Joy, the little blue elephant, knew from birth that she was different from the rest of the herd. The Blue Elephant is Joy’s courageous story of grief and loss, as seen through the eyes of her wise butterfly friend, Hope. Be a part of their incredible journey as they discover Joy’s unique purpose in life.
Elizabeth Liechty has been working with children and for children’s causes for nearly two decades. She became involved with children’s bereavement camps through Hospice of the Chesapeake, when on a trip to South Africa in 2007, Elizabeth saw children grieving with no way for them to artistically express their sadness. So in 2015, she and a team of friends returned to South Africa with canvases and art supplies, which evolved into The Blue Elephant Canvas project. From this came The Blue Elephant, a book that offers children and families a way to discuss grief and loss, together.
Elizabeth is currently co-chair of the Hospice of the Chesapeake’s children’s programs, Chesapeake Kids. She received the Legacy Award from Lincoln Financial Advisors for her humanitarian work. She has also been named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women for her leadership and volunteer efforts.
Jess Aarons has been practicing all summer so he can be the fastest runner in the fifth grade. And he almost is, until the new girl in school, Leslie Burke, outpaces him. The two become fast friends and spend most days in the woods behind Leslie's house, where they invent an enchanted land called Terabithia. One morning, Leslie goes to Terabithia without Jess and a tragedy occurs. It will take the love of his family and the strength that Leslie has given him for Jess to be able to deal with his grief.
Bridge to Terabithia was also named an ALA Notable Children’s Book and has become a touchstone of children’s literature, as have many of Katherine Paterson’s other novels, including The Great Gilly Hopkins and Jacob Have I Loved.
What if you could live forever?
Is eternal life a blessing or a curse? That is what young Winnie Foster must decide when she discovers a spring on her family’s property whose waters grant immortality. Members of the Tuck family, having drunk from the spring, tell Winnie of their experiences watching life go by and never growing older.
But then Winnie must decide whether or not to keep the Tucks’ secret—and whether or not to join them on their never-ending journey.
Praise for Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt:
“A fearsome and beautifully written book that can't be put down or forgotten.” —The New York Times
“Exciting and excellently written.” —The New York Times Book Review
“With its serious intentions and light touch the story is, like the Tucks, timeless.” —Chicago Sun-Times
“Probably the best work of our best children's novelist.” —Harper's
“Natalie Babbitt's great skill is spinning fantasy with the lilt and sense of timeless wisdom of the old fairy tales. . . . It lingers on, haunting your waking hours, making you ponder.” —The Boston Globe
“This book is as shapely, crisp, sweet, and tangy as a summer-ripe pear.” —Entertainment Weekly