Wednesday, February 22, 2017

New Book Wednesday: Stanley's Store

Stanley's Store
by William Bee
The hardest working hamster around is back and busier than ever in Stanley’s Store. The sixth title in William Bee’s much-loved Stanley series, Stanley’s Store invites young readers to explore grocery processes, colors, machines, and community with his loyal cast of rodent friends.

Stanley has fresh fruits and veggies to be unloaded, Myrtle needs help at the cheese counter, Shamus and Little Woo’s groceries must be rung up. Even for an industrious hamster like Stanley, running a store is hard work! With bold digital illustrations and the series’ beloved cast of characters, Stanley’s Store introduces young readers to the daily workings of a grocery store, concluding with the hamster’s comforting nighttime routine that readers have come to love in all of the Stanley’s picture books.

“A satisfying addition to the Stanley the Hamster series.” – Booklist Online

Also be sure to follow Stanley on his blog tour! Dates and locations below: 

We’re stocking the shelves of your local libraryindie bookstore, or Barnes & Noble with this publication produce on March 1st

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

New Book Wednesday: Prince Ribbit

Prince Ribbit
by Jonathan Emmett
illustrated by Poly Bernatene
In Jonathan Emmett’s clever twist on the “The Frog Prince,” spunky, bespectacled Princess Martha doubts the princely background of a talking frog. While her sisters are convinced that giving him the royal treatment will turn him into Prince Charming (like their story book says), fact-loving Martha knows Prince Ribbit is nothing but a clever, deceptive, and quite ordinary amphibian.  So, armed with the facts from her nonfiction books, she sets out to expose Prince Ribbit and prove to her sisters that “just because it’s in a book doesn’t mean it’s true.” But before “The End,” Princess Martha might just learn that lesson for herself!

From Jonathan Emmett and Poly Bernatene, the team that created the wickedly funny tale The Santa Trap, comes Prince Ribbita delightfully clever piece of meta-fiction for young readers about the pitfalls of trusting everything you read.  In a world where the lines between fact and fiction are often blurred, or ignored entirely, this “fractured fairytale” reminds children to approach every story they read, whether in the library or online, with a healthy amount of skepticism and critical thinking.

“A delightful story to pair with the original fairy tale and an excellent way to begin a discussion about factual books versus fiction.” —School Library Connection

“Readers will take away a universally appealing lesson: it’s fun to be clever.” ―Publishers Weekly

Check out the Prince Ribbit board game and word search on Pinterest!

This title hops into stores and libraries on March 1st, so make sure you capture a copy at your  local libraryindie bookstore, or Barnes & Noble. Let Martha and her amphibian prince help you open the door to a discussion of fact vs. fiction!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sunday Brunch: Susan Stockdale

Our first Sunday Brunch of the spring season is with award-winning author and illustrator Susan Stockdale!

A former textile designer, Susan Stockdale has always been fascinated by pattern and color. She has written and illustrated a number of picture books—including Spectacular Spots, Stripes of All Types, Bring On the Birds, and Fabulous Fishes—which have received awards from the American Library Association, Bank Street College of Education, the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, the National Science Teachers Association, and the Parents’ Choice Foundation. Hear from her now as she shares about her latest picture book, Fantastic Flowers.

Q: What inspired the idea for Fantastic Flowers?

A: While visiting the U.S. Botanic Garden, I was charmed by an orchid that looked just like a monkey’s face. The idea for the book came to me in a flash—a book about flowers that look like other things! It struck me as such a playful and fun theme, but one that could have real educational heft, too.

Q: How did you find these unique flowers?

A: I did a lot of research. I pored over flower books, magazines, and online images. I was looking for the most fantastic and colorful flowers that resembled unusual things—both animate and inanimate.

Q: How did you go about researching them?

A: In addition to my print and online research, I consulted with botanists. I really leaned on them to make sure that my text and illustrations were factually accurate. I probably emailed the pollination expert 10 times with questions.

Q: How does nature continue to inspire your work?

