Sweet Pea & Friends – John & Jennifer Churchman
A Vermont Book Signing
August 5, 2017
Craftsbury Farmers’ Market, 10 AM – 1 PM
John Churchman, co-author of the Sweet Pea & Friends children’s book series will be at the Craftsbury Farmers’ Market with one of his border collies, Laddie, to sign his books (Sweet Pea & Friends – The Sheepover & Brave Little Finn). Don’t miss this opportunity to talk with one of Vermont’s most celebrated new children’s book author. This event is produced in collaboration with the Galaxy Book Shop, Hardwick, VT. Place an order by emailing the Galaxy Book Shop and pick it up on August 5th at the Craftsbury Farmers’ Market.
John says of his upcoming book-signing at the Craftsbury Farmers’ Market “As local Vermont authors and farmers we want to do our part in supporting our local independent booksellers and fellow farmers who bring their local products to the community through farmers markets.”
From NYC dweller in the early 2000s, fast-forward about thirteen years ago to an Essex, VT mini-farm, John Churchman has had a unique odyssey and with his wife Jennifer, have combined their experience in the art world, photography, illustrating and animal husbandry into a successful cottage industry. Their children’s books (Sweet Pea & Friends: The Sheepover and Brave Little Finn) are about real animals and real adventures on their 25 acre farm. Although sheep are their primary livestock, their farm includes a menagerie of several sheep dogs and a doodle, chickens, geese, ducks, turkeys, cats, a mini-horse, and several recently added alpacas. Their first three books are:
- Sweet Pea & Friends – The Sheepover
- Sweet Pea & Friends – Brave Little Finn
- Sweet Pea & Friends – A Farm for Maisie – To be released October 2017.
The Sweet Pea & Friends books are published in all English-speaking countries and into Chinese and Norwegian (so far) by international publishers.
Several alpacas were added to their Moonrise Farm a while ago. Alpacas are inherently friendly and curious creatures which will undoubtedly give John and Jennifer plenty of material for future books.
You may have seen John and/or Jennifer and their farm featured in these media outlets.
- CBS – “How two farmers shepherded a six-figure book deal.”
- Vermont PBS Connect – “Essex, Vt., sheep farmer, author and photographer, John Churchman has started an internet children’s book craze featuring his sheep, Sweet Pea.”
- WFFF Local 44 TV – “John Churchman Talks About “Brave Little Finn”.”
- Publisher’s Weekly – “A Three-Book Deal in Sheep’s Clothing”
- Burlington Free Press – “Look out! Here comes ‘Brave Little Finn’.”
- Rutland Herald – “Readers flock to buy local children’s book from Vermont.”
- Seven Days Stuck in Vermont – “A Storybook Life”
John and Laddie also appeared at the Lincoln Center Atrium last December and Sweet Pea & Friends – The Sheepover have been on the New York Times Bestseller List.
The idea of Sweet Pea & Friends – The Sheepover, their first book, began because in 2014 Sweet Pea, a bottle-fed orphaned lamb unbeknownst to John and Jennifer, had developed a fever one night. Their border collie, Laddie alerted them that something was not right in the barn. Sweet Pea was brought into their home to tend to the lamb’s fever. When Sweet Pea recovered, they celebrated with a sheepover party including a disco ball.
“If you have a child, grandchild or have a friend with a child of preschool to three years of age, the Sweet Pea & Friends series will be one of those series of books that they will absolutely love, will want you to read it over and over, will want to take them to day-care for show and tell and you will save it to pass on to their children someday.” –Larry Bohen, Northeast Kingdom, VT