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Juana Martinez-Neal

#GRA20 – Week 4

Hello again! Happy fourth week of the Global Read Aloud 2020! This week is all about Swashby and the Sea written by Beth Ferry, illustrated by me and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Swashby and the Sea was released just this year on May 5th. I hope you enjoy the book and it brings you good memories of Summer, the beach and the ocean. Don’t miss visiting the book’s page for interviews, videos, podcasts and more.

Please post your questions below as comments by Wednesday. I’ll gather the questions and see you on Thursday in a new video with the answer to your questions.

Thank you for participating in the #GRA20! Thank you for reading my books!

See you on Thursday!

Children's book author and illustrator, mami of three, wife, sun aficionado, amateur singer and Margarita lover born in Lima, Peru and living in sunny AZ.


  • October 27, 2020

    Mrs. Olson's Class-Plainfield ,Wi

    Did you choose a crab because Swashby is a crabby old recluse?????

  • October 30, 2020

    Carol Stream Students wonder:
    Do you make all your books in color?
    What’s your favorite thing to do in your spare time?
    What is your favorite bird? Why do you have a bird on your website?
    Do you have an imaginary friend?
    Who is your favorite character you’ve made?
    If you could be any animal, which one would you be?

  • November 4, 2020

    Mrs. Daughdrill's Class

    What do you hope readers learn from this book?
    Did you the characters in this book off people you know in real life?
    Why do you use similar colors and styles in all your illustrations?

  • November 4, 2020

    Mrs. Daughdrill's Class

    One of my students has a theory that Swashby is really Poseidon and that is why he can communicate with the sea. What do you think?
    How old is Swashby and how long did he live there all alone before the neighbors moved in?
    What do you use for inspiration for your pictures?
    About how long does it take you to illustrate a book?

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