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Ten Days in Acadia

A Kids' Hiking Guide to Mount Desert Island

Softcover, 104 pages, Travel/Guidebook, Middle Grade, Ages 8-12

ISBN: 978-1-944762-09-4

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$12.95

About this Book:

Come along with Hattie to hike ten different trails on beautiful, iconic Mount Desert Island. Hattie, 12, and her family describe their summer vacation to Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island, hiking the trails, discovering and observing plants and animals, swimming in lakes, and enjoying the occasional ice cream cone, too! By writing Ten Days in Acadia from a fictional kid’s point of view, author Hope Rowan has created a new way to interest kids and get them excited about being outdoors. Beautiful color drawings by Maine artist Jada Fitch illustrate field notes of common flora and fauna. Full-color trail maps, color photographs, hiking tips, rainy-day ideas, and other resources make this a valuable family companion.

Includes:

  • Large overview map of Mount Desert Island
  • Color trail maps of each hike, with trails marked by level of difficulty
  • Photos of each hike
  • Illustrations and field notes of animals and plants you might see on each hike
  • Hiking and safety tips
  • Rainy-day resources and ideas
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"Motivating the next generation of passionate stewards to care for America's natural and scenic wonders requires that adults find new ways to inspire our children. Thanks to Hope Rowan and "Ten Days in Acadia," the next wave of young conservationists will be well on their way."
—Earl Brechlin, Registered Maine Guide

"It’s entirely different from the many other Acadia guides out there. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a hiking guide like it anywhere.[...] In addition to 10 different hikes, the book includes sections on hiking safety, Acadia guidelines, hiking with dogs and rainy-day resources and ideas."

––Aislinn Sarnacki, Bangor Daily News

“Any type of classroom setting, home education or unschooling family would benefit from using this pocket guide as it contains information for providing nature studies, outdoor learning, exercise, whole child experiences with an out of the box thinking style. So much inspiration comes from reading this little book, one will have a hard time not making Acadia National Park your next vacation! [. . .] Ten Days in Acadia: A Kid’s Guide to Mount Desert Island is a wonderful resource to have when a family needs to discover something new in nature."
 ––The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

"There's journaling, there are illustrations, and there's mapping. It's a literacy goldmine."
––Susan Plimpton, Southwest Harbor Public Library children's librarian


Hope Rowan to write kids’ guidebook to Maine’s Katahdin region

Hope Rowan to write kids’ guidebook to Maine’s Katahdin region

First Acadia, now Baxter State Park—map maker and writer Hope Rowan wants to introduce young people to all the natural wonders Maine has to offer. She has signed with Islandport Press to do a second book, Ten Days in the North Woods: A Kids’ Hiking Guide to the Katahdin Region, as a follow-up to her popular 2017 title, Ten Days in Acadia: A Kids’ Hiking Guide to Mount Desert Island.

In Ten Days in the North Woods, which will be released in May, 2019, a young girl and her family describe a trip discovering the forests, mountains, ponds, and waterfalls of Baxter State Park, the Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area, and the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. The book is told from a fictional kid’s point of view in order to interest young people and get them excited about being outdoors. Beautiful color drawings by Maine artist Jada Fitch illustrate field notes of common flora and fauna. Full-color trail maps, color photographs, hiking tips, rainy-day ideas, and other resources on lodging, eating, and travel to and from the area, make this a valuable family companion.

“The overwhelmingly positive reception for Ten Days in Acadia combined with the creation of the national monument convinced us that the Katahdin region needed a guide like this,” said Islandport Press Editorial Director Melissa Kim. “There are even fewer guides for this region, making the need even greater. Hope put in a lot of hiking time to create this wonderful resource for families.” Aislinn Sarnacki, writing in the Bangor Daily News, said of Ten Days in Acadia, “It’s entirely different from the many other Acadia guides out there. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a hiking guide like it anywhere.” Earl Brechlin, registered Maine Guide, said, "Motivating the next generation of passionate stewards to care for America's natural and scenic wonders requires that adults find new ways to inspire our children. Thanks to Hope Rowan and Ten Days in Acadia, the next wave of young conservationists will be well on their way."

