Don't Worry, Wuddles by Lita Judge
Atheneum, 2023

Don’t Worry, Wuddles

Snow is coming, and the barnyard animals are preparing for the cold. Duckling has an excellent idea! Fleecy Wuddles the sheep has plenty of wool to keep everyone nice and toasty. Surely Wuddles doesn’t mind sharing? Soon there’s a goat in legwarmers, piglets in onesies, and more! But will this outpouring of generosity leave Wuddles himself out in the cold? Not to worry—Duckling has one final, absolutely heartwarming idea!

“Readers will quickly catch on and enjoy guessing what the duckling decides to make for each successive animal . . . Judge’s mastery of the expressive animal face is on full display. No worries here.”
―Horn Book Magazine

“Duckling’s energy is comically propulsive, and watercolor and pencil illustrations by Judge (Forty Winks) are downright luscious, rendered in creamy whites, warm browns, butter yellows, and blush pinks.”
―Publishers Weekly

“Mellow watercolors ooze old-fashioned charm, with monotone barn backgrounds contrasting with bright pops of color from the lively, charismatic barnyard animals. With raucous stream-of-consciousness narration, the duckling is both hero and villain, and the story’s a kick to read aloud. . . Adorable. Readers will flock to this barnyard charmer.”
―Kirkus Reviews

Something Beautiful by Lita Judge
Abrams, 2023


Of all the animals on the planet, dogs have the widest range of roles in our daily lives. They’re protectors, helpers, lifesavers—but most of all, they’re family. And they’ve taken a fascinating journey to get to this point.

Long ago, early wolves evolved from fierce predators into trusted partners. They became dogs! While we know dogs to be lovable and full of personality, they have also historically improved our lives in many practical ways, like guarding livestock to help humans form the first settlements, cleaning out infectious wounds, and finding food.

Covering over 50,000 years of history, from cave-dwelling to the present day.

“A tail-wagging tribute. The heartwarming narrative is more than matched by the intense appeal of the cheery, alert, eminently pettable looking four-legged cast in the illustrations. Sweeter than a scratch behind the ears.”
―Kirkus Reviews

Something Beautiful by Lita Judge
Atheneum, 2022

Something Beautiful

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.

–An Amazon Best Book of the Month/Editor’s picks for June 2022.
–2023 WLA Outstanding Achievement in Children’s Literature Awards

“Judge’s signature lively, detailed watercolor illustrations depict the cute, expressive animals, their interactions, and their frolicsome activities with amusing, touching details.”

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The Wisdom of Trees by Lita Judge
Roaring Brook Press, 2021

The Wisdom of Trees

We clean the air and seed the clouds, we drench the thirsty land with rain. We are like wizards.

The story of a tree is a story of community, communication, and cooperation. Although trees may seem like silent, independent organisms, they form a network buzzing with life: they talk, share food, raise their young, and offer protection. Trees thrive on diversity, learn from their ancestors, and give back to their communities. Trees not only sustain life on our planet―they can also teach us important lessons about patience, survival, and teamwork.

–NYPL’s Best Books of 2021

–NYPL Top 10 Books for Kids

–School Library Journal Best Nonfiction 2021 | SLJ Best Books List

“Elegant watercolor and pencil illustrations in a naturalistic color palette adeptly portray flora and fauna, encouraging readers to dwell on each detail and making for an accessible, rousing resource.”
―Publishers Weekly, *STARRED REVIEW

“In poetry, prose, and art, examples from around the world teach both basic botany and current, even cutting-edge, research about trees.”
―Kirkus Reviews, *STARRED REVIEW

“Wonderful illustrations and poetry highlight cutting-edge scientific information about how trees communicate and share information. Don’t leave this one behind.” 
―School Library Journal, *STARRED REVIEW

The Wisdom of Trees by Lita Judge
Atheneum, 2021

Even The Smallest Will Grow

I began writing this book, at least my heart did, the moment I adopted a kitten, a couple of years ago. She was so small and fragile, while at the same time, curious and brave. Watching her grow as she discovered the world around her renewed in me a sense of wonder. I am always inspired by young creatures and children. They hold this magical balance between vulnerability and strength. They are at once filled with potential and live completely in the moment. They motivate me and drive me to create stories for them in return.

