Books by Lita Judge

PENGUIN FLIES HOME by Lita Judge
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"Lighthearted and lots of fun. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The rotund, ambitious hero of Flight School (2014) returns home to Antarctica to share the magic of flying above the earth with his penguin friends. Read full book review >
MARY'S MONSTER by Lita Judge
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Students of literature will appreciate the powerful poetry that brings life to Mary Shelley's story the way that Shelley herself breathed life into her novel of a scientist who animates a corpse. (introduction, biographical note, author's note, notes, bibliography) (Historical verse novel. 13-17) "
That a teenage girl in 19th-century England could have written a novel as original as Frankenstein has fascinated generations of readers. Read full book review >
A SONG FOR SNOW  by Lita Judge
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Festive and sprightly, this entry will likely leave listeners wondering what the pair will get up to when spring rolls around. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Hoot and Peep, the adorable owl siblings, are back, this time in a story that introduces little sister Peep to a new phenomenon: snow. Read full book review >
FLIGHT SCHOOL by Lita Judge
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2014

"Though Penguin doesn't discover any of his own true talents, young listeners will probably empathize with wanting something so far out of reach. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A small round penguin with lofty aspirations finds success of a sort in a sweet, if slight, appreciation of the resourcefulness of teachers. Read full book review >
HOW BIG WERE DINOSAURS? by Lita Judge
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"Perhaps a favorite might be Tsintaosaurus, which had a spike 'like a giant unicorn' growing out of its head. Dino-philes, assemble! (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
The title question is answered engagingly with comparisons of a handful of dinosaurs to objects and animals children will readily recognize. Read full book review >
BIRD TALK by Lita Judge
by Lita Judge, illustrated by Lita Judge
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 13, 2012

"Delightfully straightforward and accessible. (Informational picture book. 3-8)"
A simple ornithological discourse for very young readers offers several examples of feathered non-verbal communication. Read full book review >
RED HAT by Lita Judge
Kirkus Star
by Lita Judge, illustrated by Lita Judge
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 5, 2012

"Crossing fingers for more seasonal 'red' tales. (Picture book. 2-7)"
One red hat plus a troop of enthusiastic animals equals trouble! Read full book review >
RED SLED by Lita Judge
Kirkus Star
by Lita Judge, illustrated by Lita Judge
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Pure genius. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Judge's latest may be virtually wordless, but it packs a powerful visual punch that will stick with readers long after the final page is turned. Read full book review >
BORN TO BE GIANTS by Lita Judge
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 27, 2010

"Engaging and challenging. (author's note) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Eye-catching illustrations and the combination of two perennially popular topics make this book a sure hit. Read full book review >
YELLOWSTONE MORAN by Lita Judge
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Inspiring. (Picture book. 7-9)"
This story of Thomas Moran's bold adventure as part of Dr. Ferdinand Hayden's 1871 exploratory expedition to Yellowstone chronicles his challenges in his first foray into the wilderness and briefly summarizes his resultant success as a painter. Read full book review >
MOGO THE THIRD WARTHOG by Donna Jo Napoli
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2008

"Judge's simple black-and-white drawings sprinkled throughout enhance the text. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Napoli, known for her fairy-tale retellings, has reworked "The Three Little Pigs" into a tale of life on the African savanna. Read full book review >
ONE THOUSAND TRACINGS by Lita Judge
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2007

"Nostalgic watercolor illustrations are perfectly paired with collages of letters, photos and tracings the author's grandmother received from the many families she and her friends helped to survive. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
In the aftermath of World War II, a kind American family sends relief packages to struggling European survivors. Read full book review >
UGLY by Donna Jo Napoli
Kirkus Star
by Donna Jo Napoli, illustrated by Lita Judge
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"Tucked into this wondrously spun tale so deftly that one might scarcely notice are beautiful lessons about finding oneself, about fitting in (or not), about the implacability of nature and weather and the importance of maternal advice. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Trust Napoli to work her usual alchemy and make a fabulous coming-of-age story from the bare outline of the reassuring ugly-duckling trope. Read full book review >