Don’t Worry, Wuddles

Don't Worry, Wuddles by Lita Judge

In this snowy day picture book, a kindhearted but overeager duckling tries to be helpful by sharing Wuddles the sheep’s wool to make sure all their animal friends stay warm—but will there be enough for Wuddles?

Snow is coming, and the barnyard animals are preparing for the cold. Duckling has an excellent idea! Fleecy Wuddles the sheep has plenty of wool to keep everyone nice and toasty. Surely Wuddles doesn’t mind sharing? Soon there’s a goat in legwarmers, piglets in onesies, and more! But will this outpouring of generosity leave Wuddles himself out in the cold? Not to worry—Duckling has one final, absolutely heartwarming idea!

Don't Worry, Wuddles by Lita Judge

Dogs: A History of Our Best Friends

Something Beautiful by Lita Judge

This illustrated history of dogs explores how humans’ partnership with dogs changed our lives and theirs

Of all the animals on the planet, dogs have the widest range of roles in our daily lives. They’re protectors, helpers, lifesavers—but most of all, they’re family.

And they’ve taken a fascinating journey to get to this point. Long ago, early wolves evolved from fierce predators into trusted partners. They became dogs! While we know dogs to be lovable and full of personality, they have also historically improved our lives in many practical ways, like guarding livestock to help humans form the first settlements, cleaning out infectious wounds, and finding food. Covering over 50,000 years of history, from cave-dwelling to the present day, Dogs chronicles fascinating scientific details and the history of how dogs learned to live cooperatively alongside humans.

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The Wisdom of Trees

In recent years, forest ecologists have learned that trees have a secret language all their own, one we can’t see or hear, which allows them to work together in communities.
The Wisdom of Trees by Lita Judge
The poems in this book reveal what trees might say if they did use words. Trees live longer when they help and defend one another. They can do this only if they communicate. Find out more about how this works in THE WISDOM OF TREES!

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.

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.

When You Need Wings
is now available!

The Making of When You Need Wings

Hooray! Kirkus has given my newest book, Wake Up Moon, a STARRED review! One of my favorite lines from the review is: "That rare gem—a gorgeously crafted tale for the youngest readers that radiates beauty, warmth, and wit". Wish my grandmother was here to see it because I wrote this book in memory of her. It's a big hearted thank you to her for instilling in me a love of adventuring at night during a full moon. I can't wait to share this book with little readers when it releases this fall.
Dave and I have been working on a long term project together. Can you guess what it's going to be? I made the tiles out of ceramics, and Dave is building something out of cherry wood. So excited that we finally finished it and I'll post the final piece soon! Our first collaboration together with ceramic and wood and I know there will be many more.
It's such a joy to put the fired ceramic vessels I made earlier this year into the garden. They are made of brown stoneware and can stay out all year long, even in our NH winters. And I love how they live in relation to the stone pillars. Yay, the garden in coming together!
As I sit in my studio, this little figure that I created smiles back at me. She is the keeper of small things and secrets in my garden and she sits just under the nest box where the wrens are raising their babies. I'm so thankful for this garden, and this space where I can create and enjoy the natural beauty around me. I've been offline more this spring as I work on a book, and make time to savor the garden season, but I appreciate all of you who follow me here, even when I need to take moments to be quiet and create.
I'm nearly done coil building and carving a raven vessel for the garden. Once fired, she'll sit on the path that leads to my studio in one direction and the garden in the other. The carving is inspired by sketches I did years ago of an ancient Norwegian church (built in the 12th century) that still stands in my grandfather's homeland. I'll share a pic once she's fired and in place.
My phone pulled up a cherished memory today. Painting in France on my birthday a few years back. Dreaming of doing some travel sketching again soon!
It's spring at last here in NE, and that time of year when salamanders leave their upland wintering grounds to migrate toward vernal ponds so they can lay their eggs. Some of us even stay up late into the night to help these small creatures cross roads safely. It's one of my favorite times of the year, and I wanted to sculpt a vessel inspired by these small, but resilient creatures. So here's my salamander vessel. Almost ready to fire and place in the garden.
It's cover reveal day for my next Book, WAKE UP MOON! And to celebrate, if you're a Barnes & Noble Premium & Rewards member, you can preorder now through Friday and get 25% with the code PREORDER25. I can't wait for this wintery story of fun, friendship, and adventure to come out later this fall!
Today's the day! Bless Our Pets, a wonderful collection of poems curated by the incredible Lee Bennet Hopkins is out today. I feel so lucky to have gotten to illustrate so many beautiful poems celebrating our pets. So many of my fur and feathered babies served as muses for this collection.
Sharing an illustration I did for Lee Bennett Hopkin's poem, My Old Dog. It's for the book, Bless Our Pets, coming out on tomorrow! Lee's birthday was this past weekend and I think it's wonderful the book is coming out so close to a day so many of us remember him. ⁠
One of my favorite birds of all is the barn owl. My grandparents were ornithologists, and I was lucky enough to help raise a nest of orphaned owlets when I was 12. There is simply nothing more beautiful than than a barn owl at rest. Ours used to nap on top of the refrigerator during the day, until they were old enough to be released to the wild. I sculpted this owl in remembrance of that enchanted summer.
I love how the carving on this vessel turned out. I'm calling it the "patience vessel" since it take a lot of patience to carve and burnish, and then ash fire hand built ceramics. But I love every minute of making - it feels like a meditation.
Sharing a little painting I did last spring of our wrens. They nest each year right outside my studio window and I'm eager for their return soon. The air will be filled with their happy, but busy warbling as this devoted pair raise their brood.