Patuxent River Appreciation Days

Kelli Nash and I with our new book.

We had a beautiful day for Patuxent River Appreciation Days this year at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons, Maryland. It was so much fun spending the day with Kelli Nash (illustrator for the Olly the Oyster books and Mallory the Forgetful Duck) and the great folks at the Calvert Marine Museum. We had a great time meeting with families looking for books about local sea life, and catching up with fellow authors we see year to year, including John Into and Nancy Price, authors of Fundamentals of Model Boat Building and Richard LaMotte, author of Pure Sea Glass.   Continue reading “Patuxent River Appreciation Days”

Baltimore Book Festival

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Baltimore Book Festival

I had so much fun at the Baltimore Book Festival this weekend with fellow authors Barbara Beck and Carol Saucier. It was doubly enjoyable sharing the experience with my daughter as I met Olly fans and people who love children’s books. A big thanks to the organizers of the Festival and to Kathy MacMillan of the SCBWI Maryland/Delaware/West Virginia chapter (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) for their hard work in putting together this wonderful event for us and book lovers in and around the city! Continue reading “Baltimore Book Festival”

Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a copy!
Enter to win a copy!

Just in time for summer break! I’m giving away two copies of my new book, Olly Explores 7 Wonders of the Chesapeake Bay, a great summertime book for kids.

This is the third book in the Olly the Oyster series. In this story Olly tours the bay like a sightseer, making new discoveries and new friends. Continue reading “Book Giveaway!”

School of the Incarnation

Reading my new book, Olly Explores...
Reading my new book, Olly Explores…

Great news this week–I visited the School of the Incarnation in Gambrills, Maryland to help them celebrate Maryland Day! 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”

New Book!

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Holding my books.

My new children’s book, Olly Explores 7 Wonders of the Chesapeake Bay is now available in stores and online! This is the third book in the Olly the Oyster series, with illustrations by Kelli Nash of Baltimore, Maryland. This latest edition follows my favorite little oyster, Olly, as he embarks on an adventure to see the sights along the Chesapeake Bay. Here is a brief description:

Olly the Oyster is ready for an adventure. So when Mr. Oyster tells him about the wonders of the Chesapeake Bay, he sets off to see them. Following along with Olly, kids will learn about some wonders that fly, like the Great Blue Heron, a symbol of the Bay; some that shine at night, like the Cape Henry Lighthouse; and even a wonder where you can find fossils of crocodile teeth—the Calvert Cliffs. Continue reading “New Book!”

St. Margaret’s Day School

Reading to students
Reading to students

I visited the preschoolers at St. Margaret’s Day School in Annapolis, Maryland on Wednesday and Friday. Special thanks to Tricia Hallberg McVeigh for coordinating! I read from my book “Olly’s Treasure” and the children made their own oysters out of coffee filters, complete with pearls made out of craft poms. We also discussed the importance of the oyster reefs,  true treasures of the Chesapeake Bay.