped me from doing just that...awkwardly). Pretty exciting stuff!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

14 Cows for America: 10 Years Later

It's hard to believe that it has been ten years since September 11, 2001. Harder still to believe is that there are many teachers who face the challenge of explaining what happened to a new generation of students who were too young at the time to remember what happened or who were not yet even born. This daunting task will be difficult, but it is important and shouldn’t be overlooked. 

This weekend, let us look to our younger generation with hope for the future as we discuss with them the importance of remembering the past. 

Monday, August 29, 2011

Remembering Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane season is upon us and Irene, barreling up the East Coast, won't let us forget it. 

Another storm I hope we never forget is Hurricane Katrina. For all that was lost this fateful week six years ago, let us always remember the solidarity of citizens, the help that can be given, the hope that can be shared and the determination of the people of that historic and legendary city.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Notes from the Litter Box: Where's the love?

Hello faithful readers,

It’s Eddie here and I have some disturbing news.

Earlier this week, something terrible happened in the office. If you ask the humans, they’ll say it was a fabulous night filled with laughter and good friends, but for me…oh, I shudder to think of it.

You see, friends, I have long held the belief that I am the top cat around here. It’s always been this way and nobody has given me the impression that this would ever change. Until Wednesday night.

Monday, August 8, 2011

M is for Mailings

M is also for Missing In Action, which I feel like I've been these past few weeks. So, before the fall season gets into full swing, I'd like to show you what our mailings are all about and maybe the next time I disappear it won't be quite as mysterious!

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the first post in a series I like to call “P is for Publicity: All the stuff we do to get the word out on these awesome books short of tattooing the covers on our foreheads.” Or...just "P is for Publicity."

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

eBooks are here!

That's right -- Peachtree has added ebooks to the catalog! You can check them out and shop on our main website here

Also, keep your eye on the blog for a new page featuring these available ebook titles! We're really excited to be able to offer this to our readers and we'll hopefully have even more titles available soon!

Happy Reading! 

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Do you live in Georgia? Do you have a television?

Because I do, and I know what I'm watching tonight! 

With the 75th anniversary of Gone With the Wind right around the corner, you may notice a lot of programs around town and on television about Georgia's beloved local legend. Tonight, Georgia Public Broadcasting will air the world premiere of their biography documentary Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel. I borrowed a copy of the DVD from our editor here at Peachtree a week ago -- it was so good that I'm tuning in to watch it again!

The documentary features our very own Marianne Walker, author of Margaret Mitchell and John Marsh: The Love Story Behind Gone With the Wind. It airs tonight, Thursday, June 30, at 8 p.m. on GPB! They did a great job of it, so you all should definitely watch with me! After all, Rhett said it himself: "Take a good look my dear. It's an historic moment you can tell your grandchildren about."

 PS - A new giveaway!!

This one is easy, peasy. Write me on Twitter (@PeachtreePub) or comment here with something you learned about Margaret Mitchell or your favorite line from Gone With the Wind! I'll pick a winner at random to receive a copy of Marianne's great book!

If you don't live in Georgia or you don't have a television, keep an eye on the GPB website for great info about Mitchell and snippets of the film. You can still enter the contest too, of course.

I'll keep the giveaway open until the end of the day on Thursday, July 7 and announce the winner on Friday, July 8!

*US residents only, please
*Contest ends 11:59 p.m. July 7, 2011

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Notes from the litter box: Eddie speaks


Finally, someone in this office left the blog up on the computer and now it’s my turn! I thought I’d take a spin on here and see what the fuss is all about. 

I am Eddie. I’m perpetually 29 years old (in cat years, thank you very much) and I love a good nap in the sun. I only take breaks from my napping to stare at people incessantly, cry at passersby when they are somehow oblivious to the emptiness of my food bowl, eat once they’ve filled it and lounge on desks. My time is precious so I can’t be bothered for many other duties – or so everyone thinks!

I’ve been living, working and startling employees at Peachtree for over 10 years now. I’m a legend! If it weren’t for me, this place would be very different. You see, at the end of the day when all the Peaches go home, they don’t know that I snuggle up to the editor’s desk to see what they’ve been up to. Every now and then, if I’m feeling generous, I might make notes on a manuscript or two, put my paw stamp on sketches, file invoices, etc. I’ve even written a few press releases! 

My generosity aside, it is my intent to share some behind-the-scenes peeks of what is happening at Peachtree Publishers. Check back soon to see what scoop this kitty has to share. I’ve got my eye on a few new books that finally feature some of my fellow felines, but more on that later. I’m signing off for now -- it's time for my mid-afternoon snack!

PS - I uploaded my meow-harmony photo to the 'About' page. I wonder how long it'll take the humans to figure out I did that. In the mean time, go check it out - I'm gorgeous.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

It’s beginning to look a lot like--wait…what?

The Peachtree Publishers Fall 2011 preview!

It’s June, so you know what that means: Fall!

