A writer inspired by nature and human nature

About Me

A Short Biography

“A writer inspired by nature and human nature!”

Maine Author/Illustrator Bette A. Stevens

Maine Author/Illustrator
Bette A. Stevens

Maine author/illustrator Bette A. Stevens is a retired teacher, a wife, mother of two and grandmother of five. Stevens lives in Central Maine with her husband on their 37-acre farmstead where she enjoys reading, writing, gardening, walking and reveling in the beauty of nature. She advocates for children and childhood literacy and for monarch butterflies, an endangered species. Stevens’s children’s activity book, THE TANGRAM ZOO and WORD PUZZLES TOO!, was first published in 1997 by Windswept House Publishing, Mt. Desert, ME; a second edition was self-published by the author in 2012.  AMAZING MATILDA , Stevens’s second children’s book, self-published in 2012, won a 2013 Purple Dragonfly Book Award (Honorable Mention for Excellence in Children’s Literature – Ages 6 and older category) and placed #9 on The 2013 Gittle List TOP 10for Self-published Children’s Picture Books. Stevens has written articles for ECHOES, The Northern Maine Journal of Rural Culture based in Caribou, Maine. In 2013, the author published her first book for the YA/Adult audience: PURE TRASH: The story, a short story of a boy growing up in rural New England in a family whose poverty and alcoholism mark him as a target for bullying by young and old alike. This short story is a prequel to Stevens’s debut novel DOG BONE SOUP released January 2015.

Bette A. Stevens advocates for children, childhood literacy & monarch butterflies.

From the Author

“I love to walk and enjoy nature’s beauty, whether at home or on the go. I’m passionate about the beauty in the world around me and enjoy jotting down notes and composing short poems. The coast is one of my favorite places to relax. I’m a nature collector: everything from seashells to birds’ nests. When I was teaching, 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 have book discussions. Many of my posts will focus on how we can improve childhood literacy by reading to the children in our families and communities.  My own childhood was filled with books and adults who shared and encouraged a love of reading. I’ve written some poetry and several short stories. I published DOG BONE SOUP, my first novel—a 1950s and 60s coming of age story—January 2015. On 4writersandreaders blog, I’ll post occasional reviews on favorite books. Meet the Author interviews will introduce you to some great authors and their latest books.  I’ll also be sharing stories, poems and tips on reading and writing. I continue to advocate for children and childhood literacy and also for monarch butterflies (the only butterfly known to migrate) and milkweed (the only plant that monarch butterfly caterpillars will eat) restoration. Let’s have fun learning, living, sharing and loving literature together.” ~ Bette

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  1. Hi Bette,

    Thanks so much for the blog follow. It led me to your blog, which I am now following.

    I am especially interested to read that you live in Maine. I live in Massachusetts and have visited Maine on vacation.

    I look forward to reading more of your posts.

    Happy blogging!

    Nancy

    • Hi, Nancy. Great to be connected to a fellow New England writer/blogger. onRainy day here, but gardens are thirsty. Maine is a great vacation destination; we fell in love with it in the 70s and now we call it home. The thanks so much for the note and the follow. Have a wonderful week! 🙂

  2. Great to find you here after you visited my blog too. I seem to enjoy the same things as you…I am not a YA writer however. I write crime and whatever takes my fancy. Am following. Hope we get to natter soon. 🙂

  3. Hi Bette, I’ve dropped by to have another look at your lovely blog. You are such clever and talented lady! 🙂 Thought I’d better mention, that the link to “find.mainewriters.org…” took me to a 404 page…hmm, I better check some of the links at my blog! I think this kind of thing can easily happen. Thank you for all your wonderful posts and information. All the best, Janette.

    • Hi again, Jane. Thanks so much for the heads-up on my link at find.mainewriters. Fixed that and had quite a bit of updating to do as well. Have a great week, my friend! 🙂

  4. Thank you for following my blog. I thought I would drop by and visit. You now have a new follower 😀 TTS

  5. orangepondconnects said:

    Thank you so much for following my blog! Yours looks absolutely lovely. And your YA book sounds very interesting 🙂

  6. Hi Bette,what a lovely blog!

  7. Nice to meet you and learn a little about you. Paulette 🙂

  8. Lovely blog, Bette! (By the way — I love how your name is spelled the same way as Bette Davis’s.) 🙂

  9. Wonderful to return the visit to your blog! Thank you for stopping by mine. I am very interested in your stories –it is wonderful that you have authored books for young people and about a boy! That gender so needs it! I was a Reading Specialist –recently retired–well, five years now. Seems like yesterday. I think your book will be a perfect gift for someone I know. Blessings to you!

