The INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD recognized Tex the Explorer – Journey Through Our Solar System by Ellie Smith, Illustrated by Eyen Johnson, as a Distinguished Favorite in the category of Children’s Picture Books.
The competition is judged by experts from different aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters. Selected IPA Award Winners and Distinguished Favorites are based on overall excellence.
Tex the Explorer: Journey Through Our Solar System continues the journey of Tex the Explorer. Tex is a young T-Rex. He loves to explore. For his birthday his parents gave him a rocket ship. Tex is off to explore our Solar System!
In 2022, the INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD had entries worldwide. Authors and publishers from countries such as Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Jordan, Puerto Rico, Switzerland participated.
Tex the Explorer – Journey Through Our Solar System is available on Amazon.
Available on Amazon
A friend asked for ideas on how to use Tex the Explorer: Journey to Mars in her classroom, and I thought this was a great question!
I came up with two ideas.
First of all, I hope it is a great book to use to support the study of the planets in the primary grades. All of the information in the book about Mars is factual. (I have space scientists in my family and had all my facts triple checked!) I have heard from folks who bought the book, that it is a great conversation starter for kids about space.
Another use for the book would be that it was written by a teacher and illustrated by her former student. Neither of us are professionals, and neither of us has done anything like this before. I hope it would be an authentic inspiration for students to write their own books about what they are passionate about. You don’t have to get your book published and sell it on Amazon for it to be a real book. With technology today, it is fairly simple to produce a book to share with friends. Holding a “book fair” to showcase student work would be a great way to present final products.
I would also be honored to communicate with students who are working on writing their own books. I am happy to email, Skype, or visit in person – if you happen to live in Central Pennsylvania, the DC suburbs, or any place I could use as an excuse for a good trip – Venice would definitely be doable! If you are in the DC area, I could also see if my illustrator is available. He is pretty busy with college, but I might be able to get him to join me on a visit. Again, it’s those interactions with real people that have accomplished real things that make the experience authentic.
*If you use Tex the Explorer: Journey to Mars in your classroom, please let me know how!
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