Heather Reisman herself (founder of Indigo Chapters books, co-founder of Kobo) has read and personally recommends our book.
Only about 10 books a year are given the illustrious golden sticker.
And What The Seal Saw is one of them!
"1% of net proceeds from our book "helps children in high-needs communities through the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation". We're honoured!
We joined GORGEOUS Mainland Markets at West Coast Gardens, South Surrey for a Holiday Fair full of artisans. It was great to stay warm and dry under the massive tent. Visitors (and maybe some vendors too) picked up some wonderful gifts and some even greater Christmas cheer.
We were THRILLED to have been selected in the Richmond Maritime Festival!
"Children of all ages will learn local lore, be captivated by characters from the sea and meet all manner of unexpected storytellers, including Lulu the Mermaid and Rikki the Rat. Down at Britannia’s 190-metre-long (600-foot) dock, visitors will get an opportunity to admire a flotilla of beautiful boats and ships up close. Visitors are encouraged to bring their picnic blanket or enjoy the offerings of our food vendors while taking in the sights and sounds. Festival activities continue from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m Saturday, August 21, and Sunday, August 22. "
We were so happy to be a part of the White Rock Farmer's Market this year. Many of you asked if we'd be there, so YES! We were there! We also participated in the Cloverdale Market, The South Surrey Market, and more! (One day I will write all about everything I learned from Famer's Markets. What a great experience!)
"Have a lovely day with us at the market. Pick up some perfect local produce, and maybe a treat or 3 for yourself. And, if you've got a little one with a big imagination, have we got a book for you! Author direct pricing, personalized signing, and freebies!"
We' were SO EXCITED to be a part of the White Rock Marine Festival and Semiahmoo Days! I loved participating in Pirates in the Park, reading my book on stage, and manning a booth where little ones could sit down for a bit and colour some pages or get a special story time.
On May 2nd, I joined Brenda Rigney on her awesome podcast - 3 uniques. Brenda's position is that everyone has skills, perspectives, and experiences that make them unique. By exploring our own uniqueness with curiosity, we can lead more fulfilling lives.
Watch here: https://youtu.be/_pXn5E7qDJ8
It's always so good to go where the kids are! We had a lot of fun doing storytime and colouring. Carla even found a young budding artist and gave her a demo of her digital art tools and techniques! Thanks to Chapters for their enthusiastic support!
We celebrated Canada Day at the White Rock Museum. We had book readings, book signings, free give aways, and more! My favourite part was when TWICE a kid offerred to read my book to me. You bet I sat on the carpet and paid full attention!
What The Seal Saw was featured in theJune edition of our favourite local magazine! (No, that's not an engagement photo shoot as some onlookers thought. Although, when the photographer asked us to look at each other, there certainly was warm affection in our misty eyes.)
Carla and I grew up in Langley. We were thrilled to do our first Chapters !ndigo Book Signing there on June 4th.
We almost sold out!
We loved meeting so many great people, hearing their seal stories, and answering questions about the book. It was a fantastic day and check out our fancy new signage!
On Family Day, Feb 22nd, White Rock Musem hosted Carla and I for a big book signing event!
There were warm rugs and a rocking chair for me to read from. We had free colouring pages, crayons, and bookmarks. We had plenty of books to sell and sign.
There's nothing better than sharing your book with little ones (and big ones, and dogs... :o) It was a really fun, if windy, day!
I zoomed into a local school district and read What The Seal Saw to 3 divisions. We, then, had a Question and Answer period. I believe there were several potential authors in the room. They asked many of the same questions I asked when I was starting out: Was it hard? How did you know what the title should be? How do you make your own website? How much did it cost? Will you write another one?
I loved it and am looking forward to doing more! If you'd like for me to join a classroom you're involved with, please reach out at email@example.com
What The Seal Saw was featured in children's author Lauren Ranalli's Indie Author Roundup!
"With its soft rhymes and gorgeous illustrations, this sweet story captured my 2.5-year-old daughter’s heart. The illustrations are beautifully west coast, and this book makes an easy gift."
Watch my niece on Twitch giving the book a shout-out. A mom of three, she talks about the love of poetry, marine life, and the "adorable" illustrations.
"Local authors for the win!".
I love that it's tagged with Mental Health, Canada, and Safe Space. Indeed! I think I accidentally wrote an anti-anxiety book. As I wrote it almost entirely in my happy place (my kayak), it makes sense! You can't be anxious when you're curious!
Carla and I discuss trust, the creative process, and working together to realize a vision.
We also talk about empathy instead of anthropomorphization, and the importance of making our Narrator someone we can all identify with regardless of age, ethnicity, or gender.
And seals - we talk about seals, of course! Everyone loves seals!
I was at The Magenta Rose House in Mission BC for my first book signing on Dec 16th, 2021.
We had a fabulous time signing books, playing with seal stuffies, drinking hot chocolate, and collecting books for Mission Literacy in Motion!