A: Nature is the best designer. I never tire of trying to capture and interpret its magnificent colors, patterns, and shapes in my artwork.

Q: What intrigues you about the intersection of nature and art?

A: I enjoy the challenge of spotlighting specific aspects of nature that might pull readers in—from how and why animals wear their stripes to how flowers resemble other things—in words and pictures.

Q: How do you marry the rhythm of your text with your art?

A: I try to accomplish this with my pagination. In Fantastic Flowers, I featured two single-page images followed by two double-spread images to establish a predictable, rhythmic page turn for my reader that mimics the cadenced text.

Q: What is your process like as both the author and illustrator of a book?

A: My creative process is the same for every book. After coming up with an idea, I research, write the text, sketch the illustrations that would best fit the text, and paint, in that order.

Q: Which authors and illustrators do you admire?

A: I am a big fan of Steve Jenkins, Melissa Sweet, and Peter Sís.

Q: How do you hope teachers will use your book in the classroom?

A: I hope teachers read the book aloud, so children can appreciate its rhythm and rhyme, and that they use it as an introduction to teaching about the splendor and science of flowers.

Q: What do you hope young children will draw from this book?

A: I hope Fantastic Flowers will open young eyes to the surprising beauty and importance of flowers, and inspire children to appreciate and spend time in our natural world.

Fantastic Flowers will be at your local libraryindie bookstore, or Barnes & Noble on March 1st! 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Free Book Friday: King & Kayla

It's that time of year again! Free Book Friday is back and better than ever. The title of the hour is King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats from Dori Hillestad Butler and Nancy Meyers.

This mystery series is perfect for early readers. Join a lovable dog (King) as he helps his human girl (Kayla) sniff out clues and find the missing dog treats.

Enter for a chance to get a copy and solve the mystery by entering our Goodreads giveaway, starting today and through next week. Don't miss this Free Book Friday!

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King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats by Dori Hillestad Butler

King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats

by Dori Hillestad Butler

Giveaway ends February 18, 2017.
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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

New Book Wednesday: King & Kayla


Dori Hillestad Butler returns to the children’s mystery genre with a brand-new easy reader series starring a lovable golden retriever who helps his human girl solve mysteries.  In the series’ inaugural title, King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats, precocious King helps his human friend Kayla sniff out clues on some treats gone missing. In Book Two, King & Kayla and the Case of the Secret Code, Kayla receives a letter in the mail written in code, along with her friend Mason, and King must help her find out who sent the letter!

Butler’s King & Kayla series boasts simple, straightforward language with a touch of deadpan humor—perfect for new readers who are full of curiosity and are eager to sniff out answers to their questions.  Kayla’s logical lists, as well as King’s canine assistance, is proof to children that they are capable of solving life’s little mysteries—with a little bit of help. Nancy Meyer’s endearing, full-color illustrations convey the affection between King and his human, even though she misunderstands him most of the time.

“Readers will connect with this charmingly misunderstood pup (along with his exasperated howls, excited tail wagging, and sheepish grins).” ―Kirkus Reviews

This case-cracking dynamic duo opens investigations on March 1st, so be sure to track them down at your local libraryindie bookstore, or Barnes & Noble.  If you do, you’re sure to be one of King’s new favorite things!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Charlie Bumpers' Biggest Fan

Meet Gabe.

Gabe is a reading rebel whose story we had to share. Gabe has been a reader from the moment he could read on his own. In late kindergarten, he began reading books meant for grade levels three and four years ahead of him. Specifically, he began reading Charlie Bumpers.

Once Gabe had read through a few of Charlie's stories himself, he began sharing them with his friends. On the bus to school one day, Gabe was once again urging his friends to read Charlie Bumpers when a rather unfortunate thing happened. Gabe's friend got carsick from reading on the bus! Reading was banned thenceforth to Gabe's dismay. (Like we saidreading rebel).

