Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Women Making History

Almost a year ago today, millions of women came together and made the Women's March the largest single-day protest in American history. But for every era of war, peace, and progress in this country and around the world, there are women who have been and will be working tirelessly to make their voices heard, and affect change. These women march, write, and speak to ensure a more open, just, and peaceful world. 

For children who are growing up and learning what the women before them have accomplished, these true stories are sure to inspire.

This energetic and inspiring picture book biography of activist Jane Addams focuses on her efforts toward peace during WWI that eventually won her the Nobel Peace Prize. From the time she was a child, Jane’s heart ached for others. At first the focus of her efforts was on poverty, and led to the creation of Hull House, the settlement house she built in Chicago. For twenty-five years, she’d helped people from different countries live in peace at Hull House. But when war broke out, Jane decided to take on the world and become a dangerous woman for the sake of peace. 

Read an excerpt. Check out the Teacher's Guide.

All Bessie wants is to go hiking with her father and brothers. But it’s 1896, and girls don’t get to hike. They can’t vote either, which Bessie discovers when Susan B. Anthony comes to town to lead the campaign for women’s suffrage. Stirred to action, Bessie joins the movement and discovers that small efforts can result in small changes—and maybe even big ones. Inspired by the diary of the real Bessie Keith Pond, a ten-year-old girl who lived in California during the suffrage campaign, author Claire Rudolf Murphy and illustrator Stacey Schuett offer a thought-provoking introduction to the fight for women’s rights.

Check out the Teacher's Guide.

In 1863, when Ida B. Wells was not yet two years old, the Emancipation Proclamation freed her from the bond of slavery. Blessed with a strong will, an eager mind, and a deep belief in America’s promise of “freedom and justice for all,” young Ida held her family together, defied society’s conventions, and used her position as a journalist to speak against injustice. But Ida’s greatest challenge arose after one of her friends was lynched. How could one headstrong young woman help free America from the looming “shadow of lawlessness”?

Check out the Teacher's Guide.

Find these books and more at your local library, indie bookstore, or Barnes & Noble.
For more books featuring self-empowered females, check out our Books to Celebrate Women in HistoryBooks with Character, and Books with Strong Heroines round-ups.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Coming this Spring: New in Paperback!

This Spring 2018 season, in additional to the wonderful new books we're excited for, we have a great list of titles coming out in paperback for readers of all ages! Check out these award-winning books, now in a new format!

Now in Spanish! This fictionalized first-person biography, written in verse by Young People's Poet Laureate Margarita Engle (and translated by Teresa Mlawer and Georgina Lázaro), follows the early year of the child who grows up to pen Don Quixote, the first modern novel of the Western world. Miguel's Brave Knight is also one of 2017's best books!

Newly revised and featuring extended back matter! Fish make our world a better place. But sometimes people do things that make it hard for them to live and grow. Expository nonfiction powerhouse author Melissa Stewart shares the ways human actions can affect fish and describes ways people can help protect them and their nature habitats.

In this modern spin on "The Princess and the Pea," Prince Henrick wants to marry an outdoorsy kind of girl, and he know just how to find her: instead of a single pea tucked into a pile of bedding, Henrik tests prospective brides with an entire packet of frozen peas shoved under a flimsy camping mattress. This unconventional twist will have readers laughing out loud!

Pig and Bug just want to be friends. But their size difference is proving to be a BIG problem. Pig wants to play games, but Bug is too small. Bug wants to make things for his friend, but Pig is too big! This entertaining tale from Alex Latimer, filled with wordplay and visual puns, is a great "odd couple" story to pair with upcoming picture book Kalinka and Grakkle.

When Harriet's sister offers to fix her rebellious curl, the three of them launch into a series of outrageous, hair-raising schemes to tame Harriet's wayward ringlet. Despite their best efforts, another curl breaks loose...and then another...and then another. Soon the  year and the house are a wreck, poor Harriet is exhausted, and her head is covered in curls. This quirky story filled with energetic illustrations will take all of the dread out of a bad hair day.

Award-winning author Cathryn Sill and her husband, noted wildlife illustrator John Sill, offer young readers a first glimpse into grassland habitats. In simple, easy-to-understand language, this guide teachers children what grasslands are and what kinds of animals and plans live there. Pick up this paperback and see why this is an NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12! And check out the rest of the books in the About Habitats series.

