I write children’s books that celebrate diversity, creativity, and all the special qualities that make us each unique.
I wrote "Ever Open" with the intention that my older son (who is 8) would read it to his little brother (who is six). It is divided into seven short chapters so it makes for a great beginner’s chapter book. It’s also a good book for early readers with a few challenge words. You can also read it together as a class or family group. Learn about each other while also learning a little about animals from the Everglades habitat.
Please feel free to download and print out this coloring sheet for your children or students to enjoy after reading the book.
Possible questions you could ask them:
What would you say if you were a hatchling opening up for the first time? What sounds would you make?
How would you feel? Would you be afraid, excited, or happy?
Can you imagine what it would be like to be curled up inside of an egg? Try folding yourself up into a little ball and pretend you are hatching, just like Baby D.
Have fun with it and enjoy!