Legendary Giveaway!

So my hawk-eyed, amazing sister Kim pointed out an egregious error in The Itsy Bitsy Spider: The Legend Behind the Myth! Once she told me, I couldn’t believe I and so many others had missed it.

I have five copies left of typo copy, so I’m giving them away!  To win:

Comment here or on Facebook.com/SkipperBooks   with your answer to the following question and I will draw five winners for a free signed copy!

Where did you grow up and how did you sing it when you were young? The Itsy Bitsy Spider or The Eensy Weensy Spider?

P.S. I’m not going to tell you what the error in the book is. If you have one, try to find it! If you’d like a copy with the typo so you can prove you had it first, order it quickly! It will take me a few days to get an updated copy running on Amazon, so get one while they’re available.

Skipper Books in the Gift Shop

All three of my books in the Lucille Packard (Stanford) Children’s Hospital gift shop! The middle one is in Spanish and sold right away, but I’m filling an order for more, so check back soon! (donation to the hospital)! My books are carried in two other book stores, but any book store can order them, so ask for them in your local store  They’re also available online at Barnes and Nobel and Amazon. 

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I have a couple potential illustration projects coming up and I’ve been editing a novel I wrote. I’ll update you on the status of that book, called Near-Life Experience, as things get moving!


What do you think this story is about?

*Sorry for taking my time in approving your posts, I get a lot of spam. But I’ll try to be more on top of approving posts, and thank you so much for your participation and comments!  To make up for my lapse, I (think I) replied to everyone! Anyway…

I have had this picture in my head for a while now, but haven’t quite worked out the story that goes with it.  I have a few ideas jumping around my head, trying to make it big, but nothing’s standing out yet.  Luckily, I found an illustration contest that spurred me on and gave me the perfect excuse to get these guys out on paper.  Those of you who have been to my Etsy shop might recognize all three of these characters (and the tentacle in the background), who started out as miniature wearable art pendants, still available here: Etsy.com/shop/SkipperBay and the town is inspired by the UNESCO World Heritage site of Valparaiso, Chile- a fascinating and enchanting place to visit if you’re ever near!

Also, like Skipper Books on Facebook: Facebook.com/SkipperBooks

What does it look like this story is about to you?

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Say Hola to the Spanish Bilingual Version!

bb 1 cover better face SPANISH For language learning, in general, I’m a fan of the immersion method, which means no English. Even if you are communicating in mostly gestures and pictures, I feel like it’s a great way to start thinking right away in the acquired language, and not be constantly translating in your head. However, I’m also a lover of all things grammar, syntax, and semantics-related, and I do love me a good side-by-side comparison.  Translation is an entirely different skill from learned-language communication, reading, or writing, so every method has its merit.

This, like the Chinese and Russian bilingual versions before it, is a side-by-side Spanish and English picture book, wonderful for a bilingual child, or anyone who wants to learn more grammar or even just a few words. There is a vocabulary list in the back, and the English right next to the Spanish makes it feel less intimidating to jump right in and try.  The repetition in the story line helps in memorization of new words or grammatical patterns, and children love being able to predict some of what will happen next. As an adult, I know I appreciate simple language when trying to learn a new one.

El Oso, la Caja y el Niño / The Bear, the Box and the Boy is available on Amazon here (http://amzn.com/1514223708), or you can contact me through my Etsy shop, Etsy.com/shop/SkipperBay for a signed copy (soon to be listed in the store)

Schools may order this or any of my English or Bilingual books at a discount, please email me at Taryn@SkipperBooks.com

As always, feel free to contact me at Taryn@SkipperBooks.com with any other questions or for larger orders.

Book Giveaway! Woohoo!

Well, today a few of you will benefit from my excited impatience!  With the help of a few wonderful translators and native Spanish-speaking reviewers, I am soooooo close to finishing the Spanish-English bilingual version of The Bear, the Box and the Boy!!!  I’m getting antsy, and I feel like I just have to announce something!  So here it goes:  Because I will have 5 books (or versions of books) available in print, I am giving away 5 copies of The Bear, the Box and the Boy or the Girl Who Knew She Was a Princess, in any available language, winners’ choice.  Use the ‘Look Inside’ feature on Amazon for a good preview of the books here.

Here’s how to enter:

1) Like Facebook.com/SkipperBooks (if you already do, thanks so much! Tag someone who doesn’t or share the Facebook giveaway post!)

2) Reply to the Facebook post with a word or phrase in Spanish.  Google Translate it if you have to =) 

That’s it!  I’ll random-generate the 5 winners (maybe more if I get a ton of entries!) after 9:00 PM Saturday the 13th of June, when I close the contest, and by which time I am hoping the Spanish-English Bilingual version will be available!


Медвежонок, Коробка и Мальчик (the Bear book in Russian) available now!