Emmy loves trees, especially the mimosa tree that grows in her grandmother's pasture. So when Emmy decides she wants a mimosa tree of her own for her birthday, she is dismayed to find that many garden stores don't sell them. Emmy is crushed—until she discovers that the answer to her problems is growing right before her eyes!

Everyone's favorite detective dog-human duo are now available in paperback! Uncover exciting mysteries with an adorkable pup King and his human pal Kayla. From missing dog treats to secret encryptions, there's plenty of detective work and laughs to be had. The straightforward and predictable format, make these early chapter book readers great for fact-gathering, analytical thinking, and predicting what will happen next!

In this new paperback in the Dog Chronicles series, Murphy escapes a grueling life as part of a dogsled team, mercilessly driven so that their cruel owner can reach Nome before the Bering Sea thaws and word gets out to the mainland that gold has been discovered. When the first ships arrive, Murphy is taken in by two recent arrivals: Sally and her mother, who hope to make their fortune providing secretarial labor, so that they can buy their own stake, free from their wealthy but oppressive family back home in Seattle. This action-packed and heartwarming tale, supplemented with more historical information in the back matter, explores the roles that dogs played during the Alaskan gold rush.

Thirteen-year-old Jameson Cooper has been thrown in jail after the death of both of his parents. After he's been sold to the town baker, Jameson is kidnapped by a brigand of privateers working for Queen Anne. He must prove his worth on the high seas to the men who eventually become like family. In the end, Jameson must use his wits and education to save his captain from death. This sure-fire, action-packed adventure is loaded with fascinating details about life at sea during Queen Anne's War.

For thirteen-year-old Samantha, life consists of too many unanswered questions about her past. Like why has her father not tried to contact her all these years? How could he have let her twin sister drown in Clearwater Quarry when they were only toddlers? And how can Sam's mother expect her to accept some make she hardly knows as her new father? Sam already has a father out there. Somewhere. As she sets out to find her father and discover what really happened the day her sister was presumed drowned, she uncovers painful secrets that threaten to destroy her family all over again. 

Read about how author Dori Hillestad Butler approached revising and updating this title and it's companion, Yes, I Know the Monkey Man, in her blog post.

Alba wants to stop tie so she can stay in her small town forever—but news of the end of the world might just force her to confront her future. High school has ended, and everyone else seems to be making plans to move on. Meanwhile, Alba's old crush has unexpectedly reappeared, and her best friend has suddenly gone off the rails. Even her latest comic book creation is misbehaving. Also, the world might be ending—which is proving to be awkward. As doomsday enthusiasts flock to idyllic Eden Valley, Alba's life is thrown into chaos. Bit when it comes to figuring out her heart, Armageddon might turn out to be the least of Alba's problems.

Check out our full Spring 2018 catalog here, and see what new stories we have coming this season here!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Warm Up with a Good Book

Chilly winter temperatures and shorter daylight hours make outdoor activities less than ideal. But all the more reason to put on some cozy slippers, don your comfy clothes (maybe even a Snuggie), and open a book that will take away your winter blues. Warm up with some of these great books, either for independent fireside reading or for cuddly storytimes.

Dreamy illustrations, delicate colors, and gentle rhymes make this board book ideal for a cuddly bed time with a little reader. Author-illustrator John Butler will delight the very young with this interactive look at different animals and the way the move.

Join Little One and Big Bear as they discover the world together, through every season. With gentle text and gorgeous illustrations that highlight the wonder of nature, the story ends with the start of winter, as mother and cub get ready to hibernate in their cozy den. This quietly stunning book will make little readers want to cuddle up with the big ones in their lives, and vice versa.

The young boy in this picture book finds whimsical inspiration in the blizzard around him as a strong wind suddenly lifts him into the air as he soars over familiar sites. This fantastical (while also historical) trip through a snow-covered wonderland will help readers gain a new perspective of their own wintery surroundings.

Get lost in this exhilarating and imaginative escapade as Lily escapes from captivity and sets off on a journey to find her home, Lilliput. Inspired by Gulliver’s Travels, this chapter book transports readers to eighteenth-century London and traveling over rooftops, down chimneys, and into chocolate shops.

Read an excerpt.

