Today we’re heading to the coast of Maine… at least in our imagination. I’m chatting with Amanda Dykes, author of the adult fiction novel, Whose Waves These Are, in a summer episode that celebrates seaside tales.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • how the books we read as children can impact us for life
  • the unique way that books transport us
  • how books can serve as “functional souvenirs” (the best kind!)

I also answer a listener question about organizing personal vs family books, and how I decide if a book should become part of our permanent collection. (The book I mention in this part is Outside Your Window by Nicola Davies and Mark Hearld.)

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2:38Organizing your book collection
5:09When to buy a book
9:24Writing village lit
10:47A blustery lobster fisherman
13:40Visiting Maine
15:01‘Forming a sense of place’
17:33Maine books
19:53‘Voice, tone, whimsy, magic’
22:24Seaside books
25:29Functional souvenirs
27:11How books connect us to a place
30:33The Lighthouse Family books
31:26Let the Kids Speak

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Episode 133
Blueberries for Sal

Blueberries for Sal

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Sal goes blueberry picking with mama, but it turns out a mama bear and baby bear had the same idea. Wait - will the right babies go home with the right mamas?

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Miss Rumphius

Miss Rumphius

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Easily among my all-time favorites. The story of little Alice, whose grandfather invites her to travel the globe, come home to the salty sea, and do something to make the world more beautiful. Listen to my special edition podcast episode about the author.

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Make Way for Ducklings

Make Way for Ducklings

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Another classic from Robert McCloskey! Mr. and Mrs. Mallard are searching for the perfect place to raise their family. Will they find a place to call home?

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The Little Island (Dell Picture Yearling)

The Little Island (Dell Picture Yearling)

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Once there was a little island in the ocean. That little island changes as the seasons come and go. The storm and the day and night change it. So do the lobsters and seals and gulls that stop by. Then one day a kitten visits the little island and learns a secret that every child will enjoy.

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One Morning in Maine

One Morning in Maine

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Robert McCloskey is perhaps one of the greatest children's book authors/illustrators we've ever known. This story is especially perfect for any child who has recently lost a tooth!

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Time of Wonder (Picture Puffins)

Time of Wonder (Picture Puffins)

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Winner of the Caldecott Medal! For fans of Blueberries for Sal, One Morning in Maine, and Make way for Ducklings."Out on the islands that poke their rocky shores above the waters of Penobscot Bay, you can watch the time of the world go by, from minute to minute, hour to hour, from day to day . . ."...

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Pond

Pond

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The joy of the seasons, the wonder of discovery, and the appreciation and respect for the natural world is at the heart of this book, drawn from the childhood of award-winning illustrator Jim LaMarche.

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Hello Lighthouse

Hello Lighthouse

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Be transported to the seaside in this timeless tale of life inside a Lighthouse. This book won the 2019 Caldecott Award for good reason. Spend some time enjoying the lush illustrations.

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Sea Glass Summer

Sea Glass Summer

$16.99

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Author Michelle Houts and illustrator Bagram Ibatoulline explore the magic of one of the seaside’s greatest wonders and the bonds that link us through time.One summer, a boy named Thomas visits his grandmother at her seaside cottage. She gives him a magnifying glass that once belonged to his grand...

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Beach House

Beach House

$16.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

A long, long drive.It's been a yearof dreaming, waiting.Now, summer's here.In a funny and heartfelt celebration of family, vacations, and the joy of the sea, Deanna Caswell and Amy June Bates capture the essence of summer—building sand castles, jumping the waves, and watching the stars come out...

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Hello Ocean

Hello Ocean

$7.95

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Dive into this playful poem about the draw of the shore and the effect the ocean has on all five senses. Relive a day at the beach with this lovely book of memories. You can almost feel the salt spray on your face and smell the musky scent of ocean in the cool morning air. Remember how the sand squ...

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Yellow Kayak

Yellow Kayak

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A child and his beloved best friend go on a grand sea adventure in this magical picture book by the author and artist who created If I Had a Little Dream.You just never know what a new day will hold if you are brave enough to find out.

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The Maggie B

The Maggie B

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Series: Episodes, Episode 19
Tag: Episode 133

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A little girl's wish for one day of sailing on a ship named after her comes true, but a storm at sea threatens to ruin the adventure.

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The Merry Shipwreck (Little Golden Book)

The Merry Shipwreck (Little Golden Book)

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On peaceful days on his barge in New York Harbor, Captain Barnacle loves to spin salty yarns about his life on the Seven Seas and the shipwrecks he's been in.

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Scuffy the Tugboat and His Adventures Down the River

Scuffy the Tugboat and His Adventures Down the River

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One of the most beloved children's stories ever—the classic Little Golden Book tale of Scuffy, an adventurous little tugboat. Meant for "bigger things," Scuffy the Tugboat leaves the man with the polka-dot tie and his little boy and sets off to explore the world.

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Wonders of Nature (Little Golden Book)

Wonders of Nature (Little Golden Book)

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From opals to orchids and tapirs to toadstools, this beautiful collection brings more than 100 incredible items from the natural world to life. Perfect for all the nature-loving readers on the planet we call home.

 

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The Raft

The Raft

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Inspired in part by his own childhood, this gorgeous picture book from Jim LaMarche, the beloved illustrator of A Story for Bear and The Elves and the Shoemaker, tells the story of one stubborn boy’s unexpectedly wonderful summer on the river.

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The Sea Chest

The Sea Chest

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As they wait for the arrival of a new baby, Maita tells her great-grandniece the story of her remarkable childhood. Living sheltered on a lighthouse island with only her parents for company, Maita always longed for a sibling-longed not to be the only child the ragged island knew.

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Ocean Meets Sky

Ocean Meets Sky

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From the creators of the gorgeous bestseller The Night Gardener comes a stunning new picture book about a young boy who sets sail to find a place his grandfather told him about the spot where the ocean meets the sky.

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The Wishes of the Fish King

The Wishes of the Fish King

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In this luminously illustrated and poetic picture book, a little girl and her father and mother journey by foot and by boat together through the fairy tale wonders of the world they share.

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The Boy and the Ocean

The Boy and the Ocean

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Best-selling author Max Lucado helps young children grasp the unending love of God in this beautifully illustrated story of discovery and wonder in exploring the amazing world that God has made.

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The Storm

The Storm

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Series: Seaside Picture Books, Book 1
Tag: Episode 133

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Life with only the sea can be lonely. Just ask Pandora and Seabold—they've lived most of their lives with the sea,  and they're each quite used to being alone. Or they were. But one day, something extraordinary happens... (this book is the beginning of a series)

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Quote to remember:

“Where can you find such high density voice, tone, whimsy, magic, just the absolute heartbeat of a place… other than children’s books?” – Amanda Dykes


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