Saturday, October 18, 2014

Blog Tour for "Murphy, Gold Rush Dog"

An action-packed and heartwarming story of a dog in gold rush-era Alaska
All Murphy wants is a home and a loving family. After escaping from his brutal, merciless owner, he is taken in by a young girl named Sally. She and her mother have just arrived in Nome, Alaska, intent on joining the other gold seekers and making a new life for themselves, free from their wealthy but oppressive family in Seattle.
Yet, even with Murphy at their side, Sally and Mama find living in the mining town harsh and forbidding. When it seems they may have to give up and return to Seattle, Sally and Murphy decide to strike out on their own, hoping to find gold and make a permanent home. But dangers await them - not only blizzards and grizzly bears, but also Murphy's original owner, who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, whether it is an ill-gotten fortune or a valuable dog.

Alison Hart is the author of more than forty books for young readers, including Emma's RiverAnna's Blizzard, and the Racing to Freedom trilogy. Hart is a teacher at Blue Ridge Community College and lives in Virginia. You can visit Alison Hart’s website here.
Michael G. Montgomery has illustrated numerous children's books. He attended Georgia Southern University and the University of Georgia. Montgomery lives in Georgia. You can visit Michael G. Montgomery’s website here.
Follow Murphy on his Alaskan adventure: 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Blog Tour for "Claude on the Slopes"

Claude is no ordinary dog - he leads an extraordinary life!
Claude 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.
After briefly considering careers in space travel, cookery, and being a rabbit, Alex T. Smith finally decided to become an illustrator. He graduated from Coventry University with a degree in illustration and won second place in the Macmillan Prize for Children's Illustration. He lives in England.
You can visit Alex T. Smith’s website here.
School Library Journal warns children who have not met Claude and his best friend Sir Bobblysock to expect delightful mayhem and hilarity. Get to know Claude on this Blog Tour! 

Monday,10/13- Picture Book to YAThe Write Path
Tuesday, 10/14- Geo Librarian & Kit Lit Reviews
Wednesday, 10/15- Chat with Vera
Thursday, 10/16- The 4th Musketeer
Friday, 10/17- Librarian in Cute Shoes

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

DIY: Claude Sock Puppet

Do you ever wonder if Claude gets jealous of Sir Bobblysock?  

Think about it: Sir Bobblysock is both a sock and quite bobbly. I mean, talk about a double threat.

What if we leveled the playing field a bit? What if we made Claude into a sock?

There's a whole world of puppetry arts that we could explore... Claude could have his own adventure vlog... 

That's it. This is happening. Go grab your supplies and meet me back here in five.


  • 1 white sock
  • 1 black pom-pom
  • 1 red pom-pom
  • 1 piece of black felt
  • 1 piece of red felt
  • 2 googly eyes
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun


  1. Warm up your hot glue gun.
  2. Stick your hand inside the sock. Create the indent where Claude's mouth will be in the space between your forefinger and thumb.

            4. Cut out Claude’s ears and beret using shapes like this: 

             5. Using the hot glue gun, put a dab of hot glue in the following places: 
           tip: Adhere the pieces immediately and press firmly. Hot glue dries quickly.

a.       On the top of his head; attach his ears

b.      on the top of his ears; attach beret

c.      in the center of the top of the beret; attach the red pom-pom

d.      on Claude’s nose; attach the black pom-pom

e.       where his eyes will be; attach the googly eyes


We'd love to see your Claude or Sir. B sock puppets! Post your sock puppet theater videos on social and tag us, or send them to publicity [at] peachtree [dash] online [dot] com!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Blog Tour for "Can I Come Too?"

Join a tiny mouse as she searches for the biggest creature in the world.
A very small mouse sets out to find something special - the biggest creature in the world. Along the way she meets a menagerie of animals, including a frog, a badger, and a tiger. But which is the biggest of all? Follow their journey in this gentle cumulative tale from a world-renowned author and artist team.

Brian Patten is the author of The Big Snuggle-Up, as well as several poetry collections for children. He lives in England.You can visit Brian Patten’s website here.
Nicola Bayley has illustrated many acclaimed picture books for children, including The Big Snuggle-Up and The Jungle Book. She lives in England.

School Library Journal notes that this cumulative tale has "meticulously executed colored-pencil illustrations, whether of feather or fur, ferns or foxgloves, are so exquisite that children will become lost in them. Stunning art, paired with a simple poetic text, pulls readers along as they wonder which animal they will meet next."
Follow along the Blog Tour:

Friday, October 3, 2014


When I was in elementary school, the coolest thing to have (after Lisa Frank folders, Tamagotchis, and shell necklaces, of course) was the ability to tell a really scary story.

I vaguely remember tales of a girl with a ribbon necklace, an escaped hangman, and intruders impersonating dogs, but--and trust me when I say this--those have nothing on the story of The Long Fingered Man.

It's so creepy, so goosebump-inducing, that you need to experience it for yourself. Seriously, I can't even talk about it.

No stand alone copies of the story exist (the Long Fingered Man took care of that), but Bill Harley has captured the tale in Charlie Bumpers vs. the Squeaking Skull.

Since scary stories are better when they're told by grammy award-winning storytellers, let's make The Squeaking Skull audiobook our October #FreeBookFriday!

