DESCRIPTION When Ana finds a sea star on the beach, she wants to keep it but also wants to return it to the sea. How can she do both?
This beautiful picture book celebrates the power of imagination and an appreciation of the natural world. Back matter offers details on jellyfish, stingrays, loggerhead turtles, and other sea creatures.
“The sea star waited as the sand settled around it. Then slowly, slowly it crept home to the sea grass meadow on hundreds of tiny tube feet.”
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Cover illustration for Tillie Heart and Soul by Mary Atkinson published by Maine Authors Publishing.
Ages 8 - 12
A PORCUPINE'S PROMENADE
Illustrated by Jamie Hogan Written by Lyn Smith Maine Authors Publishing ISBN# 978-1-63381-091-4 Locate a Copy Amazon
"A Porcupine's Promenade is a special story that envelops you in the memorable uniqueness that surprise encounters with backyard wildlife can bring. The writing and illustrations capture the wonder and magic of winter in a way that will encourage readers to strike out on their own nature expeditions."
“The realistic charcoals and pastels offer texture, and colors vary to reflect moods and times of day.” –School Library Journal
DESCRIPTION This charming and vibrant book marks a little girl's island moments that add up to much more than a week. It captures the fun and whimsy of summer, the importance of imagination, and the not-so-small task of waiting for a visit from Nana.
RESOURCES READ about the creation and sharing of Seven Days of Daisy (Jamiepeeps Blog Posts) READ an Interview with Jamie Hogan (Portland Press Herald) READ an Interview with Jamie Hogan (7 Impossible Things Before Breakfast)
Illustrated by Jamie Hogan Written by Eva Murray Publisher: Tilbury House ISBN-13: 9780884484257 Ages 8-12
“Hogan’s lively, brightly colored pastel illustrations bring the distinctive island setting to life.” —Kirkus Reviews
DESCRIPTION Riley’s birthday is coming, but the mail plane with his gifts from the mainland hasn’t been able to get to the island for days because of bad weather. In a mood that matches the weather, he agrees to help Uncle Harv collect driftwood to make furniture. One thing leads to another as it always does on a small island, and eventually Riley realizes that everything he needs for a great birthday is already right at hand.
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City of Belief
Cover illustration for "City of Belief", by Nicole D'Entremont, adult fiction set during the late 1960s in the Lower East Side of New York city.
“The stunning art and well-presented information make this an attractive addition to any collection.” –School Library Journal
DESCRIPTION The migration of a most majestic mammal.
In this latest book by acclaimed science writer April Pulley Sayre, young readers follow along as a mother humpback whale and her calf make their annual trek from the warm waters of the Caribbean to their summer feeding grounds off the coast of New England and back again. Within this extraordinary story of migration, Sayre provides information about how humpback whales breathe, sing, and how they got their name—a secondary layer of text expands upon the more intricate details.
But aside from the basics about the humpback whale species, Here Come the Humpbacks! also delves into the dangers these whales face—from other mammals and sea life such as hungry orcas, to man-made threats like pollution and giant ships. Jamie Hogan’s stunning, rich pastel illustrations complement Sayre’s text beautifully, and make this book a great choice for a read-aloud in the classroom, library, or at home.
RESOURCES PLAY Here Come the Humpbacks!: A Whale Migration Game for Classrooms, Libraries, Bookstores, & Other Mammal Loving Locales
“The illustrations are a wonderful wash of color as the characters play across the pages with whimsical reality.” –Kate Quinn, The Working Waterfront
DESCRIPTION Eleven-year-old sternman Josie wants red and gray sawtooth mittens like his lobster boat skipper, but the village knitter, Aunt Agnes, makes him old-fashioned compass mittens with lines that point the directions. When their boat gets lost in a thick fog, however, Josie and the skipper both find out the old-time mittens hold the key to getting them home safely—there might be some magic knitted into them.
RESOURCES READ about the creation and sharing of Ice Harbor Mittens (Jamiepeeps Blog Posts) DOWNLOAD & KNITCompass Mitten Pattern READ “Ice Harbor Explores the Magic of Maine” (Bangor Daily News)
A Generation of Leaves
Cover illustration for "A Generation of Leaves" by Nicole d'Entremont, adult fiction set during WW1 in Maritime Canada and the European trenches.
JOHN MUIR WRESTLES A WATERFALL
Illustrated by Jamie Hogan Written by by Julie Danneberg Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing
“Hogan’s expressive renderings of the explorer’s face are the highlight of this book…” —School Library Journal
DESCRIPTION The now iconic figure John Muir, while living at the base of Yosemite Falls in California, ventures up the trail from his cabin one night and has a harrowing waterfall adventure. Back matter roots the story in Muir’s life’s work as a conservationist and naturalist.
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“Jamie Hogan’s numerous and gorgeous charcoal pencil drawings, including the two-page spreads that introduce each habitat, give Nest, Nook, and Cranny the appearance of a beloved field journal…” –Curled Up With a Good Kid’s Book
DESCRIPTION From tongue-in-cheek sonnets to lyrical free verse, Susan Blackaby’s poems explore the many kinds of homes animals make for themselves. Jamie Hogan’s expressive line art is perfect complements to this clever collection of habitat poems. Extensive back matter provides intriguing information on animal habitats and the ins and outs of writing poetry.
