Book Trailer Premiere: Penguin Flies Home by Lita Judge

Happy Wednesday! Author-illustrator Lita Judge dropped by to chat with me about Penguin Flies Home's book trailer, picture books, school libraries, and Beatrix Potter. I wrote the words in purple, and she wrote the words in black. Thank you, Lita! 

Penguin Flies Home’s book trailer was created by my husband, Dave, and me. I always know when my drawings for a book begin to work, because the characters start dancing around in my mind, so much so, I almost feel like I hear a soundtrack with them. By the time I finished this book, penguin felt as real as any family member. So it is a lot of fun to bring animation and music to him. 

Penguin loves to fly. Even though he is a little round penguin, he has faith in himself, and perseverance enough never to give up on his dreams. This belief is contagious, and other birds can’t resist helping him fulfill his dreams. That’s what I love most about this little fellow. He teaches me every day, never give up! And that if we all work together, we each can accomplish our dreams. 

Did you know Penguin’s friends are inspired by his drive and will to make the impossible, possible? They are penguins, they don’t share his dream to fly, but they love him all the more for following his heart and being brave enough to find his own path in life. Their acceptance of him is what I love most about them.

Picture books are bridges to a child’s own imagination. The stories within can give comfort and foster empathy. They open worlds where young readers can dream, and explore. They provide joy, and sometimes even a safe place to explore sorrow or grief. And they can ignite a lifetime of reading and loving art.

School libraries are vital. Every child needs access to words and art contained within stories, no matter if their parents can afford to buy books or not. Books provide a chance to envision a life beyond boundaries.

When I was a girl I lived in a small trailer, in a very remote area of the west, but a bookmobile came to our neck of the woods, and the librarian within gave me a book. I cherished that story. I read it over and over until the pages were tattered and worn. It ignited the desire to create my own stories. I am forever grateful to that tiny library, and that big-hearted librarian. It opened doors in my mind I would never have imagined on my own. Every child deserves that. 

Mr. Schu, you should have asked me why so many of my stories feature birds as characters. The answer has a lot to do with my grandmother who was an ornithologist. She shared a nest with an eagle and I grew up helping her care for eagles, owls, hawks, and other birds. Now I share my home with a parrot named Beatrix Potter. So I guess I’ve been inspired by my birdie family.

Look for Penguin Flies Home on January 15, 2019. 


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