Free Children's eBook!

In the spirit of holiday giving, I'm offering my ebook for free! In this picture book, written in haiku, an adventurous girl and her crew of orphaned boys sail the high seas and intercept a band of pirates kidnapping tortoises on the Galapagos Islands!

"Tilly—tough, daring and scientifically minded—is a capable heroine with an enviable life at sea." —Publishers Weekly

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Finalist for the INDIEFAB Book of the Year!

I am so honored and proud to announce that The Adventures of Piratess Tilly is a Finalist for the 2015 Foreword Reviews' INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards (category: children's picture books)! This is absolutely wonderful recognition! Winners will be announced at the American Library Association Annual Conference in June. I am posting Foreword Reviews' press release below. Thank you to everyone for their support. Onward and upward!

Foreword Reviews Announces Finalists for 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards

Traverse City, MI, March 7, 2016—Foreword Reviews, a media company devoted to reviewing books from small, independent publishers and university presses, is pleased to announce the finalists for its 18th annual INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards.

Visit the Foreword Reviews website for a full list of the finalists, searchable by genre.

Each year, Foreword Reviews shines a light on a select group of indie publishers, university presses, and self-published authors whose work stands out from the crowd. In the next three months, a panel of more than 130 volunteer librarians and booksellers will determine the winners in 66 categories based on their experience with readers and patrons.

“The 2015 INDIEFAB finalist selection process is as inspiring as it is rigorous,” said Victoria Sutherland, publisher of Foreword Reviews. “The strength of this list of finalists is further proof that small, independent publishers are taking their rightful place as the new driving force of the entire publishing industry.”

Foreword Reviews will celebrate the winners during a program at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida in June. We will also name the Editor’s Choice Prize 2015 for Fiction, Nonfiction and Foreword Reviews’ 2015 INDIEFAB Publisher of the Year Award during the presentation.


About Foreword: Foreword Magazine, Inc is a media company featuring a Folio:-award-winning quarterly print magazine, Foreword Reviews, and a website devoted to independently published books. In the magazine, they feature reviews of the best 170 new titles from independent publishers, university presses, and noteworthy self-published authors. Their website features daily updates: reviews along with in-depth coverage and analysis of independent publishing from a team of more than 100 reviewers, journalists, and bloggers. The print magazine is available at most Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million newsstands or by subscription. You can also connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. They are headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan, USA.

https://indiefab.forewordreviews.com/finalists/2015/press-release/

Darwin Day Sale!

It's Charles Darwin's Birthday and to celebrate we're having a sale!!! Shop now to share Piratess Tilly's appreciation for Charles Darwin and her own adventure on the  Galapagos Islands with your family. <3 <3 <3 Charles Darwin Birthday Darwin Day Sale

October Book Reading & Signing Events!

Announcing 2 events this upcoming week! The first is a book reading and signing by Elizabeth Lorayne at Jabberwocky Bookshop in Newburyport, MA. It is part of a fundraiser for the Newburyport Montessori School's Parent Association! The event and reading of The Adventures of Piratess Tilly begins at 4pm. There will be a second children's book author, AJ Smith reading his book Even Monsters at 7pm! Piratess Tilly Jabberwocky book reading 10-22-15The second event is Saturday, October 24th at the Boston Book Festival. Elizabeth will be signing and selling books from 10:45 to 11:30 at the Independent Publishers of New England table on Boylston Street side in Copley Square! Please come support Piratess Tilly and all of the awesome authors at the event! And stay tuned for pictures and posts following the two events! Thank you!

Piratess Tilly Boston Book Festival

Galapagos Conservancy!

I donated a few books to the Galapagos Conservancy whose mission is: "... to advance and support the conservation of the unique biodiversity and ecosystems of Galapagos through directed research, informed public policy, and building a sustainable society." With each purchase from their e-gift shop, the proceeds go to "supporting the important marine and terrestrial conservation programs taking place in the Galapagos Islands." Within the first week, 2 of the 3 books were purchased and another week later, the last book was no longer listed! I am so pleased the books sold quickly to benefit the Galapagos Conservancy! Here's a a screen shot of the book listed on their page. Had I realized they would sell so fast, I would have gotten a screen shot of the actual product page as well. :)

 

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From the Crow's Nest: Reviews by Children

Introducing a new series, From the Crow's Nest, featuring children's reviews of The Adventures of Piratess Tilly! Below is the first review by a 6 and half year old boy named Finny! Please feel free to download the review question ideas below and email Elizabeth Lorayne your child's answers at whitewavepressbooks@gmail.com. You can also find these on the activities page! Thank you! Enjoy!

