Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Peachtree Publishers



An independently owned trade publisher located in Atlanta, Georgia, Peachtree Publishers was founded in 1977. They specialize in children's fiction and nonfiction, including board books, picture books, chapter books, and middle-grade and young adult novels, publishing about 30 books annually. Their mission is to "create books that captivate and educate young and old readers alike, with well-crafted words and pictures." (source) 

They have a blog, a Facebook page, and they're on Twitter.

We found that Peachtree covers some tough subjects (like death in Zayde Comes to Live and slavery in Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton). They appreciate a beautifully written story–even if it's a bit long by today's standards (like The King of Little Things and The Grudge Keeper). And they are committed to producing nonfiction that's informative, lyrical, and lovely to look at.

Peachtree Publishers accepts unsolicited submissions. Guidelines are available here.



Huge thanks to Peachtree Publishers for providing us with the names of the editors who worked on the books we read this month!

Getting to Know Peachtree Publishers (source)

President & Publisher – Margaret Quinlin
Bio
Interview (scroll down)

Vice-President & Associate Publisher – Kathy Landwehr
An Inside Look at the Author-Editor Relationship

Senior Editor – Vicky Holifield
Melissa Stewart on Vicky Holifield

Acquisitions Editor – Helen Harriss

Art Director – Lorraine Joyner (recently retired)
Bio (scroll down)
Interview
On art direction

Books we had on hand (* indicates books we read):

P. Zonka Lays and Egg (2015); Written and illustrated by Julie Paschkis; Edited by Vicky Holifield






A Place for Birds (2015); Written by Melissa Stewart; Illustrated by Higgins Bond; Edited by Vicky Holifield






*Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton (2015); Written and illustrated by Don Tate; Edited by Kathy Landwehr







*Rodeo Red (2015); Written by Maripat Perkins (debut); Illustrated by Molly Idle; Edited by Kathy Landwehr







*Sona and the Wedding Game (2015); Written by Kashmira Sheth; Illustrated by Yoshiko Jaeggi; Edited by Kathy Landwehr







*Spectacular Spots (2015); Written and illustrated by Susan Stockdale; Edited by Kathy Landwehr







Toad Weather (2015); Written by Sandra Markle; Illustrated by Thomas Gonzales; Edited by Kathy Landwehr





Beneath the Sun (2014); Written by Melissa Stewart; Illustrated by Constance R. Bergum; Edited by Vicky Holifield







Can I Come Too? (2014); Written by Brian Patten; Illustrated by Nicola Bayley; Originally published and edited in the UK







Churchill's Tale of Tails (2014); Written and illustrated by Anca Sandu; Originally published and edited in the UK






*Forests (2014); Written by Cathryn Sill; Illustrated by John Sill; Edited by Vicky Holifield





*The Grudge Keeper (2014); Written by Mara Rockliff; Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler; Edited by Kathy Landwehr







Lost for Words (2014); Written and illustrated by Natalie Russell; Originally published and edited in the UK








Pig and Small (2014); Written and illustrated by Alex Latimer; Originally published and edited in the UK







Stanley the Builder (2014); Written and illustrated by William Bee; Originally published and edited in the UK








Stripes of All Types/Rauas de Todas las Tallas (2014); Written and illustrated by Susan Stockdale; Edited by Kathy Landwehr





*The King of Little Things (2013); Written by Bil Lepp; Illustrated by David T. Wenzel
Are the Dinosaurs Dead, Dad? (2013); Written by Julie Middleton; Illustrated by Russell Ayto; Originally published and edited in the UK







Ding Dong! Gorilla! (2013); Written by Michelle Robinson; Illustrated by Leonie Lord; Originally published and edited in the UK







*Prairie Chicken Little (2013); Written by Jackie Hopkins; Illustrated by Henry Cole; Edited by Kathy Landwehr





*Tiger in My Soup (2013); Written by Kashmira Sheth; Illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler; Edited by Kathy Landwehr






When Edgar Met Cecil (2013); Written and illustrated by Kevin Luthardt; Edited by Kathy Landwehr







The House on Dirty-Third Street (2012); Written by Jo S. Kittinger; Illustrated by Thomas Gonzales; Edited by Kathy Landwehr







*Mooshka: A Quilt Story (2012); Written and Illustrated by Julie Paschkis; Edited by Vicky Holifield







Return of the Library Dragon (2012); Written by Carmen Agra Deedy; Illustrated by Michael P. White; Edited by Margaret Quinlin







*Zayde Comes to Live (2012); Written by Sheri Cooper Sinykin; Illustrated by Kristina Swarner; Edited by Lisa Mathews










Our next meeting will be held on Saturday, March 19 (a week after our usual 2nd Saturday date, which coincides with SCBWI-LA's Writer's Day). We will read books published by Eerdman's Books for Young Readers. They are listed as a religious publisher in SCBWI's The Book, but their children's division publishes a wide range of nonreligious titles. For example, the multi-award winner The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jennifer Bryant and Melissa Sweet is one of their books.