About Do Seals Ever?
A fun, informative read for kids of all ages.
This entertaining and informative book gives serious answers to questions such as Do seals ever sleep?, Do they have ears?, Do seals have fur?
About If You Were My Baby;
A sweet-dream bedtime book for nature lovers! The children in your life will learn about animals in nature, and fall asleep knowing that they, along with animal babies, are loved and secure.
About The Secret Galaxy;
A lyrical narrative voice (the voice of the Milky Way galaxy itself) is augmented by sidebars filled with amazing facts and insights about our galaxy, and by extension, our universe.
The Secret Galaxy features Mike Taylor's extraordinary night sky photography and breathtaking NASA images of the births and deaths of stars and galaxies, and combines a read-aloud bedtime story with accessible, scientifically accurate sidebar features for a budding stargazer or astronomer.
•The Secret Galaxy is a Junior Library Guild selection and was also included in the Bank Street College's Best Books of the Year list for 2015.
About Andre the Famous Harbor Seal;
Sometimes, just sometimes, a human being and a wild animal make a special connection that changes both of their lives. So it was with Rockport, Maine's Harry Goodridge and the harbor seal pup he named Andre. The two became inseparable, though the seal was free to come and go as he pleased. (His floating enclosure in the harbor simply minimized his presence in skiffs owned by yachtsmen, who complained about his sunbathing in their dinghies.)
About the Author:
Fran Hodgkins was born in Massachusetts, the youngest of four children. As a child she loved animals and books -- especially books! The neighborhood branch library was one of her favorite haunts, and she spent hours there, reading her way through the children's collection.
"I loved to read, and I found out during middle school that I loved to write just as much." With the encouragement of two teachers, she decided to study journalism, although she did not have the drive to be a reporter that many of her classmates had. "Yet in a way, journalism was the perfect choice for me, because I was terribly shy. Having to interview people for class assignments was the motivation I needed -- get over your shyness or fail the class!"
Not long after graduation, she got a job working for educational publisher Silver Burdett Ginn. There she learned a great deal about writing for children as she read excellent examples of children's literature that were used in the company's basal reading program. During this time, she published her first article for children, a piece about the Burgess Shale fossils for The Dolphin Log.
Since then, Fran has written more than 20 books for young readers. In fall 2014, The Secret Galaxy was published by Tilbury House Publishers; it went on to become a Junior Library Guild selection and part of the Bank Street Best Books for Children list. In summer 2015, Little Loon was published by Down East Books. In fall 2015, Fran's first novel, a middle-grade animal adventure in the spirit of Watership Down and the Warriors series, was published by Brattle Publishing in 2015.
In October 2017, Fran's latest book, Do Seals Ever....? was published by Down East Books, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press. The book tells about not only seals, but also sea lions, walruses, and manatees and dugongs! Fran lives in Maine with her family.
Children's Book Author Fran Hodgkins will be book signing at the 2018 Beyond the Sea Book Festival at Lincolnville Beach, on Saturday, July 21st, 1:00-3:00.
Books for sale/signing will include her recent release, Do Seals Ever? and some of our favorites, The Secret Galaxy, and Andre the Famous Harbor Seal, and If You Were My Baby: A Wildlife Lullaby (A Simply Nature Book