Hope Rowan grew up in eastern Massachusetts, and has been camping in Maine since she was in a crib. She has a degree in Music from Colby College in Waterville, but her love of Acadia led her to obtain an advanced degree in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, and she spent a season working in land management for Acadia National Park. She has spent the past fifteen years creating and designing maps as a certified Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Professional, while also teaching children about mapmaking. She now lives on Mount Desert Island with Acadia National Park as her backyard.

Jada Fitch is an illustrator living in Addison, Maine. Her work can be found everywhere from bookshops to nature trails. She frequently works with Maine Audubon, Liberty Graphics, park foundations, publishers, and magazines. She has illustrated the Wildlife on the Move series of board books and the guidebook Ten Days in Acadia, both published by Islandport Press. Jada is also the creator of the popular Home Tweet Home window feeder, a decorated tiny home for birds. When not at her desk, Jada is bird watching or taking photos in the forest.

Three Maine authors will talk about raising outsiders, June 29 at L.L.Bean in Freeport

Three Maine authors will talk about raising outsiders, June 29 at L.L.Bean in Freeport

Every modern parent wants to know: how can they get their kids away from a screen and outside for unscripted play? Three Maine authors will discuss ways to instill in children a love of the outdoors, using all that Maine has to offer, on Friday, June 29, 7 p.m. as part of the L.L. Bean Friday night lecture series.

Authors Jennifer Hazard (The Maine Play Book), Aislinn Sarnacki (Family Friendly Hikes in Maine), and Hope Rowan (Ten Days in Acadia) will discuss where to start, how to make time to get outside, and where to find fun adventures for every age. A question and answer session, and book sales and signing will follow the discussion. Raising Outsiders: How to Get Your Kids Unplugged and Outdoorswill take place in the Atrium in the camping section of the L.L.Bean Flagship Store in Freeport.

The Maine Play Book: A Four-Season Guide to Family Fun and Adventure, by award-winning blogger Jennifer Hazard, is a thoughtfully curated guidebook that gives parents an insider's perspective of Maine. Organized by season, each section features farms, nature preserves, and parks, as well as events and activities for families—from the rugged coast to the northernmost reaches of the state—with travel tips and color photos along the way.

Ten Days in Acadia by Hope Rowan is a kid’s guide to Mount Desert Island, written from a fictional 12-year-old girl’s point of view. Hattie and her family hike ten different trails, discover and observe plants and animals, swim in lakes, and enjoy the occasional ice cream cone, too! By writing Ten Days in Acadia from a fictional kid’s point of view, author Hope Rowan has created a new way to interest kids and get them excited about being outdoors.

Aislinn Sarnacki’s two guidebooks, Family Friendly Hikes in Maine and Maine Hikes Off the Beaten Path, each feature 35 hikes scattered throughout Maine. The guidebooks include in-depth information about each hike, as well as personal stories of her own experiences on the trails and detailed trail maps. The book also features many color photos that Sarnacki took during her adventures.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Jennifer Hazard is the creator behind Cute Potato (cutepotato.com), an award-winning website devoted to outdoor adventures and day trips in Maine that appeal to families. She has written about food and travel for Food Network Magazine, Maine Magazine, and Vermont Life and created content for Martha Stewart Living, L.L.Bean, and the Maine Office of Tourism. Hazard lives in Cumberland, Maine, with her husband and two children. This is her first book.

Hope Rowan has spent the past fifteen years creating, designing, and teaching children about maps as a certified Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Professional. Her first tent camping in Maine was in a crib and she was introduced to the trails of Acadia from her father’s shoulders. Hope’s vacation experiences in Acadia led her to attend the College of the Atlantic where she received an advanced degree in Human Ecology. Now she lives on Mount Desert Island with Acadia National Park as her backyard.

Aislinn Sarnacki is a reporter for the Bangor Daily News for the Outdoors and Homestead sections, where she produces stories and columns about outdoor recreation, especially hiking. To date, her BDN blog features videos, photos and descriptions of nearly 300 hikes throughout the state. She also produces stories about Maine wildlife, conservation and outdoor recreation. Originally from Winterport, Maine, she graduated from the University of Maine in Orono with a bachelor's degree in journalism.

Hope Rowan

About this Author

Hope Rowan likes looking under seaweed, mucking around in dirt, and studying maps. She has spent the past fifteen years creating, designing, and teaching children about maps as a certified Geographic Information Syste

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