In the playful homage to Charles Dickens, unlikely allies learn the lessons of a great friendship. The tongue-in-cheek romp through Victorian England will make readers forget all about the chilling weather outside. Add in the fast-moving plot, enjoyable characters, and emotive illustrations, and The Cheshire Cheese Cat will be sure to warm up any reader seeking some adventure.

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Looking for a complete change of scenery? How about the tropical island of Hawaii! Paul Silva lives in a paradise where he can see the ocean from his front porch. His father makes a living by raising and caring for roosters on their little farm, but soon Paul finds that the family business is tied to the underworld of cockfighting. As he struggles to understand his family’s livelihood, he learns that being a man has nothing to do with the wielding the power to hurt people and animals. The distinctive setting, unique topic, engaging story, and complex family relationships will capture any reader’s attention.

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There's nothing like digging into a good mystery during dreary weather. In this suspenseful chapter book, thirteen-year-old Samantha has too many unanswered questions about her past, like her father has never tried to contact her all these years and how he could have allowed her twin sister to drown in Clearwater Quarry when they were only toddlers. As she sets out to find her father and discover what really happened the day her sister was presumed drowned, she uncovers painful secrets that threaten to destroy her family all over again. Do You Know the Monkey Man? will draw readers into one family’s crisis unwittingly brought on by an adolescent girl’s search for the truth. Don't forget about the equally thought-provoking companion to the book, Yes, I Know the Monkey Man.

Read an excerpt.

A sharp, hilarious, and perfectly observed story of high school geeks falling in true love will definitely help cure the winter blues. Sam Kinnison is a geek, and he’s totally fine with that, and until Princess Leia turns up in his bedroom, worry about girls he won’t. Then Camilla Carter arrives on the scene. Sam is determined to ignore her, except that Camilla has a plan of her own—and he seems to be a part of it! Sam believes that everything he needs to know he can learn from the movies. But perhaps he’s been watching the wrong ones. Read this charming modern YA story to get ready for Melissa Keil's follow-up, The Secret Science of Magic.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

New Year, New List: Spring 2018

It is officially 2018! And while this year is off to a frigid start (we're feeling the polar vortex down here in Atlanta too), this Spring 2018 season will help you shake off the shivers and give you the warm and fuzzys. We are delighted to share our Spring 2018 list, filled with nature, inventions, critters, and more. Happy New Year!

New Board Book

Simple and evocative language and charming illustrations describe a girl's experience on a rainy day. The In the Weather board book series by author Elizabeth Spurr and illustrator Manelle Oliphant comes to a close with In the Rain.

New Picture Books

Henry can't wait to have a bee suit of his own so he can help his Aunt Lilla with the sister bees. As he observes his aunt work with the beehives on their Lowcountry farm, he grows fascinated with her ability to communicate with the bees. When Henry learns that the bees are getting ready to look for a new place to live, can he find a way to communicate with the sister bees and convince them to stay? This stunner from Lester Laminack and Jim LaMarche will be a new favorite. 

Can a very messy monster and a perky little bird with an eye for neatness find a way to be friends? Grakkle doesn't care one bit about cleaning. "Grakk!" he complains as Kalinka "tidies up" his messes. "You're welcome," she responds. They simply aren't on the same wavelength. Can an unfortunate accident help an odd couple like this see eye to eye? Julie Paschkis's newest book is the perfect "odd couple" story.

Izzy Gizmo's inventions are marvelous, magnificent—and they often malfunction. But when she finds a crow with a broken wing, she just has to help! Izzy tries again and again to build him a new pair of wings, but nothing is working. Can Izzy overcome her failures? or will her crow friend never fly again? This feisty tale of determination, ingenuity, and friendship is sure to capture the imaginations of aspiring young inventors.

Abraham Lincoln was known for his sense of humor. But early in his adult life, it nearly got him into trouble. He had to use his imagination to save his career—and maybe even his life. When he became frustrated with the actions of a political rival Jame Shields, he came up with a plan the was silly, clever, and a great big mistake! Lincoln, his future wife, and a friend of hers wrote a pseudonymous series of letters to the newspaper editor, complaining about Shields. But when Shields took offense, he challenged Lincoln to a duel. Donna Janell Bowman's fun historical read aloud offers a refreshing perspective of a historical icon and how the lessons he learned made him a better man.

