A Clever Vegetable Octopus Exhibited at the Topsfield Fair

A Clever Vegetable Octopus Exhibited at the Topsfield Fair

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

Research Shows One in Three People are Intimidated by STEM

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

Bright & Colorful Illustrations Accompanying Text are the Ticket to Better Comprehension for Grades K-3

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...

Loki’s Shed Shell is Getting a New Look

Loki’s Shed Shell is Getting a New Look

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

The Unmarked Grave of Florence Small

The Unmarked Grave of Florence Small

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

ALA Orlando Conference Lesson: “Never Give Up!”

ALA Orlando Conference Lesson: “Never Give Up!”

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

“Perfection To A Fault” Book Featurette

“Perfection To A Fault” Book Featurette

To celebrate the 2nd printing of the book, we’ve returned to the scene of the crime! In celebration of the second printing of Perfection To A Fault, as the 100th anniversary of this captivating story approaches, we’ve returned to many of the locations in Ossipee that were crucial to this historical, true crime story. We want