Posted by: Kathy Temean | May 8, 2019

Book Giveaway: HOW DO FAIRIES HAVE FUN IN THE SUN? Liza Gardner Walsh

Author Liza Gardner Walsh has shared all her fairies picture books with us. Some how I missed this one, when I realized this, I thought it would be a great book to share now for summer. It is titled, HOW DO FAIRIES HAVE FUN IN THE SUN. Hazel Mitchell is the illustrator. Liza has agreed to share a book with one lucky winner. 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 do to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. Thanks for helping Liza & Hazel!


Everyone knows fairies are hard workers who look after the flowers and other growing things. But it can’t be all work and no play. Do they ever get a vacation? How do they enjoy their favorite season, summer?

Beloved fairy writer Liza Gardner Walsh explores the matter in a charming picture book of rhyming questions. Paired with warm and whimsical illustrations by Hazel Mitchell, this delightful book will help children discover just how fairies make the most of their busiest, most magical season of all.

And while the fairies do love to add some fun to everything they do, there’s also a gentle reminder here of our human connection to nature and the importance of nurturing it.


This book was the third in the seasonal fairies book series illustrated by Hazel Mitchell and written by me and in many ways it was the most fun to write so far. The trick with this one was that there is just so much to write about for summer and it is pretty obvious that the fairies love summer. So my challenge was to shape that and play with typical summer themes.

With each one of these books, I have picked a central theme to guide me as I brainstorm and I knew I wanted to focus on exploration. Summer is made for exploring and getting outside so I made a list of all the things my family likes to do in summer. Some of the things are obvious like hiking and going to the beach but then I thought about all the festivals we have in Maine and the lemonade stands my kids have every year.  I love this process of brainstorming and in looking at my list I found things like stargazing, hammocks, sun block, fireflies, miniature golf, and farmer’s markets. It helped that I was writing this one in winter so I got to fantasize a bit as I looked out at the snowy Maine landscape.

Because these books are all based on questions, I thought about the why’s and what’s. Questions with fairies are extra fun because the answers are a bit subjective! But what would they do with the money from a lemonade stand? Would they like to hike or would they just fly? Big stuff. But the magic always comes when Hazel applies her artwork and her wonderful side stories emerge. She has the ability to truly create a world that looks magical and fun. Which is what this book is all about.


Liza Gardner Walsh has written numerous books for children, including Muddy Boots, Treasure Hunter’s Handbook, Fairy Houses All Year, and Where Do Fairies Go When it Snows?– Do Fairies Bring the Spring and THE FALL FAIRY GATHERING coming out end of July, all illustrated by Hazel Mitchell. Liza has been a children’s librarian, high school English teacher, a Museum Educator and she holds an MFA from Vermont College. She lives with her family in Camden, Maine.


Hazel always dream of writing and illustrating books, in fact she says she first thought about making books when she was seven years old! At school she made little books, wrote stories and drew comics for her friends. It was a winding road to fulfill her ambition – after attending art college in England I served for several years in the British Royal Navy before working as a designer and commercial illustrator in England (her home country). When she came to live in the USA she began to illustrate and write for children professionally.

She was born in the coastal town of Scarborough, Yorkshire, UK. and now lives in Mid Coast Maine and works from home in her cozy attic studio. There is inspiration everywhere! Maine’s amazing heritage of children’s book authors and illustrators including Ashley Bryan, E.B. White, Melissa Sweet and Dahlov Ipcar is so inspiring.  Hazel loves living close by the sea and swim (when it is warm enough – Maine can be very cold). She does miss British fish, chips and mushy peas, but the Maine lobsters fill that void! Her two poodles keep her company in the studio, Toby (who has his own book) and Lucy, plus a lazy cat called Sleep.

Hazel is the author and illustrator of ‘Toby’ from Candlewick Press and she’s helped create over twenty children’s books including Borrowing Bunnies by Cynthia Lord (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Imani’s Moon (Charlesbridge), Animally (Kane Miller) and Where Do Fairies Go When It Snows? (Down East). You can read more about my books here.

Hazel uses this table to look over each page of picture book to make sure they all work together.

Thank you Liza and Hazel for sharing you book and your journey’s with us. Looks like another great picture book.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. this is absolutely darling


  2. This looks like a fun book. Congratulations to the pair of Maine ladies!


  3. Perfectly charming. And it’s always a treat to see Hazel’s illustrations. Thanks for the post. I will pass on the giveaway.


  4. This looks like such an adorable book! I love the cute illustrations too!


  5. Love this book! Everybody loves a good fairy story, especially children 🙂


  6. How creative to write these books in a series based on the seasons. Congratulations!


  7. This looks adorable! I love that the story starts with a question. The illustrations are gorgeous, too!


  8. This book looks so fun! My three year old daughter thinks she is a fairy and would love for me to add this to our daily reading collection 🧚🏻‍♀️


  9. Congratulations on another one, Liza and Hazel!


  10. How aDORable is this?! 😀


  11. Fun! Now it’s time to build some fairy houses! Congratulations!


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