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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Royal Dragonfly Second Place: Best Illustrations                                                                        Honorable Mentions: Children’s Picture Books 5 & Younger, Children’s Picture Books 6 & Older, New Author (Fiction)

Story Monster Approved

Chanticleer International Shortlisted

Available on Amazon

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Tex the Explorer: Journey to Mars in the Classroom

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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 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!

Available on Amazon