Friday, December 6, 2013

Coming soon: Parrots!

A few weeks ago, Cathryn and John Sill stopped by to show us the paintings for their upcoming About Parrots picture book! If you're a fan of their acclaimed series (and the related series, About Habitats) you have a lot to look forward to! Here are a few sneak peeks of the beautiful artwork! 

Check out more of the Sills' work here and be on the look out for About Parrots coming this Fall 2014!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Happy Holidays!

It's already December! (Does November know about this?!) We've got a ton of great books for everyone on your list -- including those who may prefer Halloween to Christmas! Check out our selection of holiday titles and remember to look for all your favorite Peachtree titles at your local bookstores! 

Bradley Bartleby is bad. Very bad. To avoid his wrath, his wealthy parents buy him whatever he wants. Bradley has all the adults in his life running scared—except for Santa Claus, who refuses to give him anything but socks. Will Bradley get what he wants after he builds the perfect Santa Trap? Read it to find out!

Get in the holiday spirit with this fictional retelling of the story behind Jingle Bells. In 1857, John Lord Pierpont sat down to write a song for his congregation’s Thanksgiving program, despite the fact that he was in Savannah, Georgia, struggling with miserable heat wave. Homesick for New England (and cool weather), Pierpont ended up writing an enduringly popular holiday song.
In Where Teddy Bears Come From, a little wolf knows just what he needs to get a good night’s sleep: a teddy bear to cuddle, just like in his favorite story book. Wise Owl doesn’t know. Neither do the Three Little Pigs. Even Little Red Riding Hood can’t help. Just when the little wolf is about to give up, he meets a kind man with a bright red suit and a long white beard who needs a helping hand. Perhaps the two of them can help each other!
One Christmas morning Little Rabbit gets the gift he’s been dreaming of: a lovely, red sled. He loves it so much that when his friends beg him for a turn, Little Rabbit goes off in a huff to sled alone. But when a fast hill takes its toll on the little sled, Little Rabbit quickly learns the value of friendship and sharing in Little Rabbit’s Christmas.
What does Santa do with his hard-earned vacation time? The same things you would do to relax and have fun, and lots more! Santa recovers from a hectic December by embarking on a hilarious campaign of adventure and self-improvement—from sumo wrestling to international espionage to continuing education (including Elf Esteem and Basic Reindeer Labor Laws). But no matter where he goes or what he does, he’s still our beloved Santa Claus in Santa’s Eleven Months Off.

Happy Holidays and Happy Reading, everyone!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

We're thankful for you!

It's hard to believe Thanksgiving is tomorrow! This season has just rushed by so quickly! It's easy to lose track of the time, so I'm pausing today to take a look back at 2013 -- we've had quite a year! Thank you for joining us on the road at all the conferences (photos from NAEYC below!) and for joining us on the blog for all the fun reviews and giveaways. We couldn't do what we do without your support. Here at Peachtree, we are thankful for you!

What are you thankful for? Tell us in the comments and enter to win a prize pack of 2013 goodies! I'll pick winners for both the picture book and chapter book prize pack on Monday, December 2!

Also, if you're in the Atlanta area, be sure to swing by Eagle Eye Book Shop on Small Business Saturday (November 30) between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to meet Carmen Deedy!

*Contest ends 11:59 p.m., Sun. Dec. 1, 2013
**U.S. residents only, please
***Be sure to include your email address!!
****Happy Thanksgiving! :) 

Click here to view some snapshots from NAEYC!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

See you there!

We'll be working the booth at NAEYC, NCSS and NCTE this week! Will you be there? Swing by and meet our awesome authors!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Join us at AASL!

Are you in Connecticut this week for AASL? So are we! Swing by -- we'd love to meet you!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Author Interview: Alison Hart on Darling, Mercy Dog of World War I

Alison Hart, author of the Dog Chronicles series, talks about the first book in the series Darling, Mercy Dog of World War I. When the British military asks families to volunteer their dogs to help the war effort, Darling’s family sends her off to be trained.

Q: Where did you get the idea for the Dog Chronicles series?

I had written stories set in history where the horse was the narrator, and I knew dogs were as important in history as horses. So it was a natural progression since I am a dog lover as well as a horse lover.

Q: We hadn’t heard of ‘mercy dogs’ before reading Darling. Where did you do your research? Did anything surprise you as you were learning more about these dogs?

