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

Available on March 2, 2021!

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!

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

Even the Smallest Will Grow

Even The Smallest by Lita Judge

Available on April 20, 2021!

EVEN THE SMALLEST WILL GROW is like a gentle lullaby which reminds readers that even the biggest and bravest were once small, and that the smallest can become anything they choose to be.
Even the Smallest Will Grow by Lita Judge

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?

My New 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’ve decided I can 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. So I’ve opened an Etsy shop. 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.

Dreaming of blue sky spring days filled with song and flowers, and happy musing. SOON, everyone!⁠
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Hello friends! Meet the two characters in my next picture book. Can't wait to share more soon.⁠
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It's been a good week! Thanks everyone for the support of my book release!⁠
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It's Release day for THE WISDOM OF TREES!! Signed books on my Etsy shop and the link is in my bio! Can't wait to share with kids that trees are super organisms, communicating with one another, feeding one another, working together to ward off attacking insects, and literally helping one another survive disease or injury. They have a sense of community and a cooperative wisdom.⁠
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Oh my goodness, I have a book releasing tomorrow. THE WISDOM OF TREES. Yes, I'm excited!⁠
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Sharing another close-up of an illustration from my book, THE WISDOM OF TREES (coming out next Tuesday). A print is on my etsy shop with a link in my profile. How I love sessile oaks awakening in spring!⁠
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Wishing everyone the strength to see their way through these times, until we can all be safe and healthy. (A close up from my book, When You Need Wings.)⁠
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Yesterday was my husband's birthday, so there is cake in the house! CAKE!!⁠
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Sharing a close up winter birch from my book, The Wisdom of Trees. I’ve posted signed books (which can be personalized) along with prints of several illustrations to my etsy shop. Release on March 2nd!⁠
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Sharing a warm up sketch today as I get into a new project.  Daily sketching is something I try to do, even when painting final art for a book, or writing. Most end up on my studio floor, but it's fun to share a few. ⁠
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Another goofy pup to start off your Monday.⁠
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Just a little Mousey fun to start off your Sunday. ⁠
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Snow, and more snow has been falling, it looks like Narnia outside. I just made a print of this painting available on my etsy shop - LitaJudgeShop.etsy.com (follow link in my profile).
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A close-up from my book, THE WISDOM OF TREES, coming out Mar 2nd! I am so excited to share this book about how trees communicate and work together. The topic feels very close to me. I was born on a small island, deep in the Tongass National Forest of Alaska and grew up under the giant Douglas Fir of the coastal rainforest. Now I live tucked in the NH woods. This fawn was born outside my studio window. ⁠(A print of this is at LitaJudgeShop.etsy.com, follow link in profile.)
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