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'm honored to have been asked by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers to illustrate the last collection of poems curated by Lee Bennett Hopkins. Today marks the third anniversary of his passing, so it feels fitting to say how much I admired his work, and to share a glimpse of this project. The book is a collection of poems written in celebration of the joyful love of pets. Oh how I love this collection! eerdmansyoungreaders ⁠
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What came in the box obviously doesn't matter. The box is a purrrfect fit.
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A little sneak peek at one of the characters that will live within the pages of a book I'm working on now. Interior art is done! Now onto designing the cover!! This book has been so much fun, because there is a goat! And a sheep and piggies, and all things wonderful to draw. ⁠
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⁠One flower at a time, my whimsy wall is blossoming!⁠
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Sharing a little warm up daily sketch from a project I'm working on. ⁠
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⁠Trying out a new shade of green on my whimsy walls. My little supervising partner is an expert on the color!⁠
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Yay! It's the weekend and I'm heading out to have enjoy some summer fun with a friend. I hope everyone has a lovely weekend. (art from my book, Something Beautiful)⁠
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Sitting within a garden with a sketchbook is my happy place! Seeking inspiration for a new story and for the art that I've been painting on the walls. ⁠
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The whimsy walls needed some bunnies. Definitely bunnies!⁠
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⁠Having fun creating a little whimsy on my walls!⁠
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I have a little mouse doll on my desk and found a garden snail, and now little whispers of a story are coming into being. ⁠
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Piggie sketches from a project I've been working on. Their tiny feet, their floppy ears, those smiling faces... so much fun to draw.⁠
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Happy 4th everyone! I hope it's a wonderful, relaxing summer day for all.⁠
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Sharing some whimsical garden fun as the poppies in my garden are starting to bloom.⁠
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