Press Releases

Please refer to the following Press Releases for new information from Apprentice Shop Books.

Joyce Ray will have two haiku poems featured in the 2013 spring issue of The Aurorean poetry journal. Available in April, 2013 in print and at

National Indie Excellence Awards Recognizes The Barefoot Boy
Press Release Issued June 15, 2012

Award Winning Illustrator Featured on Girl Scout Studio
Press Release Issued April 11, 2012

Bringing Haverhill Poem to Life
Eagle-Tribune, September 23, 2011

Moonbeam Children’s Book Award to NH Illustrator
Amherst, NH (November 1, 2011) – Apprentice Shop Books is proud to announce that Lisa Greenleaf (Nashua, NH) received a Bronze Medal for Best Illustrator from the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards for her new book, John Greenleaf Whittier's The Barefoot Boy. Released in September 2011, the book is Ms. Greenleaf's first full length children's book and contains 26 vivid images to accompany Whittier’s famous poem. The enchanting illustrations contain imagery from Whittier's birthplace in Haverhill, MA and take readers back to a bygone era.

Ms. Greenleaf hopes her illustrations inspire readers of all ages, "I have a passion for inspiring people. In this case, I hope to inspire people, especially children, through my drawings and my explanation of the journey to complete this book. I want children to realize they can aspire to great things by first examining who they truly are and by not letting others decide for them. You have to believe in yourself first before others will believe in you."

The Moonbeam Children's Book Awards are dedicated to the notion that reading to and with your children will inspire them to become lifelong readers and learners. That mission aligns perfectly with Ms. Greenleaf's intention for the book as she commented, "My father used to recite this poem to me and my sisters when we were young. I hope many people remember the poem from their youth. They can share the book and the poem with their children and grandchildren. I am thrilled to offer such a wonderful bonding opportunity for families and bring great poetry and classic illustrations to children."

Bringing increased recognition to exemplary children's books and their authors, illustrators, and publishers, the Moonbeam Children's Book Award winners represent the best books published for children and young adults. Judging panels of librarians, teachers, students, and book reviewers chose medalists in 38 categories, and winning books came from a diverse group of long-established publishers, small presses, associations, and self-publishers.

Published by Apprentice Shop Books of Amherst, NH, John Greenleaf Whittier's The Barefoot Boy is the first book of the Illustrated Classic American Poets Series. More information and the full catalog of books can be found at

Whittier's The Barefoot Boy Springs to Life in New Adaptation
Amherst, NH - John Greenleaf Whittier's The Barefoot Boy will be introduced on September 25, 2011 from 1pm to 4pm at the John Greenleaf Whittier Homestead in Haverhill, MA. This illustrated children's book features 26 full color images to accompany Mr. Whittier’s poem and bring the summer days of his youth to life. Adapted and illustrated by Lisa Greenleaf, a descendent of the Greenleaf Whittier family, Ms. Greenleaf has included details and imagery from John Greenleaf Whittier's childhood home in Haverhill, MA to recount his youthful observations. Her captivating images make you feel as if you can pluck strawberries from the page and hear the creeks meandering through the New England landscape while recalling the freedom of running barefoot in the summer sun. Ms. Greenleaf's adaptation also includes a brief biography of Whittier describing his achievements and accomplishments as a Quaker abolitionist, a mentor to Louisa May Alcott, and a contemporary of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and the other Fireside Poets.

Published by Apprentice Shop Books of Amherst, NH, The Barefoot Boy is the first book of the Illustrated Classic American Poets Series. Apprentice Shop Books publishes award winning historical fiction and nonfiction books for children, teens, and adults. After 10 years in publishing, Apprentice Shop Books is proud to be expanding into this genre with Ms. Greenleaf's first adaptation. Enjoy the escape to the summers of the past with The Barefoot Boy. More information on The Barefoot Boy and Apprentice Shop Books' catalog can be found at

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