The Spill

The Spill, Written by Jacqueline Leigh, Illustrated by Erika Wilson

Jacqueline Leigh’s precious and whimsical new picture book, The Spill, shimmers with joy and delight, and Wild for Books is super excited to bring you the inside scoop before the book debuts June 5th.

It’s a beautiful, bright morning and Faye wants to carry her very full glass of milk to her favorite chair. Both parents and kids know, sometimes the simplest tasks can turn into one big messy adventure.

This book will delight your little ones and have them giggling at Faye, her fluffy, boisterous dog, Max, and the silly ways Faye spills her milk, as she navigates to her “favorite sipping spot…the fluffy chair – the big blue one by the window, at the end of the hall.”

The delightful story and darling, colorful illustrations by Erika Wilson complement each other perfectly. Kids will relate to the spilled milk as well as all the subtle details like the magnetic letters on a refrigerator, younger siblings blocking the way, and a chickadee splashing in the bird bath. This book literally sparkles, in language, in fun, and in the big green eyes of a precocious little girl.

Leigh, author of Time For Bed With Ford And Red (find our review herehas her pulse on the musical language kids love with phrases like, “fill it to the tip-top,” and “so-sloppy morning.” She has a talent for writing stories that bring love and calm to this crazy life of raising kids.

Sink into your favorite chair with your favorite little ones and enjoy The Spill together.

The official release date is June 5th, but Leigh is hosting an online launch party this Thursday, May 17th at 8:00pm EST. Here is the invite and link to Jacqueline Leigh’s, The Spill Online Launch.

“Join Author Jacqueline Leigh and friends as they open the first boxes of her second children’s book, The Spill. You and the author will see the book for the first time together! This is also your chance to buy autographed copies of the book. For every 5 books sold during the Facebook Live Launch, a prize will be given away. Prizes have been donated by local artisans, stay tuned to get a sneak peak at these FIVE giveaways. We look forward to celebrating with you, tune in on May 17th at 8:00pm EST for laughing, crying and all things children’s books.”  The Spill Online Launch

Time for Bed with Ford and Red

Time for Bed with Ford & Red by Jacqueline Leigh, illustrated by Mackenzie Fink

Mascot Books, 2017

How’s bedtime at your house with your little ones? To be honest, bedtime with my kids has never gone as I expected. Like most things, the reality of parenting is often so different than how I dreamed it would be. For us, bedtime has often been akin to the witching hour, rather than a bucolic, precious time when I lull my babies to sleep in a matter of minutes.

My kids generally hate bedtime, they don’t like, as Jasper says, “The complete boredom of sleeping.” And they don’t like to be separated from Greg or me. Even while I know this is normal, it can be difficult at the end of the day to handle these moments with care. In fact, Greg usually does bedtime in our house. His well of patience is much deeper than mine. Or maybe it’s just that I’ve generally been with the kids all day, and at the end I’m one tired mama, and he’s one awesome husband and father.

No matter who does bedtime at our house, one thing that always makes the routine better is BOOKS!!! Gosh, I even love the sound of someone reading to me.

We have had so many favorite bedtime books over the years: A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na, Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman, Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann, and I Love You More Than the Smell of Swamp Gas by Kevan Atteberry

Most of the time, now that our kids are getting a bit older, Greg or I read to them from a novel at night, but they still love picture books. And Time for Bed with Ford & Red, by Jacqueline Leigh, is one of the most precious picture books I’ve read in a long time. Our kids adore it too! It is the perfect bedtime book for parents and kids alike.

Tucked in nice and cozy, a little boy, Ford, and his special bunny, Red, embark on one big dream adventure. From riding wild horses, to climbing rainbows and deep sea exploring, the pages of this book are full of silliness, friendship, connection and beauty.

Our favorite part, here at Wild for Books, is when they save the baby whale.

A fishing net drops from a ship overhead,

Tangling a baby whale in each tricky thread.

Red tugs at the net with all of his might,

So the baby and his mama can reunite.

The kids and I love that this book is full of imagination, like when the elephant arrives home with them. And Leigh’s lovely words pair beautifully with Mackenzie Fink’s fun and luminous illustrations. Personally, as a parent I love that the adventures are just what every child might find wonderful to dream about.

Filling our kids’ heads with beautiful thoughts and images as we send them off to sleep is what parents everywhere strive to do. And Ford and Red are the perfect companions to invite your kids into dreamland.

Add Time for Bed with Ford & Red to your bedtime routine. You won’t be disappointed!