Pennies for Elephants Video TrailerWe've been working on this Pennies for Elephants video trailer over the past few days -- I think it's ready to premiere. [HTML1] We included some of the original newspaper pictures from the Boston Post in 1914 so you can see that the characters in the story are visually based on real people. Lita is giving a presentation this Friday at the Wisconsin State Reading Association (WSRA) Conference in Milwaukee and will be discussing the visual research she does to create characters for her stories. She gave a similar talk last April at the Nashua SCBWI conference but this new talk is really expanded based on all the work she's done recently for Pennies for Elephants and Yellowstone Moran. Anyway, let us know what you think of the video!
New Look for the LitaJudge.com Web Site
To get ready for Lita's new book, Pennies for Elephants (out in a June'09), we just put the finishing touches on our new website design and uploaded it last night. We hope you'll take a look.
There are lot's of new images of illustrations and sketches, information about books, school visits, and upcoming appearances. Lita and I had lots of fun designing new banners for all the pages. (I think they look fantastic!)
We're already planning lots of new things to put on the site including activities for Pennies for Elephants, video trailers for Pennies and for Yellowstone Moran (out in September'09), and some images from the current work in progress. Anyway, please check out the site!
Bookmania at Darien Library
The kids at the Darien Library in Connecticut just finished a quilt making project after reading One Thousand Tracings.
Back in the summer, our Bookmania kids listened to the reading of ONE THOUSAND TRACINGS by Lita Judge, the story of an American family during World War II who helped supply German families with shoes. In keeping with the theme of the book of helping people in need, the kids decorated fabric squares to be made into quilts for needy children through Project Linus. The squares have been assembled into two quilts, which are being delivered to Yale-New Haven Hospital for sick children to cuddle up.For more info on Project Linus, look here: http://www.projectlinus.org/