The son of an enslaved blacksmith learns that his father is using the rhythm of his hammering to communicate with travelers on the Underground Railroad. When Pa falls ill, it is up to the young boy to help others along the journey—and also lead his family's escape. Blacksmith's Song is a powerful story of rhythm and craft in nineteenth-century America with beautiful oil paintings.

Now in Spanish! This fictionalized first-person biography, written in verse by Young People's Poet Laureate Margarita Engle (and translated by Teresa Mlawer and Georgina Lázaro), follows the early year of the child who grows up to pen Don Quixote, the first modern novel of the Western world. Miguel's Brave Knight is also one of 2017's best books!

Newly revised and featuring extended back matter! Fish make our world a better place. But sometimes people do things that make it hard for them to live and grow. Expository nonfiction powerhouse author Melissa Stewart shares the ways human actions can affect fish and describes ways people can help protect them and their nature habitats.

New Illustrated Chapter Book

It's the fourth book for the King & Kayla series! Join this detective duo as they investigate a new mystery. Kayla just lost a tooth—but now it's missing. Where did it go? There's plenty of detective work and laughs to be had with King and Kayla as they solve the mystery.

New Middle Grade

Have fun on this poetic tour through the leaf litter layer and dig into the fascinating facts about the tiny critters who live there. Nineteen poems in a variety of verse forms with accompanying science notes take readers on a decomposer safari through the "brown food web," from bacteria through tardigrades and on to rove beetle predators with other busy recyclers in-between.

The newest addition to sports writer Fred Bowen's Sports Story series. Troy is overjoyed when he makes it onto an elite travel team with the help of his lucky charm, a piece of blue sea glass he found near his grandmother's beach house before she died. As he does well on the team, he accumulates more superstitious rituals. But when he loses his lucky charm, his performance begins to slip. What can he do to get his mojo back? Back matter for Lucky Enough includes the "Real Story" about well-known players like Wade “Chicken Man” Boggs, who were notoriously superstitious.

New Young Adult

Sophia, a former child prodigy and seventeen-year-old math genius is getting anxious about her future. She doesn't have time for silly games, and especially doesn't have the patience to deal with the mysterious playing cards and coins that keep turning up inside her belongings. But Joshua, a cheerfully unambitious teen and amateur magician, has admired Sophia for as long as he can remember. He just needs to muster up the courage to finally tell her how he feels. But he has no idea just how off his timing really is... This newest novel from Melissa Keil is a heartwarming tale of unconventional romance, perfect timing, and finding your own magic.

Check out our full Spring 2018 catalog here, and stay tuned for giveaways, interviews, and more!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

New Year's Resolutions for 2018

Only a few more days left in this year, which means we've got New Year's resolutions on our mind! And if you are actually planning on keeping your resolutions for 2018, let us help you plan ahead! Get some ideas for what to accomplish in the upcoming year as well as some great books to help you along the way.

Keep Fitness a Priority

Growing older does not mean accepting diminished fitness. In Age-Defying 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.

Educate Yourself

2017 seemed to be a year focused on truth and knowledge—and all things politics. Continue your quest for learning by educating yourself on topics that are important to you. Reading more about how our U.S. Constitution is affecting our current society is just one place to start. From the award-winning team, Cynthia Levinson, children’s book author, and Sanford Levinson, constitutional law scholar, Fault Lines in the Constitution encourages exploration and discussion from young and old readers alike.

Get More Involved

If you're interest in getting more involved, whether it's making a difference in your community or effecting change on a broader scale, find inspiration in Jane Addams, the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Despite receiving criticism (and being labeled "Most Dangerous Woman in America") for her efforts to bring peace during World War I, "Dangerous Jane" never gave up, dedicating her life to helping others and affecting change. Her life, and her life's work, is an "inspiring testament to the power of activism."

Be a Better Parent

No parent is perfect, but it never hurts to look for ways to be a better parent. This collection of essays, What Works with Children, features advice for parents from forty professionals who have worked with children for at least twenty-five years. What emerges from these essays is the powerful message that a lifetime with children changes and challenges our ideas of what is of real importance—and what is not.* The authors and editors of this book are proud to donate their royalties to Save the Children.

Be Your Own Hero

Heroic figures are always great for inspiration, but use next year to take a page out of Rapunzel's story and be your own hero. Rapunzel is the perfect book to introduce the idea to your kids or students that, when presented with a problem, they can look for solutions and take action for themselves. No one needs to wait for a prince to save the day.

