Julie McLaughlin grew up in the Lowcountry enjoying the beaches and creeks each summer at Pawley’s Island, South Carolina. A retired elementary school teacher and a member of the Coastal Conservation League, she now enjoys sharing her love for the coastal region and its wildlife through her stories for young children and the young at heart.
Books by this Author
Mr. Gator accepts a surprise invitation from an old friend to vacation on Bull Island. But while he’s traveling up the Intracoastal Waterway, Mr. Gator meets Lilly, the loggerhead sea turtle. Intrigued by her talk of the ocean, Mr. Gator follows Lilly to the Atlantic for a swim—but trouble awaits, and Mr. Gator finds that there’s no place like home. With 27 watercolor illustrations by Ann Marie McKay, this is the latest addition to the Gator book series, which includes Hungry Mr. Gator and Mr. Gator’s Up the Creek.
Don’t the schoolchildren want to see him? Rejected Mr. Gator travels from a freshwater lake into a saltwater creek, searching for acceptance. Slithering through pluff mud and avoiding sharp, crusty oyster shells are just the beginning of the many obstacles he faces during this delightful Lowcountry adventure. Readers can almost smell the flowers and feel the salt air as the charming watercolor illustrations by Ann Marie McKay take them to the coastal wetlands of the South Carolina Lowcountry.
One goose, two otters, three raccoons . . . A whimsical counting story for young children, Hungry Mr. Gator features authentic South Carolina Lowcountry animals as characters. Mr. Gator patiently watches different animals around his swampy lake home, trying to decide which ones will become his lunch. Hungry Mr. Gator is a delightful read-aloud tale that children will love because of the repetition and rhyme. Watch out for the surprise ending! With watercolor illustrations by Ann Marie McKay.