Happy Book Birthday to Lita Judge and Penguin Flies Home! This follow up to Penguin’s earlier journey in Flight School shows Penguin longing for home. Early praise from Kirkus has lauded it “Lighthearted and lots of fun.” This is perfect for all kids 3-5, but will be especially fun for animal lovers.
The coolest thing happened! Dr. Carla Hayden, the librarian of congress, continued the tradition of reading children a holiday story in the Thomas Jefferson Building’s Great Hall. This year, she read a few books to commemorate the winter holidays. One was very familiar to us! Santa’s Underwear: A Visit from Saint Nicholas by Marty Rhodes Figley and illustrated by our own Marty Kelley. Go Marty! You’re so famous! Read more about the event and its history here.
Adi Rule, author of Strange Sweet Song and Hidden Twin has a new book deal! Adi is writing a middle grade novel for scholastic called Hearts of Ice, hitting bookshelves in September of 2019. See what her agent has to say:
HEARTS OF ICE is a true winter wonderland of a read, starring a girl who has grown up believing she is an only child. Everything changes when she discovers that not only does she have a sister—a twin!—but the girls were born in another magical, wintery world. And now? That world is out to get them back.
This incredible page-turner was sold to Mallory Kass at Scholastic Press, and is hitting shelves in September 2019. Huge congratulations, Adi!
We cannot wait!
November saw multiple book loving conferences across the states. David Elliott spoke about his upcoming title VOICES: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc at ALAN. This novel in verse is bound to be a hit in classrooms when it comes out in March 2019.
Some of us write in coffee shops, some of us write in closets, some of us write watching the birds…but one NH author, Lita Judge, sometimes gets a view of bobcats playing outside her studio. Where are you writing, today? What critters do you see?
From time to time, writers leave their solitary desks and actually connect! Kidlit603 organizes and hosts a New Words Night once a month. In this particular picture, writers gathered at Lita Judge‘s studio in scenic Peterborough, where they entertained one another with new stories.