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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.