November 9, 2016: Such a wonderful evening presenting for the North Shore Reading Council, and getting to know a little more about many of the NSRC members. The Danversport Yacht Club was the perfect setting for a memorable evening discussing sea life, and an historical crime, trial, and eerie cottage on the shores of Lake
An interview that I did with Publishers Weekly’s bookroom editor, Drucilla Shultz, has been published in Publishers Weekly today, November 7, 2016! Thanks to Drucilla Shultz and Publishers Weekly for taking the time to produce this article. Please feel free to share with anyone who might want some tips about how to succeed at self
Thanks to David Smith of the Ossipee Lake Alliance for this great article. I remember “The Ghost of Lake Ossipee” speaking engagement like it was yesterday, with the lake in the background, and a thunderstorm rolling in… it was the perfect setting for a ghost story! ClicRead the article below or click on this link
Met lots of fantastic people at this year’s NELA Conference. Our beach bag “basket” giveaway was won by this lucky attendee! Can’t wait for her to read the beach towel decorated with all the sayings you’ll only hear in the Massachusetts beach areas, while chewing on authentic salt water taffy, straight from Rockport. Congratulations!
Starting today #SCBWIBookBlast has tons of books for kids and teens you can browse and buy http://www.scbwi.org/bookblast While you’re there, if you could sign the guest book for my book, “Something’s Tugging on My Claw!” I’d be thrilled. The above link will take you to the book’s page. Just click on “Sign the Guestbook” on the
This first prize winning creation built by the Kraus family is on exhibit at the Topsfield Fair, the oldest agricultural fair in the country. It’s the perfect blend of the farm and the sea, two of my passions. This “octopus” has an eggplant body, two radish eyes, and carrots for tentacles. It could have been
I thought a great analogy for an Indie author with very few book reviews would be like a fish without water. They soon die, or so I thought. But not in all cases. Check out this amazing video about the lung fish. Like the Indie author, it never gives up! It actually is encased in
One in three people surveyed didn’t pursue a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) because it seemed too difficult. I’m trying to change that perception by writing and illustrating entertaining, fun books about sea life. I’m hoping that my books will help attract both boys and girls to understanding and enjoying science. Follow this
Introducing “Did You Make the Hole in the Shell in the Sea?” at Barnes & Noble’s “Finding Dory” Storytime
If you’re a reading teacher, you know how important it is to activate prior knowledge and build background information before reading a new story. This is an introduction that I presented for my book, “Did You Make the Hole in the Shell in the Sea?” to a group of children in a Storytime at Barnes
Check it out! Something’s Tugging on My Claw!is on the third page of this week’s Publisher’s Weekly issue celebrating independent publishers. Excited to have a tiny toe hold in the massive publishing industry. When you’re looking for a great book for a gift or to read yourself, try picking up a book from an independent publisher
E-books are really convenient when traveling, but there’s nothing like a printed, illustrated storybook when tucking a child into bed. It was one of my favorite times with my kids.Article Link: http://nyti.ms/2ca8pgKhttp://nyti.ms/2ca8pgK
Bright & Colorful Illustrations Accompanying Text are the Ticket to Better Comprehension for Grades K-3
Illustrations help to make books more appealing to children, and also help to engage the reader, according to an article entitled, “The Influence of Illustrations in Children’s Storybooks,” published in Reading Psychology. In preliminary testing, this study found that books that attract children, whose grade levels range from kindergarten to third grade, are books containing...
Announcing Summer Giveaway Winners – Sign Up for Our Quarterly Newsletter for Your Chance to Win Next
Congratulations to the four lucky winners of our Seatales Summer Newsletter Giveaway: Noel Gilbert, FL; Sarah Foster, FL; Erin Gray, MO; and Cheryl Darnell, KY. Your copy of “Something’s Tugging on My Claw!” has shipped. If you’d like to sign up for our quarterly newsletter, which always contains a giveaway, please scroll down until you
Just dropped “Loki’s” molted shell off at the local taxidermist, Rick Page of “Classic Taxidermy”. The shell was really starting to fall apart at the end of our summer school programs. Rick’s going to soak the shell for a month in salt water to hydrate it, and then wire all the pieces back together. Rick
Our author visits and sea animal programs are finished for the summer, so it’s time to take two of the horseshoe crabs that you met this year back to the beach where we found them.
My son recently asked me why I’ve concentrated so much time and energy this year to help Perfection To A Fault find an audience. It’s more than the glowing reviews that I received from Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus Reviews this year. It’s more than the fact that I may have been contacted by a major Hollywood studio
My most memorable moment from the 2016 ALA Annual Conference didn’t happen in the exhibit hall. Instead, it occurred in a shuttle bus being transported from our hotel to the conference. I had just run as fast as I could to catch a bus that was about to leave, and I wasn’t alone. The bus
“Something’s Tugging on My Claw!” is the Recipient of the Prestigious Mom’s Choice Award for Children’s Picture Books
We were just notified that “Something’s Tugging on My Claw!” has been chosen as a Mom’s Choice Award Recipient in Children’s Picture Books. Feels great to have our latest book acknowledged. This calls for a celebration!! (Click here to view on Mom’s Choice Award website)