A writer inspired by nature and human nature

I am a writer inspired by nature and human nature.

I love people, nature, art, music and literature.

I advocate for kids and families, childhood literacy and for the protection of monarch butterflies and their threatened habitat in my books, my poetry and on my blog. My blog supports Indie and traditional authors, features great books and poetry and provides tips for writers and readers as well. Be sure to check out the tabs at the top of my blog and leave a comment or two. Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit. I look forward to chatting with you. —Bette A. Stevens

Brief Bio

Stevens is a retired elementary and middle school teacher, a wife, mother of two and grandmother of eight. Stevens lives in central Maine with her husband on their 37-acre farmstead where she enjoys writing, gardening, walking and reveling in the beauty of nature. She advocates for children and families, for childhood literacy and for the conservation of monarch butterflies—an endangered species (and milkweed, the only plant that monarch caterpillars will eat).

Stevens is the author of AMAZING MATILDA, an award-winning picture book; The Tangram Zoo and Word Puzzles Too!, a home/school resource incorporating hands-on math and writing; and PURE TRASH, the short story prequel to her début novel, DOG BONE SOUP, a Boomer’s coming of age story.

Book Blurbs


DOG BONE SOUP is not only a fabulous title for a novel, it’s also the staple diet of the young hero, Shawn Daniels . But it takes more than an impoverished family life, exacerbated by a drunken father, to keep our Shawn and his brothers and sisters down.”

PURE TRASH is an emotional and soul-searching short story read. Compassion is a beautiful thing.”

Inspire the kids with AMAZING MATILDA, an award-winning Monarch Butterfly picture book adventure! (ages 4-11)

CLICK, LOOK & LISTEN as author Pamela Beckford reads AMAZING MATILDA for United Way’s Childhood Literacy Progam:

Encourage the kids (elementary and middle-graders) with THE TANGRAM ZOO & Word Puzzles Too!—a great resource for home or school. Puzzles, poetry, reading, research, writing and projects too!

 I would  love to hear from you (comments below).

  • Find out more about author Bette A. Stevens and take a  “Look inside” her books at YOUR AMAZON.

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Comments on: "Bette’s Books & Blog…" (111)

  1. Wonderful post, Bette. I enjoyed listening to the story of Matilda even though I have read it before. Lovely! I couldn’t open the other video. Could be my internet. Thank you for sharing your book and lovely blog with us. Blessings & Hugs!

    • Hi, Janice. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a listen! I checked The Tangram Zoo video and it’s working ok from here and do appreciate your note so that I could check it… More snow today here at The Farmstead and expecting even more tomorrow. That’s springtime in Maine for you! Have a blessed and beautiful week, dear friend. <3 xo

  2. Yo también soy profesora aún en activo. De lengua española y me apaciona la literatura

  3. Yo también soy profesora aún en activo. De lengua española. Me apaciona la literatura. Me ha gustado mucho tu blog.

  4. Thanks for visiting me often. It’s most appreciated. I’ve put your feed in my reader so I’ll know when you post new content.

    Have a fabulous day, Bette. ♥

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  6. Being inspired by nature is a wonderful thing.

    Thanks for visiting Comedy Plus.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. ♥

    • Even the tiniest things in nature are awe inspiring! So glad you stopped by to visit here too. May your Christmas be very merry and your New Year abound with wonders… <3

  7. Wow! What an incredible, full of life bio, Bette. Congratulations on your award for Amazing Matilda 🙂 and also for all the work you do for children’s advocacy. Blessings to you, Bette!

    • Thanks so much for checking out my books and blog, Debbie. Your WARM words brought a smile on this COLD November day! <3 Blessings and love to you, my friend.

  8. Thank you for visiting my blog today. I see we have a lot in common: love of nature and a background in education. Several of my blog friends love monarch butterflies; I see I can add you to the list. Again, thank you, Bette!

  9. Thank you for stopping by and commenting on Comedy Plus. It’s nice to meet you.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ♥

  10. Thank you for stopping by my blog. It is always nice to have your support.

  11. I had the opportunity to visit your beautiful state a few years ago. It was late October. Perfect time of year for me. It was my first trip to the Northeast. So I had to see it all.

    Anybody is supports indie authors is a friend of mine. 🙂

    Excellent site. Happy I found it.

  12. LeighAnn said:

    I would love to live on a farmstead! Maybe one day I will be able to. It’s so peaceful. Thanks for stopping by my blog and following, I’ve followed back.

  13. Nice

  14. I’m so glad I have had the opportunity to “meet” you through our blogs! Thanks so much for linking this up at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com this week!

  15. The reading in the video brought back an early memory of being a young child – maybe first or second grade – when, after lunch, we all laid down on mats and our teacher would read to us. This charming story wasn’t available back then, of course, but I know today’s lucky children are making lifetime memories similar to my own with many teachers reading all about Matilda. Thanks for sharing.
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

  16. Almost April and the struggle between winter and spring continues. I see Maine has snow and it is predicted here as well in Upstate New York. Happy writing.

    • Another storm on its way tonight and into tomorrow (April 1), but we’re only expecting 1-3″ here in Central Maine. Still have a foot or more on the ground. It’s been some cold and snowy winter for us as I know it’s been for you too. I was born in Suffren, NY and Dan & I lived in Stony Point, Phillipsport and Ellenville before moving to Maine in 1974. Enjoy your weekend and we’ll pray for spring to really get sprung for the Northeast! 🙂 xo

      • By now, we should be used to it. Every year, it seems to hold a firm grip on winter. Soon, however, it will have be let go and allow spring. Have a great weekend.

  17. You are a woman with a sense of humor. Thanks for the like for my blog today.

  18. I’ve only seen Monarch butterflies on TV, but they look beautiful – I imagine they’re even more stunning in the flesh. It’s worrying that their future is so precarious.
    Thank you for following me and the storyhounds! 🙂

    • Monarch wings shimmer like a magnificent stained glass window…they are truly amazing creatures. They are considered an indicator species, symbolizing the fragility of our environment. Thanks for following my blog and stopping by to chat, Annabelle. I’m so glad that we’ve connected and look forward to following your journey! (͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

  19. Wow, a 37-acre farmstead! Sounds exciting, although Maine would probably be too cold for me. I live in the desert of Arizona, so I’m used to HOT. 😉 Thanks for linking up with Literacy Musing Mondays!

    • Hi, Brandi! Thanks for checking out my link and stopping by for a visit. I never fail to find great posts to read and share on Literacy Musing Mondays linkup. For us, Maine is a great place to retire and there’s never a dull moment here at the Farmstead. We’ve lived in NY, CA, VA & ME and have traveled across the country many times. Arizona, like each unique region of our country, abounds with beauty. By January, I’ll probably be wishing I was there to enjoy some of your soothing HEAT. Blessings and love! ~ Bette

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    This is a great book. I read it, I’ve reviewed, it’s absolutely worth your time and effort. And now, you have a chance to get a copy for free! You should grab it.

  22. You are a real joy, Bette! Thanks for sharing this post at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com this week!

Thanks so much for stopping by to join the conversation.

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