Monday, August 25, 2014

Blog Tour for "Stanley the Builder"

Meet Stanley, an adorable an industrious hamster, who makes his debut on this side of the pond this month!  Author/ illustrator William Bee has created a charming cast of character who live in a busy world in this new series.  Young readers transitioning from board books to picture books will gravitate to his bold illustrations and simple text that tell stories of occupations and machines.  School Library Journal also recommends this series as early readers for “slightly older children”.

When Myrtle buys a plot of land, she asks Stanley to build her a new house. He works step by step—from clearing the site with a bulldozer, to pouring the foundation, to painting the finished house in Myrtle’s favorite colors. Luckily, Charlie helps out too. Building houses is hard work, but all three friends are happy with a job well done.

Kirkus Reviews comments, “ Stanley and his fellow rodents are adorable, their dot eyes and line mouths expressing emotion, though without much nuance. Nonetheless, little listeners are sure to come back to Stanley over and over, as he explores jobs and uses equipment sure to pique their interest.” We hope you like Stanley, too! 

Get to know Stanley and his friends on this blog tour: 
Wednesday 9/3- Chat with Vera
Thursday 9/4- Kiss the BookBlue Owl

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Peachtree at a 2014 Conference Near You!

Hello educators, librarians, teachers, reading specialists, principals, administrators, literary consultants, authors, illustrators, bookstore owners, agents, literature enthusiasts, and friends of Peachtree!!

We've announced the remainder of the conferences we will be attending in 2014. We will be adding more details as the days draw near, so stay tuned.

And are we bringing your favorite Peachtree author to your neck of the woods? Don't forget to contact us to schedule an author visit! Email or call 404-876-8761, ext 106.

Friday, August 8, 2014

#FreeBookFriday: Susan Stockdale Pack

I'm happy to announce that #FreeBookFriday is here to stay!

Just drop by the blog on the first Friday of every month to get the scoop on the month's giveaway. Each giveaway will run for 7 days, and (because we're all about making Mondays less dreadful) the winner will be announced on the following Monday.

WOAH. You know what that means, don't you?

If you just jumped up and down while clapping your hands, then launched into a quick but enthusiastic version of the Mocarena while shouting, "It means that TODAY, the first Friday in August, is a #FreeBookFriday and Niki and Christine are TOTALLY going to send me free books!", then A: you should do it again and send us the video, and B: yes, emphatic book nerd, you're right!

Since the official Stripes of All Types Teacher's Guide is hot off the press, we're making this #FreeBookFriday a Susan Stockdale pack of Stripes plus Fabulous Fishes, Carry Me!, and Bring on the Birds.

With engaging rhymes and bold images, award-winning author and illustrator Susan Stockdale introduces young readers to nature’s patterns in Stripes of All Types.

Enter to win your Susan Stockdale pack below (and don't forget your Teacher's Guide)!

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Blog Tour for "Double Reverse"

This week we will take a closer look at our Fred Bowen Sport Series with his latest middle grade title for Football fans, Double Reverse.

Jesse is experienced as a wide receiver - but can he play against type and help his new team as a quarterback?

The Franklin High Panthers need a new quarterback. Freshman Jesse Wagner knows the plays, but he feels he is too small to be QB material. Jesse's brother Jay has a problem of his own: his college coach wants him to switch from quarterback to safety. The brothers agree on a deal: Jesse will try out for quarterback, and Jay will try playing safety. Meanwhile, Jesse and his teammates recruit an unlikely kicker for their team - a girl named Savannah.

Kirkus Reviews suggests this tale for the "reluctant reader who is captivated by football... There's plenty of descriptive action on the field and even a few diagrams of different key plays to enhance the text...The simple sentences and basic vocabulary of this novel will be attractive to struggling readers.An apt choice to surprise a young football fan with the power of words."  

Do you know a young reader who fits that description? See what our reviewers have to say about Double Reverse:

Monday 8/11 TheWrite Path
Tuesday 8/12 Kid LitReviews and Geo Librarian
Wednesday 8/13 Librarian in Cute Shoes

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Blog Tour for "About Parrots"

Our first stop on the Fall 2014 Blog tour is About Parrots!  John and Cathryn Sill deliver the latest in this acclaimed series showcasing the natural world of parrots.

