Maryland Skipjack Craft

Make a skipjack!
Make a skipjack!

Make these fun skipjacks out of paper towel tubes and recycled paper.

According to the Maryland Sea Grant, skipjacks were made by oystermen over 100 years ago specifically to dredge for oysters. They were named after the skipjack fish because they are quick and agile in the water. There were once over a thousand skipjacks on the Chesapeake Bay. Now there are only about 20 left. And, even less are still actively used to dredge for oysters. Continue reading “Maryland Skipjack Craft”

School of the Incarnation

Author Visits
Reading to students

I visited the School of the Incarnation in Gambrills, Maryland recently to help them celebrate Maryland Day! Students made their own oysters out of coffee filters, complete with pearls made out of craft poms. I read to students from my new book, Olly Explores 7 Wonders of the Chesapeake Bay, which highlights some of the interesting sights along the Chesapeake Bay. We talked about the local Calvert Cliffs, the Cape Henry Lighthouses, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and several other great places along the bay where families can visit and explore. Continue reading “School of the Incarnation”

Calvert Marine Museum

Learning about Olly!
Learning about Olly!

I had so much fun visiting the Calvert Marine Museum last week for their Little Minnows program! After listening to a reading of Olly the Oyster Cleans the Bay, students made stick puppets of the characters from the book and participated in a puppet show. Everyone had a part! Special thanks to Maureen Baughman, Kate Dumhart and Laura Cole for organizing this wonderful event. Continue reading “Calvert Marine Museum”

Eastport Elementary School

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My own Skipjack!

I recently visited students at Eastport Elementary School in Annapolis, Maryland for their “Reading Under the Stars night. Special thanks to Kristin Blundell for making it a great visit! I read from my book Olly’s Explores 7 Wonders of the Chesapeake Bay and the children made their own Skipjacks!

Skipjacks were originally built by oystermen over 100 years ago to dredge for oysters on the Chesapeake Bay. Some of these historical boats still sail today! Continue reading “Eastport Elementary School”

St. Margaret’s Day School

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Busy making Great Blue Herons

I visited the preschoolers at St. Margaret’s Day School in Annapolis, Maryland on Monday and Wednesday. Special thanks to Tricia Hallberg McVeigh for coordinating! I read from my book Olly’s Explores 7 Wonders of the Chesapeake Bay and the children made their own Great Blue Heron stick puppets complete with real blue feathers! Continue reading “St. Margaret’s Day School”