Ever heard of a ghost crab? Goblin shark? Vampire squid? Yep, they’re all REAL sea creatures who happen to be named after unreal Halloween monsters! How fun is that!?
Continue reading “FREE Printable (Undersea) Halloween Coloring Sheets”
Creating a themed gift basket is super fun, both for the one gifting it and the lucky receiver. Here are our tips for making one for a kid a total knockout! Continue reading “4 Tips for Creating a Knockout Kids’ Gift Basket”
We’ve created FREE Ocean Fun Activity Pages for you to print and get kids excited about learning with an undersea theme. Colors, numbers, animal matching & names, a maze, and a coloring page too! Continue reading “Ocean Fun Activity Pages (FREE Printables!)”
Make reading time special with an undersea bookmark. Print, cut, tie a ribbon, and you’re all set! Continue reading “Undersea Bookmark Printable (Freebie!)”
For Valentine’s Day, we came up with some lovable ocean-themed puns and made them into FREE printable and shareable cards using the artwork from our children’s books. Spread the ocean love! Continue reading “Ocean Valentine’s Day Greetings (Freebie!)”
We have exciting news! We have been joyfully crafting our third children’s picture book these last several months, and it is now on the shelf at Amazon.com! We’re especially excited because it is the first sequel to our Zale’s Tales ocean adventure.
We can’t wait to share a sneak peek with you and the kids in your life! So, get ready for a splashing, fun-filled episode of the adventures of Zale and the amazing undersea world in Zale’s Tales: The Ocean Seeker…
We’re so excited to celebrate Picture Book Month, as we -*drum roll, please*- are working on our third one! Today’s post is all about taking you back to the glorious adventures that picture books possess…Enjoy! Continue reading “The Magic of Picture Books”
We had so much fun creating a Halloween-themed children’s book with an ocean twist that we wanted to give you a behind-the-scenes peek into how we illustrated Shalloween. Each page is truly a labor of love, so get ready to see it come alive! Continue reading “Behind-the-Scenes Into Our New Book (Shalloween)”
With the fall season starting to make its entrance, we can’t help but hold our exciting news hostage for much longer. So here it is! We’ve been busily working on our second children’s book this summer, and it is now hot off the press!
Yes, we’ve been secretly toiling to create a fun and lighthearted ocean-themed Halloween adventure, and we’ve named it….SHALLOWEEN!
So in celebration, we’re going to share a preview of the book with you today… Continue reading “Big News: Our 2nd Book is Here!”
We are so thrilled that ocean champion and author of the blog Ocean of Hope (at http://protecttheoceans.org) and her 5-year old highly recommend our children’s book, Zale’s Tales! We are ecstatic that she feels as we do:
“This book is a great introduction to the ocean world and its inhabitants for young and old alike. I highly recommend this book to any ocean lovers, or to those who would like to nurture the next generation of ocean lovers.”
If you have a soft spot for the ocean (who doesn’t!) and want to share the ocean wonder with young ones you know, we hope you will check out our book. It is available on Amazon by clicking here.
Here is her full review: Continue reading “Ocean of Hope Review of Our Children’s Book”
Ever wonder what kind of setup or art supplies go into the making of a children’s book? To each artist his or her own, but here’s a special behind-the-scenes look into our art station: Continue reading “Children’s Book Art Station Sneak Peek”
This simple technique will help make sure that a stingray hidden in the sand won’t upset your relaxing beach fun! Continue reading “Stingrays + Beach Safety Tip”
There is something so sweet and energizing about reaching for your deepest, most (sea) starry dreams. For us, what started as an inkling of “Wouldn’t it be amazing to write and illustrate a children’s book about the ocean?” has now transformed into a solid “Let’s make MORE children’s books!”
One of the most exciting things about illustrating children’s books is choosing colors! We wanted to show the ocean and its creatures accurately but VIBRANTLY to really captivate the imagination. So, at the craft store down the acrylic paint aisle, our conversation went something like this: Continue reading “Illustrating Behind the Scenes: Choosing Colors”
Zale is a Greek name meaning “the power of the sea”
In Zale’s Tales: The Quest for the Magic Pearl, Zale is a true adventurer, exploring the ocean as he changes into real ocean creatures. Each animal he changes into gives him a unique adventure and experience.
Before I really started getting into painting, I thought that a brush was a brush, and it didn’t really matter much. But I must confess, as strange as it may sound, I have developed a bond with a select few brushes that make paint magic!
Meet the magic makers, along with SNEAK PEEKS into Zale’s Tales: A Quest for the Magic Pearl: Continue reading “Paintbrush Magic + SNEAK PEEK into Zale’s Tales!”