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Hilarious Picture Book Lands on Several Best of the Year and Holiday Lists

ALBANY, N.Y. – Dec. 19, 2016 – PRLog — Several notable media outlets have awarded Leaping Lemmings!, written by John Briggs and illustrated by Nicola Slater, spots on their “Best of” lists, or strongly suggested that family members with young readers purchase a copy for the holiday season. These organizations recognize this picture book’s unique story, bright and whimsical artwork, and strong message about thinking for yourself.

Leaping Lemmings Cover

Leaping Lemmings! by John Briggs and Nicola Slater

Atlanta Parent magazine, a monthly publication serving readers in northwest Georgia, placed Leaping Lemmings on its list of 32 “Best Preschool and Elementary School Books of 2016”, calling it “a silly, sweet story” that shows how important it is to “embrace what makes each person unique.”

In November, The Little Book House in Albany, New York, placed the book on its list of “Books for the Fall Season”, discussing the selection on the local NBC affiliate WNYT’s Live at Noon broadcast.

The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators placed it on their “2016 Winter Reading List”. SCBWI members include some of the best-known names in children’s literature, and is a highly respected organization for its decades-long efforts to bring quality literature to young readers.

Northshire Bookstore, with stores in Manchester, Vermont and Saratoga Springs, New York, suggested readers consider Leaping Lemmings a terrific holiday present by placing it in their annual “Holiday Gift Guide”, and then further recommending it on the regional National Public Radio station WAMC’s weekly segment Book Picks.

Common Sense Media, a national advocate for quality children’s books, video programming, and entertainment, put it on their list of “Eleven Books Sure to Please Young Readers This Christmas”.

“I’m just thrilled that so many wonderful organizations, and a few of my favorite bookstores, think so highly of Leaping Lemmings,” says author John Briggs. “It’s great when people who are absolutely immersed in kidit find enough value in your story to promote it to young readers everywhere.”

Leaping Lemmings has been called “hilarious” by Booklist and “thought-provoking” by Primary Times magazine. The 32-page picture book focuses on a lemming who won’t jump off cliffs with his friends. He remains true to himself in everything he does and eventually teaches his friends how to think for themselves. Several children’s books advocates have called it an important message for our times.

Leaping Lemmings is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and independent booksellers nationwide.

John Briggs is a longtime book editor and journalist, who spent three years as a nationally syndicated children’s TV critic. He has authored several other children’s books, including Judy Garland: Little Woman, Big Talent, and Mary Dyer: Friend of Freedom. Find out more at


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