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: http://www.therapyanimals.org/R.E.A.D.html.

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

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
   SeaMan
   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


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

New Year's Resolutions

2017 is going to be your year, and we want to help! Even with your unwavering resolve, New Year's resolutions usually require a plan to turn out successfully. Start your planning with a few books that can guide you to accomplish all your fitness goals, spark a greater love of reading, or just help you to let go. Happy New Year!

Accomplish Your Fitness Goals



Growing older does not mean accepting diminished fitness. Two of the nations top physical therapists, Marilyn Moffat and Carole B. Lewis, explain how to overcome aches, stiffness, and unsteadiness in muscles and joints and pursue an easy everyday approach to achieving better health.


Unleash Your Love for Reading



Madeline Finn does NOT like to read. But she DOES want a gold star from her teacher. But, stars are for good readers. Stars are for understanding words, and for saying them out loud. Fortunately, Madeline meets Bonnie, a library dog. Bonnie teaches Madeline Finn that it’s okay to go slow. And to keep trying.


Start Afresh and Let Go




No one in the town of Bonnyripple ever kept a grudge. No one, that is, except old Cornelius, the Grudge Keeper. The townspeople of Bonnyripple count on Cornelius to file away their tiffs and huffs, squabbles and snits. But when a storm flings the people together and their grudges to the wind, will the Grudge Keeper be out of a job? This timely and entertaining story is beautifully conveyed through Rockliff’s witty wordplay and Wheeler’s elegant illustrations.
Look for these books and more at your local libraryindie bookstore, or Barnes & Noble!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Election Day is almost here!

There's only one more day until we elect the 45th president of the United States! And while this election season has been a tough one, we’ve got some star-spangled stories about POTUS responsibilities and presidents of the past that are perfect for introducing readers to all things presidential—no matter who you’re voting for.


Written by Rick Walton
Illustrated by Brad Sneed

Everyone has bad days. Even the president. So when he has a particularly horrible one, Mr. President sneaks out of the White House—in disguise—and enrolls himself in Mrs. Appletree’s class. After a day of finger-painting, raising his hand, and doing the hokey-pokey, Mr. President returns to the White House to find a panicked secretary of state and two angry world leaders on the brink of war. Using what he learned with Mrs. Appletree, Mr. President is able to successfully solve an international crisis.

Written by Leslie Kimmelman
Illustrated by Adam Gustavson

Our 26th president, Teddy Roosevelt, was a strong and clever man who could handle almost anything—except his eldest child, Alice. She flew in the face of convention at every turn, from riding a pig and keeping a pet snake to speeding through town in a new car. Despite her free-spirited antics, which drew the eyes of the nation, readers can clearly see Roosevelt’s deep love and affection for his daughter in this humorously historic tale.


Written by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk
Illustrated by Michael G. Montgomery

See the presidency through canine eyes in this heartwarming account of Fala, the Scottish terrier who won the heart of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the hearts of the American people. As the nation was drawn into an international conflict, Fala goes from playing in the Oval Office grass to travelling around the world at his master’s side, waiting with him for the terrible war to end.


Look for these books and more at your local library, indie bookstore, or Barnes & Noble!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Little Red is a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book!

Little Red by Bethan Woollvin
is now a New York Times
Best Illustrated Children’s Book!



We just spoke with first-time author/illustrator Bethan Woollvin across the pond in the U.K., and as you can imagine, she’s over the moon about her debut picture book being named a 2016 New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book. Read on for an exclusive interview with her, Peachtree editor Kathy Landwehr, and a little surprise news!

Congratulations! How does it feel to have your first-ever picture book honored as a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book?

Bethan: Totally amazed! I haven’t been able to stop smiling since I found out! The New York Times is so influential, so I feel very honored for Little Red to have been chosen as a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book!


How did you celebrate?

Bethan: First thing was a glass of wine, followed by a few more… Since then, I have made a celebratory print of Little Red to commemorate the award! I’m also coming to New York for the occasion, so I’m very excited for that. I hope to eat my weight in waffles.

What drew you to the story of Little Red Riding Hood?

Bethan: "Little Red Riding Hood" was among many fairytales I read as a child, and one that always stood out to me because it was so dark. The only problem was I couldn’t relate to Little Red Riding Hood. She has so often been portrayed as a helpless naive child who confused her own grandmother with a wolf! Then, if this wasn’t bad enough, she then (unsatisfyingly) gets saved, along with her grandmother, by a heroic woodcutter (who just happened to be wandering around the forest, looking for a damsel in distress…).

It wasn’t until I was studying at university that I had the chance to revisit "Little Red Riding Hood." I entered the Macmillan Children’s Book Competition and started working on the story, but in the way I wanted it to be told.

What inspired your unique spin on the tale?

