The Art of Bringing Coastal Travel and Adventure to Children with Shrimp n' Lobster | Shorewords!

May 25, 2022

A closer look at the process of writing for coastal kids!

On this episode of Shorewords!, we meet Charlotte (Char) Rygh, author of the children's travel adventure book series Shrimp n' Lobster. Shrimp and Lobster tour coastal cities to inspire kids to get out there and learn more about the world around them. So far, this dynamic crustacean duo has visited San Francisco, New York, and New England. These travel books are written for reader ages 7 to 10, and Char's h ope is that children can use these books to help plan family vacations, or bring them along while seeing a new city. Shrimp n'Lobster books are available at select bookstores, online, and on their own website

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Lesley Ewing

Hello. I’m Lesley Ewing, host of Shorewords!. This podcast combines two of my favorite things – the ocean and books. I learned to swim before I could walk and looked forward each summer to my family’s vacation at Ocean City, Maryland. As a student I was interested in science and engineering and became an environmental engineer before learning that there was something called coastal engineering. Both my 1 st and 2 nd mid-life crises resulted in me going back to school – first for a Masters of Engineering at UC Berkeley and later for a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. The first crisis also moved me from DC to the SF Bay. The second crisis reminded me how much I liked to read. Getting a Ph.D. while working a 40+-hour/week job meant that my only reading was work reports, text books and technical articles. They were all important and interesting books, but as soon as school ended, I replaced my academic text books with broader literature and realized that the coast was often a character in the fiction and non-fiction that I read. I am still fascinated by every visit to the ocean and remain in awe of what others write about the coast.