Introducing a Story for the First Time

Introducing a Story for the First Time

How do you introduce a story where a lot of the information included in the book may be new to children listening? Create a well thought out introduction that will help children to understand the story. This video was recently recorded at a Barnes & Noble Storytime, and is a suggestion of one way to

Come Explore a Lobster Trap

Come Explore a Lobster Trap

This video takes viewers on a tour of a two parlor lobster trap at the Head of the Harbor in Gloucester, Massachusetts. See how a lobster trap works, and how young lobsters escape. The lobster fisherman who owns this trap likes the two parlor trap best, because sometimes lobsters can figure out a way to

Stephen King Speaks About His Craft & Life as a Best Selling Author

Stephen King Speaks About His Craft & Life as a Best Selling Author

An author who has influenced my work, New England based writer, Stephen King, gives interesting and humorous insight into his writing process and his life as an author in the shared video below. If you’re interested in writing yourself, I’d strongly recommend Stephen King’s book, On Writing. It’s a departure from the horror genre with which

Healthy Horseshoe Crab Population Spawning in Delaware

Healthy Horseshoe Crab Population Spawning in Delaware

We were on a mission this year to find horseshoe crabs spawning on the beaches that make up the north shore of Boston during the full moon cycle. Unfortunately, we came up short. The north shore is still in recovery mode after years of using horseshoe crabs as bait. We’re happy to report that horseshoe

Search for Sand Dollars on Crane Beach

Search for Sand Dollars on Crane Beach

Click on this video to see beautiful Crane Beach in Ipswich, Massachusetts, and explore the intertidal zone. Learn what pattern to look for in the sand to find live sand dollars just below the surface. See how different a living sand dollar looks from the shell it leaves behind when it’s no longer alive. Did

Come Along on a Shark Tooth Hunt!

Come Along on a Shark Tooth Hunt!

Click on the video below to come along on a shark tooth hunt! After matching each type of shark tooth to the shark that may have been wearing it as part of its smile, we found that shark teeth shapes can vary depending on whether they’re from the upper or lower jaw, a younger or

A Horseshoe Crab Song

A Horseshoe Crab Song

A little pitchy at times, but a cute song to sing to a group of kids about the super cool horseshoe crab. Click on the song title and you can download the song free! There are written lyrics posted as well! Digital TrackStreaming + Download Free Download  about Performed live at the Palk Basement Show on

Great Book Recommended by Top Gloucester Lobster Fishermen

Great Book Recommended by Top Gloucester Lobster Fishermen

Happy Mother’s Day everyone! For all you last minute shoppers, and Mom’s with Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift cards in hand, we have the perfect book for you! Recommended by several long time Gloucester lobster fishermen, including Scott Swicker, Ron Hemeon, and owner of Roy Moore’s and the Fish Shack in Rockport, Kenny Porter,

Are Our Sea Stars (Starfish) Melting Away?

Are Our Sea Stars (Starfish) Melting Away?

There’s been a troubling trend regarding the health of sea stars on both the East and West coasts of the United States. Healthy sea stars like the one pictured above eating a mussel, are succumbing to a disease that looks as though the sea star’s flesh is melting away. At first, white lesions appear on

Have You Found a “Dead” Horseshoe Crab on the Beach?

Have You Found a “Dead” Horseshoe Crab on the Beach?

Leigh posted this comment on one of our YouTube videos. I hear similar statements often from teachers, parents, or staff at sea animal programs, as well as at Barnes & Noble Author Events. I thought I’d share this comment, and shed some light on what all of those “dead” horseshoe crabs found on the beach may

An Octopus is a True Master of Disguise

An Octopus is a True Master of Disguise

Since there’s an octopus appearance in the new children’s book that I’m working on entitled, Something’s Tugging on My Claw, I thought I’d share this incredible video showing how an octopus is the master of camouflage. Enjoy! (Source: Bang! Oxford’s Graphically Gorgeous Science Magazine)

The Pros and Cons to Harvesting Horseshoe Crab Blood for LAL Testing

The Pros and Cons to Harvesting Horseshoe Crab Blood for LAL Testing

An interesting article concerning the plight of the horseshoe crab was published in The Atlantic newspaper recently. Although harvesting the blood of horseshoe crabs can have negative effects on the horseshoe crab population, the biomedical need for their blood gives value to their species. Once a synthetic replacement for their copper-based blood has been placed into play, the...

An Unusual Clamshell Found with Two Drilled Holes

An Unusual Clamshell Found with Two Drilled Holes

We found this clamshell at Crane Beach in Ipswich this summer when collecting shells for the book, Did You Make the Hole in the Shell in the Sea? It looks like two moon snails had their sights set on devouring the same clam, and both raced to see which would drill through the shell first.