This was fun! In May, I had the chance to virtually visit the Burke Museum and speak with its director, Dr. Gabriela Chavarria, about bees and storytelling. The event was recorded by the wonderful folks at The University Bookstore, and you can watch the full thing by clicking below. Enjoy!
Fun fact: I did not know we were rolling when I told my moth joke. Oops!
This past weekend, local author Maria Gianferrari and I launched new children’s books about urban wildlife at Worcester’s wonderful local indie bookseller, Tidepool Bookshop. And because all of us–Maria, myself, and Tidepool co-owners Jo and Huck Truesdell–live and work and play in Worcester county, we decided to make this launch event extra special by supporting an organization that we each believe in personally, the Greater Worcester Land Trust. We’ve created the two prize baskets pictured above and we are raffling them off, with all proceeds going directly to GWLT.
How do you enter? Easy! Visit Tidepool Bookshop (372 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA) and purchase a signed copy of either Honeybee Rescue or Bobcat Prowling; you’ll get a raffle entry. You can purchase additional raffle tickets at a rate of 3 for $5, no purchase necessary.
What do you win? A lot! Here’s the rundown …
Grand Prize Nature Lover’s Basket *Signed copies of Loree’s books HONEYBEE RESCUE, YOU’RE INVITED TO A MOTH BALL, HANDLE WITH CARE and CITIZEN SCIENTISTS *Signed copies of Maria’s picture books BOBCAT PROWLING, COYOTE MOON, HAWK RISING and WHOO-KU HAIKU *Pocket binoculars *Naturalist’s notebook *Massachusetts field guide to wildlife, birds, trees & wildflowers *AND … a virtual classroom/library author visit from Loree & Maria!
Sweet Runner-up Basket *Signed copy of Loree’s HONEYBEE RESCUE *Signed copy of Maria’s BOBCAT PROWLING *Rescue honey from B.B. Apiaries (owner Jon Nelson is the star of Loree’s book!) *Honey dipper *Hershey kisses
The raffle is open throughout the month of May, so find a time to get yourself over to Tidepool soon! We’ll contact the winners after the drawing and you can pick up the basket at the store.
I’m so thrilled to be visiting The Silver Unicorn Bookstore during book launch month. This Acton, MA bookstore is a complete delight and you should totally visit if you haven’t been there yet. Maybe Saturday, May 14? At 11am?
It’s finally here: launch month for Honeybee Rescue: A Backyard Drama, a new picture book from myself, photographer Ellen Harasimowicz, and Charlesbridge Publishing. To celebrate, my friends at Root & Press are hosting an evening launch event at their Worcester, MA store. Books will be available for sale and signing, of course, and there will be refreshments, raffles, and storytelling. I hope you’ll join us in-person to buzz up your hump day!
Wednesday, May 11 at 5:30pm Root & Press, Cafe & Books 623 Chandler Street Worcester, MA
Can’t make it in-person? Don’t fret! You can support the book and Root & Press by purchasing a copy through this convenient Bookshop link. And here’s a bonus treat: you can also order a copy of You’re Invited to a Moth Ball, the picture book Ellen and I released during the pandemic. All books ordered through this link will be mailed to directly to you.
Please join me and children’s author Maria Gianferrari for a celebration of nature, nature spaces, and nature books at Worcester, MA’s TidePool Bookshop on Sunday, May 22nd at 1PM. We’ll be chatting about our most recent nature books, HONEYBEE RESCUE (illustrated by Ellen Harasimowicz and published by Charlesbridge Publishing), and BOBCAT PROWLING (illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline and published by MacKids Books) and also celebrating urban wildlife and habitats. We plan to raffle off two goodie baskets to raise funds for our favorite local conservation group, Greater Worcester Land Trust .
Order books through Tidepool here and you will automatically be entered into the raffle. You can also buy books in person at the store during the week before the event or at the event itself. Additional raffle entry tickets can be purchased, 3 for $5. The raffle baskets include:
Grand Prize Nature Lover’s Basket Signed copies of Loree’s books HONEYBEE RESCUE, YOU’RE INVITED TO A MOTH BALL, HANDLE WITH CARE and CITIZEN SCIENTISTS Signed copies of Maria’s picture books BOBCAT PROWLING, COYOTE MOON, HAWK RISING and WHOO-KU HAIKU Pocket binoculars Naturalist’s notebook Massachusetts field guide to wildlife, birds, trees & wildflowers AND … a virtual author visit from Loree & Maria!
Sweet Runner-up Basket Signed copy of Loree’s HONEYBEE RESCUE Signed copy of Maria’s BOBCAT PROWLING Rescue honey from B.B. Apiaries (owner Jon Nelson is the star of Loree’s book!) Honey dipper Hershey kisses
We would love to see you there! If you use Facebook, you can RSVP for the event here.
My newest picture book for readers 5-8 years old–plus all their friends & family–is coming from Charlesbridge in May 2022!*
Honeybee Rescue, filled with eye-popping images by Ellen Harasimowicz,tells the story of beekeeper John Connery and the colony of honeybees that moved out of his backyard hive box and into his ramshackle garage. With a New England winter on the horizon, these bees needed a new home. But how does one relocate 70,000 honeybees and their honeycomb hive? Enter Mr. Jon Nelson, bee rescuer. This is a backyard drama you don’t want to miss.
Think this is a book for you or your favorite kid readers? Or your neighbors who keep bees? Or your parents or cousins or dentist? Perhaps the local library or elementary school? Pre-order a copy now so you can put it in their hands as soon as it’s available. (Pre-ordering a new book is one of the most helpful things you can do for your favorite authors. Truly!)
* All fingers and toes crossed that worldwide shipping delays and supply chain issues don’t impact this release date. I’ll keep you posted.
** Can’t wait to learn more about honeybee rescue-ing? Check out this article I wrote about Jon Nelson and his work, published in the the online literary journal Multiplicity.