Bethan: I decided very early on in my character development for Little Red that she was going to be just as cunning as the wolf, which I think feeds into the "twist" of the book. Instead of being a victim, I decided that Little Red needed to be strong and brave enough for the woodcutter not to exist in this version.

Why do you think your version has resonated with so many readers?

Bethan: I’d like to think it’s because it appeals to both its target audiencechildrenas well as the adults who read it to them. 

I illustrated Little Red purposefully androgynous, meaning all of the younger readers would be able to associate with Little Red’s figure. Both girls and boys could easily invest in the character and the story.

As for the adults, retellings of stories they'd have heard in the own youth will inevitably feel familiar but also potentially predictable. So while tapping into their nostalgia, the dark and hopefully humorous twist has kept the book dynamic.

What's next for you?

Bethan: Well, I’m sure you’ll be pleased to know that there are more books on the way! Aside from that, I’m just working hard to be involved in as many exhibitions, projects, and galleries as possible!


Little Red caused quite a stir when the manuscript made its way to Peachtree’s top editorial decision-makers in Atlanta. Its unique, subversive voice and bold black, white, and red artwork made us all reconsider what we think of when we think of “the perfect Peachtree book.”

Kathy, what did you think when Little Red first landed on your desk?

Kathy: I was immediately drawn to the striking, stylish artwork. I loved the feminist message. And the more time I spent with the book, the more I enjoyed the way Bethan played with and built on the original story.

What about her artwork captured your attention?

Kathy: Her artwork is striking—I know, I said that already. It also has a lot of very humorous detail, not all of which is immediately obvious, at least to me. It is a book that benefits from repeated readings.

Peachtree is all about nurturing backlist. What do you see in Little Red's future at Peachtree?

Kathy: We have a strong backlist collection of folk and fairy tale retellings. We also have a strong backlist collection of picture books with feisty girls who take control of their lives. Little Red should fit in just great with both of those groups and have a long life ahead.

Before we let you go, we hear you have some exciting news on the Bethan Woollvin front.

Kathy: That’s right! We justliterally late last weeksigned Bethan Woollvin for her retelling of "Rapunzel." It’s scheduled for release in Fall 2017. In it, you’ll find a well-known fairy tale reimagined with Bethan’s now-signature artwork and girl-power twist. It’s a lot of fun, and we can’t wait for readers everywhere to see it.

Thanks all! And congratulations again!

Look for Little Red at your local libraryindie bookstore, or Barnes & Noble!


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Inspired by the World Series

In our small, Atlanta office, you might be surprised to learn that there is a fair amount of variety when it comes to baseball fandom. Of course, we are largely dominated by (heartbroken and wistful) Braves fans, but the Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants, among a few others, are also represented. As we are all painfully aware, none of our teams will be playing in this year's World Series, but we have decided to rise above for the sake of highlighting some rather wonderful baseball books. So if you've caught baseball fever in celebration of the 112th World Series, read on! 


Dad, Jackie, and Me
by Myron Uhlberg
illustrated by Colin Bootman
It is the summer of 1947 and a highly charged baseball season is underway in New York. Jackie Robinson is the new first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers—and the first black player in Major League Baseball. A young boy shares the excitement of Robinson's rookie season with his deaf father. Finally one day the father delivers some big news: they are going to Ebbets Field to watch Jackie play in person!


Sliding Into Home
by Dori Hillestad Butler
It's not fair! Thirteen-year-old Joelle Cunningham is passionate about baseball. She loves to watch it, read about it, and, most of all, play it. But when her family moves from Minneapolis to the small town of Greendale, Iowa, she quickly discovers that there are strict rules preventing her from playing on the school baseball team. Author Dori Butler has created a high-spirited, indomitable character that young girls will admire and root for in this story of frustrated ambition and ultimate triumph.


Stumptown Kid
by Carol Gorman & Ron J. Findley
Twelve-year-old Charlie Nebraska wants two things he can't get: to make the local Wildcats Baseball team and to have life to return to the way it was before his father died two years earlier in the Korean War. Then Charlie meets Luther Peale, a former Negro Baseball League player, and the two strike up a friendship that is challenged by some of the small town's residents. This dramatic and moving story set int he days of the Negro Leagues illustrates the true meanings of friendship, prejudice, and heroism.


Dugout Rivals
by Fred Bowen
Jake Daley loves baseball. He loves playing for the Red Sox in the Woodside baseball league. He loves playing short stop. Most of all, he loves to win. When newcomer Adam joins the team and showcases his outstanding skills by winning game after game, Jake begins to wonder if he or the other players even matter. It's only when Jake learns of Babe Ruth and the 1927 Yankees that he realizes even the best players rely on the talent of their teammates.