Through simple language and beautifully detailed paintings, this guide describes the characteristics of different types of parrots - from the colorful Blue Lorikeets of the Polynesian Islands to the Rosy-faced Lovebirds of southwestern Africa.

Kirkus Reviews calls this "uniquely attractive appealing and comprehensive introduction" for readers ages 3-8.  The information is masterfully "portrayed in clear, vivid watercolor illustrations with a simple text describing physical characteristics and habitats." 

Here is the tour schedule:
Monday 8/4- JeanLittle Library
Tuesday 8/5- GeoLibrarian and Kid Lit Reviews
Wednesday 8/6- Chat with Vera
Thursday 8/7- Blue Owl and Kid Lit Frenzy
Friday 8/8- TheFourth Musketeer

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Blog Tour for Fall 2014!

Welcome to the Blog Tour for our Fall Titles! We have an exciting list of titles for this season that we're happy to share with you, thanks to the help of our dedicated volunteers of librarians, children's literature specialists, and educators. They have received advanced reading copies of this season's titles and will be the guides on this literary tour.  They will provide honest reviews, sneak peaks, author interviews, and giveaways!  

Blog Tour Schedule

About Parrots August 4- August 8
Double Reverse August 11 - August 13
Stanley the Builder September 1- September 5
Stanley’s Garage September 8- September 12
Pig and Small September 15- September 19
Charlie Bumpers vs. the Squeaking Skull September 22- September 26
Can I Come Too? October 6- October 10
Claude on the Slopes October 13- October 17
Murphy, Gold Rush Dog October  20-October  24

Stay tuned!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Story Time Snack: Touchdown Dip

Do you know what our favorite thing about football is? 

The tackles? The fumbles? The fierce competition between teams? 

Nah.  THE FOOD! 

We thought we’d share one of our favorite game-day snacks in honor of the release of Fred Bowen’s Double Reverse!  We've even included some pictures to help you follow along.

So grab some friends (because the second best thing about football is the people you watch it with) and try this amazing Touchdown Dip

(Keep reading to the end of this post to see how you can win a copy of Double Reverse!)

Here’s what you’ll need:
  • One container of whipped cream cheese (the softer kind it makes it easier to spread)
  • Salsa (about 2/3 to 3/4 of a jar)
  • Shredded Mexican cheese (8 oz.)
  •  Nacho Chips
  • 9 x 13 pan
Here’s what you do:

     1. Layer the ingredients in the order of cream cheese, salsa, Mexican cheese

     2.  Heat until cheese is melted using either your microwave or oven (350ยบ F for about 10 minutes)

     3.  Enjoy with nacho chips!

There you have it! Easy & delicious Touchdown Dip.

But hold on!

Do you have a fabulous game-day recipe?

Email us your recipe and picture(s) to publicity(at)peachtree(dash)online(dot)com or comment below for a chance to win a copy of Double Reverse!

Friday, July 25, 2014

#FreeBookFriday Pig and Small by Alex Latimer

Hi friends!

We're pretty big fans of books. We're even bigger fans of FREE books. We also like Fridays. And since we don't have anything against alliteration either, we thought: "Say, why don't we institute Free Book Fridays?"

And then, since one-sided conversations are boring and because if there isn't a hashtag, it isn't a thing, we replied, "Make it #FreeBookFridays, and you've got yourself a deal."

Then we shook hands with ourself rather awkwardly. Which made us contemplate other awkward friendships, and suddenly we knew the perfect book for our very first #FreeBookFriday.

With droll humor and fresh illustrations, Alex Latimer—author/illustrator of The Boy Who Cried Ninja and Lion vs. Rabbit—spins a delightfully quirky yarn about making friends and embracing differences in PIG AND SMALL.

Enter to win your copy below!

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Claude's Picture Adventure

Alrighty, friends, today we're doing something crazy! We're doing something nuts! We're doing a...D.I.Y. post! 

So roll up those sleeves and get ready to make your very own Claude and Sir Bobblysock cut-out!

For those of you who have yet to meet this charming traveling duo, there are just a few things you ought to know about Claude and Sir Bobblysock (besides the fact that Sir B is extremely photogenic): 

1.) Claude is a small, plump dog who wears shoes and a sweater and a rather nifty beret. (See diagram below.)

