"Give it all you've got! Don't hold anything back." R.F.B.
THE FISH HOUSE DOOR, Islandport Press "Best Maine Children's Book 2010" Maine Writers and Publishers
Robert F. Baldwin (1934-2009) was a modern day troubadour, singing, playing the banjo, and collecting and telling stories wherever he went. His articles and stories have appeared in Sea Frontiers, Down East, Offshore, Maine Boats and Harbors and Yankee. We are thrilled to announce the 2010 publication of Bob's The Fish House Door with Islandport Press. His other children’s books include New England Whaler, This is the Sea That Feeds Us and Cities Through Time: Beijing. After living in Virginia, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Iowa, Bob and his wife Annabelle settled in Newcastle, Maine, where Bob first heard the story of the fish house door.
THIS IS THE SEA THAT FEEDS US, Dawn Publications
The Fish House Door named best Maine children’s book
picture book earns top honors at 2011 Maine Literary Awards
MAINE (July 22, 2011)—Islandport Press is pleased to announce that The Fish House Door, a picture book written by Robert
F. Baldwin and illustrated by Astrid Sheckels, received the Children’s Book
Award for the 2011 Maine Literary Awards from the Maine Writers and Publishers
Alliance. The awards were announced at a ceremony in Portland on July 14.
Fish House Door
is set on an island off the coast of Maine and tells a classic story of the
value of tradition and history. Shawn comes from a long line of island
lobstermen. His father, grandfather, and great-grandfather have all hauled
traps, painted buoys, and cleaned their brushes on the door of the same fish
house for decades. To Shawn, the door is just a weathered old piece of wood
with broken hinges. But when an art dealer comes to visit, he gives Shawn a new
perspective on the fish house door, giving him a fresh look at the people and
traditions that have shaped his past and will chart his future.
honored to have The
Fish House Door
recognized,” said Islandport Press children’s book editor Melissa Kim. “It’s a
storybook that tells a meaningful and authentic story, and we’re sorry that
Robert Baldwin is not here to receive this award. Astrid has brought his story
to life with her timeless illustrations, so we hope generations of children
will enjoy the book.”
Rev. Bobby Ives reading FISH HOUSE DOOR at book launch, Damariscotta, ME
Annabelle Baldwin enjoys FISH HOUSE DOOR at book launch in Damariscotta, ME