    • Hi, Jane. Thanks so much for stopping by to chat. I retired from teaching in 2008, so I know just what you mean about retirement years slipping by so quickly. There I days when I wonder how I ever found time to work full time. Those days and years hold treasured memories, many of which need to be shared. Reading and writing (language/literacy) always remained the hub of our classroom adventures. I spent five years as an ESL teacher in California. I have two adult daughters, five grandchildren and two darling great-grands. Abundant blessings to you and yours! ❤

  10. I have nomianted you for The Real Neat Blog Award – I really enjoy reading your articles and exchanging comments with you:)

  11. Thanks for following my blog Bette. I have visited Maine and I can understand how the natural beauty can move you to words!

  12. Dear Bette,
    we have an honour to invite to participate in first ETERNAMENTA AWARDS ‘Most Talented Reader’.
    Best Regards,
    Maria
    More detailed information is here: https://eternamenta.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/eternamenta-blog-awards/

  13. Hi Bette, I am looking forward to getting to know you better. I would like to invite you to share your talents at the Senior Salon on Wednesday.

    • Hi, Bernadette. Thanks so much for the note. Could you send me a link or info about Senior Salon? Look forward to finding out more and getting to know you too. Have a wonderful day! 🙂

      • Bette, I hope by now you have found the Senior Salon. I host it every Wednesday and all you have to do is post something you wrote from your blog using the inlinks button. No pingback is necessary. Looking forward to seeing you there tomorrow.

  14. Hi!

    I just wanted to tell you I had great fun looking around your site! It’s so cheerful here. I also enjoyed doing the writer analysis. The first time I did it I was like Anne Rice, then Dan Brown and finally James Joyce. I’m going to tell my friends I’m like Mr. Joyce. 🙂 I love Mark Twain–lucky you!

    • Hi, Adrienne. So glad you stopped by for a visit and had lots of fun! 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend, my friend and keep writing… 🙂 ❤ xo

  15. Nice to meet you. 🙂

  16. Dear Bette,
    I know that you’re a very busy writer, but in any case I’ve nominated you for ‘Versatile Blogger Awards’. Accept it as a sign of my respect . 🙂
    Here is the link: https://eternamenta.wordpress.com/versatile-blogger-award/

    Have a nice day & keep in touch,
    Maria 🙂

  17. I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award – check it out here! https://annabellefranklinauthor.wordpress.com/

  18. Hi Bette, thank you for downloading a copy of my first self published book. I am amazed at the amount of variety on your blog site. Having read your about you page, I feel honored that you have taken on to read my book, just a reminder it is based in Ireland and our humour can be a little whacky. I am looking forward to reading your review and finding out what you think of it.

    • A pleasure, Maria. Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my blog and leave your lovely comment. Wishing you great success with your book! 🙂 xo

  19. HI

    Just wanted to pop over and say thank you for the visit and for joining in the share.

    Trina

  20. Thank you so much for the follow.We share a love of reading. I grew up surrounded by books and having stories read to us. Something we also did with our own children. Alas the digital age seems to have overtaken reading from books. For me, there is great pleasure in sitting down with a good book in hand and losing myself in its pages!

  21. Hi Bette. Thank you so much for the follow. You had me at the mention of the Monarch. Being UK based these marvellous creatures were part of stories dad told us, of them flying the Atlantic, resting on the waves. Butterflies formed a huge part of my childhood, moths too, as we followed them, bred them and lived with them everywhere. Not so much now, sadly. I still run a moth trap (not in the winter) checking on the species that visit my garden (in London – being urban helps, oddly and the populations seem stable and occasionally to bring out wonders. Anyone enough of me blocking up your about page! I’ll go and read about the Monarch and think of Dad!

