Posted by: Kathy Temean | May 25, 2017

Book Giveaway – Peep and Egg

Laura Gehl has agreed to participate in our book giveaways and offer one lucky person a copy of her book PEEP AND EGG:I’M NOT HATCHING. All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you did to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you. Check back to discover the winner.


Egg is not hatching.

No way. No how.

It is too scary out there.

Peep wants Egg to hatch so they can do fun things together, like watch the sunrise, splash in puddles, and play hide-and-seek.
But Egg is not cracking…

Joyce Wan’s bright and bold illustrations will have young chickies giggling at Laura Gehl’s reassuring tale that takes the not out of I’m not.


The Peep and Egg series all started with the line “I’M NOT HATCHING!”

That line hatched in my brain in the middle of the night, which is when I get many of my best ideas and also lots of terrible ideas (Last night the idea that popped into my head was…dancing pants.  Good idea or terrible idea? You decide!). Once I started imagining a little chick who refused to hatch, I knew the book would really be—at its heart—about a scared toddler.

With my own four kids, I’ve heard “I’m not” about seventy zillion times. “I’m not going to bed,” “I’m not going swimming,” “I’m not doing my homework.” At the time, these statements often lead to power struggles, where I am yelling “JUST GO TO BED SO I CAN GO TO BED MYSELF!” But with the benefit of hindsight, I can see that many times there is an element of fear or discomfort involved. “I’m not going to bed” may be a fear of the dark, “I’m not going to school” may indicate that there is a tricky friendship problem brewing, “I’m not putting on my shoes” may mean a need for new shoes (Just imagine my mom guilt when I realized I had been forcing my son’s feet into shoes two sizes too small).

From that first line “I’M NOT HATCHING,” which kids joyfully shout at the tops of their lungs when I read the book aloud at schools, working on the Peep and Egg series has been a wonderful adventure. Joyce and I have now created four Peep and Egg books together (the next will be Peep and Egg: I’m Not Taking a Bath, releasing in October). The original Peep and Egg: I’m Not Hatching is now available in board book format and will soon be available in Spanish.


Laura Gehl’s picture books include One Big Pair of Underwear, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld, and the Peep and Egg series, illustrated by Joyce Wan.  Her next two books, both releasing in October 2017, are Peep and Egg: I’m Not Taking a Bath and Koala Challah, illustrated by Maria Mola. Laura is also excited about other upcoming books, including My Pillow Keeps Moving, illustrated by Christopher Weyant, and I Got a Chicken for My Birthday, illustrated by Sarah Horne.  In addition to books, Laura loves eating chocolate, spending time outdoors, and eating chocolate while spending time outdoors. Visit Laura online at

Thank you Laura for sharing your book and journey with us. The whole series looks adorable.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. I enjoyed this sweet book and look forward to reading it again. Best of success to the author and illustrator!


  2. What an adorable book!


  3. What a great title! I already love this spunky character!


  4. What a great reminder to look past the “I”m not…” Looking forward to reading it.


  5. Awesome! This book looks adorable! I just tweeted about it too!


  6. Looks so cute! And the wonderfully talented Joyce Wan is a perfect match for the pictures : )


  7. What a great concept! On my must-read list now 🙂


  8. This looks like an adorable, relatable, helpful book!


  9. Thanks for sharing how the Peep and Egg series came to be. Love the books!


  10. Tweeted!


  11. This looks so cute. I think my three-year-old g-daughter would love it. 🙂


  12. Can’t wait to read it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  13. What beautiful design and colors in the illustrations by Wan!


  14. What an adorable book with terrific artwork! I know just the young mommy to whom I’ll gift it, if I win. I also hope you’ll visit me at : “Life with a Little Southern Twist!”


  15. I love this book SO much and have a future grandchild I’d love to share it with 😀 Great stuff, Laura!

    (and I always tweet!)


  16. Too cute! I think I may just not hatch either!


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