I think of all my books, this was the most fun to create because it allowed me to dream alongside that youthful energy and slip into that place where one can feel hope and wonder again.

Book Trailer for Even The Smallest Will Grow

Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2020

When You Need Wings

On a day when you feel
like no one is listening,
and you wish you could just disappear,
shut your eyes and listen.
Do you hear it?
That isn’t your heart.
That is the sound of your very own wings
beating within.

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.

“Delightful, energetic pencil-and-watercolor illustrations. . . . This sweet book offers a comforting and reassuring idea to help children through a tough time—or any time.” 
―Kirkus Reviews

Book Trailer for When You Need WIngs

The Making of When You Need WIngs

Roaring Brook Press, 2019

Homes in the Wild

An illustrated nonfiction book that provides a peek inside the homes―from burrows deep underground to nests high in the trees―where baby animals live and grow. It shows that wild creatures, from beavers to bobcats, and sloths to squirrels, aren’t so different from us after all. Every baby animal has a home, 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. Homes in the Wild was selected as an Amazon Best Book of the Month, in the category of Children’s Nonfiction.

“A lovely and informative picture book featuring over 20 kinds of animal families and their homes in nature. A must for nonfiction collections everywhere.”
–School Library Journal, *STARRED REVIEW

“An attractive, visually engaging introduction to animal homes.”

“The paintings . . . are true, endearing winners, depicting realistic, adorable, close-knit animal families in their homes and habitats . . . Solid, appealing nonfiction for the younger set.”
―Kirkus Reviews

The Making of Homes in the Wild
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2019

Penguin Flies Home

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?

“There are few birds more endearing than Judge’s Penguin, with his rotund little body, scarlet aviator glasses, and passionate attachment to his dream and his friends.”

“Judge’s upbeat pencil and watercolor illustrations are as energetic as her main character. . . . The sky’s the limit for Penguin and his further adventures.”
—The Horn Book

“Lighthearted and lots of fun.”

“. . .a book you will be asked to read again as soon as it is finished. Readers welcome the warmth radiating from the characters.”
-Librarian’s Quest Blog

“The art, from the round and cuddly penguins to the gangly flamingo and everyone in between, is delightful.. . An uplighting treat”
-The Baby Bookworm Blog

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Roaring Brook Press, 2018

Mary’s Monster

Who knew that Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein, had been a pregnant teenage runaway?
Legend is correct that Mary Shelley began penning Frankenstein in answer to a dare to write a ghost story. But the seeds of her novel had been planted long before that night.

“Readers will be enthralled by the dark and exacting verse, beautifully accompanied by haunting black-and-white watercolor spreads.”
–School Library Journal, *STARRED REVIEW

2019 NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People


2018 Cybils Literary Award, Poetry Finalist

Nominated for both the 2019 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals (the UK’s oldest and most prestigious children’s book awards)

2019-2020 Nomination for Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers

2019 TAYSHAS Finalist: A high school reading list for the State of Texas

“Both timely and terrifying, Mary’s Monster revives an origin story too seldom told. Mary Shelley lives again in this arresting hybrid of a graphic novel in verse.”
—Gregory Maguire, New York Times–bestselling author of Wicked

“Lita Judge breathes life into Mary Shelley just as Mary Shelley breathed life into Frankenstein’s monster. A remarkable achievement.”
—Karen Hesse, MacArthur Fellow and Newbery award-winning author

“Lita Judge brings Mary Shelley to life in this stunning illustrated novel. With gripping text and heartbreaking images, the story unfolds like a gothic fairy tale—crackling with rage, riven with pain, and pulsing with ferocious beauty.”
—Laura Ruby, Printz Award–winning author of Bone Gap

“Lita Judge gorgeously entwines sensuous illustration and verse to render Mary Shelley’s vivid, turbulent story as no one else could. Darkly lovely, Mary’s Monster will haunt you.”
—Julie Berry, Printz Honor–winning author of The Passion of Dolssa

“Mary’s Monster is extraordinary in both art and language. The reader is swept up by its passion, its sadness, and the incredible strength of its protagonist. Stunning, heartbreaking, and beautiful.”
—Kristin Cashore, New York Times–bestselling author of the Graceling Realm series

“What an intensely, darkly beautiful book. An astonishing, profoundly moving vision of Mary Shelley’s life and her creation.”
—Tui T. Sutherland, New York Times–bestselling author of the Wings of Fire series

“. . . a stirring, impeccably researched portrait of a remarkable woman and her literary ‘progeny.’ Much like Mary, Judge forges a Creature all her own.”

