In 2014, I began regularly encountering great horned owls during my walks in the woods. Thus began a new hobby: owling.
In 2017, two great horned owls raised a family of triplets…and I was blessed to be able to watch them on their journey. I named the triplets and watched them learn how to fly and take care of themselves.
The youngest, however, a tiny creature that I named Vesper, was always far behind her siblings. As I watched her grow and brave the unknown world, a story formed in my mind. The story of a reluctant owlet.
This is my very first children’s book and I’m so excited to share this subject matter with the next generation of nature lovers. The book is extra special to me because I also created the art using actual photographs I took of the three owlets. And to top it off, my talented brother, Chance, provided the final four photographs in the book - the best four, if you ask me.
I am so thankful to be able to merge two of my passions here - nature and children’s literacy. I love the outdoors and want to impart the wonder of nature to young children. Also, as a former Reading Specialist and literacy teacher, I know how vital it is to create appealing stories for youth in a world where books have to compete with video games and television. I’m so happy to be able to contribute to the building of strong literacy skills and a love of the outdoors.
The Reluctant Owlet, like my Briarlore series, is a proud indie project. I wrote the story, took the photographs (except those contributed by my brother), created the artwork, formatted the book…everything. Thank you so much for supporting indie artists!
This book is now available on Amazon! Click here to purchase.
You can also follow my owling adventures over at my Instagram account, The Owler’s Notebook. And check out my YouTube channel for upcoming videos about the book, owling, and building literacy skills with your little ones.
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