You’ll love bats after reading this kid’s book

Melissa Kim has been writing wonderful children’s books in a partnership with Maine Audubon, where 10 percent of the money goes to Audubon’s outreach programs for underserved preschools.

Melissa’s new book, A Little Brown Bat Story, in the Audubon series, was inspired by true stories of bats, and will both inform and inspire kids. The illustrations by Jada Fitch are really good too. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a smiling bat before!

We used to have lots of bats at our house in Mount Vernon and at our camp in the north woods. Today there are no bats in either place. They’ve died in large numbers due to White Nose Syndrome.

Maine Audubon supports efforts to conserve healthy bat habitat, by working to maintain roosting areas, limit toxins, and promote citizen monitoring.

Melissa works for Islandport Press which publishes her books. I particularly appreciated, at the end of the book, the detailed information about bats. I also loved Melissa’s book, A Snowy Owl Story.



George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.