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

Seaside books worth reading:

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Episode 133
Blueberries for Sal
Miss Rumphius
Make Way for Ducklings
The Little Island (Dell Picture Yearling)
One Morning in Maine
Time of Wonder (Picture Puffins)
Hello Lighthouse
The Maggie B
The Wishes of the Fish King
Sea Glass Summer
Beach House
Hello Ocean
Yellow Kayak
The Merry Shipwreck (Little Golden Book)
The Boy and the Ocean
The Storm
Scuffy the Tugboat and His Adventures Down the River
Wonders of Nature (Little Golden Book)
The Raft
The Sea Chest
Ocean Meets Sky

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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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