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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Tex the Explorer: Journey to Mars

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In my humble opinion, I wrote a good book.

Eyen’s illustrations made it Award Winning.

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Mom's Choice Medal      Royal Dragonfly Award         Story Monster Approved Seal
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Tex loves to explore.  For his birthday, his parents gave him a new rocket ship.  Tex is off to explore Mars.

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 Is a 2018 Royal Dragonfly Book Award Winner

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Second Place: Best Illustrations

Honorable Mentions: Children’s Picture Books 5 & Younger, Children’s Picture Books 6 & Older, New Author (Fiction)

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Tex the Explorer: Journey to Mars Receives 2018 Mom’s Choice Award

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Tex the Explorer: Journey to Mars is a

2018 Mom’s Choice Awards® Silver Recipient!

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TEX THE EXPLORER: JOURNEY TO MARS By Ellie Smith, Illustrated by Eyen Johnson

Tex the Explorer: Journey to Mars is an early-reader book written by me, and illustrated by an amazing young man, and former student of mine, Eyen Johnson.

Tex is a young T-Rex who loves to explore.  For his birthday his parents gave him a rocket ship.  Tex is off to explore Mars!

Available on Amazon.

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Future Books Planned for the “Tex the Explorer” Series

Tex the Explorer:  Journey Around the Earth

Tex the Explorer:  Journey Around the Fifty States

Tex the Explorer:  Journey Around the Solar System

Tex the Explorer:  Journey to the Moon

Tex the Explorer:  Journey to the Oceans

Tex the Explorer:  Journey through the Alphabet

Tex the Explorer:  Journey through Numbers

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