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Calling all fans of the His Fair Assassin trilogy! Help us countdown to MORTAL HEART by sharing a photo that shows us how much you love Grave Mercy or Dark Triumph. Photos posted on Instagram and tagged with both #MortalHeartCountdown and @HMHKids will be entered to win a signed set of all three books when MORTAL HEART pubs on November 4th. You can enter as many times as you’d like. We’ll share our favorite entries, so be creative!

There’s no such thing as too many books, right?

It may be a rainy afternoon, but Peggy still has some pep in her step.

It may be a rainy afternoon, but Peggy still has some pep in her step.

It doesn’t get much cuter than this. Look for HOORAY FOR HAT by brianone in stores June 3rd!

Happy Friday! What are you reading this weekend?

Happy Friday! What are you reading this weekend?

How are you celebrating Poetry Month? Here’s one of our favorites from What the Heart Knows: Chants, Charms, and Blessings by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski. 

Today we’re taking you behind the scenes with Deborah Underwood, author of BAD BYE, GOOD BYE! Hear from Deborah below about her creative process.

Image 1: This is the very first partial draft of the story. I scribbled down the first four lines and a few other thoughts (including the ending), then stuck the page into my idea file. It wasn’t until a few years later that I pulled it out and started working on it in earnest. (And that “good gravy, Davy” I scribbled beside it? I guess that’s a book I haven’t written yet!)

Image 2: This is from when I was actually working on the story, trying to figure out the structure and playing with how to weave the family’s car trip and the motel stay together.

Meet Deborah Underwood, author of the new picture book BAD BYE, GOOD BYE!

We’re taking you behind the scenes with Theodor Seuss Geisel Award-winner Josh Schneider! Here are some early sketches from his new picture book, PRINCESS-SPARKLE HEART GETS A MAKEOVER. Hear from Josh below about his creative process.

Image 1: One day when I was on the bus, I had an idea for a book about a little girl who needs to fix her princess doll. I worked out the story in my head until the buss had taken me somewhere with a pen and paper, and then I sketched all the pictures for the story I had come up with. Unfortunately, no one could tell what these pictures were, so I had a lot more work to do.

Image 2: The first picture I worked on was of the little girl having a tea party with her princess doll and another stuffed animal. I drew the little girl and the princess doll and the stuffed animal and the tea party stuff, but when I was finished, I didn’t like how the little girl and princess doll and the stuffed animal looked (although I was pretty happy with the tea party stuff). So I started over.

Image 3: I came up with a new little girl and a new princess doll and a new stuffed animal that I liked a lot better. I combined them with the old tea party stuff. Now I was ready to move to the final art.

Image 4:
I took the tea party drawing that I had just finished in my sketchbook and drew it again on watercolor paper. First, I drew it in pencil, then I went over everything in ink, and then, finally, I painted it all with watercolors.

For the first time, he heard something that he knew to be music. He heard people singing. Behind him, across vast distances of space and time, from the place he had left, he thought he heard music too. But perhaps, it was only an echo.

The Giver, by Lois Lowry

We love that this quote is included as one of Parade Magazine’s 10 Profound Children’s Book Quotes That Probable Changed Your Life: http://bit.ly/1oxZvfi.

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Today is the day! Don’t forget to tune in for this awesome webinar! 

Four New Leaf Authors will introduce their new standout titles, discuss their writing process, and reveal their inspirations to Booklist. Don’t miss this free, hour-long webinar with these soon-to-be-favorites authors on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 1:00pm CDT! Register here!

Rebecca Behrens, author of When Audrey Met Alice, which you can find on Amazon, B&N, or Indiebound.

Makiia Lucier who wrote A Death-Struck Year: Amazon, B&N, and Indiebound

Sara Polsky, author of This Is How I Find HerAmazon, B&N, and Indiebound

Elizabeth Rose Stanton, author and illustrator of HennyAmazon, B&N, or Indiebound

Calling all fans of the His Fair Assassin trilogy! Help us countdown to MORTAL HEART by sharing a photo that shows us how much you love Grave Mercy or Dark Triumph. Photos posted on Instagram and tagged with both #MortalHeartCountdown and @HMHKids will be entered to #win a signed set of all three books when MORTAL HEART pubs on November 4th. You can enter as many times as you’d like. We’ll share our favorite entries, so be creative!

Meet Josh Schneider! Josh is the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award-winning creator behind Princess Sparkle-Heart Gets a Makeover.

Meet Jonathan Bean, illustrator of BAD BYE, GOOD BYE, in stores today!

To celebrate the release of COLD CALLS, Charles Benoit is taking over our Instagram account today. Follow along with HMHKids on Instagram while you listen to a few of Charles’s favorite songs!