Since then, Gabe has continued to read, despite the bus ban, and is now inspiring the reading life of his little brother! We'll let Gabe do some of the talking now, but we wanted you to have that introduction first.

Let us know if you have reading rebels in your life! We'd love to share their stories and hear how reading has impacted them.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

New Book Wednesday: Fantastic Flowers

Fantastic Flowers
by Susan Stockdale
With engaging rhymes and bright, bold images, award-winning author and illustrator Susan Stockdale introduces young readers to a wide range of unusual flowers. Can you imagine a flower that looks like a ballerina? A baboon? A napping baby?  It’s hard to believe that these flowers are real—but they are!

From the author of Spectacular Spots and Stripes of All Types comes this brilliant bouquet of 17 flowers from around the world that resemble everything from flying birds to laughing bumblebeesFantastic Flowers encourages object identification and inspires children to observe nature more closely.  Stockdale also provides information on the pollination process in the back matter as well as a flower identification guide that includes real pictures of every flower illustrated in the book.

“Optically striking… This is a book to closely pore over” —Kirkus Reviews

“Pick” your own copy of Fantastic Flowers on March 1st in the literary lawns of your local library, indie bookstore, or Barnes & Noble. Looking for a way to teach budding botanists about plants and their processes? Check out the Fantastic Flowers Teacher’s Guide.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Madeline Finn Photo Sweepstakes #ReadingUnleashed

Are you a little dog crazy? Book crazy? Madeline Finn crazy?  You could win the Ultimate Canine Collection from Peachtree Publishers.

But first, if you don’t already know her, meet Madeline Finn. Madeline Finn did NOT like to read. That is, until she met Bonnie, a very special library dog who snuggled close, encouraged her to keep trying, and helped her realize that reading is fun!

Madeline Finn, Bonnie, and all of us at Peachtree invite you to unleash your own love of reading with your favorite pooch and enter to win our Ultimate Canine Collection.

How to enter*:

1.   Take a picture of yourself/your child/your student reading to an adorable pooch. You can star with any pup you want, but if you want to partner with a real library dog, click here to find a library dog program in your area:

2.   Post the picture using the hashtag #ReadingUnleashed and tag Peachtree Publishers in your post. (Twitter: @PeachtreePub; Instagram: @peachtreepublishers Facebook: Peachtree Publishers)

3.   If you’re reading Madeline Finn and the Library Dog in the picture, we’ll count it as TWO entries! 

When to enter:

Post your picture(s) by February 28th. Winners will be randomly selected and notified by March 3rd.

What you’ll win: 

The Ultimate Canine Collection includes one (1) hardcover copy of each of the following Peachtree Publishers titles:
   Camp K-9
   Dog Sense

We can’t wait to see your entries!

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and Washington D.C. who are 18 years old as of date of entry. All photos featuring children under the age of 13 must be taken with the permission of a parent or guardian. Sweepstakes begin February 17th, 2017 and end on February 28, 2017 at 11:59pm EST. Limit (2) entries per person. One Grand Prize winner shall be selected in a random drawing to receive one copy of each book in the "Ultimate Canine Collection." Winners will be notified by March 3, 2017 at 11:59pm EST. Void where prohibited.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

New Year, New List!

Happy 2017 everyone! It is gearing up to be a special year for us here at Peachtree not only because of all the wonderful books coming out, but because it's our 40th Anniversary! So in the name of celebration, we are delighted to share our Spring 2017 list. We guarantee you will laugh, wonder, cry, and cheer along with both new and familiar faces and stories.

New Picture Books

Young Drasko is happy working with his father in the Sarajevo market. Then war encroaches. Drasko must run the family flower stand alone. Based on real events of the Bosnian War, award-winning songwriter and storyteller John McCutcheon tells the uplifting story in Flowers for Sarajevo of the power of beauty in the face of violence and suffering.

It’s hard to believe that these flowers are real—but they are! With engaging rhymes and bright, bold images, award-winning author and illustrator Susan Stockdale introduces young readers to a wide range of unusual flowers in Fantastic Flowers.

