Who Should Read This Book?

  • School Teachers

    What child doesn’t love a cute flower? Mix that with a troublesome plot, and kids will learn to love each other no matter what the special need is.

  • Adoptive Families

    Adopted children are sure to relate to Calli, the “different” flower in the garden. Teach your adopted child(ren) what it really means to “fit in”.

  • Counselors

    This is a great way to teach young children about bullying and how it can affect others. Counselors can encourage them to cherish each other’s unique qualities.

How is it different than other books?

Being thrown into a new culture is terrifying; looking and speaking differently can produce intense feelings of isolation. Having had similar experiences, author and adoptee Juliese describes a charming story about a simple flower garden that has discovered a new kind of flower. Though judged on how she looks, this flower chooses to accept her differences, gives others a second chance, and learns to forgive. According to Juliese, “This book was written to teach all children to love one another no matter what type of flower you are.”

Where will the book proceeds go?

In 2012, Juliese Y. Padgett wrote The Newest Flower; she was only seven. “Mommy, I want to sell this book and use this money to help orphans.” I quickly realized that this book was not just for our family’s enjoyment, but instead, there was a bigger picture. And so, all profits from this book will go to The Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers to benefit their adoption programs.

Authors & Illustrator

Juliese Padgett

Juliese Y. Padgett Author

Juliese Y. Padgett, adopted in 2008 from Guangzhou, China, has written her first children’s book The Newest Flower to encourage all children to respect the differences in each other. In her free time, Juliese loves reading, writing, and playing soccer and volleyball. This active middle school student also enjoys taking both dance and violin lessons. Currently, this young author resides in Maine with her parents, a younger sister, and two older brothers.

Remko Killaars

Remko Killaars Illustrator

Remko Killaars was born in 1973 and lives in the Netherlands. He studied product design at the Design Academy. After working as a designer for several years in the field of graphic-design, interior-design, and product-development, he became a lecturer at Fontys University of Applied Sciences, focusing on photography, sketching/drawing, creativity and design. Remko is father to a daughter and two sons. In 2012 he and his wife Suzanne adopted their youngest son from the Shandong province of China.

Jennifer Padgett

Jennifer L. Padgett Editor/Publicist

Jennifer L. Padgett, M. Ed., has been in the field of education for twenty years. She has published articles in both The Old Schoolhouse and Adoption Today. In 2008, her family adopted from the Guangdong province; in 2011, they adopted their second daughter from the Shandong province. Jennifer enjoys writing about her family’s adventures at The Write Heart website, being an online writing coach, and teaching classes at local colleges. However, helping her daughter write this children’s book has been such a rewarding adventure! Jennifer cannot wait to help more children get forever families!

A Look Inside

In The News

Adoption.com

Child Author Helps Children Who Have Also Been Adopted In New Book. 11-year-old Juliese Padgett is an author. And she is adopted. Read The Article


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Video interview of The Newest Flower author, Juliese Padgett. Watch Online


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DIRIGO STORIES: 11-year-old author helping orphans with new book Read It Online

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