Downloadable review question ideas:

Piratess Tilly Children's Book Review Questions

TODAY: Karen Watson's Art Show!

Today is Karen Watson's big art show opening: Drawn to Story, An Illustrated Art Show! Below are some snapshots from her preparation for the show. Here's to wishing her fantastic success today!  

***Update (July 27, 2015)***

The show opening was a wonderful success! Not only did Karen nearly sell out of her art work, but all 45 books were sold!! It was a truly remarkable opening party complete with garden flowers, delicious snacks and cookies spelling out the title of the show! Congratulations to Karen Watson!! Thank you to everyone who made the event so magical and meaningful. To view some short videos of the event, please visit our Facebook page. Cheers!

 

 

World Oceans Day 2015!

It's World Oceans Day today! How will you help to protect our oceans?!

"World Oceans Day, held every June 8th, is the United Nations-recognized day of ocean celebration and action. People all over our blue planet organize celebrations – which can be a huge event in your community, a special announcement, or anything in between – to support action to protect the ocean. This year, the theme is Healthy oceans, healthy planet, and we’re making a special effort to stop plastic pollution."

http://www.worldoceansday.org/

Piratess Tilly World Oceans Day whale pages

Piratess Tilly's 7 Favorite Girl-Empowering Picture Books

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As someone who wants to promote strong female-lead characters and stories to my young daughter, I thought I would share (in no particular order) some of our current favorite picture books. And as Piratess Tilly (from The Adventures of Piratess Tilly written by Elizabeth Lorayne and illustrated by Karen Watson) is a curious naturalist who is also a  leader, explorer and protector, I tend to lean towards books that instill such qualities. I hope you find this list inspiring and helpful!

1. Butterfly Park by Elly Mackay

I have a passion for collage and anything paper related so I was particularly thrilled to discover this unique and stunning picture book designed with paper-cut illustration! Add a beautiful story of a young girl who longs to rebuild a neighborhood butterfly garden by sharing her curiosity and passion with her local community, and I am wholly inspired and touched.

2. Deer Dancer written by Mary Lyn Ray and illustrated by Lauren Stringer

A lovely story about a young girl who finds her inner strength, her “voice”, through dancing in a field where she meets a deer. She practices with the deer, both dancing to a silent song by Mother Nature. The whimsical and lively illustrations perfectly accentuate this empowering story of self-discovery through perseverance, movement and nature.

3. Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

A personal favorite of mine. One that I remember from my own childhood. We follow Miss Rumphius as she pursues her childhood dreams and goals of traveling and eventually settling down by the sea. Her ultimate goal, one that was bestowed on her by her grandfather, of contributing to the world by doing something beautiful, tugs at her heart. She eventually feels inspired by nature and spreads beauty throughout the countryside! A magnificent, gentle story of self-reliance and finding beauty in small acts.

4. Journey by Aaron Becker

An absolutely remarkable book. It is a story without words ~ just amazing artwork that truly inspires the imagination. Without the words, it is a fabulous way to encourage and invite young people to tell the story they see. That alone is empowering!

5. Ladybug Girl (at the beach) by David Soman and Jacky Davis

We found these books (it’s a lovely series) when my daughter was an infant. We’ve both enjoyed being a part of Ladybug Girl’s adventures. They are friendly, while also subtly teaching about bravery, or empathy or compassion, for instance. The beach story is a personal favorite as it follows Ladybug Girl while she visits the beach for the first time ~ an experience that can be overwhelming and frightening. It is fun reading and seeing, in the lovely watercolors, how Ladybug Girl plays and investigates the beach!

6. Rosie Revere, Engineer written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts

Quite the lyrical tale of a small girl who wants to be an engineer! The artwork is fantastic and fun. The historical reference to the original Rosie the Riveter is lovely and intriguing ~ an uplifting story of learning perseverance and the importance of following your heart, even when mistakes are made.

7. Me. . . Jane by Patrick McDonnell

For someone who grew up admiring Dr. Jane Goodall, I knew this book would be enjoyed by myself and my daughter. It is a cute and inspiring account of who Dr. Goodall was as a child and how those interests, her patience, her research and her determination lead her to become as revered and important as she is today. An empowering story told simply and beautifully, followed by a call to action ~ ways to get involved and help make the world a better place.

