Exploring the ocean through children’s literature…from microscopic plankton to giant squid
Imagine dancing with an octopus, looking into the jaws of a great white shark, accidentally annoying an aggressive Humboldt squid, or tracking Adelie penguins across the Antarctic landscape.
I share the challenges (and fun) of writing, using PowerPoint slides with amazing images by underwater photographer collaborators, props, samples of books in progress, and lots of anecdotes. Check out my new and updated Presentations.
Learn about Author visits that combine science and literacy.
Williams Elementary School in Oakland, Maine, was a great place to celebrate National Library Week. Thank you to the students in grades 3-5, their teachers, the PTA, and, of course, librarian Mrs. Rose Smith.
It felt so good to be back in school! WABI-TV even sent a reporter to share our story: https://www.wabi.tv/2022/04/06/oakland-school-combines-science-reading-celebrate-natl-library-week-school-library-month/
I am excited to have had two new books come out this summer:
Sharks at Your Service
What if the services that sharks provide to the ocean ecosystem looked like the jobs that humans do on land? A visit to an aquarium helps a young girl imagine the important jobs that sharks do in the ocean.
A happy way to celebrate Spring: The Children’s Book Council listed Sharks At Your Service on its Spring 2022 Showcase of Animal books:
Volcano, Where Fire and Water Meet
My field trip to Kilauea in Hawaii inspired me to examine how volcanoes, on land and beneath the sea, impact our oceans. Capstone Press, Mankato, MN, and Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.
Retail price is $18.99. Available now at https://shop.capstonepub.com/library/search//?keyword=Volcano%2C%20Where%20Fire%20and%20Water%20Meet