Bette A. Stevens
Bette A. Stevens received her B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Maine at Orono before embarking on graduate courses in Curriculum Studies at Chapman University in California. Following a rewarding career in the business world at a Maine-based construction company, she taught in elementary and middle school classrooms in California and Virginia. She and her husband are now retired and living in Central Maine, where they enjoy trips to the coast and gardening when they're not renovating their 37-acre farmstead. Stevens enjoys gardening, walking, reading, writing, drawing, painting and sharing her stories and her home with others. Stevens has written articles for ECHOES, The Northern Maine Journal of Rural Culture based in Caribou, Maine. Her love of children, of literature and of learning inspired her to write The Tangram Zoo and Word Puzzles Too! used as a teaching/learning resource in the classroom with students of all ages. Stevens's second children's picture book, Amazing Matilda: A Monarch's Tale was released in July 2012 on Amazon.com. This creative tale of a Monarch butterfly and her meadowland friends was written to inspire readers and listeners alike, not only to follow their own dreams, but to encourage others to do the same! Stevens released (August 2013) her first book for the YA/Adult audience, PURE TRASH, a short story prequel to her debut novel DOG BONE SOUP (2015).
I love to walk and enjoy nature's beauty, whether at home or on the go. I am inspired by the beauty all around me and enjoy jotting down notes and composing short poems. The coast is one of my favorite place to relax. I collect everything from seashells to birds' nests. These treasures filled my classroom and provided inspiration for reading, writing and research. It was hands-on fun and excitement and I enjoyed every moment spent learning with, from and about my students. One thing I learned is that many children don't have an adult to read to them or listen to them read and talk about those books. My own childhood was filled with books and with adults who shared and encouraged a love of reading. I've written some poetry and several short stories. Visit my blog 4writersandreader.com where I'll be sharing some of your poems, stories and tips on reading and writing, along with some of my own. Let's have fun learning, living and loving literature together!