This ten year old and his brother stopped by to ask if they could look at my books. They both chose “Something’s Tugging on My Claw!” They read the book, studied the illustrations, and read the additional information that the fish in the story provided. In the end, they declared that they liked the book
Teachers and parents: If you’re looking for an authentic art/science lesson, this is a great contest for your class or kids. Unfamiliar with horseshoe crabs? Read “The Bumpy, Lumpy Horseshoe Crab” (now available in paperback) to get the creative ideas flowing. Then enter the ERDG’s annual contest. Your work could be displayed around the world!
Giant waves at Venice Beach turned into a plentiful hunting excursion for shark teeth. There’s no need to purchase fancy screened shark tooth catchers that will mark you as a tourist. Simply wait for a day when the surf is up and walk along the edge of the shore. Shark teeth will literally fall at
There’s been a lot of attention in the media lately about plastic causing significant pollution in our oceans. Not only is it unappealing to walk along your favorite beach and see plastic straws, bags, and bottles washed up on shore, but plastic can break down enough so that sea life will ingest it, mistaking the
I could watch these graceful creatures all day! I saw hundreds of them on the west coast of Florida a year or two ago. They come close to shore to warm themselves at the power plants in the winter. Click on the video below to see the mom and her calf swimming together.
Publishers Weekly reviewed our book, “Bay State Skye,” and its going to appear in their magazine! BEST CHRISTMAS GIFT EVER! To view the review from Publishers Weekly’s site, click here!
Had an enormously fun and successful day yesterday meeting people and signing books at the Blue Ocean Event Center in Salisbury, MA. I just loved saying hello and learning a little about everyone who stopped by. And the sea theme was a perfect setting for all of my books. I even got to check out
Mike just taught me how to tie a bowline knot. I learned about these knots when doing research for my new book “Bay State Skye.” (due to be released in May, 2018) They’re used by fishermen to tie their boats to pylons because once tied, the loop doesn’t tighten. Mike learned how to tie bowline knots
There’s no greater joy for me than to see a child enjoying “reading” one of my books! I’ve heard from so many families and teachers that although the books are thought to be best suited for three to ten year olds, toddlers love them too. Thanks for sharing.
Taking a scene from “Bay State Skye,” here are a couple of photos from the great pumpkin weigh-in at the Topsfield Fair, 2018. Unlike 1990, this year served to be a record breaking year for the great pumpkin, but my opinion hasn’t changed since writing “Bay State Skye.” I still like the smaller, rounder, orange
Had to share my favorite pumpkin decorating at the Topsfield Fair . . . with a sea theme, of course!
We’re pretty excited to read about Publishers Weekly’s BookLife Prize assessment of our latest book, Bay State Skye.We’ve gotten wonderfully positive comments from readers, and now to hear that critics like it as well, we couldn’t ask for anything more. Below is their assessment: Publishers Weekly BookLife Prize Review: Inspired by true events, this well-researched...
Thrilled to see my interview with Wendall Waters on the front page, above the crease. What’s exceptional about this interview is that Wendall not only showcased my books, but also asked questions to discover why I’ve chosen to work on the books that I’ve published. Check it out! (Click here to read article)
Crossing the Bar Again – A poem written by Ken Bowker (11/30/2014). This poem beautifully characterizes the life and sentiment of a modern day Gloucester lobsterman, as is depicted in the Bay State Skye. Thank you Roy Spittle for bringing this poem to my attention. In the slosh and tumble of waves, around ledges,at the favored
The Seine Boat Race is another time honored event that takes place every summer in Gloucester during St. Peter’s Fiesta. It was from this event that the dory race teams were selected to compete against the strong teams from Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Both these events are featured in our new book, Bay State Skye. Enjoy the