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We’re so happy you’re here. 

On this page, you’ll find virtual author signings and ARC giveaways (while supplies last!); sneak peeks of art from upcoming titles; links to free resources; our brand-new Fall 2020 catalog; and two–we repeat TWO–drawings to enter!

But before you get to all of that, we invite you to celebrate artist Daniel Minter, our very first Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of one of the most heart-warming books we’ve published…

Going Down Home with Daddy Caldecott Honor

A Message from Daniel Minter

“While this book shows one particular experience of an African American family, I continue to be moved hearing about all the people who connect with this book and this experience in many different ways. Just like Lil Alan and his family in the book, I was also able to connect to my own history while working on the illustrations, and I have learned, and continue to share, more about myself because of it. I hope that readers will find their own connections to their family and history after reading Going Down Home with Daddy.” — Daniel Minter

Mackin Community: “An Illustrator’s Journey: Guest Post by Daniel Minter

The Children’s Book Council: “From the Sketchbook: Daniel Minter” 

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Take a closer look at Daniel Minter’s moving, symbol-filled acrylic illustrations in Going Down Home with Daddy.

Signing Authors

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Daniel Minter & Kelly Starling Lyons Signing Going Down Home with Daddy

A Special Message from Illustrator Daniel Minter

A Special Message from Author Kelly Starling Lyons

Going Down Home with Daddy celebrates heritage and heart. Lil Alan traveling to the reunion with his family is a cherished tradition. He can’t wait to feel the love, eat the delicious food, and walk the land that means so much. But this time, they’re celebrating a milestone too – the 75th anniversary of this being their home. Lil Alan’s sister and cousins are paying tribute. Why can’t he find a way to show what it means to him? I love how Daniel Minter’s stunning art makes Lil Alan’s journey rich, layered, and meaningful. The Adinkra symbols Daniel has on every page remind us that the answer is all around. Thankful for the Caldecott Committee bestowing an Honor on his amazing work. This is a story about family that I hope inspires readers to honor who they are and where they’re from.″– Kelly Starling Lyons

Don Tate Signing William Still and His Freedom Stories

A Special Message from Author-Illustrator Don Tate

This isn’t the typical romanticized telling of the Underground Railroad, where whites save Blacks running away from slavery. This is the true story of William Still, a free Black man and top conductor on Philadelphia’s line of the Underground Railroad, who, through his work at the Philadelphia Anti-Slavery Society Office, helped hundreds of Black people running from slavery, to get farther North into Canada, where they could live in freedom. Still kept meticulous records of the people he helped—names, ages, physical descriptions—with the hope of reuniting families torn apart by slavery. He also recorded their personal stories (Henry ‘Box’ Brown and Harriet Tubman to name a few). Little did Still know that his work would reunite his own family who had been enslaved a generation before. This is the story of a Black man helping Black people, a narrative historically overlooked in publishing and an especially important and necessary one for all young readers.” – Don Tate

Lisa Papp Signing Madeline Finn and the Therapy Dog

A Special Message from Author-Illustrator Lisa Papp

“I’m so excited to let you know that Madeline Finn and the gang are back for another adventure! Star is growing up and training to be a therapy dog – just like Bonnie. But when they visit the retirement home where Star’s big test will be, Madeline and Star find an even bigger challenge ahead. I know many of you have therapy dogs visiting your stores, so I hope you all will enjoy this heartwarming story of perseverance, trust, and acceptance. I thank you for your support of the first two Madeline Finn books and hope revisiting these characters brings you as much joy as it’s brought me over the past year. I hope to see you soon!″– Lisa Papp

Deborah Hopkinson Signing Thanks to Frances Perkins

A Special Message from Author Deborah Hopkinson

“Fighting to create a country where no one is left out was at the heart of what made Frances Perkins tick. My forthcoming book, Thanks to Frances Perkins, with fabulous art by Kristy Caldwell, pays tribute to the first woman to serve in a presidential cabinet. In 1933, before accepting Franklin D. Roosevelt’s invitation to serve as the first female Secretary of Labor, Frances gave him a long list of what she wanted to accomplish, including establishing unemployment insurance and social security. Today, we all have reason to thank Frances.” – Deborah Hopkinson

Featured Authors

Author Rebecca Elliott introduces her new laugh-out-loud YA novel, Pretty Funny for a Girl!