When I first thought about a ‘dogs in history’ type series, I began reading everything I could about how dogs and humans have worked together throughout time. I knew dogs were used as sentries and messengers in war time, but when I also read that they were used to locate wounded soldiers during trench warfare (in World War 1) I knew it would make a great story.  

Alison with her doggy "assistant," Fang!

Q: Tell us about some of the other books in the series. Will each of the Dog Chronicle stories feature service dogs or military dogs?

Dogs have been used in so many ways in history that I hope the series will have a variety of breeds and types. The second book, Murphy Gold Rush Dog, is set in Nome, Alaska during the 1900 gold rush. Dogs were necessary as pack animals, sled dogs, guards and companions and were worth ‘their weight in gold.’ Murphy is prized for his strength and devotion in a hostile environment while Darling was prized for her skill and bravery during a terrible war. The third book is about dogs who worked in coal mines in the early 1900s.

Q: Do you have dogs or did you grow up with dogs as pets? Do you have a favorite dog breed?

I have never been without dogs in my life. At one time, we had four dogs, and most have been rescue dogs or dogs who needed a family. They have all had different personalities as well as different training ‘needs’. One thing they do all need is lots of exercise, a routine and a purpose—even if that purpose is to be a big lap cuddler!

Big thank you to Alison for joining us today and, as always, Happy Reading!

For more on service dogs:    Salute to Service Dogs!
For more on Darling, Mercy Dog of World War I:    Darling, Mercy Dog of WWI blog tour
For more on Alison Hart:    Alison Hart Books

Monday, November 11, 2013

Veterans' Day

To all of our past and current servicemen and women: thank you. We are forever grateful to you for the daily sacrifices you make for the protection of our country, our freedom, and for human dignity and the pursuit of freedom everywhere.

This day marks the end of 'the war to end all wars' — Armistice Day — on which fighting in WWI ceased and hope rang eternal. We know that there have been many more wars since and sadly there likely will be many more in the future, but on this 95th anniversary of that fateful day, we remember with pride all those who serve and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you, soldiers! 

If you have young readers learning about World War I, check out Darling, Mercy Dog of WWI and our other Peachtree titles

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Spooky Peachtree covers!

Happy Halloween! You'll never look at these covers the same way again after you see the spooky versions our very own Alison Cook created (She's also an author!)! 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Whether you're tricking or treating this Halloween, you'll love these ghoulishly good books featuring all your favorite (and some new) Peachtree monsters!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Salute to Service Dogs!

The first national monument to America's military dogs was dedicated this week at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. So many working dogs have risked everything to fulfill their duty and protect our soldiers and, sadly, many of them were not allowed to return to the U.S. after serving alongside their handlers.

"Inscribed with the words 'Guardians of America's Freedom,' the nine-foot tall bronze statue at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, features four dogs and a handler."image from

In Alison Hart's newest historical fiction novel for middle grade readers, Darling, Mercy Dog of World War I, we follow the story of one such service dog, Darling. Having been volunteered to serve in the British army, Darling is trained to be a mercy dog. She finds wounded soldiers during battle so they can be brought to safety.
The photo that inspired the Darling, Mercy Dog art!
image from

Not only is Darling good at what she does, she is also loved by her handler and all the soldiers she works with. This story is, at its heart, a gripping tale of friendship set amidst the harrowing battle fields of World War I.

Having recently wrapped up our blog tour for Darling during National Service Dog Month, military dogs and their handlers have been on our minds lately. We're so glad to see that a memorial statue is now dedicated to preserving the memory of and honoring military working dogs!

Keep an eye out for our interview with Alison Hart later this week!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Enter to win Life in Outer Space!

Enter your info below for a chance to win a copy of Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil! And don't forget next week's stops on the blog tour:

Monday (Oct. 21)
Random Chalk Talk

Tuesday (Oct. 22)
Dear Teen Me

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Life in Outer Space

Welcome to the Life in Outer Space blog tour! 

Sam Kinnison is a geek, and he’s totally fine with that. He has his horror movies, his awesomely nerdy and loyal friends, World of Warcraft, and a stack of screenplays to finish. He stays under the radar and out of reach of the “Vessels of Wank and their various minions” who roam the halls. Life is normal.
When the beautiful Camilla Carter starts at Bowen Lakes Secondary, the school erupts in a flurry of interest over “the new girl” – but Sam couldn’t possibly care less. Soon though, despite the status quo and Sam’s attempts to ignore her, Camilla becomes increasingly part of his life and, stranger still, she likes Star Wars. Weird.
Sam believes that everything he needs to know can be learned from the movies...but now it
looks like he’s been watching the wrong ones.

