Tuesday, April 30, 2013

An interview with James Stewart

Earlier this month, James Stewart, one of the original participants in the 1963 Birmingham Children's March and one of the subjects of Cynthia Levinson's We've Got a Job, was interviewed by Michael Shure on The War Room! Hear James's first-hand account of the march here.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1963 Birmingham Children's March. As we look back over the Civil Rights Movement and the progress that's been made in the past 50 years, we also invite you to look specifically at this once seldom-known event in which thousands of Birmingham students voluntarily went to jail in the name of freedom. 

We'll have some great insights into the movement, the book and the author right here on Peachtree's blog, and we'll also have a great team of reviewers here to introduce you to We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March.

PS. If you haven't seen our We've Got a Job Pinterest board, check it out here

Kid Lit Reviews also on Twitter! - @kidlitreviews1

Teach with Picture Books also on Twitter! - @keithschoch

Jenn's Bookshelves also on Twitter! - @jennbookshelves

ACS Reader's Haven

It's About Time MaMaw

You can also keep up with the We've Got a Job timeline with author Cynthia Levinson on Twitter, @CyLev -- look for #childrensmarch!

Check out Alabama Public Radio's documentary on the children's march!  

Friday, April 26, 2013

Happy Arbor Day!

Today is National Arbor Day! You could celebrate by taking a hike surrounded by beautiful trees, getting a group together to plant a bunch of trees in your neighborhood OR you could read our book: Arbor Day Square!

Arbor Day Square
Written by Kathryn O. Galbraith
Illustrated by Cyd Moore

Katie and her papa are among a group of settlers building a town in the middle of the dusty, brown prairie. Every week the trains bring more people and more lumber to build houses, fences, and barns. New buildings go up including a church with a steeple, a store with glass windows, even a schoolhouse with desks for all the children.

But one thing is missing: Trees!

When the townspeople take up a collection to order trees from back east, Katie adds her own pennies and Pap's silver dollar. When the tiny saplings finally arrive, Katie helps dig holes and fetch water. Then in a quiet corner of the public square, Katie and Papa plant a flowering dogwood in memory of Mama. 

This is a great book to teach your child the importance of helping the environment. There are so many ways to help, including planting your very own tree!

Make sure to check out our recent post with some other of our favorite spring titles, here.

Also, head on over to our new Pinterest page, including a board dedicated to celebrating Earth Day and Arbor Day! Don't forget to follow us while you're there and to re-pin so you can share your favorite Peachtree titles with your Pinterest followers. 

Happy Reading and be on the lookout for a new picture book from Kathryn Galbraith this Fall 2013!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Are you at TLA?

So are we! Check out our booth #1347 and make sure you visit our authors while they are signing! 

Friday, 4/26
Jackie Hopkins is signing from 2 - 3 p.m.!

Shirley Duke is signing from 4 - 5 p.m.!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Privateer's Apprentice

Jameson Cooper always assumed someday he'd grow up to be a printer like his father. But after the death of his parents, he's wrongly accused of stealing bread and sentenced to life as an indentured servant to the baker, changing his fortunes forever.

What happens next defies all of Jameson's expectations: suddenly knocked out and kidnapped from the streets, he awakens on board a ship called the Destiny, captained by the fearsome Attack Jack, a privateer in the service of Queen Anne.

Want to know what happens next? Check out our reviewers' take on the book this week and look for Privateer's Apprentice at your library or local indie! 

Monday, 4/22

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Thursday, 4/25

Friday, 4/26

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

San Antonio or bust!

Will you be attending IRA this weekend in San Antonio? We will!  Be sure to swing by our booth #1611 to say hi and check out our new titles! 

Here's what's happening at IRA this year! 

Monday, April 15, 2013

#42 Jackie Robinson

On April 15, 1947, the Brooklyn Dodgers started Jackie Robinson at first base. Not only was Jackie the first African American to play in the MLB since the late 19th century, he was also a phenomenal baseball player. 

Over his 10 seasons in the major leagues, Jackie went to six World Series, including winning in 1955, and six All-Star games. Jackie was the first person to receive the honor of being Rookie of the Year and was awarded National League MVP in 1949. Every year, the MLB honor Jackie with "Jackie Robinson Day," where every player in the league wears the number 42 on their jersey.

This past weekend the movie "42" released, telling the story of Jackie's life and baseball career. (Watch a trailer of the movie here) I seriously cannot wait to see this movie! In my opinion, there's nothing better than a good baseball movie. 

