Off the coast of Washington State rise hundreds of small islands. Some are lush and green. Others are rugged and rocky. And each has its own personality.
Many islands are home mostly to deer, but quite a few have farms and fields, schools and stores, and people.
What is it like to live on an island?
Award-winning author Emma Bland Smith explores what it's like to grow up on an island in the Pacific Northwest from the perspective of a young boy, who wakes up to the sound of a ferry horn, hikes through the woods to get to his bus stop, drops crab pots for dinner, and falls asleep counting orcas instead of sheep.
This book celebrates what's special about island culture and includes a brief nonfiction element on each spread that relates to the narrative.
EMMA BLAND SMITH is a librarian and writer living with her family in San Francisco. Her children's book debut, Journey: Based on the True Story of OR7, the Most Famous Wolf in the West, won the 2017 Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award for children's literature, and the 2017 Cook Prize, which honors the best STEM picture book published for children aged eight to ten. She has written a nonfiction book for adults, San Francisco's Glen Park and Diamond Heights (Arcadia), and has contributed to Sunset and other magazines.
ELIZABETH PERSON's unique illustrations and informational art are her specialties. She loves volunteering on the Cultural Arts Commission for the city of Everett, WA, where she lives. Since 2015 she has contributed to the Live In Everett blog, with sketches of daily life in her part of the world. She grew up exploring the San Juan Islands with her family, regularly flying on island in a 1959 Piper Comanche airplane. During the summer and holidays, you'll find her at many of the Pacific Northwest art festivals and urban craft events.