FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Rosa's Shell by Joan Leotta Paperback To Be Published on February 28, 2017

RosaJoan LeottaRebecca Michael Zeissler

February 4, 2017 - ROSEMOUNT, Minn. -- THEAQ Publishing announced today the forthcoming release of Rosa's Shell by Joan Leotta in paperback format. Rebecca Michael Zeissler is illustrating this book. Publication is planned for February 28, 2017. Rosa's Shell is intended for ages 3 through 9.
Rosa loves to collect seashells. It is her favorite thing to do at the beach. During her family’s vacation to the seashore, Rosa wakes up early. Even though Papa would rather sleep a bit more, he wakes up too and goes with Rosa to beachcomb for shells. She spots a prime “catch” and Papa shows his love by chasing the shell out into the waves. Does Papa reach the shell in time, or will the wave sweep it away? Read Rosa’s Shell to find out!
Including essays, poetry, short stories and young adult fiction, Joan Leotta is a versatile and award-winning author, poet, and story performer.
Leotta has been playing with words on paper and on stage from the first time she could hold a pen and climb. She gathers inspiration for writing and performing from everyday incidents and objects. She has been a story performer, mostly for children, for more than thirty years--including historic characters and folklore shows. To her credit are four young adult novels, numerous plays and poems, and a picture book called "WHOOSH!"
Joan attended Ohio University and Johns Hopkins, where she concentrated on international relations and economics.
Joan grew up in Pittsburgh now lives, and spends a lot of time walking the North Carolina beaches, with her husband Joe. Her motto is “encouraging others through pen and performance.”
Rebecca Michael Zeissler has been an illustrator for more than 25 years. Working primarily with pen and ink, Michael Zeissler also employs watercolor, colored pencil and digital coloring techniques with her art.
Michael Zeissler's work has been widely published in newspapers and magazines, with the primary focus being children’s publications, such as “Chicago Parent Magazine,” for which her artwork won the Best Cover Illustration award from Parenting Publications of America. After a lengthy stint as a software specialist and database administrator, Michael Zeissler is once again fully committed to her artwork, creating twelfth-scale miniature oil paintings and illustrating children's books.
Michael Zeissler studied art and design at Eastern Illinois University, and is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the Miniature Art Society of Florida (MASF).
THEAQ Publishing partners with highly-creative authors and illustrators to design, publish and market print and digital works of literary art.
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