“Toby was inspired by a lot of very wonderful kids saying, ‘write a turtle book!’ And my ongoing obsession with all things aquatic,” Nyikos said. In her new picture book, Toby, Nyikos weaves a vibrant, educational story about a curious little sea turtle who follows his heartsong from egg to ocean. Toby faces all sorts of hungry obstacles along the way that he turns from danger into adventure, and even a ride out to sea. Playfully illustrated by Shawn Sisneros, Toby includes a facts page at the end that educators and parents can use to introduce children to the life cycle of sea turtles, with additional readings about these fascinating creatures who make their homes in the ocean but their nests on land. For more books about ocean animals, check out Toby’s predecessors - Squirt (a squid), Shelby (a lemon shark), and Dizzy (a pacific white-sided dolphin). There’s fun for everyone in this underwater series!
ABOUT – Stacy Nyikos (http://www.stacyanyikos.com/
A frequent presenter at schools, Stacy A. Nyikos, is the author of numerous books for children that have won multiple awards. She holds a BA from Notre Dame – landlocked – an MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College – also landlocked – and a PhD from the University of Virginia – again, landlocked – and lives with her husband, two daughters, and dog in the wilds of Oklahoma, or, about as far away from the ocean as a body can get. Her love of the ocean is a happy coincidence. For more information, visit our website at StacyNyikos.com or contact Michele Kophs, Event Coordinator, at 360.597.3432.