Hi, I'm Nell!
I love adventure, nature, and books. My first book, DOWN UNDER THE PIER, came out in April, 2020. It was inspired by all the fun I've had with my family UP ON the Santa Monica Pier, with the games, thrill rides, and treats, and DOWN UNDER the pier, at low tide, having adventures with the creatures in the intertidal zone.
Here's a little peek from the book, with amazing illustrations by Rachell Sumpter, with more info about the book, including where to buy it, below.
THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT WE KNOW—TO SLIP DOWN THE STAIRS WHEN THE TIDE IS LOW, AWAY FROM IT ALL, WHERE ALMOST NOBODY GOES.
There’s lots of fun to be had up on the pier—the Ferris wheel, cotton candy, the carousel—but it’s down under the pier, at low tide, where the real magic can be found.
Children are invited to experience the fantastical realm of the natural world, from mussels and barnacles to kelp and seashells, all hiding mere steps away from the lights and games of the pier.
A brief guide to some common creatures of the intertidal community can be found at the back of the book, the opportunity for learning a welcome supplement to Beckerman’s poetic adventure and Sumpter’s equally enchanting illustrations.
Personally signed books are available at Children's Book World and can be shipped anywhere.
Also available at Amazon and Bookshop (in support of indie bookstores)
Wednesday, April 16 2020
8 A.M. Virtual reading at Camp Cosmo Book Club
Friday, May 16 2020
Virtual author visit at Apex Elementary School, Apex, North Carolina
Sunday, June 7 10-10:30 AM PDT 2020
Virtual book celebration party on Crowdcast.
Wednesday, Feb 3 WORLD READ ALOUD DAY 2021
Will Rogers Elementary
St. Paul the Apostle Elementary
Mission Viejo Christian School
Webster Elementary Malibu
Wednesday, Feb 10 2021
7:30 PM Mountain Time
Bedtime story time at Second Star to the Right books. Put on your PJs and join me with fellow authors Gabi Snyder and Claire Annette Noland for a fun a cozy time. Join my mailing list to get details delivered right to your inbox!
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"Beckerman’s lightly repetitive, sometimes rhyming text imbues the narrative with a gentle surge and pull (“They don’t know what we know— / To slip down the stairs when the tide is low”), breaking in small moments of wonder and discovery...The book concludes with a simple, engaging illustrated guide to some of the sea creatures that can be found in the intertidal zone. A dreamy tribute to summer days—and sea life and the spaces in-between."
"This colorful celebration of nature’s wonders and children’s curiosity showcases the beauty of the outdoors, and its sight words and easy-to-understand language make it ideal for newly independent readers."
Named to the Children's Book Council's March Hot Off the Press List
"Such a beautiful book! I felt the delight of the children exploring the enchanted watery world below the pier."
Virtual Handselling: Recommendations from Bookshop Santa Cruz Head Children's Buyer Publisher's Weekly
"A colorful and exuberant celebration of playing at the beach."
Virtual Handselling: Recommendations from Book Passage's Children's Buyer Publisher's Weekly
"...Beckerman's descriptions truly shine with the deep and lasting impressions of new discovery."
Celebrating Picture Books
"This book will be read again and again by kids (and adults) that want to be transported. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!"
Perfect Picture Book Friday
"This book is such a STUNNER!"
Little Books Big World
"The poetic and lyrical language perfectly capture both the fast-paced excitement on the pier as well as the mysterious beauty of the intertidal zone."
A Field Trip Life
"Beautifully written text celebrates the simple wonders and delights that piers offer."
Book Nerd Mommy