Welcome Author Elizabeth Shreeve – Giveaway Alert

I’m very excited to share my interview with talented author Elizabeth Shreeve on the book birthday of her new release, OUT OF THE BLUE: How Animals Evolved from Prehistoric Seas illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon. Book birthdays are one of my favorite reasons, okay excuses, to eat cake for breakfast. I hope Elizabeth is enjoying cake this morning too. She is generously offering one lucky winner a signed copy of OUT OF THE BLUE: How Animals Evolved from Prehistoric Seas or one of her previously published books. Comment on the blogpost to enter the giveaway.

What were you like at the age of your target audience?

This photo says it all—I was a bookworm who loved to be outdoors. I spent a lot of time with our dogs and the various cats, birds, mice, and other critters that inhabited the house. Here I’m probably reading one of the Oz books that my dad brought from his own childhood. Dorothy was my role model—brave, adventurous, friendly, and lucky—but I was a dreamy, shy girl. My three older brothers were my heroes, too. They still are.

What inspires you?

I grew up with sand between my toes. Herring gulls, horseshoe crabs, the smell of a mudflat at low tide—those were the backdrops to my childhood on Long Island’s south shore. I live along the Pacific Ocean now, but I’m still inspired by beaches, shorelines, and islands. Give me some crashing waves…I’m happy! The love of oceans helped me dig deep into research when writing the book that’s coming out today: OUT OF THE BLUE: How Animals Evolved from Prehistoric Seas (Candlewick Press, May 2021).

What’s the one thing you hope readers take away from your book?

I truly hope that young readers will begin to appreciate the long history of life on Earth and the importance of healthy oceans. OUT OF THE BLUE describes how animals evolved in the oceans and moved onto land. It’s a huge topic, and I often felt overwhelmed during the research and writing process. But now that I see the book, illustrated so beautifully by Frann Preston-Gannon, I’m thrilled!

What’s next for you?

I’ve got other nonfiction books under contract including one about the evolution of sloths, The Upside-Down Book of Sloths (Norton Young Readers), set to be illustrated by the amazing Steve Jenkins. Several projects are on submission through my agent, Ammi-Joan Paquette. Most are nonfiction for elementary to middle school aged readers, plus some poetry. And I’m gearing up for author visits by creating a series of teaching videos for Out of the Blue. These are available for educators and others on my YouTube Channel, Elizabeth Shreeve Books. I hope you’ll check them out!

To learn more about Elizabeth’s books and connect with her:




YouTube: https://tinyurl.com/phcer2yv

Published by authorlaurablog

I'm a reading specialist from Chicago, now living in the beauty of the Roosevelt National Forest in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. My first book "Aliana Reaches for the Moon" features a creative and curious girl who loves science, her little brother, and her very patient parents. I'm currently writing a MG novel and several picture books with STEM elements and dogs.

24 thoughts on “Welcome Author Elizabeth Shreeve – Giveaway Alert

    1. Thanks for reading, Fleur! I have loved all the pictures of my interviewees as children. I think it brings us back to who we are writing for, plus they’re adorable!! Good luck in the giveaway!


  1. I can only imagine how daunting this topic was to boil down for kids! Books like this are so important to help teach young readers about the marvels of our natural world. Looking forward to reading it!

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  2. Happy Book Birthday! The title of this book is excellent–so clever. I can’t wait to read your book and just added it to my Goodreads. I also love the ocean and Great Lakes too, which are much closer to visit for me.

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    1. Danielle, thank you so much for reading! My daughter spent an entire summer collecting fossils, rocks, and other treasures on the shore of Lake Michigan so I am a Great Lakes person too! I think this book is going to be a wonderful addition to every book shelf.
      Good luck in the giveaway!


  3. This sounds like a fantastic STEM book! Congrats to Elizabeth on writing this beautiful book! And congrats to Fran for making the gorgeous pictures. Illustrating things in the ocean and making it somewhat realistic is tough, especially when the scale of life that needs to be shown is so dramatically different.

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  4. “Out of the Blue” sounds wonderful, important, and so beautifully illustrated. Eager to read! My family has a special love for oceans–living in our landlocked state of CO–so we made sure to visit the sea to snorkel and observe throughout our children’s young years. Your childhood photograph is priceless–yes I can imagine it sums it all up!

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  5. The artwork looks amazing!! And wow, a video series–what a fantastic idea! Watch out Wild Kratz Brothers, here comes Liz Shreeve! Looking forward to reading this and your sloth book, too! Congrats!

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