Author Vanessa Jones introduces her new moving YA novel, Sing Like No One’s Listening!

Award-winning author Lavie Tidhar talks about his new page-turning middle grade mystery, The Candy Mafia!

Beloved author-illustrator Alex T. Smith introduces the newest installment in his rollicking Mr. Penguin series, Mr. Penguin and the Catastrophic Cruise!

Featured Books

Check out our new Fall 2020 titles
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Written by Julie Larios
Illustrated by Julie Paschkis
Ages: 2 – 6
September 2020

“An absolute zoo of an ABC book—in the best possible way.” —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

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Written and illustrated by Catherine Rayner
Ages: 2 – 6
October 2020

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Written and illustrated by William Bee
Ages: 3 – 7
August 2020

Activity Kit | Fire Safety Tips

“An adorable hamster, a fire engine, and fireworks: high preschooler appeal.” —Kirkus Reviews 

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Written by Danny Schnitzlein
Illustrated by Anca Sandu
Ages: 4 – 8
October 2020

Teacher’s Guide

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Written and illustrated by Lisa Papp
Ages: 4 – 8
September 2020

Activity Kit | Downloadable Stickers | Downloadable Bookmark

“A gentle, heartwarming introduction to the world of therapy dogs.”—Kirkus Reviews

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Creator of Social Security

Written by Deborah Hopkinson
Illustrated by Kristy Caldwell
Ages: 6 – 10
August 2020

August 2020 is the 85th anniversary of the Social Security Act!

“Engaging… An informative portrait of an activist and advocate whose accomplishments are still evident today.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Father of the Underground Railroad

Written and illustrated by Don Tate
Ages: 6 – 10
November 2020

Teacher’s Guide | Downloadable Poster

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Written by Lavie Tidhar
Illustrated by Daniel Duncan
Ages: 8 – 12
September 2020

Discussion Guide

“Combining chewing gum and gumshoes, this comical mystery begs to be read aloud.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Written and illustrated by Alex T. Smith
Ages: 8 – 12
October 2020

Activity Kit

Read Mr. Penguin’s Other Adventures!

Mr. Penguin and the Lost Treasure
Mr. Penguin and the Fortress of Secrets

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Written by Kashmira Sheth
Illustrated by Jenn Kocsmiersky
Ages: 7 – 10

Discussion Guide

“Sheth’s clear and distinctive narratorial voice effortlessly leads readers through the intricacies of Nina’s quirky, innocent world….” —Kirkus Reviews

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Written by Rebecca Elliott
Ages: 12 – 16
October 2020

Discussion Guide

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Written by Vanessa Jones
Ages: 12 – 16
September 2020

Discussion Guide

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Written by Jenna Guillaume
Ages: 12 – 16

Discussion Guide | Author Q&A

“This is the book I would hand to teen me.” —Becky Albertalli, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

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Written by Cynthia Levinson
Ages: 10+

Teacher’s Guide | Poster

Four Starred Reviews!

“This photo-essay stands out for its engrossing content, excellent composition, and riveting use of primary-source material.” ―School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

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Written by Cynthia Levinson & Sanford Levinson
Ages: 10+

Discussion Guide | Author Q&A

Four Starred Reviews!

“Thought-provoking and exceptionally topical…” ―Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

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Written by Claire Rudolf Murphy
Illustrated by Stacey Schuett
Ages: 6 – 10

Teacher’s Guide

2020 is the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment!