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Download this fifteen page NCTE and Common Core aligned Teacher’s Guide for Mary’s Monster. Includes pre-reading discussion ideas, finding historical and literary allusions, close reading strategies, character charts, social media frenzy and press conference activities, and comparative charting activities with Frankenstein.
Dial Books for Young Readers, 2017

A Song For Snow

It’s Peep’s first winter, and it’s going to snow very, very soon. Peep has so many questions for her older brother Hoot: Does snow drop, polppety splop, like the rain’s song? Does it scrinkle scrattle like falling leaves? But Hoot can’t remember snow very well. The one thing he knows for sure is that it is worth waiting for.

“Judge’s watercolor animal illustrations are endearing and atmospheric and her writing shimmers with music and whimsy.”
—School Library Journal

“. . . will charm children with its warm sibling relationship, engaging pictures, and anticipation of winter’s wonders.”

“delightfully creative language. . .luminous watercolors”

“With bold watercolor illustrations and fun-to-read text, this picture book reminds children that, sometimes, beautiful things take time.”
Brightly, The Best Children’s and YA Books of November 2017


Download these Hoot and Peep: A Song for Snow coloring book pages. Includes two images from the pages of the book.
Dial Books for Young Readers, 2016

Hoot and Peep

A book that celebrates the wonder found in little things—and in the hearts of dreamers, young and old.

“Judge’s text is poetic…and the illustrations are glorious.”
–School Library Journal, *STARRED REVIEW

“…a lovely nighttime fantasy whose starry, blue-tinged scenes among tiled rooftops, chimney pipes, and gothic spires bring to mind Peter Pan and Mary Poppins. “
–Publishers Weekly

“…particularly lovely, painted in watercolor with some digital enhancements. Shades of blue dominate, providing an attractive counterpoint to the dusky browns and grays of buildings, streets, and gargoyles as well as to the brighter yellow, russet, and gold of the owls. “
–Kirkus Reviews

Download these Hoot and Peep coloring book pages. Includes three images from the pages of the book.
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2015

Good Morning to Me!

It’s a sleepy morning in the cottage, but Beatrix the parrot is wide AWAKE…and she can’t wait to start the day with her friends.

“…a lead character whose energetic, blissfully obtuse personality is as vivid as her bright green feathers…It’s easy to imagine the many warm, giggling interchanges that snuggling with this book will inspire.”
–Publishers Weekly, *STARRED REVIEW

“Beatrix’s irrepressible character stands out as brightly as her green and gold plumage….Young children who share Beatrix’s morning hyperactivity, or even just her flexible relationship with the idea of an “indoor voice,” will certainly relate…as will, without doubt, their parents. A few hearty squawks and a brisk bit of exercise…what better way to start the day? “
–Kirkus Reviews

“Lita Judge has a way of putting words together, sending them straight to stored laughter in your heart. The main character may be a parrot but the joy this bird finds daily will remind readers of themselves now or in the past. Beatrix, like so many young readers, sees possibilities everywhere.”
–Librarian’s Quest Blog

Roaring Brook, 2014

Born in the Wild

What do grizzly bear cubs eat? Where do baby raccoons sleep? And how does a baby otter learn to swim? Every baby mammal, from a tiny harvest mouse “pinky” to a fierce lion cub, needs food, shelter, love, and a family. Filled with illustrations of some of the most adorable babies in the kingdom, this awww-inspiring book looks at the traits that all baby mammals share and proves that, even though they’re born in the wild, they’re not so very different from us, after all!

“…illustrations depict these animals so tenderly”
–School Library Journal, *STARRED REVIEW

“…Judge…has a particular gift for animal portraiture that connects other living things to human understanding”

“tender, naturalistic”
–Publisher’s Weekly, *STARRED REVIEW

–A Junior Library Guild Selection

– Best Books of 2014: Nonfiction Children’s Books!

Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2014

Flight School

Some are born to run; little Penguin believes he was “hatched to fly.” …he’s come all the way from the South Pole (via a bright red motorboat) to attend a tropical shoreline flight school run for birds by birds…Penguin soon discovers that zoology is destiny, no matter how nifty his red aviator goggles or how eager his new friends are to help get him aloft, which they manage to do…thanks to some engineering worthy of MacGyver. (PW, 2/14) Although little Penguin has the soul of an eagle, his body wasn’t built to soar. But Penguin has an irrepressible spirit, and he adamantly follows his dreams to flip, flap, fly!

“…delightful and charming book.”
–School Library Journal, *STARRED REVIEW

“…warm, robust, and thoughtfully composed”

“…the action has the tight comic pacing of a classic cartoon, one with heart to match Penguin’s own.”
–Publishers Weekly

“…exaggeratedly, expressively funny.”
–Kirkus Reviews

“…little Penguin’s…lovable enthusiasm and optimism will resonate with young readers with lofty dreams.”
–Horn Book Magazine, May/June 2014

“…storytelling genius”

2015 nominee for the Ladybug Picture Book Award (New Hampshire)

Roaring Brook, 2013

How Big Were Dinosaurs?

We think of dinosaurs as colossal giants, but how big were they REALLY? This fact-filled book puts dinosaurs next to modern animals so that you can see exactly how they size up.

“Sizable storytime potential.”
–School Library Journal, *STARRED REVIEW

“When reading books written by Lita Judge, especially her nonfiction, it’s as if we are students in a magical classroom with a master educator…”
Librarian’s Quest Blog

“…humorous comparison scenarios abound…The concise narrative jauntily moves through the tongue-twisting dinosaur names and their dimensions. “
–Publishers Weekly

“Judge knows about dinosaurs…”
–New York Times, Aug 23, 2013

–Book of outstanding merit, Best Children’s Books of the Year, Bank Street College

–New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2013

–10 to Note for Summer 2013 100 Scope Notes/SLJ

–NPR’s Best Books of 2013 NPR Books

–2013 Cybils Awards Finalist in Elementary & Middle Grade Nonfiction

Download these new dinosaur coloring book pages. Includes Velociraptor, Ankylosaurus and Stegosaurus.
Download these dinosaur coloring book pages for Born to be Giants. Includes Tyrannosaurus Rex, Stegosaurus, Troodon and Maiasaura.
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2013

Red Hat

It’s spring and the crew from Red Sled are back –with their babies! This time a hand-knit hat is hung outside to dry. Read how the baby animals get into some delightful mischief – and out again!

“Young fans will love reading and rereading…”
–Kirkus Reviews, *STARRED REVIEW

It’s the rare sequel that’s as good as the original…as clever as Red Sled.
–Stroller Traffic, March 2013

Like its predecessor, this picture book is almost wordless but seldom silent…
–Booklist, March 2013

“…the laughs are on target.”
–Publishers Weekly,

Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2011

Red Sled

–Kirkus Reviews, *STARRED REVIEW

“A GEM.”
–School Library Journal, *STARRED REVIEW

“..a story that’s both cuddly and smartly paced.”
–Publishers Weekly, *STARRED REVIEW

“I am wracking my brain to recall another children’s book that so perfectly captures and portrays the feeling of delight that this one does…RED SLED is pure magic.”
–Richie Partington, MLIS, Richie’s Picks

“Perfect for winter-themed storytimes! Highly Recommended.”
–Tracy Gallagher, MLIS, Collection Development, Ingram Library Services

–Selected for Winter 2011-2012 Kids’ Indie Next List

– Best Books of the Month for Children: November 2011

–a Kirkus Best Children’s Book of 2011

–CCBC Choices 2012

Roaring Brook, 2012

Bird Talk

“the overall effect is magical”
–Horn Book, March/April 2012

“energy, humor, and elegance”
–School Library Journal

“[the] illustrations are simultaneously naturalistic and joyful, pairing well with her storyteller’s flair.”
–Publishers Weekly

