MLFY_coverBRAND NEW from Little Bahalia Publishing. MY LOVE FOR YOU IS THE SUN celebrates a parent’s love for a child with lyrical metaphors evoking the beauty and wonder of the natural world coupled with stunning clay illustrations from artist Susan Eaddy.


“MY LOVE FOR YOU IS THE SUN is classic, timeless, and yet completely fresh. It belongs on the shelf right between GOODNIGHT MOON and GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU.” – Emma Walton HamiltonNew York Times Bestselling Author  (with her mother Julie Andrews) of the THE VERY FAIRY PRINCESS series and 25+ other books for children

“Beautiful, sweet, and comforting.” – Eileen SpinelliChristopher Award-winning author (SOMEBODY LOVES YOU MR. HATCH) and children’s poet

“A soothing and lyrical tribute to the power of parental love.” – Linda AshmanCritically-acclaimed author of more than two dozen picture books, including RAIN! and PEACE, BABY.



Now Available as a Gorgeous Hardcover!

Now Available as a Gorgeous Hardcover!

Based on the critically-acclaimed storybook apps, A TROOP IS A GROUP OF MONKEYS and A SHIVER OF SHARKS, the hardcover version makes visiting  romp through the animal (and ocean!) kingdom available to readers without iPads.

Owners of the apps will appreciate the up-close look at Pamela Baron’s stunning illustrations of the animal groups AND two “surprise” animal groups which did not appear in either app.

You can get a copy of TROOP your favorite indie bookstoreBarnes & Noble, or Amazon.

If you or the kids in your lives don’t know what a group of peacocks, lobsters, skunks, snails, crocodiles or flamingoes is called, don’t deprive yourself of the opportunity to learn. You’ll be amused and entertained along the way!

“Both apps feature delightful, interactive pages and Baron’s frame-worthy illustrations are a delight. Children will enjoy finding a fish in a pelican’s mouth and helping a sleuth of bears scatter bees near a hive. Vocabulary-rich texts (“scuttles,” “pandemonium,” “plucks,” “vibrant,” “ambushes,” “scours,” “retracts”); quality illustrations; lively tunes; and an environmental message, should make these popular choices inside and outside the classroom.”School Library Journal

“With pleasant rhyming text, Hedlund teaches children about 16 different collective nouns for wild animals. “A parliament of owls hoots in the night. / A pandemonium of parrots begins to take flight.” The rhythm and rhyme contribute to a pleasant narration in the “Read to Me” option. Appealing watercolor-and-pencil illustrations using textured backgrounds are warm and inviting.”Kirkus

“This is great fun: an animated app teaching children the various plural nouns for animals: monkeys, bats, owls, parrots and so on.”The Guardian

“Each of the animal groups—a troop of monkeys, a colony of bats—comes to life on the screen and invites young readers to enjoy interactive play while reinforcing the vocabulary words on each page.”Publisher’s Weekly



  1. Okay, well I can’t NOT have a signed copy of Troop! Just ordered my copy!


  2. Nice trailer, Julie, and the book looks fabulous, just like a flamboyance of flamingos. I have a new title for you: A Series Is a Group of Books”…


  3. No wonder you’re excited! What a delightful book,Julie. I bought your template for making an app but haven’t got my nerve up yet to try it. I have a geography idea that would be perfect in an app, so…. maybe one day I’ll get as excited as you are today.:-) In the meantime, I continue with my series of print and eBooks, Gatsby’s Grand Adventures Barb Cairns..


  4. Loved it since the app first came out. My favorite (because it’s so much fun to say) is the pandemonium of parrots!


  5. Congrats, Julie, on the book. So great for science collections & Common Core! As a former K-12 librarian & now PB writer, I know kids & teachers will love this. BTW, a parliament of owls!


  6. My favorite has to be the kaleidoscope of butterflies. Who doesn’t enjoy a kaleidoscope and butterflies? And Cupcake would LOVE a stuffed monkey!


  7. Sharalyn Edgeberg

    Congratulations! I am glad it is also available in print as well. Super fun!


  8. I’m so excited that this is a real book now! I don’t do ipads. I like that flambouance of flamingoes!!


  9. This is my nephews favourite app – he comes over & asks for “Monkeys”! He loves the Parliament of Owls, and the Troop of Monkeys.
    I’m so excited that the print book is available. Well done Julie :)


  10. I would love to win your book Julie! looks like so much fun!


  11. My favorite is a Flamboyance of Flamingoes!


  12. Way to go Julie! I love the pandemonium of parrots!


  13. Congrats, Julie!

    I think a kaleidoscope of butterflies is the perfect name!


  14. A shiver of sharks swam through the sea south of Savannah!!!


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