Congratulations on the release of Today I Am A Penguin. Please tell us more about it.
About the book:
A young girl takes her stuffed penguin on a sled ride that turns into an Antarctic adventure when her imagination transforms them into Adelie penguins. Packed with educational information and action adventure, children experience what it is like to be a penguin.
What was the inspiration for this book?
Melissa: Children have such amazing imaginations! I have watched them over the years pretend to be all kinds of things and learn as they pretend. I wanted to have a book that teaches children and is packed with science curriculum but does so in a fun imaginative way where they can enjoy learning.
What is your favorite moment from the book?
Melissa: Probably when Kaleigh, Ian, and Sammy are “flying in the water.” I think that would be the most fun about being a penguin.
Is this your first published book?
Congratulations! First book publication is SO exciting.
We’d love to hear more about you.
I’ve loved to write and draw since I was a little girl. Much of my time growing up was spent drawing and writing as well as reading. After high school, I earned an associate degree in child development and a bachelor’s in illustration. Soon after graduation, I married and had four children in eight years. Busy with my beautiful family, I worked on writing and illustrating when I could, taking writing courses, attending SCBWI conventions, and learning from other writers and illustrators. I currently teach art part time at a private school where I write and develop the curriculum for my classes.
Do you have any book signing events or book tours scheduled for Today I Am A Penguin?
Melissa: Not yet but readers can find out about those events on my website under the Books page
How can our readers learn more about you and any upcoming Today I Am A Penguin events?
Melissa: Look on my web site: www.Melissa-Ross.com