Millbrook Press Announces Four New Picture Books Featuring Noah Webster, Billie Holiday, the Moon, and a Picnic in the Animal Kingdom

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MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#kidlit–Enjoy a new selection of exceptional picture books from Millbrook
Press
, a division of Lerner
Publishing Group
, this spring! Four fascinating new titles from
acclaimed authors and illustrators will engage and entertain young
readers.

Strange
Fruit: Billie Holiday and the Power of a Protest Song
, written
by acclaimed author Gary
Golio
, with stunning illustrations by accomplished artist Charlotte
Riley-Webb
, reveals how singer Billie Holiday, a young black
woman raised in poverty, and Abel Meeropol, the son of Jewish
immigrants, created “Strange Fruit,” a song that challenged racism and
paved the way for the Civil Rights movement. In a starred review, Kirkus
Reviews
called Strange Fruit “a must-read, must-discuss that
will speak to children and linger with adults.”

What would you do if you were the moon? You’d spin like a ballerina and
play tug-of-war with the ocean. You would light a pathway for baby sea
turtles. Discover the many roles the moon plays in If
You Were the Moon
, a whimsical, dreamy, and lyrical picture book
written by award-winning author Laura
Purdie Salas
and illustrated by Jaime
Kim
.

Noah Webster is famous for his dictionary. But in his day, he was known
for his strong opinions about, well, everything. In fact, in this book,
it even looks like Noah’s ghost picked up a pencil to edit his own
biography! Noah
Webster’s Fighting Words
, a picture book biography of the
American grammarian written by Tracy
Nelson Maurer
and illustrated by Mircea
Catusanu
, shows young readers that words are a source of enormous
power.

Porcupine is having a picnic! More animals join the fun, and each of
them brings something different to eat. But then Tiger shows up! From
award-winning author Betsy
R. Rosenthal
, with bold, playful illustrations by Italian artist Giusi
Capizzi
, Porcupine’s
Picnic: Who Eats What?
is a sweet and slightly scary
story that introduces young readers to the concepts of herbivores,
omnivores, and carnivores.

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About the Publisher
Millbrook
Press
, a division of Lerner
Publishing Group
, publishes informative picture books, illustrated
nonfiction series, and inspiring photo-driven titles for grades K–5.
Readers of all ages will easily identify with the delightful cast of
people and animals featured in these charming stories. With simple text
and supportive illustrations, these books are just right for
read-alouds, new readers, reluctant readers, and literacy programs.

Strange Fruit
February 2017
$19.99 Hardcover, Jacketed
eBook
Also Available

Ages 8–12
HC: 978-1-4677-5123-0
40
Pages 9 1/4 x 11

If You Were the Moon
March 2017
$19.99 Hardcover,
Jacketed
eBook Also Available
Ages 5–8
HC:
978-1-4677-8009-4
32 Pages 9 3/4 x 9 3/4

Noah Webster’s Fighting Words
April 2017
$19.99
Hardcover, Jacketed
eBook Also Available
Ages 7–11
HC:
978-1-4677-9410-7
40 Pages 9 1/4 x 11

Porcupine’s Picnic
February 2017
$19.99 Hardcover,
Jacketed
eBook Also Available
Ages 4–8
HC:
978-1-4677-9519-7
32 Pages 10 5/8 x 8 7/8

To Purchase: Visit your local bookstore, order by phone at
800-328-4929, or visit us at
lernerbooks.com.

Contacts

Lerner Publishing Group
Lindsay Matvick, 800-328-4929, x385
Publicity
Manager
lmatvick@lernerbooks.com
or
Libby
Stille, 800-328-4929, x347
Marketing and Publicity Assistant
lstille@lernerbooks.com