For the next month or more, we’ll be highlighting remote learning opportunities from NH children’s book authors. First up, it’s story time! Join Terry Farish as she shares The Cat Who Liked Potato Soup and asks children to share their own ideas for stories.
In December, 2019, Teri Weidner passed away after a long battle with cancer. Among other things, Teri was a gifted illustrator. She illustrated over 20 books for children, gracing the pages of authors like Jan Karon and Margaret Wise Brown with her beautiful art. Teri was also encouraging to her fellow artists and even took up a position teaching at NHIA in more recent years.
We hope that with the start of the new year you’ll take the time to pick up a Teri Weidner picture book. Seek them out in bookstores and in libraries. Read them to your children, look closely at the pages. Remember and celebrate this wonderful artist who will be greatly missed.
Read more about Teri’s life and loves here.
We’re always elated when we spot a familiar face in PW’s Childrens Bookshelf Rights Report. Congrats to David Elliott on the sale of this wonderful new picture book manuscript, Red Big. Look for it in 2022!
If you follow Erin Bowman on Instagram or subscribe to her monthly newsletter, perhaps you’ve already seen this! We wanted to share the love for this magical cover for her upcoming, debut middle grade novel The Girl and the Witch’s Garden.
The official synopsis from publisher:
Mallory Estate is the last place twelve-year-old Piper Peavey wants to spend her summer vacation. The grounds are always cold, the garden out back is dead, a mysterious group of children call the property home, and there’s a rumor that Melena M. Mallory—the owner of the estate and Piper’s wealthy grandmother—is a witch.
But when Piper’s father falls ill, Mallory Estate is exactly where she finds herself.
The grand house and its garden hold many secrets—some of which may even save her father—and Piper will need to believe in herself, her new friends, and magic if she wants to unlock them before it’s too late.
Doesn’t this sound absolutely magically middle grade? Expected release date is May 2020.
Welcome to Goodnight Bubbala by Sheryl Haft and illustrated by NHs own Jill Weber. Does this book have a familiar feel? That’s because it’s a lovely spin on Goodnight Moon, but instead of hushing and quiet, we are met with a lively Hannukah celebration. Bonus: This includes a recipe for Potato Latkes from Ina Garten herself. Sign me up!
Publishers Weekly gives it a wonderful write up in its Holiday Gift Guide.
Find Goodnight Bubbala wherever books are sold.
Join us in welcoming Same Way Ben, by Maryann Cocca-Leffler, into the world. Ben loves everything to be the same everyday, but when a substitute teacher arrives and shakes things up, Ben’s world gets turned upside down.
This warm picture book is perfect for young readers who are trying to acclimate to the new school year ….or any child who struggles with change.
The American Library in Paris Book Award celebrates books written and published in English about France or the French. We’re so elated to see Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc by David Elliott on the short list. Read this lovely write up in the Concord Monitor to hear more about what David was up to when he got the call and keep an eye out in November for coverage of the final announcements!
Miranda and Maude are at it again in the latest of this charming chapter book series by Emma Wunsch. In this installment, the boys and girls of room 3B aren’t getting along, which ends up in lively tag, tug of war, stolen chicken, and donuts fill with…cheese. Ew!!
Early middle grade readers are likely to see some familiar antics and love the humor. Congrats, Emma!
September is busting with book birthdays! This month also welcomes Hawks Kettle Puffins Wheel: And Other Poems of Birds in Flight by Susan Vande Griek and illustrated by Mark Hoffmann.
This lovely book about birds introduces young readers to a variety of species as well as language surrounding bird behavior. A great pick for your nature lover, out there, and a great way to make nonfiction fun, literary and accessible.
Kirkus calls it a “fresh and original approach of the study of birds and words.” Find it at your favorite book store, today!