Okay, maybe not quite yet, but in Book Land we’re always working a season ahead of schedule. This can get confusing. Case in point: Yesterday I turned on the radio and wondered why nobody was playing Christmas music. Thankfully, I recovered from my time-continuum mishap pretty quickly and laughed off my befuddledness before any permanent damage was done (In Book Land we also make up lots of words).

I’m delighted to give you all a little sneak peak at our Fall 2011 frontlist titles! We’ve got some really exciting things planned. Above is a photo of our picture books, fresh from the printer and delivered to the floor of my office. This is just the beginning--tune in next week for our chapter book preview (hint: some of these are already on NetGalley)!

In the spirit of seasonal confusion, leave a comment here or send a message on Twitter to @PeachtreePub and tell me what you’re most looking forward to this fall/winter for your chance to win a set of these picture books! I'll pick a winner at random on Friday, June 10! Fa la la la laaa--Oh, darn it. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Attending BEA?

Come visit us! We are in booth # 2955. Please let us know if you are a blogger--we'd love to meet you in person!

Here is a run down of what's happening with our authors each day:

Tuesday, May 25 2011
10:30 AM 
If you are going to Speed Dating With Children’s Authors and Illustrators on Tuesday,  you'll get to meet Susan Stockdale, author and illustrator of Bring On the Birds .  
Cover Photo
1:00 PM 
Susan will also be signing copies of Bring On the Birds on Tuesday at 1 PM - 2PM in the autographing area at table 19. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Come by the Peachtree Booth (#2955) to meet Carmen Agra Deedy and Barry Moser, author and illustrator of the new middle grade title The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale. 

Cover Photo
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Carmen Agra Deedy and Barry Moser will be signing galleys of The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale in the autographing area at table 11.

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Illustrator Adam Gustavson will sign copies of his new picture book, Jingle Bells: How the Holiday Classic Came to Be.

Cover Photo

We'll also be giving away copies of the debut novel Chasing the Nightbird autographed by author Krista Russell.
 Cover Photo

If you can't be at BEA, we are also participating in Armchair BEA. Stay tuned for more info about giveaways!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Mothers' Day Giveaway!

Last fall, I became an aunt for the first time…twice! I love showering my new niece and nephew with books:

 My sister Leslie’s daughter Clara "Biscuit" reading with Daddy

 My sister Jaime’s son Charlie "Bucket" “reading” Little Rabbit Lost

More than building Charlie's and Clara's libraries, I have loved watching my sisters become mothers and I’d like to wish them and new moms everywhere a very special Mothers’ Day weekend! Here are some of our favorite board books, great for any family with new babies (Enter for your chance to win copies!):

Little Rabbit Lost
Written and Illustrated by Harry Horse
It's Little Rabbit's birthday and the whole family is celebrating at Rabbit World Theme park to mark the occasion. Little Rabbit insists he is a big rabbit now and ignores his parents' warnings to stay close. But when he suddenly finds himself all alone, he doesn't feel quite so grown up anymore. What happens when Little Rabbit realizes just how little he is? 

While You Were Sleeping
Written and Illustrated by John Butler

A cozy bedtime tale all about the animals that stir while we slumber! Young readers can count the animals in snowy fields, tall oak trees, oceans and grasslands from the comfort of their own bed and dream of all that lies beyond the window while they are sleeping.

Can  You Cuddle Like a Koala?
Written and Illustrated by John Butler

Butler's interactive bedtime story about how animals move will captivate young audiences with its simple text and vibrant images. By the time you ask if they can "hug like a bear with all your might" and "curl up like a squirrel getting ready for the night," young ones will be ready to sleep like a child with their eyes closed tight! 

To win a pack of these three adorable board books, leave a comment here or send a tweet to @peachtreepub and tell me how you plan to/how you celebrated Mothers' Day this year! I’ll pick two winners at random and contact them at the end of the drawing.

Watch for NEW board books to be published soon by Peachtree!

*Contest ends May 13, 2011
**US residents only, please 

Monday, April 18, 2011

Fins, Wings and Other Things blog tour, week two!

Fins, Wings and Other Things
Monday 4/18:
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – *Guest post by Melissa Stewart, author of A Place for Fish
A Word’s Worth – *Review of Planting the Wild Garden

Tuesday 4/19:
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – *Guest post by Kathryn O. Galbraith, author of Planting the Wild Garden
Archimedes Notebook – *Review of A Place for Fish

Wednesday 4/20:
There’s a Book – *Review of At the Sea Floor Cafe
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – *Guest post by Leslie Bulion, author of At the Sea Floor Café
Simply Science – Review of Planting the Wild Garden
A Word’s Worth – *Guest post by Wendy Anderson Halperin, illustrator of Planting the Wild Garden

Thursday 4/21:
Archimedes Notebook – *Interview with Melissa Stewart, author of A Place for Fish
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers  - *Guest post by Susan Stockdale, author/illustrator of Bring On the Birds

Friday 4/22: HAPPY EARTH DAY!
A Word’s Worth – *Review of A Place for Fish
Abby the Librarian – Review of Planting the Wild Garden
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – *Guest post by Wendy Anderson Halperin, illustrator of Planting the Wild Garden
There’s a Book – *Review of About Habitats: Grasslands

*Also featuring a giveaway contest!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Fins, Wings and Other Things blog tour!

