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Monday, May 7, 2018

On Gull Beach Blog Tour (giveaway)

Welcome to Day #6 of the On Gull Beach Blog Tour!

To celebrate the release of On Gull Beach by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Bob Marstall on March 27th, blogs across the web are featuring a scavenger hunt interview with Jane, plus 10 chances to win a set of On Bird Hill, On Duck Pond, and On Gull Beach! Follow along each day to see a new answer or poem from Jane!

Q: How old were you when you wrote your first book (published or unpublished) and what was it about?

Jane: I was in seventh grade. It was a nonfiction book about pirates. Two of them were women. I had typed it on my pink typewriter with two fingers (I never did learn how to type properly!) and bound it with a blue material over cardboard. I got an A+. The first book I sold was on my 22nd birthday. PIRATES IN PETTICOATS. It was about female pirates. Are you surprised?


Blog Tour Schedule:

April 30th - The Eco Lifestyle
May 2nd - The OWL
May 7thWord Spelunking
May 8th - GeoLibrarian
May 9thChat with Vera
May 10thBooks My Kids Read
May 11thMundie Kids

Together again! On Gull Beach reunites bestselling children’s author Jane Yolen and award-winning illustrator Bob Marstall for the third installment of the acclaimed On Bird Hill and Beyond series of children’s books written for the renowned Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

In On Bird Hill, Yolen and Marstall took readers on a surreal journey with a boy and his dog as they see the natural world, ultimately witnessing the miracle of a chick emerging from an egg.

On Duck Pond continued their journey, this time at a serene pond filled with birds, frogs, and turtles who are suddenly disrupted by their intrusion, but soon settle back into a quiet equilibrium. On Gull Beach brings us to an idyllic shoreline in Cape Cod, where gulls hover, dive, and chase with pitched acrobatics in pursuit of a seastar. This enchanting sequel in a brand new habitat will delight readers young and old.

About the Author: Jane Yolen has authored more than 370 books, including the Caldecott-winning Owl Moon, which every budding young ornithologist owns, You Nest Here With Me, which is a popular new favorite, and the New York Times bestselling series How Do Dinosaurs. Jane Yolen’s books have been translated into over 20 languages and are popular around the world. Jane's husband, David Stemple, was both a well known bird recordist and a professor of computer science and he taught the entire family how to identify birds. Many of Jane’s books are about wildlife subjects, especially the winged kind. Jane lives in Easthampton, MA. Visit her online at

About the Illustrator: Bob Marstall is the illustrator of nine nonfiction children’s books, including the The Lady and the Spider, which sold over a quarter-of-a-million copies and was a Reading Rainbow selection. Bob has also been honored with an ALA Notable; an IRA Teachers’ Choice; a Smithsonian Magazine Notable Book for Children; and three John Burroughs selections.

In addition, two of Bob’s books are included in the New York Times Parent’s Guide’s “1001 Best Books of the Twentieth Century.” Bob Lives in Easthamton, MA. Visit him online at

About the Cornell Lab: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a world leader in the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds. Our hallmarks are scientific excellence and technological innovation to advance the understanding of nature and to engage people of all ages in learning about birds and protecting the planet.


  • One (1) winner will receive a set of On Bird Hill, On Duck Pond, and On Gull Beach -- great summer reads!
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  • ends 5/13/18 
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Danielle H. said...

I love Jane Yolen's writing and these books will be loved and shared here.

Gwendolyn Jordan said...

Sounds good

Slowsly said...

I always enjoy Jane’s books. I look forward to the story and illustrations.

Carl Scott said...

What a great chance to win all three books. My little nephew will love them.

John Smith said...

Those are three beautifully designed books!

Lynnette said...

I have many of Jane Yolen's books in my school library. I love the variety of her subject matter and the many types of books she writes from picture books to easy readers, from folk and fairy tales to fiction. So much talent!

Kristie said...

A beautiful series of books!!

Dan Denman said...

I am looking forward to the stories and illustrations in these books.