Tex the Explorer: Journey Around the Earth Receives 2019 Mom’s Choice Award

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Tex the Explorer: Journey Around the Earth is a

2019 Mom’s Choice Awards® Silver Recipient!

Available on Amazon.

TEX THE EXPLORER: JOURNEY AROUND THE EARTH By Ellie Smith, Illustrated by Eyen Johnson

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I am very excited to announce that the second book in our award-winning “Tex the Explorer” series is finished and published!  Tex the Explorer: Journey Around the Earth is available on Amazon.  Eyen and I are really proud of this book!

Tex is a young T-Rex.  He loves to explore.  For his birthday his parents gave him an airplane.  Tex is off to explore the seven continents of the Earth!

 

Tex the Explorer: Journey to Mars Wins Sixth Award

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Tex the Explorer: Journey to Mars just won its sixth award!

2019 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards Winner
2019 Independent Press Award® Distinguished Favorite
2018 Chanticleer International Book Awards Shortlist
2018 Story Monsters Approved
2018 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards Winner
2018 Mom’s Choice Awards® Silver Recipient

Tex the Explorer: Journey to Mars by Ellie Smith, Illustrated by Eyen Johnson, is available on Amazon.

Tex the Explorer: Journey to Mars Wins Independent Press Award – Distinguished Favorite

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I am really excited to announce that Tex the Explorer: Journey to Mars won a Distinguished Favorite honor from the Independent Press Awards in the Picture Book Category.

This international competition is judged by industry experts and had entries from around the world.  Eyen and I are truly honored!

Tex the Explorer: Journey to Mars is available on Amazon.  (Read for free on Kindle Unlimited)

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Tex the Explorer: Journey to Preschool!

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Eyen read our book Tex the Explorer: Journey to Mars to a preschool class today.  They are studying space.  How cool is that!

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What are the Odds?

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At our community holiday party on Friday, I sat at a table with a neighbor I had never met before. Her name is Anni Matsick.  As we talked I discovered that she illustrates children’s books.  I told her about the book I had written, that a former student of mine had illustrated. I also told her we had just won several awards in several book contests.  One contest, The Royal Dragonfly Contest, had just announced its annual winners last week.  As we talked we made a remarkable discovery.

The Royal Dragonfly Contest is a national contest for children’s books.  Listed below are three of the categories from this contest:

BEST ILLUSTRATIONS

1st Place: Dinosaurs Living in My Hair! 2 by Jayne Rose-Vallee, illustrated by Anni Matsick

2nd Place: Tex the Explorer: Journey to Mars by Ellie Smith, illustrated by Eyen Johnson

CHILDREN’S BOOKS 5 YEARS AND YOUNGER

Honorable Mentions:
Dinosaurs Living in My Hair! 2 by Jayne Rose-Vallee, illustrated by Anni Matsick

Tex the Explorer: Journey to Mars by Ellie Smith, illustrated by Eyen Johnson

CHILDREN’S BOOKS 6 YEARS AND OLDER

Honorable Mentions:
Dinosaurs Living in My Hair! 2 by Jayne Rose-Vallee, illustrated by Anni Matsick

Tex the Explorer: Journey to Mars by Ellie Smith, illustrated by Eyen Johnson

We had also both placed in the Mom’s Choice Awards.  Anni’s book was a gold recipient, Eyen and I were a silver recipient.

What are the odds that Anni and I would live in the same community in Central Pennsylvania, a block from each other?

 

 

Tex the Explorer: Journey to Mars Wins Several More Awards!

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SM_Dragonfly_Royal_Seal_Winner-01Royal Dragonfly Second Place: Best Illustrations                                                    Honorable Mentions: Children’s Picture Books 5 & Under, Children’s Picture Books 6 & Over, New Author (Fiction)

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Available on Amazon