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 Little Loon;
Little Loon traces the birth and first summer of a loon chick on a New England lake, ending with the loon’s migration for the winter. Readers follow along as the baby loon grows and discovers the world around her. Along the way, they’ll learn that loons are so perfectly adapted to life in the water that it’s very difficult for them to walk on land. They only come out of the water to lay eggs, so their nests are built very close to shore and are very susceptible to flooding in heavy rains. Readers will also discover that the biggest threats to loons come from people—boats, pollution, and fishing tackle. Lavishly illustrated in full color, the book closes with a page of pertinent loon facts and ways for children to help protect this beloved waterfowl.

About the Author:
Fran Hodgkins is the author of more than 20 books for children, including Andre the Famous Harbor Seal (Down East, 2003), Orphan Seal (ASPCA Henry Bergh Children's Book Award), and If You Were My Baby (Moonbeam gold award). She lives in Maine.
 
About the Photographer:
Mike Taylor's astrophotography has been featured on The Weather Channel, NBC News, Viral Nova, Discovery.com, Yahoo! News, Space.com, Earthsky.org, Spaceweather.com, and NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day. He also lives in Maine.



Author Fran Hodgkins will be book signing at the 2015 Beyond the Sea Book Festival at Lincolnville Beach, on Friday, July 24th, 1:00-3:00.

Books for sale/signing will include her recent releases, The Secret Galaxy, and Little Loon, and several of her classic children’s favorites.