Something Beautiful

Something Beautiful by Lita Judge

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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
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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?

For my daily sketch - a little love in the form of a baby elephant.
Today's daily sketch. Inspired by the fact that I miss traveling and running around the English countryside with a sketchbook. So I drew two of my favorite critters from there - and that makes me happy! Happy Sunday all!
A little sneak peek at a project I'm working on. I'm nearly done with final art for this project, what a fun place to be in the life of a book. The hard work almost done, the potential of what it will become awaits.
I believe Thanksgiving should be Thanksgiving, so I don't listen to holiday music or put up decorations or even think about Christmas until December - but it's Dec 1, tis the season!!
A daily sketch of my little Pan. I find calm when sketching something I love. I hope this holiday weekend has given you all rest, a sense of calm, and love.
I have so much to be thankful for this year. My family and I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving! Thank you for being a part of my life, even if we haven't met in person, I value this community immensely. (Little Pan sends his mousey greetings to everyone as well.)
I've woken up to a fresh dusting of snow nearly every day this week. It's such a beautiful time of year, and newly fallen snow is one of my favorite moments to capture.
I couldn't pass up a chance to draw such a great hair day for for my daily sketch!
It's pretty fun when you get to illustrate a book honoring pets and get to put Miss Willow on the back cover.
Sharing an illustration from my book, Something Beautiful. I see porcupines nearly every evening in my yard this time of year, munching, munching munching. If they go to a favorite tree I sweep them with a broom and giggle as they bicker back at me, miffed for the interruption. But usually we each enjoy our time in the garden without disturbing the other. Little do they know though, they show up in my books as beloved characters!
I've been deep in painting final art for a current book project, but had time recently to do this little daily sketch. Sketching always keeps my energy up, and hopefully fosters new projects down the road.
Sharing a little portrait I did - not quite a self portrait, but depicting how I felt sometimes as a child, growing up deep in the heart of nature, far from any town, surrounded by wildlife.