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Inspired by true stories, A Little Brown Bat Story follows one bat through his daily ritual of eating and sleeping, and his annual migration to a safe spot to hibernate in winter. Through a simple narrative with beautiful illustrations, young readers will learn about Little Brown Bat behavior and habitat, threats to the bats' survival, and respectful human interaction to help conserve this important and threatened species. Written by Melissa Kim and illustrated by Jada Fitch. Board book, 24 pages, Children's, Ages 2-6. 2015.
Melissa Kim is the author of six children's books (including a series of books on endangered animals), one adult guidebook, and countless articles for children's magazines. She has worked as a writer and editor for more than twenty years in New York and London. Currently the children's and young adult book editor at Islandport Press, she has a BA from Brown University and a Masters from New York University. She has also served as the editor of Habitat, the magazine of the Maine Audubon Society. A Snowy Owl Story, the first title in the Wildlife on the Move Series (created in partnership with the Maine Audubon Society), was called "full of science and purpose" and named one of the best bird books of 2015 by the National Audubon Society. Kim currently lives in Maine with her husband and son.
Jada Fitch grew up in a family-built log cabin in Sebago, Maine. Much of her childhood was spent attending art classes, working on craft projects, and building forts at her grandparents' general store. Jada majored in Illustration at the Maine College of Art, before spending a couple of years soaking up the sun in Los Angeles. (She ultimately decided that Maine was a better fit, and moved back to her native state.) She works primarily in pen and ink, using watercolors or Photoshop to add soft, realistic tones to her illustrations. Fitch lives in Portland, Maine, with her husband, Philip, and dog, Daisy. When she's not at her desk drawing, she's usually out birding, or knitting and watching nature documentaries.