I am so excited to -- at long, long, long last -- be able to share the project I've been working on for the past year and a half -- the Zoey and Sassafras chapter book series!!!
As S moved into chapter books, I felt frustrated by the lack of content in a lot of our choices. I was also frustrated by the lack of great role models (we felt like many of the characters we encountered were mean or rude or bratty), so I wanted to create something that addressed both of those problems.
Zoey and Sassafras weaves magic with actual science. I chose age-appropriate elementary science concepts and pick a few to explore by way of a magical creature in each book. Zoey, my main character, is a sweet kiddo who loves to explore outside and of course is an avid little scientist.
The books feature larger font size, and black and white illustrations on almost every page. The books are written at a 2nd grade independent reading level, but we are hearing from lots of parents that it's a great first read aloud chapter book for kids as young as 3 or 4! We've also heard that kids up to ages 10/11 have been enjoying it -- which is so awesome. If you're not sure if it will be the right fit for your kiddo or not, you can read the FIRST THREE CHAPTERS of book one for free right now (click here to open the sample in a new window).
Not only did I get to work with an amazingly talented illustrator from the UK, Marion Lindsay...
...but I also got to work with my daughter, S. She painstakingly hand wrote (and drew) all of the main character's science journal entries and she helped me craft the kid-friendly vocabulary definitions in the glossary at the back of the book.
The books are available online worldwide as well as in stores and libraries here in the US and abroad. If your local bookstore or library doesn't already have it, you should be able to request it with no problem, no matter where you live! If you need help locating an international distributor, etc, please always feel free to contact me and I'm happy to help. Also, once you've read the stories, be sure to check out the Zoey and Sassafras book website that is full of fun extension activities and a ton of great educational resources for teachers, homeschoolers, and parents.