The Golden Glove
by Fred Bowen
Without his lucky glove, Jamie doesn't believe in his ability to lead his baseball team to victory. After losing his special glove before the season's opening game, he is disappointed in his performance with the glove he had to borrow. But with the help of a sporting goods store owner and former minor league player, Jamie learns that faith in oneself is the most important equipment for any game. 


The Kid Coach
by Fred Bowen
Baseball season is underway, and Coach Skelly has just quit. When Scott and his teammates can't find an adult to coach the team, it looks as if the Tigers' season might be over before it really begins. But then the players have an idea: what if one of them became coach? They learn about leadership and discover unique and unrecognized talents among their own friends.


Perfect Game
by Fred Bowen
Isaac is determined to pitch a perfect game: no hits, no runs, no walks, and no errors. If he does, he's sure to make the summer all-star team. But Isaac keeps losing his cool on the mound; he just can't get his head back in the game. Then he meets a very interesting Unified Sports basketball player who gets him thinking in a different way about the whole idea of "perfect."


Playoff Dreams
by Fred Bowen
Brendan is one of the best players in the league, but no matter how hard he tries, he can't make his team win. After an unexpected event and learning the story of Cubs player and Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, Brendan realizes that it's the love of the game that makes the experience a success.


T.J.'s Secret Pitch
by Fred Bowen
T.J. is smaller than his teammates and his pitches just don't have the power to get the batters out. When he learns about 1940s player Rip Sewell, he may have found a solution. But will his teammates give T. J. a chance to prove that he can be a pitcher? And will T. J.'s secret pitch help lead his team to victory?


Throwing Heat
by Fred Bowen
Last season, Jack’s pitches were the fastest around, and he could always rely on them to strike out his opponents. But now he’s playing in a new middle school league, where the distance between the pitching rubber and the catcher’s mitt is a lot greater. Jack keeps throwing heat but he can’t get seem to get balls into the strike zone. When a local college baseball coach offers to help him, Jack doesn't listen at first, but with the season on the line, he realizes the coach was right. Is it too late to change his game plan?


Winners Take All
by Fred Bowen
In order to win an important baseball game, twelve-year-old Kyle claims to have made a difficult catch, which he actually dropped. The attention he receives is not enough to silence his conscience. When Kyle learns of Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson, a pitcher whose reputation for honesty was so great that umpires would ask him to make calls during games, he realizes that being a hero is only worthwhile if you have earned it.


Look for these books and more at your local library, indie bookstore, or Barnes & Noble.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

5 Steps to Establishing a Successful Library Dog Program

We at Peachtree love to learn about different ways people promote and encourage literacy among children. Having recently published  Lisa Papp's picture book Madeline Finn and the Library Dog—the story of a reluctant reader who develops a love of reading with the help of a beautiful and patient library dog—we were inspired to learn more and help spread the word about these fantastic programs!

R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) is the foremost organization in the country that coordinates library dog programs. They started out in 1999 as the first comprehensive literacy program built around the idea of reading to dogs, and they now have more than 3,000 teams throughout the world working to help readers gain confidence in their reading with the help of a furry friend. This week, we spoke to R.E.A.D. executive director Kathy Klotz to ask her for some pointers on establishing these library dog programs in your library. 
She gave 5 steps that she believes are important in making sure your program is successful:

Photo from Gloria Laube, librarydogs.com
1. Make sure to utilize only therapy animal team volunteers who have been screened, trained, licensed and insured.
Not just an employee’s dog, not a service dog, not a friendly neighborhood pet that someone knows of. You want dogs who have been carefully screened and trained for this kind of work, to assure the health and safety of your patrons.

(You can join an ITA affiliate group or another animal-assisted therapy group near you to ensure that you have qualified volunteers.)

2. Hold an initial meeting with the therapy dog volunteers to clarify the procedures and expectations for both sides of the equation—library personnel and volunteers.

This is crucial—you need to establish where in the library the animal interactions will best be located, the logistics (time, day, frequency, length of sessions), and how to handle the scheduling (sign-ups or drop-ins?). Will you be setting up a special theme and display for the days the dogs visit? It’s vitally important for everyone to know who will be responsible for what, to make sure you all understand one another.
Photo from Pete, librarydogs.com 

3. Publicize your new program well in advance.

Give your patrons plenty of time to hear about the program, both to encourage kids to attend and to
forewarn those who may need to avoid coming during those times due to risk of allergy. Use fun posters, your library newsletter, PSAs, any resources you may have.

4. Make sure your personnel and your volunteers are clear on the way you want your program to work. Be ready to do some fine-tuning.

It can take awhile for everyone to find their groove. How will you handle crowd control and interruptions? Are the chosen spots—not private, but reasonably free of noise and traffic—working out? Are the chosen days and times appropriate for the traffic in your children’s library? There are endless things that may come up to surprise you all, and flexibility will help everyone keep improving your program.

