I’m thrilled to share the news that someone has a birthday today. It’s Ernest the Sea Monster!
SEA MONSTER AND THE BOSSY FISH is out today, a follow-up to my picture book SEA MONSTER’S FIRST DAY with Chronicle Books. I’m super-excited about this book because:
1) Like the first book, it’s illustrated by the talented and hilarious Andy Rash.
2) I really love Ernest. I want him to live in my lake.
3) I’ve already heard from quite a few teachers and librarians that this book will be kicking off their school years when the subject of bullying and inclusion come up. In SEA MONSTER AND THE BOSSY FISH, there’s a new fish in town, and he hasn’t learned how to be a good friend…yet. The book takes a constructive look at bullying and will get kids thinking and talking about their own responses and responsibilities when it comes to bullying and exclusion in the schoolyard.
4) Along those lines, the fantastic Chronicle Kids team has created a “Friend Fish Pledge” handout and poster that you can display in your classroom and pass out to students during the first week of school. I think it’s a great reminder of what good citizenship looks like, for sea monsters and kids alike. You can download the pdf file here.
SEA MONSTER AND THE BOSSY FISH is available from your favorite bookseller. I support independent bookstores and hope you will, too.