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Meet Charlie’s spookiest nemesis yet in CHARLIE BUMPERS VS. THE SQUEAKING SKULL, the third laugh-out-loud audiobook in the Charlie Bumpers series, read by Grammy award-winning storyteller, Bill Harley.
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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fall Scavenger Hunt Printable!

In Can I Come Too?, animals band together to search for the biggest creature in the whole world.

While you may not have whales in your pond or tigers in the forest behind your house, you do have lots of Autumn nature to discover!

So, print out this Fall Scavenger Hunt list (or make your own!), grab your scarf, and head into the great outdoors!

Click HERE for your printable Can I Come Too? scavenger hunt sheet!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Story Time Snack: A Pear Mouse for Any Adventure!

Photo by Jill Dubien via
I don't know about you, but nothing makes me hungrier than an adventure.

You know who else loves adventure? Mouse from Can I Come Too?

With a few healthy ingredients and some circle-cutting skillz, you can make a tasty snack to accompany your Can I Come Too? story time.

This one's so cute, you might buy a cage for it and name him Paul.

  • 1 Boscoe pear (those are the brown ones!)
  • 1 slice of cheddar cheese
  • 2 round, thin slices of carrot
  • 1 strip of green onion
  • Cream cheese
  • String cheese
  • 1 sharp knife

  1. Wash the pear and slice it in half so it lies flat on the plate.
  2. Pull apart one strip of string cheese and slide it under the back of the pear to create a mouse tail.
  3. Using your knife, cut several small circles out of the cheddar cheese.
  4. Dab a little cream cheese on the small end of the pear; press one of the cheddar cheese circles onto the cream cheese. (This will make a mouse nose!)
  5. Use two dabs of cream cheese to make mouse eyes above the nose.
  6. Using your knife, cut two horizontal slits into the top of the pear above the eyes.
  7. Stick the carrot slices into the slits to make ears.
  8. Cut two more slits--this time they should be vertical and on either side of the nose.
  9. Take your green onion, chop it into 6 smaller pieces. 
  10. Stick three onion slivers in the left vertical slit and three in the right.
Voila! Adorable and healthy! Could you ask for a better adventure treat?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Claude's Picture Adventure: au revoir!


Greetings from Claude and Sir Bobblysock!

Today, the first day of Autumn, marks the end of Summer (can you believe it?!), which means this wandering duo is trading their water shoes for plaid shirts and their beach trips for bonfires. 

It's been quite a summer. Check out all these fun places they went with you:

But this isn't the end!

Adventures don’t stop just because the school bell rings.  Hold onto your Claude and Sir Bobblysock cut-out and bring the gang along on your school trip or holiday vacation. (Don’t forget to tag us!) 

Read all about Claude and Sir Bobblysock’s trip to the snowy ski slopes in Claude on the Slopes, out October 1! 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Blog Tour for Charlie Bumpers vs. the Squeaking Skull

It's true what Kirkus Reviews says! "Charlie Bumers is back on the scene, "scaring himself into another life lesson" with his fourth- grade friends. 

Can Charlie face his fear of horror movies and enjoy Halloween?
Charlie and Tommy have big plans for Halloween. They're going to trick-or-treat and sleep over at Alex's house. But when Charlie finds out that the entertainment at the party will be the "Scariest Horror Movies Ever," he is struck by panic. Charlie loves candy, he loves sleepovers with his friends, but he absolutely hates horror movies.

Bill Harley is a two-time Grammy Award-winning storyteller, musician, and writer who has been writing and performing for kids and families for more than twenty years. He is the recipient of Parents' Choice and ALA awards. Bill won a 2007 Grammy Award for his children's storytelling album Blah Blah Blah and a 2009 Grammy Award for his children's spoken-word album Yes to Running! Bill Harley Live. He lives in Massachusetts.

Adam Gustavson has illustrated sixteen books for children, including Mind Your Manners, Alice Roosevelt!and Snow Day!. He lives in New Jersey.
Check out our Blog Tour: 
Tuesday 9/23- Geo Librarian & Kid Lit Reviews
Wednesday 9/24- Kiss the Book 
Thursday 9/25- Blue Owl

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Story Time Snack: Stanley's Marshmallow Buildings

Every night before Stanley (You know Stanley, don't you? Adorable hat-wearing hamster? Great with colors and machines?) goes to bed, he has supper and a bath.

But what is Stanley the Builder's favorite food? William Bee hasn't personally confirmed, but I'm pretty sure it's...

marshmallow buildings!

Pantry items make great indoor toys! Build a 3-D house or tepee with pretzel sticks and marshmallows:
Photo via

Grab your favorite early reader and head to the kitchen for this Storytime Snack!


  • 1 bag of pretzel sticks
  • 1 bag of large marshmallows 
  • 1 can of colorful frosting (optional)
  • 1 bag of M&M's or other small candies (optional)


  1. Decide what you're going to build. Will it be a house, like Stanley built for Myrtle? Or, will you make a spaceship? A skyscraper? Something completely new?
  2. Insert each pretzel stick into a marshmallow.
  3. Go on connecting until your masterpiece is finished!
  4. If you're feeling fancy, use frosting to attach M&M's, gumdrops, or other small candies for decoration!