    • Grand to hear that you’re a butterfly/moth enthusiast and follow many of these amazing creatures in your London Garden. Our Maine gardens here on the farmstead attract several species and I love having my camera on the ready to capture them during our brief, but beautiful spring/summer season. Delighted to be connected and look forward to following your blog. Thanks so much for stopping by for a chat. 🙂

  22. We share an interest in monarch butterflies. We have several cites here in California on their migratory route. And I did do some teaching and tutoring for a few years, in Special Education. Thank you for following my blog.

    • Hi, Deborah. How exciting to hear from another Monarch advocate. Hubby and I were in CA from 1995-2001 and had a chance to witness the Magnificent Monarch Migrants wintering in California’s eucalyptus trees while we were there. Here in Central Maine, we feel blessed to spot a few dozen (if we’re lucky) in our gardens from June through September and I’ve captured some great photos. I have a photo of Dan and I taken on the Butterffly Bench (I think it’s the same one I found on your blog with your beautiful daughter posing on it). What a small, small world… So glad that we’ve connected my new friend. ❤ Have a beautiful week! xo

  23. Thank you for following my blog, Bette. Your site is very inviting and I will now follow you. Maybe you can help me attract monarchs. I have planted lots of milkweed and other plants said to attract butterflies, but don’t get many. I had a couple of caterpillars year before last, but never saw a chrysalis.

    • Hi, Susan.Thrilled to hear that you’re supporting our amazing monarchs along with our other crucial pollinators in your garden too. If we plant it, they will come…even if we don’t see them all. Our monarch visitors seem to be especially fond of mint, lilies and phlox. I’ve seen pairs performing their mating dance twice, so I know they’re leaving those eggs nearby. Maybe one of these days I’ll get to witness a full metamorphosis. I’ve been able to get a few fabulous photos of females feeling here at the farmstead. It’s great to be connected and I look forward to following you on your adventures too… ❤ xo

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  25. Hi there my dear fellow blogging friend, I have nominated for The Real Neat Blog Award. I hope you will be able to participate and share the love around by responding and accepting. Congrats and I look forward reading your posts and answers. See the link at: http://bit.ly/2rhch6O

  26. Thank you for following my blog, I appreciate it!

  27. Hi Bette, so happy to learn more about you!!! So impressed! Congratulations on all you’ve done!!! Bravo, Girl, Bravo!!
    Have you checked out the Go Dog Go Cafe? You should give it a visit. I think you may like it. I’m a Barista there.
    Also, I noticed that you are an illustrator??? So cool. Maybe I could tempt you into conjuring up something for my Haiku: Leaf Armada (an Autumn themed piece)??? This was written remembering the days when my brother and I raced dead leaves down a brook. Ah, sweet memories of youth!! https://thereluctantpoetweb.wordpress.com/2017/12/13/haiku-a-leaf-armada/

    Loved your about statement!
    Chuck
    xoxo

  28. Hi, Chuck. Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my About and for your thoughtful comments. Thanks to our friend Eugenia, I’m following Go Dog Go Cafe and look forward to chatting with everyone. I haven’t been illustrating poems of late, but rather using inspired photographs I’ve taken to accompany them. 🙂 Have a great week, my talented Barista friend. xo

  29. Thank you for stopping by my blog and liking my post. Just wondering, did u see my instagram post with the (deceased) Monarch I found in my yard? I’m trying again to harvest milkweed seeds for next year. (not easy)

    • Thanks for your visit and for your concern for our monarch butterflies. Last fall we found a monarch under our our apple trees with a deformed wing. I’ve later learned that the abnormality was probably caused by cold temperatures when it emerged from its chrysalis so late in the season. By the first week in September, our monarchs have usually all flown southwest. I’m not on Instagram, so didn’t see the poor monarch you found in your yard. Wishing you the very best at collecting milkweed seeds and planting them. Here’s a link to one of my monarch poem blog posts that contains another link about how to collect and plant milkweed seeds about monarch butterflies and how to collect and plant milkweed seeds https://4writersandreaders.com/2015/11/19/milkweed-wishes-for-monarchs-a-poem-by-bette-a-stevens/ Hope you find it helpful. Together we can all make a difference for our amazing monarch pollinators. ❤ xo

  30. Congratulations, dear Bette!

    I have nominated your blog for an award which may be new for you: the Sunshine Blogger Award.

    More about this nomination is at

    https://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2018/09/19/sunshine-blogger-award-thanks-sindrelf/

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