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Book Signing with Fellow Children’s Book Authors
Date: Sunday, April 26, 2009
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Location: Barnes & Noble NorthPark Mall
Davenport, Iowa
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Speaker on a Panel, “Nonfiction Book Blast: Booktalks for Reluctant Readers”
Date: Sunday, July 12, 2009
Time: 10:30 to 12 Noon
Location: ALA 2009 Annual Conference
Chicago, Illinois
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The Book

Sample Activity

Lighthouses for Kids has many activities scattered through the book. Ranging from building a lighthouse model that lights up to decorating a lighthouse cake, these activities are loads of hands-on fun best enjoyed with family and friends.

decorate a seashell picture frame

When their family lived at San Diego's Old Point Loma Lighthouse, Henry, Robert, and Joseph Israel liked to collect shells from the nearby beach. Their father, Robert Sr., was lighthouse keeper there from 1871 to 1891. Their mother, Maria, was an assistant keeper from 1873 to 1876. The boys polished the shells with a grindstone and sold them to visiting tourists. They also gave smaller shells to their mother, who made decorative frames to sell. You can use shells to decorate a frame, too.

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You’ll Need

- Old newspapers
- Ruler
- Pencil
- Clear plastic 5 × 7-inch (12.7 × 17.8 cm) picture frame that stands up by itself (horizontal or vertical)
- Small decorative shells (sold in craft stores)
- Craft stick
- Clear tacky craft glue

Cover work surface with newspapers. Use your ruler and press firmly with your pencil to mark off a 1-inch (2.5-cm) border around every side of the frame.

If you want the same type of shell in each corner or along each edge, set four similar shells aside. Place the remaining shells in a second pile and broken pieces in a third one. Use the craft stick to spread glue along one edge of the frame within the marked-off area. Press each shell firmly into the glue. Apply more glue as needed. Fill in the spaces between the shells with broken pieces. Let each side dry before tackling another side. Insert a picture when all the glue has dried.