Boys to Books

Maestra Amanda's Bookshelf

Gidget's Bookworms

A Word's Worth

Check back right here for a chance to win a copy!

Monday (Oct. 21)
Random Chalk Talk

Tuesday (Oct. 22)
Dear Teen Me

Friday, October 11, 2013

Enter to win Where is Baby?

Enter to win a copy of Where is Baby? by entering your info below! Easy! I'll contact winners next week!

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Join us at GA COMO!

If you're attending GA COMO this week in Macon, swing by our booth and meet Adrian Fogelin tomorrow!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Where is Baby? How animals hide!

Today we're kicking off a new blog tour for Where is Baby? the newest picture book from Kathryn Galbraith (author of Planting the Wild Garden and Arbor Day Square)!

Babies love to hide - beneath blankets, under tables, and behind chairs. And some babies are found in unexpected places. Like baby deer, who disappear in dappled spring sunlight. Or baby leopards, who scramble high in the African trees. Or baby elephants, who fade behind a forest of legs. But all babies, no matter where they are, can always be found - by their loving parents.
Be sure to check out our stops and enter our giveaway contests!





Check back right here for your chance to win!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Win a copy of Darling, Mercy Dog of WWI!

Here's your chance to win a copy of Darling, Mercy Dog of WWI! This one is simple -- just leave us your name and email address! I'll pick a winner at random on Monday, Oct. 7!

Happy Reading!

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Darling, Mercy Dog of World War I

When you think of war heroes, you may not automatically picture man's best friend, but military working dogs have made huge contributions to military efforts for centuries. In our newest middle grade historical fiction novel from Alison Hart we meet Darling, the beloved pet of Robert and Katherine, who spends her days finding mischief at home in England. When the Great War begins, Darling must join the war effort. After training, she becomes a mercy dog to find wounded soldiers in the field and bring them to safety. 

This first adventure in the Dog Chronicles series will give readers a great look at what military life was like during World War I, for the human soldiers and mercy dogs alike, with lots of action and plenty of heart, too!

Check out our blog tour and check back for giveaways!




I'll have a post up on the Peachtree blog with a giveaway contest today!



For more information about military working dogs check out the US Department of Defense website here

Thursday, September 26, 2013

A True Story of Colonial America, guest post by Krista Russell

In The Other Side of Free we read about Jem, an escaped slave who has found freedom in Spanish Florida at Fort Mose in St. Augustine. Or, at least he thought it was freedom. Jem faces new challenges at every turn in this adventurous historical fiction novel from Krista Russell. 

Here to tell you more about the story and the history behind it is Krista herself! Welcome to the blog! 

A promise, an oath, and a true story of colonial America

What I love most about writing historical fiction is the digging. Before visiting Fort Mose in St. Augustine, FL, I had no idea that the earliest version of the Underground Railroad actually ran south. I started looking at primary sources (the pieces of the past that bring history to life) and learned that those who came seeking freedom weren’t just running away; they’d been invited. It was a time of invasion, rebellion, and shifting alliances – a veritable action adventure movie plot unfolding on the shores of north Florida. 

The people who founded Fort Mose, didn’t wind up there by accident. They came by royal invitation. In 1693, Charles II of Spain issued a proclamation which would shape the history of colonial America. To African slaves who escaped English colonies and came to Spanish Florida, he promised "liberty to all…the men as well as the women…so that by their example and by my liberality others will do the same."

For those who heard about the king’s promise (despite an English mum’s-the-word policy) and made the dangerous journey south, the quest for freedom had not ended. Instead, they found that the Spanish offer came with some serious strings attached. In addition to converting to Catholicism, the escaped slaves were required to swear an oath to “spill their last drop of blood” in defense of the Spanish King and to be the “most cruel enemies of the English.”

Accepting these terms, they built Fort Mose, the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in what is now the United States. About two miles north of the palisade walls which surrounded St. Augustine, Fort Mose was all that stood between the Spanish and their English enemies when war broke out in 1739.

In 1994 the site of Fort Mose was designated a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2009, the National Park Service named Fort Mose a precursor site on the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.

