PPP author of “I Am Your Songwriting Journal” is on the road!

Danny signing

Danny Tieger, PPP author of I Am Your Songwriting Journal, is currently performing as Michael Wormwood, Matilda’s older brother, in the traveling Broadway show Matilda the Musical, based on the classic children’s book by Roald Dahl.

When not on stage, Danny stays busy presenting mini songwriting workshops in bookstores across the country! He is pictured above with future songwriters at The Bookies bookstore in Denver, Colorado.

I Am Your Songwriting Journal I Am Your Songwriting Journal, written in first-person voice, speaks directly to its readers, launching right into tips, tricks, and exercises kids can use to get their words and music on the page.

Packed with songwriting tricks, rhyming and writing prompts, and song worksheets, plus colorful, edgy illustrations by David Cole Wheeler, the Journal encourages kids to laugh, doodle, and get creative.

Says Danny, “Kids are eager to express themselves through music and they are capable of writing the most amazing songs.”

Below is a photo of Danny performing in Matilda The Musical. In the photo, he is on the left, watching the “telly” (British slang for “television”) in his role as Matilda’s TV-addicted older brother Michael Wormwood. To his right are Mrs. Wormwood and Mr. Wormwood.

Matilda photo


Announcing #FredFridays! #TGIFred! And a mega giveaway of 10 different picture books!



During the month of May, Peter Pauper Press will be hosting FRED FRIDAYS, a series of weekly reviews and giveaways around the web in honor of our newest picture book release, Fred, by Kaila Eunhye Seo. We hope you’ll join us for this fun, month-long celebration of TGIF – Thank Goodness It’s FRED

What (and who!) is Fred? Fred, the debut picture book from the very talented Kaila Eunhye Seo, tells the story of a young boy whose world is filled with fantastical friends that make his day so much fun he hardly notices that no one else can see them. However, one day Fred goes off to school and things start to change. As Fred grows up, his childhood friends slowly fade away and seem to disappear, taking some of life's sparkle with them. However, a chance meeting with a young girl reminds him — and the reader — that magic and wonder never really disappear.

Each Friday, bloggers will post their reviews of Fred along with a giveaway for a finished copy of the book. For the latest posts, follow along on Twitter at #FredFriday, #TGIFred, and @PeterPauperPres.

Peter Pauper is also hosting a MEGA FRED FRIDAY GIVEAWAY from May 1st – May 29th for a COMPLETE SET of all TEN of our critically acclaimed picture books: Fred by Kaila Eunhye Seo, and EARLY COPY of All the Lost Things by Kelly Canby, Elephantastic by Michael Engler, The Zoo Is Closed Today! by Evelyn Beilenson, Simpson’s Sheep Won’t Go to Sleep! by Bruce Arant, Hank Finds an Egg by Rebecca Dudley, Hank Has a Dream by Rebecca Dudley, Celia by Cristelle Vallat, Not the Quitting Kind by Sarra J. Roth, and Digby Differs by Miriam Koch!

Check out this interview with author/illustrator Kaila Eunhye Seo! 

Mega Giveaway Books

Enter via the rafflecopter below to win, or enter via our Facebook page!

Plus, don’t forget to follow along every Friday in May for another chance to win a copy of Fred at participating blogs! Here are five of them!


Foodie Bibliophile

Kid Lit Reviews

Reading Through Life

Hucklebaby Book Club

5 Minutes for Books


And congratulations to Denise of Burbank, California! You are our winner! smiley 
Your books have been mailed out to you! 

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Forthcoming PPP picture book ‘The Zoo Is Closed Today!’ a ‘wonderful little gem’

Cover of PPP picture book ‘The Zoo Is Closed Today!’

The Trades entertainment news analysis website has given our forthcoming picture book The Zoo Is Closed Today! (ISBN 978-1-4413-1526-7, $16.99, available this coming August) a glowing review.

Says reviewer R. J. Carter, "Evelyn Beilenson and Anne Kennedy pool their creative talents on this wonderful little gem that brings back some of the magic of the 'I Can Read' series.

"Utilizing a rhyming format and full-color illustrations, The Zoo is Closed Today! follows a brother and sister as they decide to visit the zoo one day, only to find that (in case you weren't paying attention to the title) 'The Zoo is Closed Today!' When Zookeeper Pete meets them outside, he explains, in great detail, the various maladies and afflictions that have beset the various animals, and how they all require time to recuperate before they will be ready for visitors. And when visiting day finally does come back around, the author puts in a charming little twist.

"Beilenson's rhymes are not forced, and her word choice makes things easy for beginning readers. (The title now adorns body-segment number three of our six-year-old's 'Reading Centipede.') Kennedy's illustrations show what looks like a Mary Blair influence, and are timeless enough that they could have been used in Little Golden Books of yesteryear, but are still appreciatively beautiful today."

Illustration from ‘The Zoo Is Closed Today!’

Another image from ‘The Zoo Is Closed Today!’








Our new Halloween Paper Craft activity kit is frightfully delightful and just $5.99!

Scare up some fun this fall with this brand new Paper Craft Halloween Kit by illustrator and paper engineer Mary Beth Cryan!

Just follow the step-by-step illustrated instructions to create six of the most spookily spirited Halloweenies you've ever seen for play and display! Fold and glue the punch-out shapes to make a Ghost, a Mummy, a Skeleton (shown below right), a Witch, a Vampire, and a Zombie!

Sturdy paper is perforated and scored for convenience. No cutting necessary!

Illustrations are provided for most of the steps to help your young paper engineer along. Just punch out the shapes, fold, and glue!


Kit includes instructions and 6 different creatures, each about 3-1/2" tall:

  • Ghost: "Little Ghost's got a surprise for you. He'll leap from your closet, shouting 'Boo!'"
  • Mummy: "Troubled Mummy's all entwined. Relax! Lie down. Chill. Unwind."
  • Skeleton: "'Oh let me sleep,' the Skeleton moans. Come on, get up, you lazy bones."
  • Vampire: "Scary Vampire stalks the night . . . seeking trick-or-treaters to bite!"
  • Witch: "'Eye of toad and leg of newt!' Witchy work is never cute."
  • Zombie: "'Brains! More brains!' the Zombie drones. Stay on the run—beware its moans!"