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Looking Back at 2017: A Letter from Margaret Quinlin

It feels like just yesterday I sat down to write a letter to you all kicking off our 40th anniversary. Yet here we are, a year later, and although the mood of the country has been challenging and at times maddening, I have been so heartened by the beauty of the book world and by the endeavors of our small but mighty publishing company.

We’re closing out 2017 with a record number of accolades and starred reviews for our books, including Fault Lines in the Constitution, Flowers for Sarajevo, and Miguel’s Brave Knight—books that are challenging young readers to think about the world differently and take a stand. And books like Rapunzel, Dangerous Jane, and the King & Kayla series are championing strong female characters with feisty personas and diverse points of view. We have you to thank for loving these books and putting them into the hands of young readers around the country. We are humbled and grateful.

And you won’t believe what we have coming in 2018! Think feisty little inventors, a new picture book from Lester Laminack illustrated by the very talented Jim LaMarche, a follow-up to 2016’s Little One, an epic journey into outer space from Suzanne Slade (did you know she’s a former NASA engineer?), and some underdogs of the animal world that will have you cheering. Those are just some of the things I can tell you about!

After such a robust fall and exciting 40th anniversary celebration, I am looking forward to the peace and relaxation of the holidays, but I cannot wait to kick off 2018. Our mission—to produce books that educate, entertain, encourage, and endure—has never felt more important, and I believe it’s safe to say that we’re in the midst of a golden age of Peachtree Publishers.

Happy Holidays to all and best wishes for 2018.

Margaret M. Quinlin
President and Publisher
Peachtree Publishers

Monday, December 11, 2017

2017 Holiday Gift Guide for the Youngest Reader

The holiday shopping season is almost over as we begin counting down the few days left. But no fear, last-minute shoppers! Books make great presents for young readers, and this year we’ve shared several round-ups highlighting ideas for every kind of reader on your gift list. Cross off the last  people on your gift list and stock up on books that the children in your life will enjoy exploring again and again.

2017 Holiday Gift Guide

To: The Youngest Reader
Board books are wonderful gifts to surprise and excite the youngest reader in your life this holiday season. Reading to the very young helps introduce early concepts and vocabulary to set a foundation for early learning skills. Durable, easy to hold, beautifully illustrated, and exceptionally fun, these board books are ideal stocking stuffers and perfect for exploring with a little one!

Whether or not your little one is experiencing snow for the first time this season, share this story about the magic of a snowy day and the outdoor activities in brings!

In this gently rhyming board book by Elizabeth Spurr, a young girl and her pet dog make a snowman, sled down the hill, and have other wintery fun! With vibrant and joyful illustrations by Manelle Oliphant, this board book is a perfect sit-in-your-lap reading experience for toddlers. This celebration of winter is sure to delight the little reader on your gift list.

Read an excerpt here.

“What a lot of friends! How many can you count?”

William Bee is at it again with another addition of Stanley’s fun adventures. What is Stanley up to this time? This busy little hamster has learned about shapes, colors, and opposites, and he is back to explore numbers! In order to plan a party with his friend Little Woo, Stanley must gather the right number of snacks and decorations for their picnic. Jell-O salad, picnic rugs, balloons, and much more are perfect for the party. So, help Stanley and Little Woo count out their supplies.

Avid fans of Stanley and friends will surely enjoy the continued journey of everyone’s favorite little hamster!

Looking for the best bedtime book to read to your little one? Well, look no further! John Butler’s board book introduces an array of baby animals being put to bed by their mothers and fathers. From tiny birds to young whales, from nests to the deep blue sea, the noisy animal kingdom settles down for a good night’s sleep.

This gentle bedtime story features an easy, rhyming text and beautifully evocative, detailed art that will soothe your sleepy loved one as you share with them the nightly routine of all living creatures.

Little Rabbit and his red balloon lead the way as the family heads to the amusement park for Little Rabbit’s birthday. So excited by the people, place, and sounds of the park, Little Rabbit claims he is a big rabbit now and wonders off from his parents. But when he suddenly finds himself all alone, he doesn’t feel quite so grown up anymore. What should Little Rabbit do?

Harry Horse’s colorful illustrations depict Little Rabbit’s growing excitement and bring to life the infectious atmosphere of the amusement park. Young readers will identify easily with the young character’s conflicting desire for independence and his need of loving supervision, and will cheer Little Rabbit’s triumphant reunion with his beloved family.