“An excellent introduction to the women’s movement in general and Susan B. Anthony, in particular.” ―Booklist

Father of Black History Month

Written by Deborah Hopkinson
Illustrated by Don Tate
Ages: 6 – 10

Teacher’s Guide | Downloadable Poster | Endpapers

“An important and inspiring tale well told.” ―Kirkus Reviews

Written and illustrated by William Bee
Ages: 2 – 6

Activity Kit | Stanley Fan Page

“Paints a sweet and colorful story.” —Kirkus Reviews

Written and illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura
Ages: 2 – 6

Activity Kit | Author/Illustrator Q&A

“Dynamic, fun-filled, imaginative, and ideal for participatory reading aloud.” —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

Written by Farhana Zia
Illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman
Ages: 4 – 8

Teahcer’s Guide Author Q&A

“Three cheers for this feisty girl of color and her big imagination.” —Kirkus Reviews

Written by Jim Helmore
Illustrated by Richard Jones
Ages: 4 – 8

Activity Sheet | Author Q&A

“A beautiful and sensitive treatment of a common childhood experience.” —Kirkus Reviews

Written by Kelly Starling Lyons
Illustrated by Daniel Minter
Ages: 4 – 8

Discussion Guide | Downloadable Poster

A 2020 Caldecott Honor Book

“Readers will enjoy this moving celebration of familial love, history, and tradition. Highly ­recommended.” —School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

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Written by Pip Jones
Illustrated by Sara Ogilvie
Ages: 4 – 8

Teacher’s Guide | Activity Sheets

“This ode to imagination, perseverance, and fun just may inspire young readers to do some tinkering of their own.” —Booklist

Written and illustrated by Julie Colombet
Ages: 4 – 8

Discussion Guide | Personality Quiz

“Even the most rule-bound reader will be cheered up by these stodgy lemmings.” —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

Written and illustrated by Bethan Woollvin
Ages: 5 – 9

“A great book to delve into what heroes are made of. Highly recommended for elementary libraries.” —School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

Written by Dori Hillestad Butler
Illustrated by Nancy Meyers
Ages: 7 – 9

Activity Kit | Poster

“Entertaining reading for the newest generation of detectives.” —Kirkus Reviews

Written by Kathryn Cave
Illustrated by Nick Maland
Ages: 6 – 10

“This book is truly a staple for any personal or professional library.” ―Nicole Wilbur, MSWLMSW, Co-Owner of the Self Esteem Shop, Medical and School Social Worker

Written and illustrated by Lisa Papp
Ages: 4 – 8

Activity Kit | Downloadable Stickers | Downloadable Bookmark

“So adorable readers may attempt to hug the page.” ―Kirkus Reviews

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Written by Pip Jones
Illustrated by Sara Ogilvie
Ages: 4 – 8
Paperback Coming September 2020

Teacher’s Guide | Activity Sheets | Author Q&A

“This book will inspire kids to get out there and to try new things.” ―School Library Journal

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Written and illustrated by Bethan Woollvin
Ages: 5 – 9
Paperback Coming September 2020

Teacher’s Guide | Activity Kit

2016 New York Times Best Illustrated

“This is how fairy tales were meant to be told.” ―School Library Journal

Peachtree Art Gallery

When you think of Peachtree, one of the first things we hope you think of is beautiful art. Whether it’s Thomas Gonzalez’s breathtaking, hyper-realistic paintings, or Julie Paschkis’s signature style, we want readers to feel like they’re experiencing something extra-special each time they encounter the art in a Peachtree book. So please enjoy this small glimpse of some of our favorite works from this year.

Life in a Frozen World: Wildlife of Antarctica (November 2020)

Award-winning illustrator Thomas Gonzalez introduces the magnificent landscapes of Antarctica in the painted illustrations for his forthcoming picture book Life in a Frozen World.

Curious About Mammals (August 2020)

Noted wildlife illustrator John Sill introduces the youngest readers to the world of mammals with beautifully detailed illustrations in Curious About Mammals.

Eek! A Noisy Journey from A to Z (September 2020)

Illustrator Julie Paschkis’ signature art style shines in her forthcoming picture book Eek!, filled with bright, colorful illustrations that perfectly match the fun of this onomatopoeic alphabet book.

Arlo the Lion the Who Couldn’t Sleep (October 2020)

Author-illustrator Catherine Rayner’s gorgeous watercolor illustrations have made Arlo the Lion Who Couldn’t Sleep an instant favorite for readers young and old.

Storytime Resources

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