2.) Claude’s best pal in the whole world is both a sock and quite bobbly. (Though, what it means to be bobbly, he has yet to explain.)
But most importantly… 
3.) They love to go on adventures! 

In fact, Claude and Sir Bobblysock are looking for new places to go this summer, AND THEY NEED YOUR HELP!  Whether it’s to the beach, a theme park, a big city, or a neighborhood cookout, these two want to come along!  Look, they’re already packed! 
So here’s the D.I.Y. bit:
1.) Print this Claude and Sir Bobblysock cut-out on plain white paper. (Hint: If you use card stock it will work better!)

2.) Gather your other supplies! (Glue, scissors, & a Popsicle stick)

3.) Use scissors to cut along the dotted line. 

4.) Glue or tape the cut-out to the Popsicle stick.

5.) Take a picture of Claude and Sir Bobblysock on your trip!

6.) Finally, send your pictures to publicity(at)peachtree(dash)online(dot)com by August 31, 2014 at 11:59pm EST. 

Are you on social media? You can post them there too! Just post your photos on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and tag us with #ClaudesPictureAdventure so we can see the fun!  (And don’t forget to follow us!) 

After the summer is over, we’ll put all the pictures we receive together in a video montage/slideshow so everyone can see all the exotic places Claude and Sir Bobblysock went! 

Need ideas? 
Take a look at their past adventures, Claude at the Beach, Claude at the Circus, and Claude in the City.  And get ready for their next adventure, coming out in October, Claude on the Slopes!  

Happy adventuring! 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Football Facts Even a Bookworm Can Appreciate

Well, folks, it's officially summer. You know what that means, right? Football season is right around the corner! 

We're actually pretty big fans at Peachtree, and not just because we're southern. Fred Bowen, coach and Washington Post sports columnist, is coming out with a brand new football title this August! 

Double Reverse is an action-packed middle grade chapter book chronicling one team’s inspiring journey in conquering expectations and seeing themselves, not for how they look, but for what they can achieve.

Now, we know that the stereotypical bibliophile isn't a huge football fan, but until reading becomes America's favorite pastime, we thought we'd put together some fun facts about the sport to help you at those inevitable football watch parties.

  1. Professional football was first played on November 12, 1892 between Allegheny Athletic Association and Pittsburgh Athletic Club ending in a 6-6 tie! Look! We even found the “birth certificate” of pro-football! 

    The payment of player W. Heffelfinger made it official!
  2. Football came about from a combination of soccer and rugby.
  3. The first college game was played on November 6, 1869 between Rutgers and Princeton, but the sport didn’t become popular until the 1880s.
  4. Before college games, competitions between Athletic Clubs were fierce and exciting!
  5. The oldest man to ever play the game professionally was George Blanda, aged 48, who played for the Oakland Raiders in 1927. He is also the person who has played the most seasons (26). 
  6. Here’s a link to a very extensive time-line of the game including when touchdowns were altered from five points to six (1912) and the first televised game (1939). Pretty Nifty! 
  7. The longest field goal was 64 yards made from Matt Prater of the Denver Broncos on December 8, 2013!  (You’ll meet an unexpected kicker in Double Reverse!)
  8. There's an awesome online exhibit called Football and America which details stories of professional football players who served in various wars and the sacrifices they made. Perfect fodder for Fourth of July picnicking conversation!
  9. The title of “The Greatest Game Ever Played” is attributed to the 1958 Championship game between the Baltimore Colts and the New York Giants. This game led to football becoming America’s favorite sport to watch in the 1960s! Read the full story here
  10. The highest scoring game is between the Redskins and New York Giants with the final score of 72-41 with the Redskins taking the win! It was on November 27, 1966.
  11. Fran Tarkenton was inducted into the Hall of Fame on August 2, 1986. This player is a huge inspiration for this Bowen novel, so take a look at his impressive history! He retired as the all-time leader in attempts (6,467), completions (3,686), passing yardage (47,003), and touchdown passes (342).  Read more here! 

If you’re itching for more awesome facts about America’s favorite past-time, these all came from Pro Football Hall of Fame’s official site.

Visit Fred Bowen at and And look for Double Reverse in your local library or bookstore!