Find these titles and more at your local libraryindie bookstore, or Barnes & Noble. Still looking for more great ideas? Our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide has even more gift recommendations for your little readers this holiday season!

Monday, December 4, 2017

2017 Holiday Gift Guide for the Winter/Holiday Enthusiast

The holiday season is moving quickly, and the time for gift giving is almost here! Books make great presents for young readers, and this year we’ll be sharing several round-ups highlighting ideas for every kind of reader on your gift list. To avoid the ever-dreaded holiday rush, stock up on books that the children in your life will enjoy exploring again and again.

To: The Winter/Holiday Enthusiast
The holiday season brings out a greatly anticipated enthusiasm for winter weather, family gatherings, the exchanging of gifts, holiday decorations, and even the most embarrassing, intricate outfits (ugly Christmas sweater for the win!). So, get in the mood this holiday season by not only enjoying old family traditions, but by also starting a new ones, like nestling close to the fire and sharing a good book. Snow days, songs, schemes, and skis are just a page-turn away!

Bradley Bartleby is bad. Very bad. Fed up with receiving socks for Christmas every year, the beastly Bradley decided enough was enough! If Santa won’t give him the gifts he wants, Bradley will just have to steal them. Bradley rigs his house as a trap for Santa Claus, sticking dynamite in the chimney, stealing tigers from the zoo, placing guillotines over the doors and windows, and even hiding trapdoors. Santa doesn’t stand a chance! Or does he? 

Johnathan Emmett’s exceptionally witty and quirky humor is sure to delight those kids that have a hankering for an unexpected holiday treat! Coupled with fantastic bold illustrations by Poly Bernatene, readers will enjoy this twisted Christmas tale told from a new and devious perspective. Make this hilarious read aloud a new tradition for the family!

Read an excerpt here and check out the fun activity sheets!

“Did the weatherman just say what I thought he did? Did he say…SNOW? Oh, please, let it snow. Lots and lots of snow.”

Have you ever experienced the anticipation and excitement of a snow day (or—for those who do not get snow—wished for one)? This narrator has and he is jumping for joy at the idea of no morning alarm and no rush to school; staying in PJs all day and watching the snow fall in white heaps; playing outside, reading a book, and watching TV. But in the morning when there is no snow to be found and everyone rushes to get to school, this family experiences an unexpected twist!

Young readers won’t be the only ones who delight in Lester Laminack’s fun spin on a familiar childhood scenario. Get lost in Adam Gustavson’s beautiful illustrations and charm the young reader in your life with a wonderfully imagined day of snow!

Read an excerpt here.

Meet Claude. He’s no ordinary dog—he leads an extraordinary life! What will he do next? This holiday season join Claude as he and his best friend, Sir Bobblysock go to the Snowy Mountains to swish down the powdery slopes. They throw snowballs, learn to ski, and enter a snow-sculpture contest. But when an avalanche threatens their winter wonderland, Claude must come to the rescue!

Written and Illustrated by Alex Latimer, Claude on the Slopes is a perfect addition to any young reader’s early chapter book collection. With a hilarious plot and well-crafted illustrations, Latimer brings Claude’s extraordinary world to life! Share this future favorite with your adventure-hungry reader and join them as they laugh out loud at the exciting story of this winter-happy pup!

Read an excerpt here.

Based on true events from the Christmas Truce of World War I, Christmas in the Trenches commemorates the story of Francis Tolliver and his fellow British soldiers in the muddy trenches along the Western Front. Their German enemies lie in wait just across a field known as “No Man’s Land.” As both armies exchange carols back and forth, a figure emerges, carrying a small Christmas tree with lighted candles. Soon the British and the German armies leave the war behind and gather in the open field to ring in the holiday together. 

Adapted by award-winning songwriter John McCutcheon from his song of the same name, and reinforced by Henri Sørensen’s traditional, full-color oil paintings, Christmas in the Trenches will be a new classic for the family to enjoy. With a CD featuring readings of the story and recordings of “Silent Night” and “Christmas in the Trenches,” this title is sure to satisfy the historian and the winter enthusiast in your family!

Find these titles and more at your local libraryindie bookstore, or Barnes & Noble. Still looking for more great ideas? Our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide has even more gift recommendations for your little readers this holiday season!