Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Happy Leap Day!

Leap Year happens but once every four years--so take the time out today to celebrate it!  I personally plan on leaping everywhere today instead of walking, and I'll tell you, it's made the office much more interesting today.  


I was trying to decide what books go best with Leap Day, and I thought, "who likes leaping more than frogs?  No one, that's who!"


So in honor of today, the unofficial mascot of Leap Day--the frog.



A Place for Frogs by Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Higgins Bond.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Sensational Cynsations!

Meredith and I are featured on Cynsations! Check out our interview here!


Thanks, Cynthia, for hosting us on your blog and for all that you do! (You can check out all of her Cynsational interviews on her blog here!)

Monday, February 27, 2012

SCIRA

We just got back from the South Carolina International Reading Association conference in Myrtle Beach (thus the absence of blog posts last week) and we had a blast! BIG thank you to Adrian Fogelin and Fred Bowen who joined us for the event and had excellent presentations and signings! Another thank you goes out to all of you who stopped by! We had such a fun time getting to know you and talking about your schools! 

This was my first conference at Peachtree so I took lots of pictures of the set up 1. Because it was interesting to me and 2. So I can remember how to do it next time! Herein lies the next installment of our A-Z of Publishing: G is for Grid! 

Friday, February 17, 2012

Get out your crayons!


Susan Stockdale has a new coloring book, featuring illustrations from her wonderful book Bring On the Birds!


The coloring book features 19 drawings for birds based on original illustrations from Susan's picture books. Each illustration is reproduced in a small, color version and as a full-page black line drawing like this:  
The coloring book is available here and make sure to look out for the newest edition of Susan's Fabulous Fishes -- available as a board book for the first time this spring!


 Happy Reading, everyone!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

True Romance

It's Valentines Day, and call me sentimental, but it's one of my favorite holidays.  

There are the obvious reasons: it's an excuse to wear red and pink together, eat chocolate for breakfast, and maybe receive your favorite flowers.  But also, it's my time to indulge in some embarrassingly romance novels.   

If you think about it, my love for romance novels probably just stems from my unnatural obsession with fairy tales as a little girl.  I know many a woman who secretly harbors a desire for Prince Charming to show up on his white steed and rescue her (probably from a stack of paperwork and the incessant ringing phone--if she's anything like myself).  

In the Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas, Prince Charming comes in the form of Prince Henrik, a sporty, outdoorsy kind of guy.  And like most of us, he just wants to find someone that loves him for him, not for his fancy title and crown. 

Happy Valentine's Day from Peachtree!

Happy Valentine's Day, readers!

Roses are red, 
Violets are blue,
Have I got a great Valentine's book for you!



Thursday, February 9, 2012

We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March

In honor of Black History Month, we're featuring our new nonfiction middle grade title We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March.

There's a lot of information on Peachtree's main page and on author Cynthia Levinson's website (as well as through the many links at the bottom of this post), but we thought we'd give you a first-hand glimpse at Cynthia's process of researching and writing this incredible book.

Welcome to the blog, Cynthia!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Sneak Peak at the Artwork of The Return of the Library Dragon!


It’s almost ready!  Illustrator Michael White dropped by our office to show off some artwork from the sequel to The Library Dragon—The Return of the Library Dragon!

Have you entered the contest?  It’s easy!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A Dickens of a Birthday!

What do you think of when you hear 'Charles Dickens'? 

A Tale of Two Cities?

Great Expectations?

Oliver Twist?

The fact that his pen name was "Boz"? 

Or do you think about the theme park 'Dickens World' in Chatham dedicated to the Boz himself, which is apparently a real thing? (You can get half-price admittance if you show up in full Victorian garb!)

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Happy Groundhog Day!

If you stop and think about it, Groundhog Day is a little weird. Every February, thousands of tourists flock to Pennsylvania to watch a rodent predict the weather. A little silly, on the face of it, yes? In recent years, the holiday has come to mean more than just the arrival of an early spring or the drudging on of an even longer winter: if you have cable, you're going to be seeing lots of reruns of one particular movie of the same name.