“Delightfully straightforward and accessible”
–Kirkus Reviews

–A Junior Library Guild Selection

–Book Links magazine’s 2012 Lasting Connections list

–2013 DC Capitol Choices List of Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens

–2013 Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year Master List

Disney-Hyperion, 2011

Strange Creatures

A Junior Library Guild Selection (Biography Elementary)

Spring 2011 Kids’ Indie Next List from the American Booksellers Association

“There’s much in Walter Rothschild’s story for a tyke to like, particularly the timid boy’s end run around his father’s ambitions, and Judge makes the most of the battle of wills in her humor-tinged watercolors. Wild animals pop up all over the swanky estate while portraits of ancestors glare down from their frames in disapproval of the family ado. A final note comments on Rothschild’s contribution to the burgeoning field of zoology and on the way collection practices and wildlife study have changed over the past century and a half. Primary-grade children who are encouraged (assigned?) to read a biography will find Rothschild to be one of the most engaging guys they’ve never heard of.” -BCCB

“…another inventive book. If it crawled, slithered, or flew, Walter was observing it. … Magnificent!” -Children’s Literature Network News, Feb 19, 2011

“In richly colored paintings Ms. Judge shows readers … nautiluses and octopuses, lizards and kiwis, okapis from the Congo, capybaras from Colombia, and marabou storks.”
-Wall Street Journal, Feb 11, 2011

Roaring Brook, 2010

Born to be Giants

A Junior Library Guild Selection (Science Nonfiction)

Scholastic Book Fair Selection

New York Public Library 100 Books for Reading and Sharing (2010)

Selected to represent New Hampshire in the 2010 National Book Festival

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Medal Winner

CCBC Choices 2011

“Eye-catching illustrations and the combination of two perennially popular topics make this book a sure hit.” -Kirkus

“..insightful book filled with fascinating details…expressive paintings make artful use of dimension and scale while bringing the compelling creatures to life.” -Pulishers Weekly

“The text is a model of logical reasoning…The detailed, richly colored illustrations, which often place readers at baby-dinosaur eye level, take the same care in balancing accuracy and imagination.” -Horn Book

“..a full measure of visual appeal.” -Booklist

“A surefire hit for dinophiles.” -School Library Journal

Viking, 2009

Yellowstone Moran

In the summer of 1871, a young painter named Thomas Moran joined a team of scientists heading for the untamed land called “the Yellowstone.” He couldn’t believe what he found there—steaming cauldrons of sulfur, belching geysers, even a thousand-foot-deep canyon. Tom had never ridden a horse or slept under the stars before, but the paintings he created on his journey from city boy to seasoned explorer would lead to the founding of America’s first national park.

A Junior Library Guild Selection (Biography Elementary)

Smithsonian Notable Books for Children 2009

Book Links Lasting Connection of 2009

Disney-Hyperion, 2009

Pennies for Elephants

2010-2011 Vermont Red Clover Award Nominee

2009 New Hampshire Outstanding Work of Children’s Literature

Massachusetts Book Award Finalist

2010-2011 Pennsylvania Keystone to Reading Award List

“As she did in One Thousand Tracings, Judge weaves a compelling tale based on a true, heartwarming incident…Warm sepia tones lend atmosphere, too, and splashes of bright red, blue, purple and yellow in the children’s outfits echo their sunny, can-do demeanor.”
–Publishers Weekly

“Both the text and illustrations have much to recommend it, but in the end, this is ultimately a heartwarming book that will make you pull for the kids right up to the cheer-inducing end. Recommended with enthusiasm.”
– The Miss Rumphius Effect

Disney-Hyperion, 2007

One Thousand Tracings

2008 Winner of the IRA Children’s Book Award

2008 ALA Notable Children’s Book

2008 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Honor

NCTE Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts

Bank Street Best Books of the Year 2008

New York Public Library 100 Books for Reading and Sharing (2007)

2008 Michigan Notable Book

CCBC Choices 2008

IRA Teachers’ Choices for 2008

IRA Notable Book for a Global Society

2007 Society of School Librarians (SSLI)

NAPPA Gold Award

2008 Storytelling World Resource Award

2007 Cybils Awards Finalist

Book Links Lasting Connection of 2007