Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Draw a Dinosaur Day!

Happy Draw a Dinosaur Day! I was not aware of this unofficial holiday until very recently, but of course I'm going to have to celebrate. Because, why not draw a dinosaur?

What luck, too, because we're announcing one of our newest picture books, Are the Dinosaurs Dead, Dad? which releases on March 1!

So let's see your beautiful artwork, readers! Send us your best Dinosaur drawings and I'll put them up on Facebook during our blog tour for Are the Dinosaurs Dead, Dad? beginning  February 25 (bloggers, if you'd like to join this tour send me an email! The more the merrier!).

If you're more of a color-er than a drawer, here are a few interior images from the book to get your creative juices flowing! 

We can't wait to see your creations!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Dr. Ferrol Sams

Dr. Ferrol Sams, one of our earliest and most esteemed authors, passed away this morning at the age of 90. 

Sams, widely known as Sambo, was born in Fayetteville in 1922, in the house built by his great-grandfather in 1848. He graduated from Mercer University and the Emory University School of Medicine. World War II temporarily interrupted his medical studies; he was stationed in France as a member of the Army Medical Corps.

Sams had a family medical practice in Fayetteville, where he has worked with his wife, Helen, also a physician, and two of their sons. Somehow this busy country doctor also found time for one of his favorite hobbies—writing. Between the hours of 4:00 and 6:00 a.m., he wrote a novel on a Blue Horse tablet with a blue, felt-tipped pen. 

At the age of 60, Sams published his first book with us, Run With the Horsemenwhich chronicles a boy's account of growing up on an ancestral farm in Georgia. Run With the Horsemen continues to be a classic Southern novel reminiscent of To Kill a Mockingbird, Tom Sawyer, and The Catcher in the Rye. This past summer, the Georgia Writers Association honored Sams with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 48th annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards. 

He is survived by his wife, daughter, three sons, eight grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Rest in peace, Sambo.

For more information about Ferrol Sams, visit:

Monday, January 28, 2013

Happy 100th Day of School!

For many of you out there, today marks the 100th day of school! You're over the halfway mark! Well done! 

Celebrate with a reading of Jake's 100th Day of School! 

What will Jake do when he forgets to bring the special collection he's going to share at the celebration of the 100th day of school?

I remember scrambling all over the house for the perfect thing to bring when I was a kid no easy task, especially at 7:40 a.m., which was historically when I'd remember that it was the 100th day of school. (Cereal has many uses.) So, good luck out there! I hope you didn't forget like Jake and I did!

Want to win your own copy of Jake's 100th Day of School? Leave a comment with your email address and answer: What did you bring to school for the 100th day? I'll pick a winner on Friday! 

Happy Reading Everyone! And Happy 100th Day of School! 

*U.S. residents only, please
**Giveaway closes at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 1

Monday, January 21, 2013

Martin Luther King, Jr. | We've Got a Job

Today we remember a man who changed the course of a culture and country. He inspired the world and continues to inspire us to this day.

In remembrance of Martin Luther King, Jr., we're hosting a giveaway of Cynthia Levinson's We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March. Leave a comment with your email address and your favorite Martin Luther King, Jr. quote or fact. I'll pick a winner at random on Friday!

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." 
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Happy Reading everyone! And keep your eyes on the blog this May -- we'll be remembering the 50th anniversary of the children's march with a blog tour! 

*Contest ends Thursday, 1/24 at 11:59 p.m. EST
**U.S. residence only, please 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Snow Day!

It's rare. 

It's full of possibility. 

It's every student's dream. 

In the south, it's also every grocer's dream because we become petrified of running out of bread when the air is nippy and stock up on whatever we can get our hands on. 

I'm talking about the ever promising SNOW DAY! We all remember that glimmer of hope the night before a potential snow day. The anticipation was palpable and the weather channel was never more interesting. 

Snow dances were common in my house and they involved sprinting three laps around our beds, flying down the staircase, throwing open the refrigerator door and yelling "SNOW!" three times into the cold air (repeat three times, yell louder for snow and ice). Your snow dance may not have been as ritualistic, but we were serious snow dancers in our day...and also perhaps we were just a little odd.

If you haven't seen Lester Laminack's Snow Day! this is the perfect week to settle in for a snowed-in story time!

When the television weatherman predicts a big snowfall, the narrator gleefully imagines the fun-filled possibilities of an unscheduled holiday from school. Piling under warm blankets. Sipping hot chocolate in snowman mugs. Building a snow fort. Sledding in the neighbor’s field. In scene after snowy scene, from sunrise to sundown, a pair of siblings, with their father in tow, show how they would make the most of their day off.

But when the family wakes up the next morning, they are in for a disappointment. No snow! As the family members pile into the car so they won’t be late for school, an unexpected twist reveals who wanted the snow day most of all.

Adam Gustavson’s expressive illustrations comically capture the excitement of pure possibility in author Lester Laminack’s thoroughly original tale.

Here's hoping we see some "SNOW! SNOW! SNOW!" tomorrow! 

Happy Reading, friends!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Markle's Book Explorers!

Sandra Markle, author of Butterfly Tree, had such an amazing inaugural year promoting literacy and visiting schools with her 2012 Book Explorers program that it's back again for 2013! 

Teachers, librarians and school administrators can enter their school's information at Sandra's blog. This is a fantastic program -- I hope you'll all enter to win!

More information can be found on Sandra's blog, WRITE ON! Enter by February 28th

Good luck everyone!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from all of us at Peachtree! We hope your 2013 will be filled with great new books and wonderful memories for years to come!