Book Signing at B&N This Sunday

Summers are usually pretty slow for us children’s book authors, but now that school’s back in session, it’s time to get to work. My first big event of the school year is actually a rare book signing. (I don’t do many of those because I live so far from any bookstores.)

This Sunday, September 27, I’ll be a guest at Barnes & Noble in Roseville, MN. The theme for this event is “bald eagles,” so I’ll be promoting my new children’s book, Eagle in the Sky.

Eagle in the Sky

My friend and co-author Christie Gove-Berg will also be on hand, with her book, Esther the Eaglet. (Side note: I was the editor of that book.) But neither Christie nor I get top billing at this event. No, that honor goes to the real-live bald eagle that will be with us, courtesy of the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota!

Esther the Eaglet

It should be plenty of fun for all ages, so I hope to see you there. For more information, check out the Barnes & Noble event page.

Free Coloring Page (Eagle in the Sky)

Bald Eagle Coloring PageCelebrate Independence Day with our National Emblem! Share the spirit and enthusiasm of the holiday with young nature lovers by downloading this free coloring page. It comes courtesy of Christie Gove-Berg’s and my newest eagle books: Eagle in the Sky and Esther the Eaglet.

To download the coloring page, click here.

Book Signing with a Bald Eagle

I don’t do a lot of in-store book signings—mostly because there’s only one bookstore within an hour’s drive of me. But when I do accept an invitation, it’s usually a lot of fun. Saturday, June 6, was no exception at Scout & Morgan Books in Cambridge, Minnesota. In fact, it might have been the most fun I’ve ever had at a bookstore event.

I was actually third fiddle at this particular event. The star attraction was definitely the Raptor Center from the University of Minnesota. They brought a bald eagle and a great horned owl to the signing, which certainly attracted a crowd. There was always a steady stream of 10 to 20 people gathered around their tent.

Bald eagle

The Raptor Center attended the book signing in conjunction with author Christie Gove-Berg and her book Esther the Eaglet (which I edited, by the way). A portion of the proceeds from the book benefit the Raptor Center. Since Christie knew I had my own eagle book, Eagle in the Sky, she and Scout & Morgan Books were gracious enough to let me tag along for this eagle-centric event. (Christie and I have actually shared a few events together, and it always works well.)

Eagle in the Sky

On this particular day, the customers were aplenty. In fact, the store actually ran out of Eagle in the Sky. A minor glitch, for sure, but if you’re going to encounter a problem, that’s a good one to have!

Thanks to everyone who came out and made the day such a wonderful event.

Christie Gove-Berg and Ryan Jacobson

Teacher Offer: Eagle in the Sky Author Talk

A great book and an amazing presenter

For a limited time, take advantage of these wonderful Eagle in the Sky classroom opportunities:

  • Order a copy of Eagle in the Sky, and enjoy a FREE short author chat with your class*
  • Order a classroom set of Eagle in the Sky, and enjoy a FREE short author presentation*

 Eagle in the Sky sample spread

Eagle in the Sky + author talk
Get an autographed book and a classroom Q&A. $9.95

 

Eagle in the Sky classroom set + author talk
Get a book for the teacher and every student, up to 20 books total. $109.95
Each additional book is $5, up to 10 additional books.

 

*At your request, Ryan Jacobson will be happy to connect with you and your class via phone or video call. A short author chat includes a Q&A session of about five minutes. A short author presentation includes a story-building activity and a Q&A session totaling about 15 minutes. (Limit one author event per classroom per school year.)

New Book Allows Children to Become Bald Eagles

Eagle in the Sky

As a child, Ryan Jacobson enjoyed reading Choose Your Path books, in which the reader made choices that affected the story. Now, as an adult, the author takes pride in writing that same kind of interactive fiction. For his new project, Eagle in the Sky (April 2015, Lake 7 Creative), Jacobson has taken his craft to the next level by creating his first interactive picture book—about life as a bald eagle.

The story begins with the reader, an eaglet, breaking out of its shell. With each turn of the page, the eaglet grows older, and life gets more challenging. Sometimes, the reader must make a choice, such as deciding when the eaglet is ready to fly. Other times, the reader is encouraged to act out such activities as flapping wings or gobbling down fish.

“Kids seem to love interactive books,” said Jacobson. “With Eagle in the Sky, I wanted to bring interactivity to a younger audience and educate them about nature.”

Eagle in the Sky is an appealing, educational book. It’s a reading adventure unlike any most children have ever experienced before. They’ll love the chance to wiggle with the story, and they’ll appreciate the opportunities to decide what the eagle should do. It’s a perfect introduction to wildlife, and it will give kids a new appreciation for birds.

Eagle in the Sky ($9.95, softcover) is available at area bookstores and gift shops, through online retailers, by visiting AdventurePublications.net or by calling 800-678-7006.

Eagle in the Sky: April 15, 2015 • 32 pages • $9.95 • softcover • 978-1-940647-08-1