Serena and I are thrilled to welcome you to our little world of science, curiosity and adventure! We are both working hard putting the finishing touches on our first story together. Working on a partnership like this is fun and challenging. We spent so may late nights telling stories over tea and decomposing tree leaves. Serena said it was okay to share with you that she did demand several drafts of her image till I got the whirl on her shell just right.
The Curious Little Snail will hit the shelves no later than this summer. This children’s book aims to bring small-scale epic adventures to your living room or classroom. Kids will enjoy the lively images, engaging story and fun characters of Serena and her Papa. Parents and teachers will appreciate the underlying lessons around scientific inquiry, curiosity and asking questions. At the end of each book you will find teaching activities and discussion questions to foster deeper scientific learning, curiosity and wild natural adventures.
Through this weekly blog, Serena and I are excited about sharing snail secrets about gastropods, learning, and getting outside to create your own adventures. We would love for you to subscribe to our blog, look for us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for current updates and follow us on Pintrest for fun snail crafts, pictures and learning opportunities! (Follow the links at the bottom of the page)
Bringing her passion for animal conservation and science, Ashley’s stories strive to be powerful teaching tools for the parent or teacher. Her characters are often unexpected animals drawn from her experiences as a zoo keeper and environmental educator.
Learn more about her work in art and education here.
If you’re trying to stay cool in this record heat, try following Serena the Snail through the lush vegetation of the Pacific Northwest.
Serena and her papa have great fun exploring the flora and fauna. Serena’s message is one that resonate in children’s ears: if at first you don’t succeed, then try, try again. Making a mistake is a great learning experience. Don’t fear failure. Even tiny little Serena learns that lesson.
Written and illustrated by Ashley Young. Now available at lulu.com.
Ashley’s launch is forthcoming. Stay tuned for the date.
The book comes as a coffee table style book. The images are bold and beautiful.
A soft cover version is also available. No matter which one appeals to you, the lesson remains the same. Papa is a wise one.
How many times do we just walk past nature’s miracles without even noticing? Papa says it best: “Pace yourself, Little Snail. There are many secrets to discover and plenty of time.” @serenathesnail @crystalpubs2014