Praise and book testimonials about the nature books about the natural beauty of the Salish Sea for kids by author, Nancy Klimp (illustrated by Jared Noury).

In words and art, here are beautiful books about a place of magic.

Richard Louv
author of Our Wild Calling and Last Child in the Woods

In this delightful book, Nancy Oline Klimp and Jared Noury, author and artist, have woven a beautiful story of the Salish Sea. Their words and images dance across the page, inviting and enticing children and adults of all ages to a world that inspires awe and a curiosity to know more. Nancy has seeded her poetry with many important ecological constructs and understandings. Jared has brought to life with his art all the main characters of these poems. The combination simultaneously informs and fosters curiosity, one of the most important keys to healthy relationships, be they with other humans or with all living things on our beautiful planet. Thank you, Nancy and Jared.

Susan Aiken
marriage and family therapist

These are books to be shared: adult and child. For a pre-reader, the illustrations say it all. For the adult reading with children, the words and terms give action or description for all of nature’s flora and fauna. The colorful vocabulary is just what children need to build creative sentences with words that speak knowledge. What a fantastic work of art, of our Pacific Northwest world, for all of us to enjoy.

Phyllis Sigmond
Pre-K–12 School District Library, media director, Waterloo & Hartland / Delafield, Wisconsin

Nancy Klimp and Jared Noury have created two books that will delight young readers—especially those who love nature and the Pacific Northwest. Nancy’s poems are whimsical and informative, drawing the reader in to the science, history, beauty, and magic of the area and all of its inhabitants. The love Nancy has for her subject is obvious and infectious. I can see students aged 10 to 14 reading and rereading Nancy’s words, enjoying and getting more out of them each time. Jared’s art is a perfect complement; it illustrates and supports the text so well, but it has a charm all its own. Because of Nancy and Jared’s collaboration, young readers are in for a treat.

Tom Carter
Faculty, English Department, Pinewood School, Los Altos Hills, California

Children so gravitate to the use of rhyme and wordplay. Nancy’s words, expertly placed, come alive through Jared’s magical art. Looking up through the soaring trees from the ground as a creature might—a teaching moment for sure, right there. Or gliding, as with the eagle, in his own flight vision. I can still see the swimming whales skimming just below the water line, and one can almost hear the waters parting—lovely. Wonderful use of silhouettes against the pastel hues—stunning. And I started dreaming on Jared’s clouds and waterfalls.

At unexpected moments, local history sparks a child’s imagination to learn.  I believe Nancy and Jared have truly captured the mystical essence of the Sound, with tributes to all the living things found there in their natural historical habitat.

Karen L. Nelson
school educator, Lifetime Credential K-9

Anyone with children in the Pacific Northwest will treasure this book because it carries you on a captivating journey through the Salish Sea. Be prepared to explore the wonders of the land, ocean, and air as Klimp and Noury bring these ecosystems to life in vibrant art and eloquent poems.

Sarah Heller
Fiddleheads Preschool founder and director, University of Washington Botanical Gardens

Nature connects us to our highest potential. Children and adults will feast in the beauty of this book’s poems and illustrations. What a treat for the soul and tribute to Pacific Northwest splendor!

Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD
developmental psychologist and author of Tomorrow’s Change Makers

From the first creative image to the last, Meet Me at The Salish Sea and Explore with Me at the Salish Sea invite us to behold and celebrate the living treasures of our natural world. On this most lyrical journey, we discover the intricate patterns of life inhabiting the forest, seas, skies, and land of the Salish, an inland sea along the coast of Washington and British Columbia.

These books offer not only a fascinating education to readers of any age, but they also inspire healing and hope for the health of our world. By evoking through poetry the wonders and science of the Salish Sea, Klimp shows us how their natural rhythms and cycles mutually benefit all life.  And what a gift it is for us to cherish and protect forever.

Susan S. Scott, PhD
psychotherapist, author of Healing with Nature

Your books poetically share an important story for children and adults living here or elsewhere. They inform and hopefully encourage a young reader to be an advocate for our beautiful environment.

Jayme McQuaid
Retired Trauma Program Data Manager, Harborview Medical Center

Thank you for the wonderful books.  Nancy is extraordinarily gifted with the ability to convey imagery and feeling through poetic words.  And, Jared is a phenomenal painter. Together the words and illustrations immerse us into a world where we want to be.  The dedication from Nancy’s mother was perfect, ‘Notice nature patiently.’  And that is what the book does … from the glacier-carved Puget Sound valley to the bald eagles and owls and hummingbirds and swans … to the cedar and hemlock trees dancing in the wind … to the harbor seals and octopus and orca whales .. it draws us in and pulls at our hearts.  So inspiring!  And makes us want to experience and appreciate the wonder first-hand.

Greg Arnold
Engineering Executive
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Meet Me at Salish Sea

Readers young and old will love Meet Me at the Salish Sea, a stunningly illustrated picture book of poems about this American Pacific Northwest waterway.

Explore with Me at Salish Sea

Readers young and old will love Explore with Me at the Salish Sea, a stunningly illustrated picture book of poems about about this American Pacific Northwest waterway.