Local authors, illustrator to speak at Toadstool

Published: 6/18/2019 10:57:36 AM
PeterboroughAuthors to talk about new books

Author and illustrator Lita Judge has a new picture book, “Homes In The Wild,” and a new board book, “Born In The Wild,” both scheduled for release by Roaring Brook Press on June 18. Judge will be signing copies of the books at the Toadstool Bookshop in Peterborough on June 22 at 11 a.m. and will also be talking about her other new projects in the works.

“Homes In The Wild” is an illustrated nonfiction book for ages 4-8 that provides a peek inside the homes – from burrows deep underground to nests high in the trees – where baby animals live and grow. It shows that wild creatures, from beavers to bobcats, and sloths to squirrels, aren’t so different from us after all. Every baby animal has a home, but all homes, regardless of where they are or how they’re built, serve the same purpose – providing shelter where a baby can eat, sleep, learn, and stay safe while growing up. “Homes in the Wild” was selected as an Amazon Best Book of the Month for June, in the category of Children’s Nonfiction.

The new “Born In The Wild” board book is a 24-page adaptation of Judge’s 2014 picture book. It is geared for preschoolers and is sure to appeal to budding naturalists and animal lovers.

In addition to her signing at the Toadstool, Judge will be speaking at the Monadnock Summer Lyceum on Aug. 4. 

Also on Saturday at 2 p.m., Melody Zahn Russell and Richard Roy will discuss their new collaboration, “Mrs. Binnacle”. This picture book, set on Matinicus Island off the coast of Maine, is the story of a widow, the island children and a mysterious dolphin that leads to a spiritual healing. Roy has practiced dentistry in Wilton for more than 35 years. Over the years he and his family have spent many memorable days along the coast and islands of Maine. The beauty of the landscape and the ethos of the maritime culture were the inspirations for the book.  Zahn Russell is an experienced Waldorf inspired art educator well known locally for her potato print cards.


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