I’m really happy to share my books with you. My first book, Loons, Diving Birds of the North, is most near and dear to my heart. It was my “starter book.” It was written out of my love for loons and my interest in introducing children to loons. My next book, Awesome Ospreys, Fishing Birds of the World, resulted from my loon watching. We have two osprey nests on Seeley Lake, so when I was loon watching I also watched ospreys. My most recent book, Henry the Impatient Heron (March 10, 2009 release date) resulted from my osprey watching. One day while watching an osprey nest, I came across two young herons learning to hunt. The silly antics of the young herons as they hopped and flopped after food while their mother patiently fed nearby made me wonder, “What would happen if a great blue heron couldn’t stand still?” That resulted in Henry the Impatient Heron.
Sylvan Dell Publishing was a perfect fit for Henry. I didn’t know all this when I submitted my story to them, but they not only deliver great children’s stories, they are a teacher’s (and a parent’s) dream come true. Scientific, factual information about the character in the story can be found at the end of each book. In addition, Sylvan Dell’s books are aligned to national and state math and science curriculum standards, and they are Accelerated Reader, Lexile and Reading Counts measured. They also have many free online resources such as a For Creative Minds educational section, Free English and Spanish Audiobooks, reading comprehension tests and math and science quizzes, and links for further learning. You can also buy their books online as an eBook. When you buy a Sylvan Dell book, you get a whole support team. But like I said, I didn’t know all this when I submitted Henry to them. I just loved one of their first books, Loon Chase, which was so pretty, such a fun story, and of such high quality that I hoped to someday be published by them.
Anyway, that’s enough for my first blog. Next time I’ll tell you about my illustrators and how to go about finding one, and maybe introduce you to my upcoming books. Till then, happy reading! Donna