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