Marcia Strykowski

Tag Archives: children’s books

Rolling into the New Year

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Yes? How are you doing with that? Many people start off with the best intentions, but then find it too difficult to carry through on everything. Yvonne Ventresca shares some great tips for achieving your goals here. OR, maybe it’s time to join a writing group. Marianne Knowles shares …

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Beatrix and Peter

Something about this time of year always makes me ponder rabbits. So, who better to feature than the creator of Peter Rabbit. Beatrix Potter was born on July 28, 1866 and died on December 22, 1943. Young Beatrix spent many hours sketching her beloved animals. She and her younger brother Bertram explored the countryside in …

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New Library Books

Librarians are often asked how they choose books for their collections. I’d like to share some of the beautiful new children’s books I’ve recently acquired for my library. Unlike many public libraries, our fiscal year begins in January, rather than July to June, so lots of new purchases are coming in (although fortunately for our town, the flow …

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Lighthouse Love

For centuries, people around the world have been fascinated by lighthouses. They can be found on dangerous coastlines, islands, and harbors. Before their existence, people lit fires along the shore to guide sailors. One of the very first (and tallest) lighthouses was built in Egypt around 280 BC. The first in America was built in …

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Holiday Reading and a Recipe!

Happy Anniversary to Amy’s Choice! It’s been just over a year now since Amy’s Choice was released. It’s fitting that the sequel to Call Me Amy was published in November since the final chapter takes place on Thanksgiving day. And what better location to spend a cozy holiday than in a little fishing village on the …

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July Author Spotlight

This month I’m happy to introduce Laurie J. Edwards. Laurie started out as a librarian, but then began writing picture books and easy readers. Now she’s busy with YA novels. I don’t usually include the author’s baby pictures, but oh, my gosh, wait until you see the two below of Baby Laurie in Africa! Let’s …

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Seal or Sea Lion?

Have you ever wondered what the differences are between a seal and a sea lion? Seals have small earholes and short, hairy front flippers with a claw on each toe. On land, they move by wiggling along on their bellies like caterpillars, with their hind flippers straight out. Seals swim by steering with fore flippers  and …

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Cape Celebrates Literacy!

The third annual Cape AuthorFest was held yesterday in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. It was a privilege to participate in this impressive event.The fair is run by a super-powered team, led by Superintendent of Schools Meredith Nadeau and her husband Travis Nadeau. I’m sure it took many volunteers and sponsors, as well. A friendly group of …

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March Author Spotlight

Spring is just around the corner, perfect timing to feature Alison Ashley Formento on this month’s author showcase. Welcome, Alison! Your award-winning books are sure to bring us some long overdue warmth and sunshine. Please share a little about your books. I love writing short stories so I’m very proud of my published picture book …

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February Author Spotlight

I’m very happy to post this month’s interview with another award-winning author. Bobbi Miller earned her MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College, and was awarded honors with distinction for her Master of Arts in Children’s Literature degree from Simmons College in Boston. She is represented by Karen Grencik, Red Fox Literary. Please share …

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