Creating With Lita Judge (YouTube Channel)

When You Need Wings

When You Need Wings takes readers on a wonder-filled exploration of a child’s imagination, thoughtfully weaving in a gentle suggestion of how to explore that bountiful inner world and let it help them shine with courage in the real one.

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The Making of When You Need Wings

Homes In The Wild

Just like us, every baby animal has a home. Some live in complex burrows deep underground, others in simple nests high in the treetops. But all homes, regardless of where they are or how they’re built, serve the same purpose: providing shelter where a baby can eat, sleep, learn, and stay safe while growing up. Wild creatures―from beavers to bobcats, and sloths to squirrels―aren’t so different from us after all.

Creative Process Videos

Mary’s Monster

My debut young adult novel, Mary’s Monster: Love, Madness and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein was longlisted for the 2019 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal (the UK’s oldest and most prestigious children’s book award), selected as a book of Outstanding Merit on the Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year list, added to the Amelia Bloomer List, and was shortlisted for the 2019 UKLA Book Award by the UK Literacy Association. Pairing free verse with over three hundred pages of black-and-white illustrations, Mary’s Monster is a unique biography of Mary Shelley, the pregnant teenage runaway who became one of the greatest authors of all time.

Teachers: Share the revision process with students through the Mary’s Monster Timeline


I created a timeline of the milestones, research, writing, illustrating and revising activities that led to the creation of Mary’s Monster. The first stages of this book started over ten years ago and learning the true story of Mary Shelley and the creation of Frankenstein became my passionate pursuit.

Penguin Flies Home

Penguin soared with the eagles in Flight School. Now he’s heading home to teach his friends!

Penguin loves everything about flying: the wind beneath his wings, the song that rises from his belly, and the sight of new and wonderful places. Still, he misses his penguin friends in the South Pole. So, he flips and flaps back home, ready to teach them the magic of flight!

But when he arrives, his enthusiasm for flying doesn’t get quite the reaction he expected. Will Penguin’s friends still like him, even if they don’t share his soaring dreams?

Critter Comfort

While we navigate the rollercoaster of emotions that come in these times, I’m posting a series of “Critter Comfort” sketches and paintings. #CritterComfort

It feels like the whole world is wounded these day It feels like the whole world is wounded these days, and I've been recovering from some medical things and a surgery, so I took a little quiet time. But I'm back, feeling much better, and savoring the new life that surrounds our home. Sending hugs to everyone, and a whiff of joy from our yard. #CritterComfort
My "critter Comfort" today is a painting I did a c My "critter Comfort" today is a painting I did a couple of years ago of a sweet fawn born right outside my studio window. In the past few weeks, deer, huge with this year’s fawns, have been nibbling on the thyme covering our lawn. It gives me happiness to know that the ferns will be up soon, and new fawns will be tucked in safe within our land. #CritterComfort
Today’s "Critter Comfort" gets to live in my nex Today’s "Critter Comfort" gets to live in my next book! This is a rough sketch, but I just got the official contract for my new book baby. It's something young, and joyful. Something I needed right now. Immensely grateful for this project. #CritterComfort
A little goaty goodness for #CritterComfort on thi A little goaty goodness for #CritterComfort on this snowy wintry day. Goats always bring a smile to me.
For #CritterComfort - I give you an Italian puppy! For #CritterComfort - I give you an Italian puppy!
Happy Easter and Happy Spring to you all! Holding Happy Easter and Happy Spring to you all! Holding everyone in my heart today and always. #CritterComfort
Thanks to the lovey and incredibly talented @kelly Thanks to the lovey and incredibly talented @kellydipucchio , there will be a lot of mice on my easel this summer. And I mean a LOT! So thrilled to be working with Kelly! Here is a sneak peek as I work out colors and character sketches. #CritterComfort
Sharing a little humor today and some goaty goodne Sharing a little humor today and some goaty goodness. I hope it brings a smile. #CritterComfort
A different kind of ‘Critter Comfort’ today - A different kind of ‘Critter Comfort’ today - life imitating art. I made this lamp when I was falling in love with my sweet girl, Pulina, and her and her baby sis like to sit under it while I work. #CritterComfort
For "Critter Comfort" today. It's a painting I did For "Critter Comfort" today. It's a painting I did a few years ago, and a friend now has it, but I was searching for reference and saw the scan and smiled. So I thought I'd share some soft energy. I know my greatest comfort these days is in the middle of the night, when it seems a bit too much, my Pulina senses my anxiety and comes in for a tighter snuggle. Her soft body is the best feeling on the planet to me. #CritterComfort
A sketch today for today's "Critter Comfort." Go a A sketch today for today's "Critter Comfort." Go ahead, howl if you need to. #CritterComfort
A little sense of humor with "Critter Comfort" tod A little sense of humor with "Critter Comfort" today - I'm calling it "The New Kitty". I once knew a little old lady who liked to invite people over to sit and have tea on her porch and admire the feral cats she had adopted - only, they weren't all kitties! Wishing everyone good health. #CritterComfort
It feels like spring this morning and I am inspire It feels like spring this morning and I am inspired by all the stories of people helping to get others through all of this. Here is my "Critter Comfort" offering for today. Hope you enjoy. #CritterComfort
Today's “Critter Comfort” post is a little hap Today's “Critter Comfort” post is a little happy pooch. I’m leaning on my fur and feathered friends a lot these days for moral support. Hope this puppy gives you joy. #CritterComfort
While we navigate the rollercoaster of emotions th While we navigate the rollercoaster of emotions that come in these times, I'm going to try to post "Critter Comforts" sketches and paintings. Today, I offer "A Moment in the Spa". I'm here with a cup of tea, and my kitties, and we are greeting the new day as we think of you all. #CritterComfort