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Historical Heroines Press

“The Jabberwocky Bookshop in Newburyport, Mass., hosted the launch for local author Elizabeth Lorayne’s The Historical Heroines Coloring Book: Pioneering Women in Science from the 18th and 19th Centuries (White Wave Press). Pictured: (l.) Sue Little, owner of the Jabberwocky Bookshop, and Elizabeth Lorayne.”

Through The Looking Glass Book Review Written by Marya Jansen-Gruber

“In this wonderful coloring book young people will meet thirty-one remarkable women who refused to be denied the opportunity to study and to create. Each coloring page is accompanied by a carefully researched biography, which will enlighten and empower readers.”

10/19/2017 Book Mention on Red Tricycle: 7 New & Totally Awesome Coloring Books for Kids – A Colorful History

“This new coloring book features female scientists from the 18th and 19th century. There are 30 beautiful, double-page spreads, each one dedicated to women who pursued their passion and talent in the fields of science, tech, engineering, and math. Look for famous folks such as Alice Ball, Marie Curie, Wang Zhenyi and more.”

10/18/2017 Newspaper Feature in the Newburyport Daily News: Newburyport author highlights female scientists in ‘Historical Heroines’ coloring book

“This is her third book focusing on the capabilities of women and all are geared for young readers.

‘I like to write about women who went against the grain,’ said Lorayne, who has self-published all three books.

‘In the 18th and 19th centuries, many women couldn’t even go to school but some showed perseverance and succeeded,’ she said. ‘In the coloring book about women in the sciences, readers can find remarkable women who are not well known.’ ”

10/15/2017 Book Listing on Better Homes & Garden Shop

10/11/2017 Mention in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Press Release:

“In her introduction to the gold medal-winning, The Historical Heroines Coloring Book: Pioneering Women in Science from the 18th and 19th Centuries (White Wave Press), author Elizabeth Lorayne writes in her introduction: ‘My hope is that through coloring these illustrations of strong, brilliant, hard-working women scientists, you will feel inspired to go forth and seize your own dreams and that you will in turn continue the circle of empowering yourself and others.’ One of the featured scientists, astronomer Maria Mitchell (1819-1889) said: ‘We especially need imagination in science. It is not all logic, nor all mathematics, but is somewhat beauty and poetry.’ ”

10/5/2017 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Gold Medal Winner

10/4/2017 Book Announcement from History of Science Society

“First started as a Kickstarter funding campaign, the “Historical Heroines Coloring Book: Pioneering Women in Science from the 18th and 19th Centuries” is now published and available on Amazon.

9/29/2017 Bookish Staff Reads: September 29

“I grew up knowing that my mother was told she could not become a veterinarian when she was a child in the 1940s because that “wasn’t a job that women do” and that one of my sisters was discouraged from studying engineering in the 1980s by her high school guidance counselor because it “wasn’t a field for girls” (this didn’t stop her). So for these and many other reasons, I was delighted to find The Historical Heroines Coloring Book: Pioneering Women in Science from the 18th and 19th Centuries. It’s thrilling to see just how many pioneering women in science there were and that there is diversity among them. Each woman has a page-long biography and then a page of her image to color in. This book isn’t just for children, though, as I definitely learned a thing or two. For instance, did you know that Beatrix Potter was an expert in fungi? Me neither. But I do now. —Myf” –Bookish

9/20/2017 Review on Kelly’s Thoughts on Things: Let’s Hear it for the Girls!