If you aren't planning on taking your kids to the theater (the movie is rated PG-13), no worries -- we've got you covered! Introduce your kids to Jackie Robinson's story with Dad, Jackie, and Me:

Dad, Jackie, and Me
Written by Myron Uhlberg
Illustrated by Colin Bootman

Dad, Jackie, and Me takes place the summer that Jackie Robinson began his career in the MLB. A young boy shares the excitement of Robinson's rookie season with his deaf father. Each day when his father gets home from work, he uses sign language to tell him about the Dodgers game. One day, his father surprises him with very exciting news, they will be going to Ebbets Field to watch Jackie play!

Jackie Robinson was a legendary figure in the fight for Civil Rights. For more on the Civil Rights Movement, check out our book, We've Got a Job. And visit our We've Got a Job Pinterest board

Happy Reading!

The Garden of My Imaan

Fifth-grader Aliya already struggles with trying to fit in, feeling confident enough to talk to the cute boy in class, or being brave enough to stand up to mean kids—the fact that she’s Muslim is just another part of her life.

Should she fast for Ramadan? Should she wear the hijab? She’s old enough for both, but does she really want to call attention to herself?

Aliya begins writing letters to Allah, exploring her dreams and fears, and hoping that with hard work and faith, something beautiful will grow in the garden of her imaan — the small quiet place inside where belief unfolds, one petal at a time.

I'm so excited to roll out the blog tour for this awesome new book! Follow along with us this week!

Monday, 4/15

Tuesday, 4/16

Wednesday, 4/17

Thursday, 4/18

The Streetlight Reader 
Plus a Q & A with author Farhana Zia! 

Friday, 4/19

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Happy Spring!

My car is yellow, so it must officially be spring! We've got a great line up of spring timey books for y'all! 
Check out some of our favorite springtime books!

A Place for TurtlesWritten by Melissa Stewart
Illustrated by Higgins Bond
Award-winning children’s science writer Melissa Stewart introduces young readers to the intriguing world of turtles and some of the ways human action or inaction can affect them.
About Birds: A Guide for ChildrenWritten by Cathryn Sill
Illustrated by John Sill
About Birds is a first thoughtful glimpse into the world of birds, from eggs to nest, from songs to flight.

Bring on the BirdsWritten and Illustrated by Susan Stockdale
Bring on the Birds is back this spring with a new board book edition! Brightly colored illustrations and energetic rhyming text will introduce readers to distinctive birds and their unique qualities.
In the Garden
Written by Elizabeth Spurr
Illustrated by Manuelle Oliphant
This gently rhyming board book tells the story of a young boy creating a garden, one small action at a time. Along the way, readers learn words for simple objects related to the garden and nature.

My Mother Talks to Trees
Written by Doris Gove
Illustrated by Marilynn H. Mallory
On a walk home from school, Laura's mom stops along the way to talk to the trees they pass. With each tree, Laura's mom talks about the distintive features of each tree. By the end of their walk home, Laura has become infected by her mother's contagious enthusiasm for nature and she begins to develop her own relationship to the natural world.

Planting the Wild GardenWritten by Kathryn O. Galbraith
Illustrated by Wendy Anderson Halperin
A farmer and her son plant vegetables in their garden, and the wind carries a few seeds away. Birds and animals carry seeds along with them on their travels. Sometimes the rain washes them away to a new and unexpected location. And sometimes something more extraordinary occurs, as in when the pods of the Scotch Broom plant open explosively in the summer heat, scattering seeds everywhere like popcorn.

Seed MagicWritten by Jane Buchanan
Illustrated by Charlotte Riley-Webb
Rose and her brothers mock crazy old birdman, who sits in his wheelchair all day feeding seeds to the pigeons. The birdman says pigeons are beautiful, but Rose doesn’t think so. She dreams of gardens full of red and yellow and blue flowers, like the ones she sees in her library books. When Birdman gives Rose some seeds, her brothers don't believe they are actually magic, but Rose does. Will these seeds create a garden as beautiful as the ones in Rose has seen in her books?

A Tree for EmmyWritten by Mary Ann Rodman
Illustrated by Tatjana Mai-Wyss
Emmy loves trees. She loves oak trees with acorns. She loves pine trees with cones, and willow trees with swishy branches. But best of all, Emmy loves the mimosa tree that grows in her grandmother’s pasture. Emmy swings on its branches, plays with its fuzzy pink blossoms, and rattles its seedpods like maracas.