Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Beatrix, Beverly & Bevan, the Three Little Beavers in Action

Wow, these beavers are pretty amazing animals! Who knew? I need to check out Jean Heilprin Diehl, she's really good....

Beatrix the beaver longs to be good at something. Her brother Bevan is an expert at repairing the lodge with mud and twigs. Her sister Beverly is a superb swimmer and underwater gymnast. What makes Beatrix stand out? One day, she runs away by swimming up the creek and finds some fresh garden plants to eat, and tasty trees to gnaw. When her siblings set off to find her, all Three Little Beavers wind up trapped! It takes some simple engineering on the part of the humans who set the traps, and Beatrix's discovery of her special talents, for the people and beavers to finally find a way to live in harmony.

Konnor loves Three Little Beavers and wants to read it again and again. Here's the book trailer created by Andrea Brown.

And Sylvan Dell Publishing always includes a Creative Minds section with cross-curricular teaching activities aligned to each state's reading standards, free reading quizzes, lots of fun stuff.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

I wanted to give you a sneak peek at a new book I'm illustrating for Sylvan Dell Publishing - my third book for them. The Author is Michelle Lord and I wasn't familiar with her work until now. I can tell you she's a wonderful writer and I'm so happy to be working on this book. It's scheduled for a Spring 2013 release, sounds far away but it'll be here before you know it.

Also I'm a presenter at the 2012 Colorado Council International Reading Association which I'm excited about. So there's a lot of behind the scenes preparation going on. More updates coming soon.