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We’re so sad we’re not with you in Houston for TLA 2020!
But we’re not missing any opportunity to share great books and conversation with you. After all, that’s our favorite part of the show. Read on for new titles, messages from your favorite authors, book talks, and more!

Meet Peachtree’s Signing Authors

Since you can’t meet them face-to-face, learn more about our amazing authors
and illustrators here.

Don Tate Signing
William Still and His Freedom Stories

“This is the story of a free Black man, William Still, who helped hundreds of enslaved people escape north to safety on the Underground Railroad—including Henry “Box” Brown and Harriet Tubman. He kept meticulous records of the people he helped, and he recorded their personal stories, with a hope of reuniting families torn apart by slavery; little did he know, his work would reunite his own family, who had been enslaved a generation before.”– Don Tate

Deborah Hopkinson & Kristy Caldwell Signing
Thanks to Frances Perkins

“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

“Frances Perkins saw a problem with how workers were treated in America and spent her whole life trying to fix it. She wasn’t flashy, and there are no statues of her. But she’s still showing us how one woman can make a difference—more than a hundred years later. And I definitely need that reminder.”– Kristy Caldwell

Kashmira Sheth Signing
Nina Soni, Sister Fixer

“In Nina Soni, Sister Fixer, Nina is convinced that she must try to alter Kavita’s embarrassing behavior. On a rainy spring break, Nina sets out to do two projects, fix her sister, and work with her sister on a grand engineering project. This leads to some complicated and sometimes humorous situations, and Nina must find her way out of them. Even though Nina is unsuccessful in her endeavor to change her sister, she is not disappointed as she gains important insights about herself, family, and community.”– Kashmira Sheth

Leslie Bulion Signing
Amphibian Acrobats

“On sticky frog toes, salamandery smiles, and retractable caecilian tentacles (what???), these amazing AMPHIBIAN ACROBATS catapulted straight into my heart. The hardest part in creating this science poetry collection was deciding which incredibly engaging critters would make the final cut. If Robert Meganck had rendered his funny and accurate impressions of the host of also-rans, I’d never have been able to cut any of them at all. Don’t ask me, because my answer is all of them–but which illustration is your favorite? I’m so happy our book is leaping into the pond of TLA readers!”– Leslie Bulion

Cynthia Levinson Signing
Fault Lines in the Constitution

“Many of the issues we’re dealing with today—even COVID-19 and what the president is or is not doing about it—relate directly to what the Framers decided back in 1787. Our book, Fault Lines in the Constitution, connects the dots from them then to us today and also shows how things work differently—and sometimes better—in countries that have different kinds of governments.”– Cynthia Levinson

Donna Bowman signing
King of the Tightrope

“Hello virtual TLA attendees. Welcome to my invisible signing line. Don’t shove, there are plenty of copies of King of the Tightrope to go around.

If you’re a librarian or classroom educator—howdy! I’m a huge fan of your work!

If I met you during my previous visit to your school, or if we go way back, virtually imagine a hug—you remember what those are, right?

If you were as nimble as The Great Blondin, you could leap into the virtual rafters and tightrope your way to the safety of the cloud-based food court. I know this because, during my nine-year journey with King of the Tightrope: When the Great Blondin Ruled Niagara, my extensive research revealed a French funambulist (aka tightrope walker) willing to test his skills in death-defying artistic feats. But not on a whim. The Great Blondin (a funambulist since childhood) learned that extraordinary tightrope feats required practical engineering, an understanding of basic physics, and sheer determination. He’s considered the greatest tightrope-walker in history because of his remarkable performances over the Niagara Gorge in 1859-1860—long before technology. Blondin proved that each of us can accomplish something extrordinaire if we’re willing to dream and to persevere. “– Donna Bowman

Browse Our Shelves

Fall 2020 Releases


Written by Julie Larios
Illustrated by Julie Pashkis
Ages: 2 – 6
September 2020

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Stanleys Fire Engine

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

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Duck and Penguin Do Not Like Sleepovers

Written and Illustrated by Julia Woolf
Ages: 4 – 8
September 2020

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

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Gnu and Shrew

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

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

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

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Written by Rebecca Elliott
Ages: 12 – 16
October 2020

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Written by Vanessa Jones
Ages: 12 – 16
September 2020

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Spring 2020 Releases

Browse our Spring 2020 Catalog to see all the books coming this season!

Hat Tricks

Written and Illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura
Ages: 2 – 6
March 2020

Paper Planes

Written by Jim Helmore
Illustrated by Richard Jones
Ages: 4– 8
March 2020

Izzy GIzmo and the Invention Convention

Written by Pip Jones
Illustrated by Sara Ogilvie
Ages: 4 – 8
March 2020

Feast of Peas

Written by Kashmira Sheth
Illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler
Ages: 4 – 8
March 2020

Written and Illustrated by Bethan Woollvin
Ages: 5 – 9
April 2020

Written by Kathryn Cave
Illustrated by Nick Maland
Ages: 6 – 10
March 2020

Written and Illustrated by Julie Colombet
Ages: 6 – 10
March 2020

Written by Kashmira Sheth
Illustrated by Jenn Kocsmiersky
Ages: 7 – 10
April 2020

Written by Jenna Guillaume
Ages: 12 – 16
April 2020

Book Talks

Author-illustrator Bethan Woollvin introduces Bo the Brave!

Darby Guinn, Conference Coordinator on The Candy Mafia

Elyse Vincenty, Publicity & Marketing Manager on Madeline Finn and the Therapy Dog

Courtney Hood, Reprints and Awards Manager on Sing Like No One’s Listening

Alex Howard, Marketing & Publicity Assistant on Gnu and Shrew

Lynn Hildebrandt, Sales Manager on The Society of Distinguished Lemmings

“It’s nice to have a friend who’s a little bit different. It’s okay to have a friend who is not distinguished. It’s even okay to have a friend with no table manners. These are some of the things that Bertie learns in The Society of Distinguished Lemmings when he decides there is just too much noise in the lemmings’ burrow and heads outside. There he runs into a bear who lives without a roster of rules.

Yes, I am the bear. But that’s not the only reason I love this book.  I love it for its ability to be read over and over and always reveal new treasures in its pages. I love it for its humor, its empathy, and its charm. I think you’ll love it too. Follow me to your next great read from Peachtree.”

Kelsey Medlin, Subsidiary Rights & Sales Assistant on  Lali’s Feather
“‘Oo ma,’ do I love this book! Lali’s Feather is a beautiful read-aloud that encourages young readers to explore their imaginations and find extraordinary beauty out of the ordinary. I knew I would like this book just from a brief glimpse of Fizer’s enchanting illustrations, but it was Zia’s text that rekindled the child-like wonder I forgot I had.”

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