Friday, March 29, 2013

Claude in the City!

We're introducing a new early reader series! This is the first book of the Claude series, first published in the UK and now available for all of us here in the US. You guys, I am so pumped about this series. Claude and his best friend Sir Bobblysock crack me up and I can't wait for you to read these books! 

I'm leaving it to the capable hands of my wonderful blogger buddies to properly introduce this book to you in this week's BLOG TOUR! 

Blue Owl Reviews
Three Bookworms 

Kid Lit Reviews (also on Twitter!) 

 There'sa Book (also on Twitter!) 
A Word's Worth 

It's About Time MaMaw
Maestra Amanda's Bookshelf 

Satisfaction for InsatiableReaders (also on Twitter!)

Friday, March 22, 2013

Tiger in My Soup

There's a lot more lurking in the soup than alphabet letters! Imagination takes center stage in Tiger in My Soup! Follow along this week for reviews, giveaways and a whole lot of fun!

Blue Owl Reviews

Kid Lit Reviews also on Twitter @KidLitReviews1

Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers also on Twitter @Grgenius
A Word's Worth

There's a Book also on Twitter @the1stdaughter 

It's About Time, Mamaw

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Peachtree and Bookboard

Hi friends! 

Today we're announcing an exciting new partnership with Bookboard to bring our books to your iPads! We're so excited to be jumping into the world of e-books and we hope you'll come along with us! 

If you're unfamiliar with Bookboard, it's a great organization offering affordable subscription services to families -- check them out and look for your favorite Peachtree titles here

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Latest "news" on the lost Vermeer

The image used for the cover of 'Lost and Found' clearly shows one of the stolen paintings, Vermeer's 'The Concert,' hidden in Mr. Rumkowsky's lost and found. Lawyers for the museum say this image could prove to be a very important piece of evidence should the case go to court.

Boston, MA - In the latest development in the search for the priceless artwork stolen from the Isabel Stuart Gardner Museum, attention is now being focused on an elementary school custodian and the children's author and illustrator who chronicled his actions in their book, "Lost and Found."

"I don't know anything about any of that stuff in there," Stanley Rumkowsky said to reporters after leaving the FBI offices in Boston. "As far as I know, the Shroud of Turin is at the bottom of that box. Kids leave stuff behind and I just put it in there. It's not like I'm an art historian or anything."

Rumkowsky, custodian at Ella P. Larch Elementary School in Mossboro, Massachussetts for the past fifty one years,  was referring to the lost and found box he keeps in his office.

When agents noticed the Vermeer painting, "The Concert" on the cover of the children's picture book "Lost and Found," written by Bill Harley and illustrated by Adam Gustavson, they immediately obtained search warrants for the elementary school and custodial office. The search came up empty.

"All we found was a bunch of sweaters and hats and a couple of Grecian urns," one unidentified FBI agent said on his way out of the school.

Jason Smedley, head of the federal investigation into the lost artwork, noted that Rumkowsky had been cleared of wrongdoing, but now Harley and Gustavson were being retained as "persons of interest" in the case.

"They know something," Smedley said. "We just want the paintings back, but at this point, they're still not talking."

Harley and Gustavson, presently embroiled in another escapade relating to a fourth grade boy named Charlie Bumpers, were not available for comment, according to their lawyer, Alana Rothstein. 

"They will speak when they have something to say," she said.


Behind the Books: Turtle Heaven

Once again we welcome author Melissa Stewart to the blog!

For the last few weeks, I’ve been reviewing final art from uber-talented illustrator Higgins Bond and making final edits to the text for my 2013 book A Place for Turtles. So it seems fitting that my husband, brother-in-law, and I took a trek to the Oxbow Wildlife Refuge in Harvard, MA.

Not only is it truly a place for turtles. It's turtle heaven. Really.

Creating Illustrations for Stripes of All Types

Welcome back to the blog, Susan! 

Stripes of All Types explores how animals around the world wear and benefit from their stripes.  I write my own books, so the manuscript came first.  After composing the rhyming text, I began developing the artwork.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Behind the Books: It's Turtle Time

Welcome to the blog, Melissa Stewart! 

This is the sixth and final (at least for now) book in the A Place for . . . series. When I submitted the proposal for A Place for Butterflies to my editor way back in 2001, I had no idea that I was embarking on an incredible 12-year journey.

How I Created Stripes of All Types

Welcome to the blog, Susan Stockdale! 

I have always been fascinated by the patterns and colors found in nature. Before becoming a children’s book author/illustrator, I worked as a textile designer for the apparel industry. Today, I am always looking for book themes that will allow me to express my passion for pattern and color in my artwork.  

Friday, March 15, 2013

Stripes, Turtles and Springtime!

Spring is here (on Wednesday)! We're celebrating with Stripes of All Types and A Place for Turtles in this week's epic blog tour!

Be sure to check out each stop and enter the many giveaways for your chance to bring home copies of these awesome titles! 

Monday 3/18 
Letters Numbers and Books  

Tuesday 3/19 
Keep an eye right here on Peachtree's blog for guest posts by Susan Stockdale and Melissa Stewart! 

Wednesday 3/20 (and the first day of spring!) 
Kid Lit Reviews  

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

“Spread the word to end the word”

Today is the fifth annual day of awareness, sponsored by the R-Word campaign, to end the use of what the New York Times calls “a word gone wrong” in its Sunday article about the organization. What used to be an outdated clinical, even medical, term has over time become an ugly derogatory slang that simultaneously stings most and desensitizes others with every utterance.

In the article, Lawrence Downes writes that, “To those with intellectual disabilities, it sometimes seems the battle is just at the beginning, when little victories — like an end to insults — are hugely important.”

So what can we do? Even little victories lead to big rewards, so I suggest we start early and build. One way to encourage your kids and get the discussion started is through books about bullying. Read together and talk about how the situations make them feel. How would you handle the situation if this happened at your school? What should you say when you encounter a bully or if someone else is being bullied?

Fred Bowen’s latest, Perfect Game, is a great place to start. The story follows Isaac, a star pitcher, who is so preoccupied with pitching a perfect game that he can’t even celebrate his team’s victories — he’s stuck on the mistakes that were made. 

When Isaac gets the chance to work with a Unified Sports basketball team made up of intellectually challenged and average kids all playing together, his definition of a perfect game finally starts to change. For more on Perfect Game and the Special Olympics, check out Fred’s website here.

Monday, March 4, 2013

A Stampede's a-Comin'!

We've got so much fun lined up this spring and we're jumping straight into the prairie for this one!

Jackie Hopkins (Three Armadillies Tuff and The Gold Miner's Daughter) and Henry Cole (Three Hens and a Peacock) teamed up for this hilarious spin on Chicken Little. I'll let our fabulous reviewers tell you the rest...

When Mary McBlicken the prairie chicken hears a rumblin' and a grumblin', she sets off to warn her friends in this prairie-style twist on Chicken Little.

Letters, Numbers and Books, Oh My! also on Twitter @3bookworms
Blue Owl Reviews 
Kid Lit Reviews also on Twitter @KidLitReviews1

Teach with Picture Books also on Twitter @KeithSchoch

There's a Book also on Twitter @the1stdaughter
A Word's Worth 

Maestra Amanda's Bookshelf
It's About Time, MaMaw 

Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers also on Twitter @GRgenius  

Friday, March 1, 2013

Follow Peachtree on Pinterest!

Peachtree is now on Pinterest!

Follow us for fun round ups, news about upcoming titles, teacher guides and more! 

We're just getting started with lots in the works, so check it out!