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

Homes In The Wild

Just like us, every baby animal has a home. Some live in complex burrows deep underground, others in simple nests high in the treetops. But all homes, regardless of where they are or how they’re built, serve the same purpose: providing shelter where a baby can eat, sleep, learn, and stay safe while growing up. Wild creatures―from beavers to bobcats, and sloths to squirrels―aren’t so different from us after all.

Creative Process Videos

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.

Teachers: Share the revision process with students through the Mary’s Monster Timeline


I created a timeline of the milestones, research, writing, illustrating and revising activities that led to the creation of Mary’s Monster. The first stages of this book started over ten years ago and learning the true story of Mary Shelley and the creation of Frankenstein became my passionate pursuit.

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.

To help everyone stay in touch with friends through this long winter, I'm offering a stationery sale on my Etsy shop! @LitaJudge⁠
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It's been a stressful week. I hope the weekend holds some joy for you and your families.⁠ (A detail from my book Red Sled)
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Squee, I've been going through seed catalogues and now I'm dreaming about the spring and planting things in my garden! So I thought I'd share this wee Pan painting today.⁠
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It's the weekend! Go have some FUN!⁠
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I hope this weekend holds some holiday fun for you all!⁠
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I hope your weekend holds some winter fun!⁠
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One of my favorite paintings from my summer wanderings in the woods. It's 10% off on my Etsy shop this week, along with cards, prints, paintings, and books! Link is in my bio.⁠
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I hope this weekend holds some winter fun for you all! Here's a closeup from my book, Red Sled.⁠
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Just having fun with a reindeer pup - I love this time of year, when our fur babies help us get in a festive mood.⁠
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Willow Kitty is toting her own set of cards now! I'm offering 15% off sales all weekend on my Etsy shop (LitaJudgeShop). There is a link in my bio.⁠
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Thank you to all who have supported my Etsy shop. I'm excited to be introducing a line of stationery with a 15% off Thanksgiving weekend sale. I'll also be offering a few new prints like this one for a limited time. Stop by if you get a chance, the link is in my bio.⁠
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I'll admit I miss getting the galley (advanced copy) of a book in the mail, but because of covid, a lot of publishers are settling for a digital advanced copy. Still, it's exciting to see this next step take shape for my book, The Wisdom of Trees, coming out next March! Real books to hold then will be a treat!!⁠
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A few friends have asked about Christmas cards, so I wanted to let everyone know that I now have 4x6 holiday cards available on my Etsy shop. They are blank inside so they can be used for the holidays, winter solstice, or any occasion. The link to my Etsy shop is in my bio.⁠
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I'm about to start final art for a new book and wanted to share an early character sketch. So eager to get these two and their friends down on the page soon!⁠
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Just trying to embrace the little things in life, like my soft little Pan, as we wait. Hope you are all holding up. ⁠
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I pour passion into all of my books, but every once in awhile, working on a book moves me to my core. I feel that way about my upcoming book, The Wisdom of Trees. Doing the research for this book altered my perception of the world around me. Looking forward to sharing this next spring!⁠ @mackidsbooks⁠
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Though I haven't been out much this year, my studio is rich in muses. Spending my days drawing with three cats, a parrot, and my wee mouse to keep me company. I love my studio mates!⁠
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Cleared a bunch of "to do's" off my desk and now I get to turn back to working on my dog book! They are crazy FUN to draw. So much personality. ⁠
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