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That’s about it, no fancy posting here, just the awesome fact that the Russian Bilingual version of The Bear, the Box and the Boy (Медвежонок, Коробка и Мальчик) is available for purchase and study!  The book includes Russian and English side-by-side text, as well as a Russian pronunciation guide and vocab list in the back of the book.  Check it out on Amazon here!


Book Signing Event

Update: Total Success. Sold out of most of the books, and met some amazing people. Thanks for coming!

It’s true.  I am honored and excited to hold a Book Signing at the gift shop of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, in Palo Alto, California on Thursday, March 19th.  I’ll be signing copies of both The Bear, the Box and the Boy, and The Girl Who Knew She Was a Princess, as well as offering jewelry related to the illustrations in the book. Each piece will be a one-of-a-kind miniature illustration by the author (me!  See more of my original watercolor jewelry here.).

I am figuratively jumping up and down for three reasons:

1) This is a wonderful cause!  I am hoping that the event will generate some publicity/awareness, and maybe even a little bit of revenue, for a truly great hospital.

From their website:  At Stanford Children’s Health our passion for providing unparalleled care for kids and pregnant moms goes far beyond our hospital walls. As a not-for-profit organization, we are dedicated to providing extraordinary outcomes for our both our patients and the community. From providing exceptional care to our community’s most vulnerable to training the next generation of doctors and medical professionals, investing in the health of the community imbues the work we do in every community we touch.

2) It’s a great excuse to visit family and friends in the Bay area.

3) It’s a book signing.  For my own books.

If you or someone you know will be in the area that day, please stop by, I’d love to see you and meet new people!



Thursday, March 19th.

Bitcoin Accepted Here!

A Bitcoin

What in the blazes is Bitcoin?

according to Google:


noun: bitcoin; plural noun: bitcoins; noun: BTC; plural noun: BTCs
  1. a type of digital currency in which encryption techniques are used to regulate the generation of units of currency and verify the transfer of funds, Pay  independently of a central bank.
    “bitcoin has become a hot commodity among speculators”
    • a unit of bitcoin.
      “bitcoins can be used for online transactions between individuals”

The Bitcoin.org site has a good FAQ for more detailed information here.

Use the bitcoin converter to the right of this post to see today’s current rate.

Why accept it?

Well for me personally, I just think it’s kinda cool, and there’s always that chance it could go all crazy popular, and make me a bitmillionaire!  But really, the thing about it being kinda cool.

Forbes has this article about why bigger companies like Expedia, Dell and Overstock accept bitcoin, and here’s another one from Entrepreneur.com.

Pay With Bitcoin Here

Please fill in the form with your mailing address, and I will have the appropriate book shipped to you.


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Introducing: The Girl Who Knew She Was a Princess

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Barnes and Nobel

Etsy (for signed copies)

Lulu.com (Hardcover)


This little girl just knows she’s a princess. She’s excited to prove her royal status to the world, and to herself. Along her path to the castle, she discovers what it means to be a princess and that she, like every little girl, has been a true princess all along.”

I wrote this story with my 2-year-old daughter and 4-year-old niece in mind, and I think girls up to age 8 would enjoy the rhyming story. It flowed out of my fingertips one Sunday afternoon when the idea struck.  I only had a few minor word changes to help with the flow of the verse when I looked at it later, and I’ve found that my best work usually comes out the quickest!

Nearly all little girls love to dress up in beautiful dresses and give orders to their loyal plush servants, but what I want for my girls most is that they understand that they are already real, true princesses.  This book is unique among the princess genre in that it provides inspiration by combining the popular subject matter with a message of encouragement for girls to be who they are.  They don’t have to settle for society’s definition of what a princess is.  Instead of fancy dresses, servants and attention from princes, a true princess focuses on inner beauty, service, and individual worth.

This book has a mild, non-denominational religious overtone, as it implies that all little girls are princesses because they are daughters of the King.  It is not preachy or in-your-face, but funny and uplifting.

I hope you and your little girls enjoy the rhyme, as well as the search for the five animal friends who make an appearance somewhere in most of the illustrations.

The paper doll cut-out section in the back provides a two-in-one gift, and a fun guardian/child project.

If you have purchased the book and need replacement doll pages (a complimentary PDF file), please email Taryn@SkipperBooks.com

Schools and Wholesalers: I offer discounts for bulk or educational orders. Email me, taryn@skipperbooks.com

Thank you!

paper doll page 3 EXAMPLE

Sneak Preview: The Girl Who Knew She Was a Princess

I am extremely excited focover doner my next book to be out very soon!  This one is a very cute, rhyming story about… well, here’s the back of the book blub:

“This little girl just knows she’s a princess. She’s excited to prove her royal status to the world, and to herself. Along her path to the castle, she discovers what it means to be a princess and that she, like every little girl, has been a true princess all along.”

And here is a preview of the cover art!