Have you ever wondered how you can distinguish a male horseshoe crab from a female one? Come along to a tidal flat and explore a horseshoe crab’s habitat to learn lots of fun facts about horseshoe crabs.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Midwestern Book Review surprised us by publishing a review of “Something’s Tugging on My Claw!” It’s great to have some exposure in the Midwest. Here’s the review, if you’d like to take a look. (It’s the fourth one down. Nice to be in the company of some top notch publishing houses!): Click here to read
Even though The Bumpy Lumpy Horseshoe Crabis a fictitious tale, the horseshoe crabs in the story exhibit the same behaviors as they do in real life. Watch the horseshoe crabs in the video below, to discover what parts of the story really are true.
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
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,
Thanks, Amanda, television producer for the Travel Channel, for taking an interest in this story and letting us know that the New York Daily News recently included an article in their newspaper about the Small murder case and our book. We can’t wait to see the finished production on your “Mysteries at the Museum” program. Click
Picture books have been in danger of going the way of the dinosaurs, due to declining sales in recent years according to an article by Julie Bosman of the New York Times. Every book publisher, as well as bookseller, is acutely aware of this fact. Sadly, this trend has come about because more and more
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
When illustrating my sea animal books, I often use live animals that I photograph to create different characters. This is one of my favorite models from my new book, Something’s Tugging on My Claw!, due to be released on March 1, 2016. Coincidently, at the exact time Something’s Tugging on My Claw! began to move through the printing presses
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
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)
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...
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.