Who doesn’t LOVE a read-aloud? Join David Elliott as he reads Evangeline Mudd from start to finish. Watching David read one of his own books is even better than listening to an audiobook! Enjoy!
Kidlit603 At Home: Marty Kelley
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/
Kidlit603 At Home: Marek Bennett
Calling all aspiring artists, cartoonists and doodlers! Marek Bennett is sharing regular art activities on his youtube channel. Enjoy his latest lesson and check out his activity page for more at-home resources:
Book Birthday: In the Woods
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!
Kidlit603 At Home: Terry Farish
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.
Celebrating the Life and Work of Teri Weidner
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.
More from David Elliott
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!
Cover Reveal: The Girl and the Witch’s Garden
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.
New Book: Goodnight Bubbala
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.
Hearts of Ice Book Launch!
Adi Rule and Erin E. Moulton are hitting the road, this fall, to welcome Hearts of Ice into the world. They’ll be bringing books, magic, pendants and wands to bookstores around New England. Will they be landing near you?