AUBURN, Mass. — Auburn native Joanne Roach-Evans will share the wonders of the New England seashore with Auburn children through a reading of her new book "Seashells: Treasures from the Northeast Coast" at the Auburn Public Library in May.
The book was written and illustrated by Roach-Evans, who grew up in Auburn and now lives in Worcester.
Few pleasures are greater than searching for seashells on the beach with children, she said. Her beautifully illustrated pocket guide helps spark their curiosity even further by aiding young beachcombers in finding and identifying shells of animals commonly found on Northeast shores.
While the seashell guides span the Atlantic Coast from Maine to Florida, Roach-Evans' guide was written specifically with the Northeast in mind. It describes clams, limpets, whelks, mussels, oysters, periwinkles and more, in gentle prose with just the right amount of scientific information to satisfy the budding explorer.
Roach-Evans wrote and illustrated her first children’s book at age 9 and decided that she would grow up to be a children’s book author and illustrator. She pursued her passion for art at the School of the Worcester Art Museum and her love of writing at Worcester State University, where she received her master's degree in education.
She teaches art and graphic design. As a curious naturalist, Roach-Evans draws inspiration from the natural world and expresses it in her writing and painting. When she’s not teaching, writing or painting, she can be found beachcombing along New England’s shores.
"Seashells: Treasures from the Northeast Coast" will be released by Islandport Press on March 10. Roach-Evans will have a book reading and signing with an exhibit of shells at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at the Auburn Public Library.
For more information about the book, visit the publisher's website.