Happy Easter and Spring!

Just in time for Easter and the celebration of Spring, Piratess Tilly and Yuki visited with house rabbits! A Giant Chinchilla Rabbit and a Netherland Dwarf Rabbit.

If you're interested in adopting your own bunny, please visit www.Rabbit.org to learn more and to find your local House Rabbit Society chapter for consultation.

Happy Easter and Spring!

Piratess Tilly and koala Yuki Peg Dolls with bunnies

First book reading event!

I had my very first book reading event today! It was part of a larger cause -- a book drive for a school that has little to no library. Until now!

The company behind the book drive is American Training, Inc. They have essentially taken the School for Exceptional Studies in Lawrence, MA under their wing,  painting classrooms and now orchestrating a very successful book drive. In a month they collected 1,600 books to create a library for the school! 
 
I had donated a copy of The Adventures of Piratess Tilly and the next thing I knew, I was being asked to read the book at the presentation party! And American Training Inc bought a copy for each child!
 
I was more honored about being a part of this cause than I was nervous. Seeing how excited the students were when they saw the bookcase full of books and then when they realized the books were for their school! It was all very special.
 
The children were very enthusiastic while I read The Adventures of Piratess Tilly. It felt appropriate to interact with the kids while I read, so I asked questions and pointed out details. It was especially meaningful when all 6 kids eagerly yelled answers when asked what was in the sack Piratess Tilly held while sliding down the anchor line! 
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When I handed the books out to each child, they were so grateful and excited! I was then asked to sign the books so of course I obliged. ;)
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The eldest student, a 4th grade boy, waited next to me and asked if he could pass them back out. He later made me a bookmark during their craft activities. I'll cherish that forever.
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The organizer of the event had set up an activity table with craft supplies to create bookmarks. I couldn't resist making my koala Yuki crayons and bringing the Yuki coloring pages along. And I'm so glad I did because the kids loved them after hearing the story. 
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All of this followed by literary inspired treats and snacks! 
 
I couldn't have asked for a better book reading experience. I feel so honored to be a part of building a school's library! 
 
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Bon Voyage Piratess Tilly & Yuki!

It's been a long, dreary and snowy winter here in New England! The hand-painted Piratess Tilly and Yuki dolls are on their way for expeditions across the U.S.A! Where do you think they are headed to first?! We wish them safe travels! Stay tuned here, on Facebook and on Twitter!

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Featured in Reports of the National Center for Science Education!

I am incredibly honored and proud to announce that not only has The Adventures of Piratess Tilly been mentioned in the article, “An Interdisciplinary Approach to Evolution Education” by Mark Terry (Co-founder, NWS; Head of School 1983-1990; Science Chair, 10th grade Biology and 12th grade Primate Biology at The Northwest School in Seattle, WA); but one of the illustrations and haiku is being used as the cover to the current edition of the National Center for Science Education’s online and printed journal, Reports of the National Center for Science Education.

*** The NCSE is a non-profit organization that defends the teaching of evolution and climate change. ***

Thank you NCSE for this amazing recognition and thank you The Northwest School for my incredible education!

To view and read the journal, please visit here!

To purchase your own hardcover copy of The Adventures of Piratess Tilly, please visit our Shop! Thank you!

Piratess Tilly NCSE Vol 35, No 2 (2015) 2015-03-14 08-33-01

Interview and book reading!

Elizabeth Lorayne's first interview and live book reading is available to listen to on Blogtalk Radio.

Click here to listen now!

Thank you for the support! And don't forget to follow Piratess Tilly on Facebook and Twitter.

Some very big news is on its way ~ Stay tuned!

This Sunday LIVE on Take 2 Radio JR!

We are very excited to announce that on this Sunday (March 8th at 7pm EST) Elizabeth Lorayne will be interviewed and doing a live reading of The Adventures of Piratess Tilly on Take 2 Radio JR, a new addition to the Take 2 Radio Network (Take 2 Radio is one of the Top 300 Shows on Blogtalk Radio out of over 15k shows! Over 1.7 million listeners!)! To learn more and to tune in on Sunday, click here! Piratess Tilly Upcoming Shows - Take 2 Radio Jr 2015-03-05 09-23-19