“If you want your girls to celebrate being themselves, then I have some perfect gift ideas for them. Gifts that highlight the roles of women and young ladies. Let’s hear it for the girls, and let them know, that they can do whatever they dream of.” –Courtney Barnum

8/9/2017: Product post from Sticker Giant: The Sticker Formula for “I Support Historical Heroines” Women in Science Coloring Book

“If inspiring and educating kids wasn’t enough to support the cause, custom stickers stating that support are clearly a good add in for backers of a Kickstarter campaign. This sticker marketing strategy is brilliant because it gives supporters something tangible to proclaim how they were involved from the start. The Historical Heroines sticker design was printed up as Kiss Cut Stickers showcasing the physicist, Marie Curie and chemist, Irène Joliot-Curie. It states around the image “I Supported Historical Heroines Women in Science.” It is a perfect 2 x 3 inch size that makes it great for laptops, tablets, water bottles or beakers. Just kidding, beaker’s are probably not a safe place for a sticker longevity… it’s science.” –Jesse Freitas

The Adventures of Piratess Tilly Series Press

Through the Looking Glass Book Review of The Adventures of Piratess Tilly: Easter Island

“This delightful book takes young readers of a wonderful journey of exploration across the ocean to Easter Island. The tale is told using haiku poems, and it is accompanied by lovely artwork. At the back of the book readers will find further information about Tilly’s heroes: Charles Darwin, and Katherine Routledge.” –Marya Jansen-Gruber You can read it here!

The Adventures of Piratess Tilly: Easter Island – Book Launch and Fundraiser for Cure SPG47

Elizabeth Lorayne is an author, artist and mother, inspired by nature, history and the daily rhythms of her surroundings. As the granddaughter of Admiral Walter T. Griffith and having spent her own childhood sailing and exploring the shorelines of the Pacific Northwest, she has developed a deep respect, curiosity and love for water, exploration and creativity. She and her family live in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Elizabeth is a current member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She also holds a position on the board of directors for the Newburyport Maritime Society – Custom House Maritime Museum. You can read it here!

Foreword Magazine March/April 2017 Issue Feature in Children’s Books Section:

March/April 2017 Issue of Foreword Magazine for The Adventures of Piratess Tilly: Easter Island: “A brave sea captain, aspiring scholar, and rescuer of orphans, Tilly boldly sails through the Pacific bound for Rapa Nui, in the second installment of Elizabeth Lorayne’s poetic Piratess Tilly series, The Adventures of Piratess Tilly: Easter Island. Detailed and dreamy, fluid watercolors by Karen Watson enrich each verse of haiku as Tilly and her crew attempt to rescue some sooty tern eggs, all the while observing and cataloging the wonders of nature around them.” –Foreword Reviews You can read it here!

Macaroni Kid Interview

April 11, 2017: Elizabeth Lorayne was interviewed by Emily Cowan of the Newburyport Macaroni Kid. You can read it here!

Kirkus Reviews Magazine

February 1, 2017: The Adventures of Piratess Tilly: Easter Island review was selected as 1 of 35 indie reviews to be published in the Kirkus Reviews Magazine (VOL. LXXXV, NO. 3)

‘Piratess Tilly’ Book Series is Brainchild of Shore Parent

January 10, 2017: “As Lorayne explained to an attentive Pre-K audience, a Piratess is “compassionate, courageous, mindful, and adventurous—a leader. She respects nature, and feels an urgency to study and protect all flora and fauna.” In the first book in the series, The Adventures of Piratess Tilly, readers discovered a world where budding naturalist Tilly and her rescued best friend, a koala named Yuki, set off for an adventure on the Galapagos Islands, where they save baby giant tortoises that have been kidnapped.” You can read it here! News Article

November 5, 2016:  Elizabeth Lorayne is quoted in the online newspaper article, “Portsmouth Buzzes with Books and Authors” about a local author event at the Strawberry Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH. You can read it here!

Independent Publishers of New England Interview

October 18, 2015:  Elizabeth Lorayne was interviewed by the Independent Publishers of New England. Read it in full here!

Kirkus Reviews Magazine

July 1, 2015:  The Adventures of Piratess Tilly review was selected as 1 of the 35 indie reviews to be published in the Kirkus Reviews Magazine (VOL. LXXXIII, No. 13)

Greater Newburyport Mothers & Families Club

May 2015:  Elizabeth Lorayne was featured as the ‘Member Spotlight’ for the Greater Newburyport Mothers and Families Club.

