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.

Find these titles and more at your local libraryindie bookstore, or Barnes & Noble

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!