A hand-made silver medallion, dug out of the marsh by an amateur archaeologist in the 1980s, was the primary source which inspired my middle-grade historical novel, The Other Side of Free. I’ve seen copies of the 1693 cedula (proclamation) and records from the South Carolina House of Assembly which blame Spain for the 1739 Stono Rebellion (it was to St. Augustine that the rebels were headed when the uprising was suppressed). 

What was true then is true now: We live in society of many cultures and global influences. Stories like this one inspire me to keep digging.

Krista Russell writes historical fiction for young readers. She is the author of Chasing theNightbird (September 2011), and The Other Side of Free (October 2013) and a graduate of Agnes Scott College, The London School of Economics and Political Science, and Seton Hill University. Chasing the Nightbird was winner of the 2012 Massachusetts Book Award for Children’s/Young Adult Literature, a 2012 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, a Pennsylvania School Library Association’s Young Adult Top 40, and a Parents’ Choice Recommended award book. Visit her website at

Here's your chance to win a copy of this awesome book! Email me, send a tweet to @PeachtreePub with #funfact or comment below and tell us about a little known piece of history that interests you! (Yes, it can be from The Other Side of Free!) I'll pick a winner on October 1!

*Contest closes at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013
**US residents only, please

Monday, September 23, 2013

The Other Side of Free

When you think of slavery and the Underground Railroad, I bet you think of abolitionist heroes moving people from station to station under the cover of night. Families fleeing north to freedom and the promise of a life free from abuse. What if I told you some slaves ran south

The lesser known southern path of the Underground Railroad takes center stage in Krista Russell's (Chasing the Nightbird) new historical fiction novel, The Other Side of Free

We're having a great blog tour this week full of reviews, giveaways, Q&As and a guest post from Krista herself! Check it out!

Kid Lit Reviews
Blue Owl Reviews


Maestra Amanda's Bookshelf

Gidget's Bookworms


Guest post from Krista right here

Be sure to check out our historical fiction Pinterest board and enter our blog contest to win a copy

Happy Reading!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Florida Reading Association

Are you headed to Orlando this week for FRA? So are we! Check out our booth and be sure to meet our authors! 

Florida Reading Association
Orlando, FL | Sept. 25 - 29
Peachtree Publishers Booth #219

Our Saturday (9/28) events:
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. 
Adrian Fogelin is signing in the Peachtree booth (#219)!

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Bill Harley is signing in the Peachtree booth (#219)!

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Krista Russell is signing in the Peachtree booth (#219)!

1:45 - 2:45 p.m.
Krista Russell presents "Historical Fiction and the Common Core: Finding the Story in History"
room Wekiwa 6

1:45 - 2:45 p.m.
Adrian Fogelin presents "How 'Real' Authors Do It!"
room Sebastian L4
1:45 - 2:45 p.m.
Bill Harley presents "A Storyteller Writes" 
room Sebastian K

 See you on the floor!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Fall Conferences and Shows!

We'd love to meet you! If you'll be attending any of the following conferences, make sure to stop by our booth and meet our authors! Check back closer to these dates for information on our authors' presentations and booth signings!

Florida Reading Association (FRA)
Orlando, FL | Sept. 25 - 29
Peachtree Publishers Booth #219

GA Council of Media Organizations (GA COMO)
Macon, GA | Oct. 9 - 11
Peachtree Publishers Booth #55

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
Hartford, CT | Nov. 11 - 17
Peachtree Publishers Booth #212

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Washington, DC | Nov.  20 - 23
Peachtree Publishers Booth #612

National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE)
Boston, MA | Nov. 21 - 24
Peachtree Publishers Booth #1106

National Council of Social Studies (NCSS)
St. Louis, MO | Nov. 22 - 24
Peachtree Publishers Booth #404

Monday, September 16, 2013

Claude at the Circus!

Claude is back and at it again! This time, when Mr. and Mrs. Shinyshoes leave for the day, Claude's adventures with best friend Sir Bobblysock take him to the park. Their outing takes an unexpected turn when they save a baby from a runaway buggy and eventually find themselves performing in the circus! 
Check out these stops on the Claude at the Circus blog tour and keep up with all the crazy fun! You can also keep up Claude's shenanigans on Twitter with #claudecircus and follow author @Alex_T_Smith!





Happy Reading!