Why is it important to teach your children to read with their senses? And what does that even mean? Watch this video to find out!
I’m so excited about the official trailer for The Reluctant Owlet! It’s so cute and makes me feel all warm and fuzzy every time I see it. I hope you love it, too.
There’s a lot of controversy over e-readers when it comes to literacy practice. I lean on the side of prioritizing real books when teaching kids how to read. Here’s why:
I’ve got some really exciting, fun projects over at my YouTube channel. I’m working on two series that will be released over the course of the next few months:
Now that I’m a children’s book author, I have an excuse to talk about one of my favorite subjects: literacy. I used to be a teacher and literacy specialist, and there’s something about decoding text that really revs my engine. (#LiteracyGeek) Throughout this video series, I share many of the tips I learned in grad school and during my experience as a teacher. You’ll get to know “literacy lingo” and receive actionable steps to take to help your child build their literacy skills - something that can be a challenge in a world filled with distractions.
A lot of people have asked me to share advice on how they can become owlers. In this video series, I outline all my tips for starting a successful owling hobby - from safety to sartorial requirements.
Be sure to check it out. Videos will be released about once a week (for the most part, the two series will alternate from week to week). If you like them, subscribe and forward to a friend.
I’m so excited. The Reluctant Owlet is finally here!
I’ve been working on this book for over a year. The story started to come to me in the summer of 2017, inspired by the owl family I was observing.
Little did I know, that was the easy part.
The artwork took me months to complete. I remember the endless hours I spent working on that, night after night. More yellow. More green. Does that look right?
After finishing all of that, I made a mock book to help me decide where the page breaks should go. I cut the manuscript into pieces, paragraph by paragraph. I cut up the artwork, next. Then I pasted each section of text onto an index card with the appropriate artwork. This process actually took quite a long time, as I debated over which pictures to use for each page.
And if that wasn’t hard enough…next came the formatting. The first stab I took at it went fairly well. But it ended up costing a lot of money and was ultimately useless for the distribution I had chosen.
So…I had to do it all over again. It took me back to October 2013 when I had to reformat Soulful Skincare over and over and over again, trying to get it right.
But finally, it worked! And even though my proof copy arrived on a day that was very emotionally difficult for me, holding that book in my hands was quite a moment for me. It made me so proud.
It still hasn’t been all smooth sailing. Indie publishing never is…and I’d venture that traditional publishing isn’t, either! But I did it. Like Vesper in the story, I faced the unknown and took a leap.
I hope you love this book and I hope it inspires your children to be brave and face their fears. I also hope it instills in them a love of nature, at least for this sweet owl family featured in the book.
What’s next? Stay tuned. I’m working on a few more videos about owls and literacy practices for children. And best of all, some author events here in Oregon!
I’ve finally got the date set for the release of The Reluctant Owlet.
January 3, 2019!
Wahoo! Celebrate! I’m so excited about this.
Why is this book so special to me?
1. I have wanted to write a children's book since I was a teenager. It only took 25ish years, but my dream finally came true!
2. This book is my way of sharing my passion for owls with the world.
3. The story is a fictionalized account of the owl family I observed during the summer of 2017. I created the artwork from actual photographs I took of those owls.
4. My little brother, Chance Martin, contributed the best photos in the whole book, making this a family project.
If you want a sneak peek, check out this video. You won’t believe who made a guest appearance at the end, by the way…