Something Beautiful

Something Beautiful by Lita Judge

Now available!

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?

I love this time of year. Early whiffs of fall and mushrooms popping up in the night over our moss covered lawn. Each September it feels like the world turns magical all over again.
I'm heading out tomorrow to speak at the Harbor Springs Festival of the Book in Michigan this weekend.  I truly can't wait to be with youngsters, teachers, parents, and all readers again! Feeling very grateful to be speaking at this wonderful literature conference. @hs_bookfest
I'm so excited to be able to welcome art lovers to my home and studio Oct 8th and 9th!! A link to Monadnock Art Tour info and a map of all the studios is at monadnockart.org. There will be 60 open studios in our area! Tons of art, fall foliage, drives through the New England countryside. It's my favorite weekend of the year and I am bursting with happiness to see old friends and new this year. What a gift to be able to do this again after missing the last two years! Please come everyone. @monadnockart
Today's Etsy shop feature piece, Wuddles the Sheep. This is a little painting I did to develop a character for an upcoming book. I'm looking forward to sharing more a the book comes together, but for now, I put a few early sketches like this on my etsy shop. Link in my bio.
Airplane ears are the best. Having fun sketching floppy eared pups for my daily sketch.
Today's feature on my Etsy shop is this dear little fellow. He was so much fun to paint with all his wispy hair and a velvet soft nose. I’m getting so excited for the open studio tour in a month (Oct. 8,9)!! After missing the last couple of years, I am really grateful and excited to be welcoming people back to our home and studio. I'll post much more about that soon, but for now, I put several new pieces on my Etsy shop as we prepare. A link to the shop is in my bio.⁠
Sketching, sketching, sketching as I explore finding a new character for a story. I have to admit, I love this stage of a book most.
Today is National Read a Book Day. That's my kind of day! I hope all of you can curl up with your favorite story for at least part of today. #nationalreadabookday
Sharing a sketch from a project I am working on. Because it's always a good day for a little puppy love!
My favorite little ducky - a sketch from a book I have coming out next year. Thinking about cover art ideas now. There were a lot of giggles working on this book. I hope it will give kids the giggles too. .⁠
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I've been thinking a lot about all the little ones starting school this year. I hope this year is a peaceful, happy, and healthy year for all of them. And I hope every student is kept safe, and nurtured so that they might believe in themselves, a limitless potential. ( art from my book, Even the Smallest Will Grow.)⁠
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⁠I've been in the studio working on a book, but squee, I just turned in rough sketches to my editor, so I got to paint a little more on the whimsy walls.⁠
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I have several new small pieces on my Etsy shop now! I'm so excited to be getting ready the Monadnock Open Studio Art Tour in October and will share a lot more about that soon, but there are a few early pieces up on my shop now. The link to my shop is in my bio.⁠
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Willow and her basket. How do they make sleeping all scrunched in a nobbly, tight space look so comfy? ⁠
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