The Northwest School News Article

Elizabeth Lorayne and The Adventures of Piratess Tilly were mentioned in an article on The Northwest School’s website as a part of their ‘News.’ “In his RNCSE [Reports of the National Center for Science Education] article, Mark specifically credits NWS alumna Elizabeth (DeFeo) Lorayne (’02) as one of those success stories. Elizabeth recently released a children’s book entitled The Adventures of Piratess Tilly, which details the story of a pirate heroine and her koala traversing the globe, including the Galapagos Islands, as naturalists. The book is entirely written in haiku. The RNCSE selected an illustration from The Adventures of Piratess Tilly for the cover of its current issue.”

National Center for Science Education

March-April 2015:  An illustration and haiku were used as the cover for the Reports of the National Center for Science Education (volume 35, number 2), an online and printed journal for the National Center for Science Education (a non-profit organization that defends the teaching of  evolution and climate change).  View the cover here!

Elizabeth Lorayne and The Adventures of Piratess Tilly were then also mentioned in the article,  “An Interdisciplinary Approach to Evolution Education” by Mark Terry of The Northwest School in Seattle, Washington.

The Eagle-Tribune Newspaper

April 8, 2015:  Elizabeth Lorayne and The Adventures of Piratess Tilly were quoted and mentioned in the newspaper, The Eager-Tribune in regards to the book collection event for the School for Exceptional Studies in Lawrence, MA by the company, American Training Inc. “I couldn’t be more honored to have read my children’s book to this group of enthusiastic and involved children. Hearing them excitedly respond when asked interactive questions throughout the book reading, was beyond words.”  Read more here!

Take 2 Radio JR

March 8th, 2015 at 7pm EST on a LIVE Blogtalk Radio, Take 2 Radio JR, Elizabeth Lorayne read and answered question about The Adventures of Piratess Tilly. Take 2 Radio JR is a new addition to the Take 2 Radio Network (Take 2 Radio is one of the Top 300 Shows on Blogtalk Radio out of over 15k shows! Over 1.7 million listeners!).  Hear the interview now

Piratess Tilly Awards

2017 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Winner

The Adventures of Piratess Tilly Series won Bronze for Best Children’s Picture Book Series

The Historical Heroines Coloring Book: Pioneering Women in Science from the 18th and 19th centuries also won an award – Gold for Best Activity Book in the Educational, Science, and History category!

2016 Eric Hoffer Children’s Book 1st Runner Up Winner

The Adventures of Priatess Tilly won as the 1st Runner Up for the Children’s Book category and had also made the Eric Hoffer Grand Prize Short list.

2016 Eric Hoffer First Horizon Award FINALIST

“Each year, the Eric Hoffer Award presents the First Horizon Award for superior work by debut authors (i.e. the first published book of any type by the author). This is an additional distinction beneath the Eric Hoffer Award umbrella.”

2015 Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award FINALIST

“Each year, Foreword Reviews shines a light on a select group of indie publishers, university presses, and self-published authors whose work stands out from the crowd… Foreword Reviews with celebrate the winners during a program at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida in June [2016].”

2015 Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award Gold Medal Winner

The Adventures of Piratess Tilly won a gold medal for the “Heroes'” category of the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Awards. For this award, the “advisory council looks for books that entertain and teach with an energetic and creative approach. The books the Center selects must stimulate the child’s imagination, as well as inspire them creatively. Advisory council members want to know a book will make an impact in a child’s life by helping them grow: socially, emotionally, ethically, intellectually, and physically.”

2015 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards

2015 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Gold Medal Winner

The Adventures of Piratess Tilly won a gold medal for the Moonbeam Spirit Award for Exploration, a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award. The Moonbeam Spirit Awards: “For dedication to children’s books and literacy and for inspired writing, illustrating and publishing. This year we chose books in five different areas. All recipients will receive gold medals.”

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