Belle and Sébastien

Belle and Sébastien | Little Lit Book Series

“Nothing happens by chance, everything has meaning.”

Belle and Sébastien, written by Cécile Aubry, was originally published in 1965 to coincide with a television series of the same name. This edition was published last month by Alma Books, translated by Gregory Norminton and illustrated by Helen Stephens. It's about a friendship between Sébastien, a little boy born as an orphan in the snowy Alps, and Belle, a big white Pyrenean Mountain dog.

“There she was, standing tall, motionless save for the plume of her tail as it beat the air. She saw him. She bent her head towards him. Was she going to jump? He no longer felt any fear, and if he too stood still it was because an unknown force compelled him to hold his ground before the animal now watching him. He called to her very softly: ‘Belle…’”

Belle and Sébastien: The Child of the Mountains is a moving story that takes you to another place in more ways than one.

Published by Alma Books.


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Zinnia and the Bees

Zinnia and the Bees | Little Lit Book Series

Happy book birthday to Zinnia and the Bees!  

We are incredibly excited for Danielle Davis’ debut middle grade book (for 8 - 12 year olds) about a yarn bomber named Zinnia whose life takes a tough turn.  “Her older brother (aka best friend and yarn bombing accomplice) leaves without a word.  And then the worst ever of worst evers: BEES. IN. HER. HAIR.  Between a failed yarn bomb, a missing brother, a mother who doesn’t get her, and a nosy new neighbor who seems to notice way too much—especially when it comes to her buzzzzzy new friends—Zinnia’s last day of seventh grade is challenging, to say the least. But learning to trust herself might just be the toughest challenge of all, as Zinnia discovers in this irresistible story about discovering the true meaning of home.”

Read a guest post by Danielle on how Zinnia and the Bees came to be on Pop! Goes the Reader.  Then head over to Danielle’s site to watch Zinnia’s book trailer here and download a discussion guide and bee facts.

For those in Southern California, Danielle’s book launch is scheduled for 5 p.m. this Saturday, August 5th, 2017, at Skylight Books in Los Angeles.  She’ll also be making stops in the Pacific Northwest and Vancouver with the following dates and venues:


August 13th, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Green Bean Books | Portland, OR

Fun event and reading.


August 16th, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Third Place Books | Seattle, WA

Reading and signing at the Seward Park location.


August 19th, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Collage Collage | Vancouver, BC

Book and craft event.


September 17th, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Branch Gallery | Los Angeles, CA

Reading at Knitting Tree LA knitting store / fiber arts gallery.


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