RESOURCES READabout the creation and sharing of Nest, Nook & Cranny (JamiePeeps Blog Posts) READ an Interview with Susan and Jamie (Kirby’s Lane) READ about the Nest, Nook & Cranny at Great Kids Books VIEW the StoryWalk created and available for reproduction
REVIEWS & ACCOLADES New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry
“In the case of Blackaby’s title, Hogan includes black and white endpapers packed full of crabs, pinecones, snakes, and various flora and fauna. The pictures inside the book are rendered accurately without even so much as a sniffle of anthropomorphism or cartoonish emotion. Hogan’s preferred method of madness is to render her images in pastels and charcoal pencils on Canson paper. The results are thick black lines and creatures where the texture of the paper itself pokes through the images. This is particularly effective when Hogan has created the dappled scales of a fish in a pond. She tones it down when she wants to be detailed though, as with a delicate hermit crab or fur of a bee. And if I don’t miss my guess, sometimes Hogan uses the paper to its best natural advantage, as when she creates an instant honeycomb by merely outlining the already existing hexagons of the paper.” –E. R. Bird, Fuse #8 Production, School Library Journal
Naima must find a way to save her mother’s golden bangle — and fix her father’s rickshaw in this Jane Addams Honor Book. Booklist says this “lively, moving book has surprises that continue to the end,” Kirkus promises that “Naima’s story will be relished by students and teachers alike,” and CCBC picks it as a book of the week!
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REVIEWS & ACCOLADES
New York Public Library’s Top 100 Children’s Books of the Last 100 Years A Jane Addams 2008 Honor Book An Association of Children’s Booksellers Best Book Maine Library Association Lupine Honor Book Skipping Stones Magazine Honor Book ALA Amelia Bloomer Project Award Book Bank Street Best Children’s Books List 2008 (Starred) Boston Author’s Club Highly Recommmended Book A 2007 Librarians’ Choices Book A CCBC Recommended Book Bronze Medal Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards Planet Esme’s Best New Children’s Book
“Straightforward black-and-white pastel illustrations incorporate alpaca patterns and depict various elements of Naima’s daily life, and a helpful Bangla glossary and informative notes are included. A child-eye’s view of Bangladesh that makes a strong and accessible statement about heritage, tradition and the changing role of women, Naima’s story will be relished by students and teachers alike.” –Kirkus Reviews
Illustrated by Jamie Hogan Written by by Mitali Perkins Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishers ISBN-13: 9781580896603 Ages 7-10
“Perkins’s evocative descriptions, boosted by Hogan’s dramatic pastel drawings, convey an intense love and respect for the region’s culture and environment.” —Publishers Weekly
DESCRIPTION “One of the new tiger cubs has escaped from the reserve!”
When a tiger cub escapes from a nature reserve near Neel’s island village, the rangers and villagers hurry to find her before the cub’s anxious mother follows suit and endangers them all. Mr. Gupta, a rich newcomer to the island, is also searching—he wants to sell the cub’s body parts on the black market. Neel and his sister, Rupa, resolve to find the cub first and bring her back to the reserve where she belongs.
The hunt for the cub interrupts Neel’s preparations for an exam to win a prestigious scholarship at a boarding school far from home. Neel doesn’t mind—he dreads the exam and would rather stay on his beloved island in the Sunderbans of West Bengal with his family and friends.
But through his encounter with the cub, Neil learns that sometimes you have to take risks to preserve what you love. And sometimes you have to sacrifice the present for the chance to improve the future.
RESOURCES READ about the creation and sharing of this book (Jamiepeeps Blog Posts) EXPLORE Mitali Perkin’s videos, teaching resources, discussion guides, and service/engagement suggestions for kids, classrooms, and families.
REVIEWS Junior Library Guild Premier Selection 2015
“Pastel illustrations will help readers envision the story. A multicultural title with obvious appeal for animal-loving middle graders.” —Kirkus Reviews
A WARMER WORLD: From Polar Bears to Butterflies, How Climate Change Affects Wildlife
“…bright, handsome collage artwork…brings the concepts close, from images of a butterfly in flight or the final view of an arctic fox with a factory belching black smoke in the background.” –Booklist
DESCRIPTION Adapt, or face extinction.
The golden toad used to inhabit the cloud forests of Costa Rica, but when the weather became too warm and dried up the pools where its eggs hatched, the golden toad disappeared. It has not been seen in more than twenty years. This amphibian is just one of several species in A Warmer World, a thought-provoking and informative account of how global climate change has affected wildlife over the past several decades.
Species by species, acclaimed nonfiction children’s author Caroline Arnold describes how warmer weather alters ecosystems, forcing animals to adapt or become extinct. Arnold’s clear and straightforward text is complemented by Jamie Hogan’s collage-style illustrations. Reminiscent of a nature journal, the book will inspire readers to start their own research into this significant global issue. A glossary and listing of websites and books for further exploration is included.
RESOURCES READ about the creation and sharing of A Warmer World (Jamiepeeps Blog Posts) VIST the website for the book WATCH the Book Trailer