The Whisper

WhisperThe Whisper
Written & illustrated by award-winning Connecticut illustrator Pamela Zagarenski!

Step inside the pages of a little girl’s magical book as she discovers the profound and inspiring notion that we each bring something different to the same story. Two-time Caldecott Honor artist Pamela Zagarenski debuts as an author in this tender picture book about the joy of reading.

The Magical World of Strega Nona: A Treasury

Magical World of Strega NonaThe Magical World of Strega Nona: A Treasury
Written & illustrated by Connecticut author Tomie dePaola!

Enter the marvelous, magical world of Strega Nona!

This wonderful treasury features six favorite stories about Strega Nona and her sidekick, the bumbling Big Anthony including the original Strega Nona, as well as Strega Nona Meets Her Match, Strega Nona: Her Story, Strega Nona Takes a Vacation, Strega Nona s Harvest, and Strega Nona’s Gift. Tomie s brand-new introductions to each story take readers behind the scenes to see how Strega Nona s world has developed through the years. Also including an original lullaby with sheet music and a CD a map of Strega Nona s town, and some fun recipes, this collection will give readers and music lovers much to savor.

Strega Nona, Tomie dePaola’s beloved grandmother witch, has been enchanting readers since the publication of the Caldecott Honor Award winning Strega Nona in 1975. Strega Nona’s gentle humor, irrepressible spirit, and matter-of-fact approach to life have won her legions of fans young and old, and the American Library Association called her an enduring character who has charmed generations of children.

Reading, art activity & signing with Newtown, CT illustrator Jennifer Thermes Saturday November 16th at 11:00 a.m.

About the book: Written by Stephanie Calmenson Illustrated by Jennifer Thermes

Jake’s excited about going on a trip to an island, and he really, really, really wants to see a moose. But his dad insists: There are no moose on this island.  NoMooseCoverWeb72

Both Jake and a friendly moose would like to disagree!

Explore the island with Jake and try to spot the moose in illustrator Jennifer Thermes’ beautiful paintings. A moose on an island? Maybe anything is, in fact, possible!

(ages 4-7)

About the author:

Jennifer Thermes is a children’s book author and illustrator. In addition to being an avid reader, an obsessed gardener, and an adorer-of-cats, she creates illustrated maps for publishing and magazine clients. Her most recent book is “Maggie & Oliver”, or “A Bone of One’s Own”, a middle-grade novel by Valerie Hobbs (Henry Holt Books for Young Readers). She is the author and illustrator of “Sam Bennett’s New Shoes” and “When I Was Built”. Thermes lives in an old farmhouse in Newtown Connecticut with her family, two cats, one dog, and countless mice.


Doodlebug: A Novel in Doodles

Moving is tough. Being the new kid in school is even tougher. But the hardest thing of all about the move that Doreen “Dodo” Bussey’s family is making is that she suspects it might be because of her. She got into trouble at her last school.

On the drive to their new home, her mother gives Dodo a blank notebook, which she uses to chronicle the move, the first days in a new city, and the ups and downs of starting a new school and making new friends. In the process, she reinvents herself as the Doodlebug. Her little sister seems to adjust to everything so easily—why is it so hard for Dodo?

by Karen Romano Young

Night Flight: Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic

By Robert Burleigh

Illustrated by Connecticut’s Wendell Minor

Amelia Earhart is a legend in the field of aviation, and no accomplishment of hers is more acclaimed than her unparalleled 1932 solo flight across the Atlantic. Award-winning author Burleigh captures every nuance of her remarkable journey in this picture book filled with vivid illustrations by Minor.

Byrd’s Book’s copies have a special commemorative bookplate honoring the Anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s flight- signed by both the author and the illustrator.