Today Biblio Links welcomes prolific author Ammi-Joan Paquette!
Joan’s first book The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies, was published last year. She followed that picture book with a lovely middle grade novel, Nowhere Girl and now she celebrates the release of her second Tiptoe book, The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Mermaids.
And that’s not all…Joan has several more picture books under contract as well as a young adult novel. Needless to say, this isn’t the last we’ll see of Joan here on BiblioLinks!
My own children and students love the whimsical Tiptoe books. These books are beautifully illustrated, poetic invitations to explore the world around us, whether it be our own backyards or our imaginations. They are meant to be shared with a child.
I asked Joan to tell us how her books fit into the classroom.
BiblioLinks: A student walks into my library and I think, That kid needs a copy of THE TIPTOE GUIDE TO TRACKING MERMAIDS or THE TIPTOE GUIDE TO TRACKING FAIRIES. Who is this kid?
Joan: This kid is one who loves nature, enjoys spending time in the outdoors, and would go barefoot every day if allowed. This child might have a leaf collection in his or her room, might press wildflowers between the pages of the big dictionary, and comes back from walks with pockets full of interestingly-shaped rocks. These books are also for the child who loves magic, who is open to seeing the possibilities in the mundane everyday; the child who still believes, who keeps her sense of wonder. It’s for any child who has ever strapped on wings and wished she could fly.
BiblioLinks: If we were to peek into a classroom where a teacher is using the Tiptoe books in a lesson or with a small group, what might we see?
Joan: I see the TIPTOE GUIDES as a springboard into the natural world. In these days of overabundant electronics, when everything around is beeping and buzzing and whirring, I see these books as a window into the magical world that lies just outside the front door. Not only for use at recess and free play, however, there are many classroom applications—from plant life studies, to animal habitats, to planning a nature collection, and more.
BiblioLinks: Where can teachers, librarians and students learn more about you and your book?
Biblio Links: Thanks for joining us, Joan!
Teachers and librarians, click here for glowing reviews. For a peek inside Mermaids, click here, and these links give you a peek into Fairies. Click here for a curriculum guide to using Fairies with students.
The Nitty Gritty~
Publisher: Tanglewood Press
Publication Dates: September, 2011 and February 2012
ISBN-13: 978-1933718507–The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies
ISBN-13: 978-1933718590–The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Mermaids
Interest Level: 3-8 years
Number of Pages: 32