Friday, November 26, 2010

Picture book, One Pelican at a Time, coming soon!

My first picture book in the Bella and Britt series, One Pelican at a Time, is getting close to its release date of early 2011. The book tells the story of the girls' heroic efforts to save the old crooked beaked pelican from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  They have know the pelican all their lives, and he, more than anything, stands for everything good about the beach.  Along the way, Bella and Britt assist other pelicans who are in trouble.

This was an emotionally difficult book to research and, in some ways, hard to write.  It is my wish that children take heart and courage from Pelican and do their part to help save this fragile planet they are to inherit.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Illinois Reading Council Conference

I will be a presenter at the Illinois Reading Council Conference in Springfield, Illinois on March 17, 2011.  My presentation is called, "Literacy Through Green Colored Glasses--Picture Book Activities that Help Kids Save Their Planet." 

My picture book, "One Pelican at a Time," addresses the  Deepwater Horizon gulf spill of April 20, 2010 and features Bella and Britt, who do their part to save the old crooked beaked pelican.  The book will be available through Anderson's Bookstore at the conference.