Photo from Gloria Laub, librarydogs.com

5. Keep up the ongoing communication with your therapy animal volunteers.

We all want the best for the children and families who visit your library. The volunteers want to be on your team, and they will want you on theirs, as well. The library can get very busy, as you know, but it’s important for someone on the staff to be keeping one eye on the dog interactions in case they need help (freedom from interruptions, overbearing parents, too many interested kids at once, etc.) Any small misunderstandings or difficulties can easily be smoothed away when library staff maintains clear and frequent communication with the therapy teams who work with you.



If you are interested in learning more about these programs and establishing one at your library, check out the R.E.A.D. website for more information! And go to librarydogs.com for more adorable photos and great information about library dogs! 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Free Book Friday: Madeline Finn and the Library Dog

We are giving away early pre-publication proof copies of Madeline Finn and the Library Dog


Madeline Finn does NOT like to read. Not books. Not magazines. Not even the menu on the ice cream truck. Fortunately, Madeline Finn meets Bonnie, a library dog. Reading out loud to Bonnie isn't so bad. When Madeline Finn gets stuck, Bonnie doesn't mind. Madeline Finn can pet her until she figures the word out.

We can't wait to get this book into the hands of readers who are not so keen on being readers. Read more about Madeline Finn in our latest New Book Wednesday post, and enter to win your free galley today!


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp

Madeline Finn and the Library Dog

by Lisa Papp

Giveaway ends September 30, 2016.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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“So adorable readers may attempt to hug the page.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“It's a warm, encouraging story that suggests that perfection isn't necessary in order to achieve one's goals, and that help can be found in unexpected corners.” ―Publishers Weekly

If you miss the signup, Madeline Finn is coming October 1st to a store near you! Look for it at your local libraryindie bookstore, or Barnes & Noble. Interested in what other books we are publishing this season? Check out our list of new books here!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 marks the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month! During this month, we celebrate the rich and influential traditions, cultures, and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States.

In honor of the legacy of Hispanic and Latino Americans, and the fact that the beautiful Spanish language is so widespread in our country, we want to share some of our bilingual and Spanish titles. We love having these books for our Spanish-speaking readers, and we hope you enjoy them! ¡Esperamos que te gusta estos libros!

Spanish Titles

Martina una cucarachita muy linda: Un cuento cubano
illustrated by Michael Austin

Martina the beautiful cockroach wants to pick the right suitor to marry, but how?  Abuela, her Cuban grandmother, gives her un consejo increíble, some shocking advice: put those suitors to the test with a little café cubano.  One by one they fail until only the gardener Pérez, a tiny brown mouse, is left. Will he win her leg in marriage?


illustrated by Laura L. Seeley

Agatha owns a weaving shop in Manhattan and likes to answer the questions of children who want to know the source of her beautiful fabrics.

“Everything comes from something,” she says, “nothing comes from nothing.”

But she does not seem to think about where her brand new feather bed came from.  That is, until six cranky, cold, naked geese come knocking.  In a delightful O. Henry-inspired ending, Agatha arrives at a solution that benefits them all, teaching readers to understand how to use resources responsibly.


illustrated by Henry Cole

Mary McBlicken hears a rumble and is sure a stampede's a comin'! She sets off to warn Cowboy Stan and Red Dog Dan, gathering up her friends along the way. Before they can get there, though, the band of prairie critters gets tricked by a mean Coyote and trapped in his evil den. Will the friends escape in time? And where is that rumbling really coming from?


illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez

This New York Times Bestseller is a true story of hope and generosity, and the gift a small Kenyan village makes to the people of America after the September 11 attacks.  For a heartsick nation, the gift of fourteen cows emerges from the choking dust and darkness as a soft light of hope—and friendship.


Bilingual Titles


Bouncy, alliterative rhyme and gorgeous illustrations introduce readers to a wide range of striped animals. An afterword provides more information about each featured animal and where it lives, and explains the role its stripes play. Readers can test their knowledge of animal stripes with a fun matching game at the end!


Several of books in our About… Series, written by educator and author Cathryn Sill and by naturalist John Sill, are now available in both English and Spanish for young explorers who are learning a new language.
by Cathryn Sill
illustrated by John Sill

Learn about the life of birds, from egg to flight, in this thoughtful examination of the species.


by Cathryn Sill
illustrated by John Sill

So many animals are mammals! But are all animals mammals? Questions are answered and new facts discovered in the pages of this bilingual nature guide.


by Cathryn Sill
illustrated by John Sill

Creepy, crawly, spindly things are actually rather interesting when you get close enough to them.  Backyard naturalists will love having this as a reference during their outdoor adventures.


by Cathryn Sill
illustrated by John Sill

Take a colorful and informative first glimpse into the diverse world of reptiles with this thoughtful guide for young readers.


Look for these titles and more at your local library, indie bookstore, or Barnes & Noble!