Author Feature: Janet Councilman

by | May 7, 2020 | Author Feature | 0 comments

Janet Councilman is the author of several children’s books including the 2019 fable Sammie the Shark and the Return of the Lost Gift.

When we think of fables, we often think of Aesop, George Orwell, and Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Through the years, fables have evolved. Though the themes and characterization may have changed, one thing remains the same- fables carry valuable life lessons and inspire us to be better individuals. Janet Councilman is among the leading fable writers today. She has published several children’s illustrated books. Let us get to know Janet Councilman and her body of published works.

Janet H. Councilman is from Burlington, North Carolina. Councilman graduated from Ringling College of Art and Design. She spends most of her time making portraits of people, children, and pets for twenty years now. Janet Councilman also designs and makes cards in her spare time. Her love of art and the beach is what inspired her to publish “Sammie the Shark and the Return of the Lost Gift. Councilman also spent time autistic students and it was the Guidance Counselor at the Elementary School that also inspired her to write children’s books. Aside from Sammie the Shark and the return of the Lost Gift, Janet H. Councilman also published several other children’s illustrated books.

Sammie the Shark and the Return of the Lost Gift

Sammie the Shark front cover
Sammie the Shark and the Return of the Lost Gift by Janet Councilman.

Published in 2019, Sammie the Shark and the Return of the Lost Gift is the latest book by Janet Councilman. It follows the story of an adventurous shark named Sammie. Sammie and his friends live in a colorful Coral Bay. One day, Sammie finds a special lost gift. Sammie sees a reflective item on the seafloor which turns out to be a special gift for a person. Sammie the Shark and the Return of the Lost Gift is a fable that celebrates the virtues of honesty and thoughtfulness as well as fellowship towards others. Janet also highlights her appreciation for nature’s magnificent beauty and the wonder of animals peacefully living in their natural habitat.

Other Works by Janet H. Councilman

Rocky the Respectful Raccoon and His Red Sunglasses (2008)

Rocky the Respectful Raccoon cover
Rocky the Respectful Raccoon and His Red Sunglasses.

Published in 2008, Rocky the Respectful Racoon and His Red Sunglasses is book one of a six-part book series that showcase character traits taught in elementary schools. It features a raccoon named Rocky as the main character. He acts as the leader of a group of animals living in the Old Oak Woods. Rocky’s friends include Spike the split-eared Squirrel, Tommie the Turtle, Ollie the Owl, and Carmen the Cardinal. In Rocky the Respectful Raccoon and His Red Sunglasses, the character Rocky stumbles upon a pair of big red sunglasses on a beautiful autumn day.

Rocky Raccoon and His Caring Classmates (2014)

Rocky Raccoon cover
Rocky Raccoon and His Caring Classmates.

Rocky Racoon and His caring Classmates is the third book in Councilman’s book series. This time Rocky organizes a Cookie Swap in Old Oak Woods with the help of their school principal, the faculty, and the parents. The event is set during the Holidays with the students baking cookies for the cookie swap. The stories featured in the series presents challenges that the characters must face. 

Petie the Penguin and the Electric Igloo (2015)

Petie the Penguin
Petie the Penguin and the Electric Igloo

Petie the Penguin and the Electric Igloo follows the adventure of a curious penguin. Petie loves to read and travel. One day, Petie decides to travel through the Ice Mountains without informing his parents. Petie arrives at a wonderful village called Slipperyville. Tired and famished from his travel, Petie decides to knock on a beautiful Igloo. Petie’s character is based on Janet’s brother, Pete. Janet told Pete that she will write a book one day and that she’d name the main character after Pete.

To know more about Janet Councilman and her books, visit her website today!


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