Something Beautiful

Something Beautiful by Lita Judge

Available on June 7th, 2022!

Mouse, Elephant, and Giraffe have so much in common. They like the same games. They eat the same snacks. They don’t need anyone else! Or do they? When the group takes a chance on opening up, they discover that meeting someone new and seeing things from a new perspective can be truly wonderful.

The Making of Something Beautiful

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

Creative Process Videos

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.

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?

Please visit my Etsy Shop

A little part of me has always dreamed of living in the English countryside above a little shop where I could paint, and share creativity with whimsical pieces of art for sale. There’d be tea and cake, and shop kitties to greet everyone who entered! Alas, that will remain just a dream, but I do have an online shop. I can’t serve tea, but I can share creativity and art, and of course the kitties are here to greet everyone. I invite you to check it out. Please bring your imagination, and a cup of tea (or coffee if that is your thing) and join me there.

I have a new idea taking shape on my easel, inspired by the squirrels that visit my bird feeder. It's in the sketch and writing phase now, but it feels like it's starting to take shape into a full fledged story.⁠
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I painted this last summer, but we have a fawn exploring our garden again this year so I was in the mood to share. I love June so much with all the nesting birds and baby animals emerging. Have a lovely weekend all, and I hope you are in a place where you can enjoy nature today.⁠
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Sharing a page in my sketchbook. I sometimes take my little mouse Pan for walks in the garden (but he mostly stays tucked in my sweater, sleeping when I do). But just for fun, I drew him on a garden adventure.⁠
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Sharing a piggy drawing from my sketchbook.⁠
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It's book birthday release day for my newest book, Something Beautiful. I started this book when Willow was a wee kitten, and finished it nearly 18 months ago, so it's pretty wonderful to celebrate this book. It's close to my heart as it celebrates friendship, and friendships are what got me through the last year! I have signed books and art prints on my Etsy shop. See a link in my bio. ⁠
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I've been taking some time away from my desk and the computer to regroup and restore. It's been a tough year, I'm not going to lie. But sketching outside, soaking in nature, has been really wonderful. Sketching from life reminds me how much I love creating and centers me. I'm thankful to have this practice. It reminds me of when I opened my first journal to draw a flower soooo many years ago. Each time, I fall in love all over again with how much beauty there is in this tough world..⁠
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One week till my newest book, Something Beautiful, comes out - it's hard to be patient after working on this for the past three years. But if my characters can be patient, well I guess I can be too. Hope this brings a smile to everyone's day!⁠ I'll have prints and books on my Etsy shop next week!⁠
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Thank you to my wonderful publisher, Atheneum for making another GIF for my book, Something Beautiful. (releasing June 7th) These characters have been sitting in my head, and then on paper for several years. So fun to have then nearly ready to live within the hearts of young readers! ⁠
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⁠Only two weeks till my new book, SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL, comes out! (Releases June 7th) So I'm sharing a little trailer I made. Getting excited!!⁠
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Bahhh, sharing a work in progress. This is Wuddles, the sheep, a character in my next project.
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