Pirates, Manatees, and Mysteries! Oh My!
Welcome to the world of Jane Wood’s books. Juvenile fiction author Jane R. Wood captures the imagination of young readers ages 9-14 through stories rich with mystery, adventure, and humor. Follow the escapades of the Johnson family, as 13-year old Joey hears voices in St. Augustine; 9-year old Bobby has a close encounter with a manatee; and 5-year old Katy meets a pirate on Amelia Island. Wood weaves the history and the environment of her settings into her storylines, making her books educational, as well as fun.
My Books are Virtually Everywhere Now!
November 07 2012
As more students and schools are using e-readers at home and in their classrooms, we've now made all four of my books available as e-books on both Kindle and Nook devices.
They’re all reasonably-priced at $2.99… just in time for the holidays
I’ve Been Busy lately…
During the past few months I’ve been to schools, museums, convention centers, and even a zoo for book signings and presentations. It’s always fun to meet book characters, students, young readers and their families, and to connect with other authors and illustrators.
‘Tis the Season!
Stumped on what to get a young reader on your shopping list? My books can be ordered here. If you include a note about who the book is for, I’ll be glad to sign and personalize it.
Even Santa likes a good ghost story!
Upcoming Events for Jane
Nov. 29 - Author Visit to Hillcrest Elementary, Orlando, Florida
Dec. 1, 1:00 pm - Book Signing, Barnes & Noble, St. Johns Town Center, Jacksonville
Dec. 3 - Author Extravaganza, Christ Church Academy, Jacksonville
Dec. 6 - Author Visit to Freedom Shores Elementary, West Palm Beach
Dec. 7 - Author Visit to L.C. Swain Middle School, West Palm Beach
Dec. 10 - Author Visit to Clay Hill Elementary, Clay County, Florida
Back to School
August 21 2012
As the new school year begins, teachers and parents are challenged to make their students' education more meaningful. I've included a few resources and timely opportunities here to help make learning fun and exciting for kids.
Get Kids Involved!
One of the best ways to teach kids about the importance of preserving the environment is to give them a real-world experience outside of the classroom.
September 15 is national Coastal Cleanup Day. Many beach communities are sponsoring local cleanup activities. To find one of these events in your area, simply Google Coastal Cleanup 2012 (and add your state or county.) Many of these cleanup efforts have activities designed especially for kids.
And then of course, if you want them to read a fun fiction book about kids who do something to help preserve the environment in their own neighborhood, have them read Trouble on the St. Johns River by Jane R. Wood. That’s me! Books are available through my website at http://www.janewoodbooks.com and I offer discounts to schools.
Talk Like a Pirate Day - September 19
Pirate at Palace Saloon Shiver me timbers! September 19 is national Talk like a Pirate Day. What a great opportunity to make learning fun for kids. Some great ideas for educational activities can be found at these websites:
- National Geographic has created lessons with maps for various grade levels. Go to: National Geographic.
- To find pirate math problems, how to build a pirate ship out of recycled materials, or games and puzzles related to Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, go to: Talk Like a Pirate.com/teachers
- And for those kids who like the dark and mysterious, two North Carolina teachers have developed some good language arts and social studies classroom activities for 4th graders about Blackbeard: The Most Feared Pirate of the Atlantic, complete with a downloadable worksheet and a PowerPoint presentation which can be accessed at: Learnnc.org
- And for a little shameless self-promotion…there’s some pirate history included in my book Adventures on Amelia Island: A Pirate, a Princess and Buried Treasure, a book appropriate for grades 3-8. Books are available on my website along with numerous teacher resources.
I’m also going to be doing a book signing at Blue Spring State Park in Orange City, Florida on Saturday, September 22, as part of their Blue Spring Water Festival. This event will include activities for kids, educational displays, programs about the springs and manatees, and guided walks. For details and directions to this Central Florida spring and park, go to Blue Spring State Park.
Florida Heritage Book Festival - September 13-15, 2012
The Florida Heritage Book Festival, held each year in historic St. Augustine, is celebrating its fifth year and has expanded to three days this year.
A Writers Conference will be held on September 13 & 14 at the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and will offer practical advice for writers from published authors, including Steve Berry, Adrian Fogelin and Jeff Lindsey, award-winning author of the Dexter TV series. For details, fees, and to register, go to: Florida Heritage Book Festival
Book lovers can enjoy a free day of literary events from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm on Saturday, September 15 at the Flagler College campus in downtown St. Augustine. Numerous bestselling authors will speak on a variety of topics and genres including fiction, nonfiction and poetry.
For details on all the activities related to this year’s festival, visit Florida Heritage Book Festival.