Celebrate Earth Day with Julian Lennon

Author, musician, filmmaker and photographer Julian Lennon has been raising money for environmental and humanitarian causes for two decades through his foundation, The White Feather Foundation. His work, however, primarily was focused on adults, until one day friend and fellow author Bart Davis made a comment about children.


From that conversation, an interactive trilogy was born featuring the White Feather Flier, a magical plane that children can take wherever they want as they travel and save the world. A lyrical and inspiring picture book, Lennon’s second book in the Heal the Earth series (Skyhorse Publishing, April 2018), lets its young readers bring medicine to people in need and dive into the ocean to see bleached coral reefs, among other adventures. The book also includes a new poem written by Lennon, son of the late musician John Lennon and his first wife, Cynthia.

Growing Minds, Baker & Taylor’s catalog dedicated to children’s and teen titles, talked with Lennon to commemorate Earth Day. Read the interview below:

Where did your vision come from for this interactive children’s series?

The interactive element of the book just harkens back to the days when my mother or grandmother used to read bedtime stories to me, and how we would go on these journeys together — using our imaginations to go where we wanted to, fly to where the sky was open, to anything our hearts desired. It was a time of bonding between family members, an important time in a child’s life.

Could you share what parts of your writing process look like?

It was very much a question of, ‘What do we want to talk about and teach here? What are our goals?’ From the moment Bart and I had a starting point, it was just a question of going with the flow and suggesting ideas back and forth until we had something that made sense. Ideas that would start a conversation between a child and elder family member, to discuss what they were reading about, and to find answers themselves. The storyline and words are written in my voice.


What’s a key ingredient for reaching children in print?

The key ingredients are the issues we face every day as a society in general. It’s about bringing awareness to those who don’t know of the plights we face and a reminder for those who have forgotten.

Why is it important to share the lessons and teachings of the White Feather Foundation to this age group? What is the appetite for this type of material?

If you can change things for the betterment of all life on earth, the better we all are. It starts from the ground and oceans up… Again, what we try to do is raise awareness and help financially where we can, when we can, and when donations allow.

How is the message being received?

The message by sales alone has been loud and clear: We’re doing the right thing. We’re on the right track, and there’s only one way to go — onward and upward.

I’ve always admired Julian Lennon’s singing, because for all he has seen of the world, his melodies contain such childlike wonder… his words, too. Buy this book, and his words turn into actions.” — Bono

What are you hoping your readers think or feel when they take part in this adventure?

That they feel part of this world, part of a caring community… A community that cares, not only for each other, but also for the world around them. We are all one. What we do to others, we do to ourselves.


Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 with Lennon’s new book!

A portion of the proceeds from all book sales will go to support the environmental and humanitarian efforts of the White Feather Foundation.

One Year of Blogging!

Today on the Baker & Taylor blog we’re celebrating one year since we kicked off this project to connect with public librarians across the globe.

Notes in the Margin was started to serve as a new resource for librarians. From author spotlights to book suggestions to free marketing materials, we’ve spent the year trying to make the lives of librarians easier. And we don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

To celebrate this blog anniversary, we’re rounding up our favorite posts of the past year from each month. Enjoy!


MARCH 2017

Get re-acquainted with Jill Blades, a sales representative with Baker & Taylor and a book lover.



APRIL 2017

Learn more about our mascots, Baker and Taylor, two cats that lived in Nevada library. 

MAY 2017

Why are libraries so essential? And why we did we, as a Company, advocate for public library federal funding?

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Author Spotlight: Ryan T. Higgins


Bruce the bear is on the move. Ryan T. Higgins, author and illustrator of the popular Mother Bruce and Hotel Bruce picture books, has written a sequel featuring the beloved, curmudgeonly bear and his unlikely brood. In Bruce’s Big Move (Disney-Hyperion (Disney Book Group), September 2017), Bruce’s house has become crowded, so Bruce sets off to find a new home for himself and the four geese that call him Mom. But things don’t turn out as expected. Growing Minds, Baker & Taylor’s digital catalog dedicated to children’s and teen titles, talked with Higgins about his hilarious new book.

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Meet Baker & Taylor’s President



Meet David Cully: avid reader, family man and the new president of Baker & Taylor.

An educator by training, David began his long association with the book business as a part-time sales associate in the Gimbels East Book Department while attending graduate school at NYU and teaching at Hillcrest High School in Queens.

After teaching middle school in suburban NJ, he joined Bamberger’s as an assistant book buyer in 1976.  From there his career in the book business has included stops at Sher Distributing, Waldenbooks, Berkley-Putnam, Simon & Schuster, Barnes and Noble and most recently Baker & Taylor. While venturing out from the world of books with a couple of starts up (Egghead Discount Software and Blue Tulip) and a turn-around (Lechter’s) outside of the world of books, David always came home to the business that is in his blood.

He and his bride, Lynn, now back in publishing at Kensington after 12 years off to raise 5 children, reside in Princeton, NJ.  Their children, Blaine, Brisa, Meg, Mei Li and Drew, ages 17-30, are at various stages of their careers and education and it seems as if the nest is never quite empty. We had the opportunity to pick David’s brain about his role at Baker & Taylor, his favorite books and life lessons he’s picked up along the way… Read on!

What’s your favorite part of the job?

Facilitating and watching people connect, brainstorm, plan and execute together, succeeding in a way that no one could have done individually.

What was the first book you ever read?

Stuart Little by EB White.

What are you reading right now?

I’m re-reading The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw. My dad was a part of that greatest generation; he landed troops on the beaches on D Day. I also just finished a new short story collection by Joyce Carol Oates, Dis Mem Ber. Don’t read it before bed time, though. Nightmares are guaranteed if you do!

eBooks or traditional books?

There were not ebooks in 1960, so I’d say traditional books.

All-time favorite movie? 

Chariots of Fire. Everything about it—the score, the cinematography and the story line—is inspiring!

If you could give one piece of advice to yourself at the beginning of your career, what would it be?

Listen more, speak less. Be more, do less.


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