Friday, June 28, 2013

American Library Association!

We're in Chicago this weekend! If you're in town for ALA, be sure to stop by our booth and meet our fantastic authors and illustrators: 

Peachtree Publishers
Booth 2527

Saturday, 6/29

 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Kevin Luthardt is signing When Edgar Met Cecil!
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Fred Bowen is signing Perfect Game!
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Kashmira Sheth and Jeffrey Ebbeler are signing Tiger in My Soup!
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Cynthia Levinson is signing We've Got a Job!
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, 6/30

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Dori Butler is signing Sliding into Home!
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Fred Bowen is signing Perfect Game!
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Wendy Henrichs is signing I Am Tama, Lucky Cat!
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Susan Stockdale is signing Stripes of All Types!
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Hope to see you all there! Happy Reading!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Sneak Peak!

Every now and then, we get the lovely opportunity to visit with an author or illustrator in the office. This week we were doubly fortunate John and Cathryn Sill, the husband and wife team behind the About... and the About Habitats... series stopped by yesterday to share some art with us!

John and Cathryn Sill

Now that we've had a taste of the beautiful artwork, I can't wait to see the finished books this year! Check it out! 

Finished paintings for the upcoming About Habitats: Forests (Spring 2014):

What do you think? We're discussing cover options -- too many beautiful choices!

Sketches for the upcoming About Parrots (Fall 2014):

What are your favorites? What animal or habitat would you LOVE to see the Sills tackle next? Let me know in the comments (don't forget to include your email address!) for a chance to win some great Sills books! I'll pick a winner at random on Monday June 24!

*US Residents only, please
**Contest closes Sun. June 23, 2013 at 11:59 p.m.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day! 

My favorite Father's Day activity to do with my dad is to go to the Braves' game. It has been a tradition since I was very little (of course, some years, we have to resort to watching the game on TV when the Braves are out of town).

We have a bunch of great books about dads. These range from stories about dads and their sons at ballgames and playing other sports to stories about animal dads and their young. 

Are the Dinosaurs Dead, Dad?
Written by Julie Middleton
Illustrated by Russell Ayto

Dad takes Dave to the museum. As they walk through the dinosaur exhibit, Dave tries to get his father's attention. Why is this one grinning and why is that one interested in Dave's lunch? But Dad is too busy telling Dave all there is to know about these amazing creatures to notice that they've sprung to life! Dave gets the feeling that Dad has one hugely important fact very, very wrong...

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

It is the summer of 1947 and Jackie Robinson has just become the new first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers--and the first black player in major league baseball. A young boy shares his love of the game with his deaf father by listening to the games on the radio and then using sign language to tell his father about the games. Finally, his father has a big surprise for him: they are going to Ebbets Field to watch Jackie play!

That's Not How You Play Soccer, Daddy!
Written by Sherry Shahan
Illustrated by Tatjana Mai-Wyss
After a tough practice, Mikey's dad and dog Socks take him to lunch at the park, but super-competitive Mikey only wants to practice for the big game. Daddy offers to help, but to Mikey's dismay Daddy doesn't put in much of an athletic effort. He keeps bending the rules and telling his impatient son to "just have fun." After an irresistible ticklefest, however, Mikey finally comes around to Daddy's way of thinking--and joins him and Socks in the worst, best soccer game ever!
Pennies in a Jar
Written by Dori Chaconas
Illustrated by Ted Lewin
 A young boy promises to be brave when his father goes off to fight in World War II. But it isn't always easy, especially now that he and his mother are alone and the air is punctuated by sirens. Then one day a stranger with a small pony named Freedom offers the boy an opportunity to create the perfect birthday present for his father. But that means digging down deep inside to find a new and special kind of courage...
Hey, Daddy! Animal Fathers and Their Babies
Written by Mary Batten
Illustrated by Higgins Bond 
In the vast animal kingdom, mommies are often solely responsible for the birth and upbringing of their young. But daddies can, and do, help in a variety of surprising ways. Among the featured fathers are the blue jay, the marmoset and the beaver, who share parenting responsibilities with the mother, as well as several animal daddies (such as the seahorse, the penguin, and Darwin's frog) that perform more extraordinary roles. Finally, the human father is singled out for devoting the most time of all to raising his young until they can survive on their own. 
What is your favorite memory with your dad?
Happy Reading!