KickStarter for Historical Women in Science Coloring Book!

I couldn’t think of a more meaningful day to launch my very first KickStarter for my newest project – The Historical Heroines Coloring Book: Pioneering Women in Science from the 18th and 19th Centuries than yesterday – the first day of Women’s History Month! I can’t seem to shake this desire to work towards inspiring children, teens, and adults – and so I continue to create empowering and educational books.

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The idea behind this particular coloring book is a bit more unique in that each woman scientist will be featured as a double page spread. On the lefthand side I will provide a short biography and on the righthand side,  the coloring image itself, drawn by Kendra Shedenhelm. Each coloring illustration will incorporate some of what that woman scientist accomplished. Michael Barton, a science historian, who helped write the biography on Charles Darwin for my Piratess Tilly children’s picture books will be assisting me with research and editing.

I am really excited about this project and hope you feel the same. If so, please consider both sharing the project with your friends and family as well as contributing to the campaign by pre-ordering the book at a discounted rate and therefore becoming an official backer!

P.S. My daughter Vivi helped with the video and I couldn’t be prouder! Check out the campaign here! Thank you!!

Happy 150th Birthday to Beatrix Potter: conservationist, scientist, artist, author and businesswoman!

Beatrix Potter 150th birthday tribute

Today is Beatrix Potter's 150th birthday! And what a day it is in England, with celebrations, an auction selling some of her original works and a series of Royal Mail stamps depicting several of her famous characters.

Some of what inspired me to include Beatrix Potter as one of Piratess Tilly's heroes is Potter's dedication to land conservationism. With the money she made from her books, she bought the adjoining lands and farms in the Lake District of England in order to save and protect them — eventually donating 4,000 acres of land and 15 farms to the National Trust.

Piratess Tilly Potter and Darwin sample pageBeatrix Potter was also passionate about botany and specifically the study of fungi — a scientist in her own right, she developed her own theory on how fungi spores reproduced. Her scientific paper was never properly published, but scientists today still recognize her contribution to mycology.

Potter was also not only a talented artist and writer, but she was a keen businesswoman — creating and licensing the first ever literary character doll and other accompanying accessories. And, as so many know, she published her first book, The Tales of Peter Rabbit, on her own — a self-publisher! I look forward to one day visiting the Lake District and seeing for myself the beauty that inspired such a phenomenal, adventurous woman.

PIratess Tilly Beatrix Potter Picture books

And as The Adventures of Piratess Tilly is a children's picture book, I'd like to take a moment to share two children's picture books that my little one and I enjoy about Beatrix Potter: Beatrix Potter and Her Paint Box by David McPhail and Beatrix Potter by Alexandra Wallner. I have also ordered this newly released book: Beatrix Potter and the Unfortunate Tale of a Borrowed Guinea Pig, written by Deborah Hopkinson and illustrated by Charlotte Voake. I look forward to adding it to our collection!

 Learn more about Beatrix Potter here!