Priscilla Cummings' picture books about the Chesapeake Bay make perfect beach reads for the younger set. They include Beddy Bye in the Bay, Chesapeake 1-2-3 and Chesapeake ABC. Her fiction series about Chadwick the Crab celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. She has also written a number of books for preteens and teens.
Cummings grew up on a dairy farm in Massachusetts. Her first stories were about the barn cats that lived there. Her pets included two horses, cats, white rabbits, hamsters, and goldfish. Her favorite children's book is Charlotte's Web. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire, where she majored in English Literature. She was a journalist before she was an author. Her first book was Chadwick the Crab about a crab who wanted to be a star at the Baltimore aquarium. Over the years she wrote several other picture books about animals found in the Chesapeake Bay. She lives in Annapolis with her husband and two cats.
Cummings believes the Noyes Library is an important place. “Libraries are a gateway to knowledge and exploring the world,” she says. “Through reading books we load up on information. Through reading we learn how to think and make good decisions that help us all to have better, happier lives. Best of all, reading can be a wonderful escape—and a lot of fun!"
Read more about Cummings at www.priscillacummings.com. Check out her books at the Noyes Library for Young Children and other Montgomery County Public Libraries.
by Beth Meyer for the SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2016 EDITION OF THE MAKE.MORE.NOYES COMMUNITY UPDATE
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