Do you need some fun and silliness? Who doesn’t! Join illustrators Marty Kelley, Russ Cox and David Biedrzycki (AKA The Exquisite Dorks) as they do a live game of exquisite corpse, online! Follow their story additions at https://exquisitedorks.blogspot.com/
Happy Book Birthday to In the Woods written by David Elliott and illustrated by Rob Dunlavey! This beautifully illustrated picture book in verse celebrates woodland creatures from the “stealthy bobcat” to the “dignified bear.” Would pair well with a walk in the woods, a picnic and a story time.
Publishers Weekly called it “pleasant and gently funny.”
On bookshelves today!
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.