Marion Coste (Letters), Membership - Marion writes books for children, mostly nonfiction books about Hawaii’s natural history. Her books are widely used as resources by children in grades four through high school. Kolea, Marion’s third book, won the 1999 Hawaii Book Publishers Association Ka Palapala Po‘okela award for excellence in children’s literature, and The Hawaiian Bat ʻŌpeʻapeʻa received honorable mention for the same award in 2005. Marion is also a manuscript reviewer and freelance editor and has edited more than 30 books for children and adults. Marion grew up on the Jersey shore and graduated from Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut. As a Coast Guard wife, she moved around the country for 26 years, teaching elementary school and working in various other areas of education, including Director of Education at Mystic Marinelife Aquarium in Mystic Connecticut, Teacher Trainer and Consultant for Kamehameha Schools O‘ahu, and Instructor of Education at University of Hawai‘i Mānoa. During the 33 years Marion lived in Hawai‘i, she joined forces with a University of Hawaii English professor and local businessman to create a popular and successful read-aloud program (RAP) that engaged parents and children throughout the islands. (see http://www.readaloudamerica.org) Marion’s seven books for children are Nēnē, Honu, Kōlea, ‘Ope‘ape‘a,The Hawaiian Bat, and Hawaii’s Animals Do the Most Amazing Things (University of Hawai‘i Press); Finding Joy (Boyds Mills Press), and Wild Beach (Finney Publishers). All her books are available at Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com. Visit Marion on her website: http://www.marioncoste.com.
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