A West Coast Summer


A West Coast Summer


“To the sea, to the sea,

who or what waits here for me?”

We’re now offering this 2018 BC Bestselling children’s book, a wonderful Collaboration with West Coast writer Caroline Woodward

Pairing two dozen of Carol Evans’s wonderful watercolours with a lilting rhyming story by Caroline Woodward, A West Coast Summer tells of a timeless, idyllic season where “Sea salt in the air floats everywhere / and cedars smell so sweet beside the shore.” Children race bikes along sand flats, search under logs and in tide pools for tiny creatures, jig at the dock for herring, dance at a totem raising ceremony, pick berries, make memories and leave footprints in the sand.

Evans’s illustrations capture the jubilation of children exploring the seashore, inspiring young readers to take their own journey to the sea to discover who or what waits for them in the Pacific Northwest—and learn that the best memories are those shared with family and friends.

Readers of all ages will enjoy this charming collaboration, sure to become a West Coast children’s classic.

24 Illustrations, color
8.5 x 11 - 32 pp $22……each signed by the Artist

Praise for A West Coast Summer

“Most readers will feel the need to look closer to convince themselves that Carol Evans's art is not photographic or at least not produced with a camera. It is not, but it is certainly true to life while evocative of time and place and feeling... Caroline Woodward, author children's book including Singing Away the Dark (illustrated by Julie Morstad, Simply Read Books, 2011), knows how to put power in words. She hears what children are feeling and thinking and takes the reader with them to the places they visit...For those who live on or visit the west coast, A West Coast Summer will be familiar and comfortable. It will be home. For those who have never been, the book will be an invitation.” ~ CanLit for Little Canadians

“Readers of all ages will delight in this celebration of all that makes the West Coast unique. A beautiful keepsake for any library, A West Coast Summer would be as much at home on the coffee table as on the nursery bookshelf.” ~ Devon Arthur, Quill & Quire

“Caroline Woodward pens a poetic ode to the sights and wonders of the Pacific Northwest in A West Coast Summer, which Carol Evans gorgeously complements with photorealistic paintings.” - Quill & Quire Books for Young People Fall Preview

“The paintings are so lifelike you may mistake them for photos, and the prose so inviting you can picture yourself on the sparkling sea or the soft sand. A few paintings depict Indigenous children, inviting a conversation on traditional ways of life in British Columbia.” Raina Delisle, Hakai Magazine

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