Our Fins, Wings and Other Things blog tour has officially begun!

Monday 4/11:
A Word’s Worth – *Review of At the Sea Floor Café
Archimedes Notebook – *Review of Planting the Wild Garden

Tuesday 4/12:
A Patchwork of Books – Guest post by Melissa Stewart, author of A Place for Fish
Abby the Librarian – Review of Bring On the Birds
Jenn’s Bookshelves – *Review of A Place for Fish

Wednesday 4/13:
Simply Science – Review of At the Sea Floor Café
Book Dads – Review of Planting the Wild Garden
Archimedes Notebook – *Interview with Kathryn O. Galbraith, author of Planting the Wild Garden
There’s a Book – *Review of A Place for Fish

Thursday 4/14:
Book Dads – Interview with Wendy Anderson Halperin, illustrator of Planting the Wild Garden
A Word’s Worth – *Review of About Habitats: Grasslands
Abby the Librarian – Interview with Susan Stockdale, author/illustrator of Bring On the Birds

Friday 4/15:
There’s a Book – Interview with Melissa Stewart, author of A Place for Fish
Jenn’s Bookshelves – Review of Planting the Wild Garden

Saturday 4/16:
Devourer of Books – Review of Bring On the Birds

*Also featuring a giveaway contest!

Be sure to check back next week for part two!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Peachtree Publishers!

Calling all poets!

In honor of National Poetry Month and our newest title by Leslie Bulion, At the Sea Floor Cafe, we're hosting a poetry drawing on our facebook page!

From March 21 through April 30th, teachers can post their students’ best spring or ocean critter poems to our Facebook page! 
One grand prize winner will receive a complimentary 45 minute Skype visit with author Leslie Bulion and a signed copy of At the Sea Floor Café for the class. 

Find Peachtree Publishers on Facebook and “like” our page. Then just start posting to our wall!

Good luck! 

For official contest rules, click here.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

It's Madness! March Madness!

Every March, my dad gives everyone a bracket to fill out for March Madness. Having never followed basketball, I usually fill mine out based on jersey color, whether or not I’ve ever visited that state and if I like the look of their mascot. Every March, my dad makes fun of me. Well, not this year! I’m determined to make a name for myself by filling out the perfect bracket…or at least a respectable one.

So I decided to do a little research. Did you know that the first basketball game was played on December 29, 1891 in, essentially, a P.E. class? James Naismith was a teacher at the International YMCA Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts. He was asked by the physical education coach to invent a game they could play inside. Fast-forward nearly 120 years and "basket ball" has become one of the most popular sports in our country. A kid in the US can start playing basketball on a recreational team as early as kindergarten and play all the way through to college leagues and the NBA.

In our Fred Bowen books, we follow kids doing just that--playing a sport they love and moving up in the ranks. Bowen is the author of both Peachtree’s popular Sports Story and All-Star Sport Story series. A lifelong sports fanatic, he has coached youth league baseball, basketball, and soccer. His kids’ sports column “The Score” appears each week in the KidsPost section of the Washington Post. Check out his website here. There are 13 books in his series and each is a captivating read for anyone who enjoys sports. These are his titles all about basketball: 

Real Hoops (Just published in February!)
Can street ball and technical play mix it up on the court and score wins
for the team? Can Ben convince Hud to leave his hotshot style back on the pickup court?

The Final Cut (Part of the All-Star Sports Story Series)
Four friends who share a love of basketball have to go through tryouts for the school team. But will they all make the team?

Full Court Fever (Part of the All-Star Sports Story Series)
The Falcons have the skill but not the height required to win their games. Will they be able to win the dreaded end-of-the-season game against their much taller rivals? 

When a basketball team's star forward loses his confidence, he has to learn how to think like a winner again.


Off the Rim (Part of the All-Star Sports Story Series) Chris yearns to be more than a benchwarmer on the Oak View Middle School basketball team. With the help of his best friend Greta and her mom, Chris begins to change his defensive strategy and successfully learns to keep his opponents from scoring.

On the Line (Part of the All-Star Sports Story Series)
Marcus is the high scorer and best rebounder on his basketball team, but he's not so great at free throws, until the school custodian helps him overcome his fear of failure.

One thing I really love about this series is that each book includes a featured “Real Story.” These chapters are filled with fascinating information about real players who made an impact on the game. Not only for those of us (okay, me) who don't know much about the game, the “Real Story” bridges the fiction to the players who inspired it, giving even the most avid basketball fan a better understanding of the history of the sport.