Join the children of Room 3 and Mrs. McBee as they find their own ways of helping each other get ready to leave and say good-bye. Gretchen Brandenburg McLellan brings readers Mrs. McBee Leaves Room 3an amusing and touching story about transitions and the importance of observing them. With Grace Zong’s charming illustrations, the distinct cast of lively characters comes to life on the page.

Enchanted prince or just a plain old frog? Pucker up, princesses! There’s only one way to find out. Jonathan Emmett’s clever twist on the “The Frog Prince,” Prince Ribbit, pits a spunky, bespectacled princess against a sly amphibian to teach a charming lesson on the pitfalls of trusting everything you read.

The circus is beginning! Fierce Lion and speedy Zebra are stepping into the ring to perform their act—but wait! Things aren’t going quite according to plan... Zebra is on the go—with Lion in hot pursuit! Jill Nogales’s rollicking story Zebra on the Go keeps readers on their hooves— er, toes—while Lorraine Rocha’s vibrant illustrations bring the whole circus to life.
New Illustrated Chapter Books

A lovable dog helps his human girl solve a mystery. Kayla made peanut butter treats for Jillian’s new puppy Thor. But now the treats are missing. What does Kayla know? —There are three treats missing. King was in the kitchen. King’s breath doesn’t smell like peanut butter. What does King know? —There’s an intruder in the house.  Join Dori Hillestad Butler's new dynamic duo in King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats to solve the mystery!

The mysteries continue with King & Kayla and the Case of the Secret Code! Kayla and Mason both got mysterious letters, written in code. What does Kayla know? —The same person left both letters. It’s someone she and Mason both know. The two letters are the same, except for the second word.What does King know? —Jillian left the letters. What do the letters say?
New Additions to Your Favorite Series
Welcome to Stanley’s Store! Can Stanley help his friends find everything they need? Stanley’s Store invites young readers to explore grocery store processes, colors, and machines in a sweet, simple world. With bright illustrations, adorable characters, and a chunky padded-cover format, William Bee’s Stanley series is perfect for readers transitioning from board books to picture books.

An action-packed and heartwarming story of a hardened old sea dog on Magellan’s journey to Spice Island. Alison Hart's Dog Chronicles series continues with Leo, Dog of the Sea.

Eighth-grader Richie Mallon has always known he was a shooter, but will his amazing shooting talent be enough to keep him on the team? Author Fred Bowen continues his Sport Story Series in Outside Shot with full court, play-by-play action that’s sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats!

Check out our full Spring 2017 catalog here, and stay tuned for giveaways, interviews, and more.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Peachtree Publisher's 40th Anniversary

As we encounter people at trade shows or events, we’re always thrilled when someone says “I love Peachtree.” We cheerfully accept the compliment.

But this year, standing on the brink of our fortieth anniversary, we’ve taken a fresh look at our roots and at what we have grown into. We’ve examined what it means to be Peachtree—who we are, what we’re about, and why we’ve managed to thrive in the midst of a challenging, ever-changing industry.

We’ve decided that it comes down to our long-standing relationships and the genuine warmth and concern we have for our business.

We care about our authors and illustrators and their work. We want to help them develop their talents and grow creatively. We pay close attention to their careers and the right timing and positioning of their books in the marketplace. And we are grateful for their loyalty and support.

We care about our books. Even the smallest detail is important. We focus our combined attention on making each book the best it can be, in terms of editing, design, production, and manufacturing. We always strive for quality and durability. We want our books to be read many times, for many years after publication, so we strive to make them to last. We treasure our backlist. We spend a lot of time developing our books and want them to have long lives out in the world. In fact, the very first book Peachtree published is still in print.

We care about the librarians and educators and booksellers and reviewers who use and recommend our books. We care about YOU. We know you have countless choices when it comes to buying books, and we can’t thank you enough for supporting Peachtree and what we do. Here’s to forty more years!

With all good wishes,
Margaret M. Quinlin
President and Publisher