Local author pens book for those with children who love the beach

Joan Leotta’s latest book for children, Rosa’s Shell, is the perfect gift for anyone who has a small child who loves the beach. Rosa and her Dad and Mom come to the beach for a restful week of vacation. Rosa has other ideas. She wants to go out onto the beach at dawn to look for shells. Her Dad goes with her. They find some wonderful shells--including the South Carolina state shell, the lettered olive. Then, Rosa spies a perfect scallop shell, but before she can grab it, the tide tries to steal it back into the ocean. Rosa’s Dad runs to help — can he retrieve it for her?

This is a wonderful tale of Daddy-daughter bonding at the beach, a great selection for a Father’s Day gift for any dad.

Joan Leotta lives in Calabash, N.C. She is a beachcomber herself and has been since childhood when her own father often gave up vacation rest to accompany her on early morning forays to the beach.

She is an author and story performer. All of the books in this series are modeled on the author’s real life experiences growing up in Pittsburgh. She now lives in Calabash, NC where she still works as an author and story performer. Her other picture books featuring Rosa include, Whoosh!, Summer in a Bowl, and Rosa and the Red Apron. Her Legacy of Honor series includes Giulia Goes to War, Letters from Korea, A Bowl of Rice (Vietnam War era) and Secrets of the Heart. She also writes short fiction, non-fiction (food, travel, profiles) and poetry and enjoys life with her husband in Calabash , NC. with occasional forays to her home of more than 40 years, the Northern VA area, where her daughter still lives. Common threads in all of her writing are food and love of family. Her performances include one woman shows of women in the Civil War and colonial times and folktale adaptations that stress understanding among diverse cultures. To contact her about speaking or performing for your school, or community group, check out her blog at

Rosa’s Shell is available in paperback online at, and and from the publisher, Theaq . Joan is happy to come to your book club or local group to talk about writing, beachcombing, and/or performing.

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At A Glance

Title | Rosa's Shell

Author | Joan Leotta

Publisher | Theaq Publishing

Cost | $12.95