Veronica Veetch Goodreads Giveaway!

VeronicaVeetch_Cover_CoreSourceYou could win one of 30 advance reader editions of our charming picture book, for kids 4 and up!

The giveaway lasts from now until May 27th!

Beloved Novelist and Indie Bookstore Owner Ann Patchett Reviews Veronica Veetch!

VeronicaVeetch_Cover_CoreSourceThe illustrious Ann Patchett has taken the time to review Veronica Veetch and had great things to say:

“The 5,000 Friends of Veronica Veetch manages to warn against the perils of snap judgment and extol the wonders of friendly books in such beguiling rhyme that it doesn’t seem like a lesson at all. In fact, what it seems like is pure joy. Hooray for Jean Hanson and Launie Parry for giving us this wonderful book.”

’24 Hour Library’ Loves Veronica Veetch

Our most recent review is in for Veronica Veetch from Abby Hargreaves, author of the 24 Hour Library blog.  She proclaims:

“An ode to all things books and self-education, Veronica Veetch is a joy for children and adults alike. The scrapbook-like feel and unexpected beginning come together for an experience with plenty of lessons and tongue-twisting fun. Hanson achieves complexity that reaches for the profound while remaining accessible for all.” – Abby Hargreaves, 24 Hour Library 

A Teacher Reviews Veronica Veetch

“A fantastic book with a powerful message for kids of all ages!  Lovely rhythm and rhyme.  The lesson about first impressions creates a perfect talking point with students.  The higher-level vocabulary also sets high expectations and another engagement with pupils.  The love of books would be a perfect way to open the year’s book corner for any classroom.  The illustrations are engaging and a pleasure to look at. I know I’ll be using this one in my classroom but would also recommend to every parent.” — Kathy Korth, teacher, Tollgate Primary School

More Reviews Coming in for Veronica Veetch!

Two more reviews for Veronica Veetch have come in, and they’re are as glowing as the first.

“Yes! I’m constantly telling my students that books can take them on fantastic adventures. Plus, Veronica is a girl after my own heart.  Like her, I’m always sad when a book comes to an end. But the good news is, whenever one ends, another can begin!” — Jackie Giehm, 2nd grade teacher, Gateway Polytechnic Academy

“The layers of messages in The 5,000 Friends of Veronica Veetch are as plentiful as Veronica’s vocabulary. A wonderful read-aloud for parents, teachers, and fellow librarians, with many teachable points on friendship, love of literature, vocabulary, and so much more. That it is so fun to read (and listen to) is just icing on the cake!”— Kristin Mortenson, Media Specialist, Hayden Valley Elementary


The Newest Review for Veronica Veetch Is In!


Our first review from a librarian herself, Sarah Kostin, declares:

“Featuring utterly charming and whimsical illustrations, Veronica Veetch is a Seussian frolic of dazzling, dancing, and unpredictable rhymes that is sure to delight young readers. With panache and aplomb, Veronica sorts out her friendship troubles in the most kindhearted and literary way. A nod to book lovers, readers, and librarians everywhere who often find their very best friends and adventures in the pages of books.” — Sarah Kostin, MLIS, Youth Services Librarian, Bud Werner Memorial Library

5,000 Reasons “We Read Together” Loves Veronica Veetch

we read togetherOur first review is in for the upcoming release of The 5,000 Friends of Veronica Veetch!!!

We Read Together, a children’s literacy organization focused on tutoring and programs for lower income students, proclaims that “[Veronica Veetch] has the sort of wonder that kids can only access in the world of words, and what’s even better, it encourages them to go and discover that magic again and again in new books.”

Read the full review here



Veronica Veetch Coming This September!

VeronicaVeetch_Cover_CoreSourceThe 5,000 Friends of Veronica Veetch is a full-color picture book for young, aspiring literary enthusiasts and old-hat bibliophiles. Join Veronica Veetch, a seemingly well-traveled, cultured, and precocious young girl, as she encounters some trouble when her classmates decide she is too snooty for them.

Have you ever wished to travel to Chile, learn to fence, or have tiramisu? Discover Veronica Veetch’s secret in this jaw-dropping story, as you remember to never judge a book by its cover. Grab a cup of tea as you come along for the adventure, and make new “friends” with Veronica Veetch.

The 5,000 Friends of Veronica Veetch is a new book by Jean Hanson. She has written essays and short stories for grown-ups, appearing in a multitude of magazines. A graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, she has been recognized with a Pushcart Prize nomination, the Hackney Prize, and many other accolades. Launie Parry, the illustrator, is an award-winning graphic designer whose work has brought many books to life. This is the first book she has both designed and illustrated. Both the author and illustrator reside in Colorado.

You can pre-order your autographed copy today from Bailiwick Press. Or if you want to peruse Bailiwick’s other fine publications, you can check out our store here!

Distributed by Legato Publishers Group, an affiliate of Publishers Group West; ISBN 978-1-934649-27-5; $17.95 USA; Juvenile Fiction (ages 4 to 8); hardcover (paper-over-board), 32 pages; 10” x 10”; color illustrations.


Accelerated Reader Quizzes Now Available for A through J!

For those of you whose schools use the AR system for testing comprehension and boosting reading volume: all 10 of the current Aldo Zelnick books (A through J) now have quizzes available. Read on!


Artsy-Fartsy a Back to School Top 10 Read

Artsy-Fartsy was the sixth most checked-out book in the Thompson R2-J School District in Colorado in September! When you beat Divergent and Bad Kitty, you know you’re doing something right.

AF top 10 Thompson RS-J