A is for apple, but not if you’re reading “Boundary Waters ABC.” The children’s book, written by Wes Erwin, explores the alphabet with a very northern Minnesotan twist.
Erwin, a Boundary Waters lover and stay-at-home father, got his inspiration from his two children and his love for the natural wonders in the northern region. After reading countless ABC books to his sons, he realized that there wasn’t one about the Boundary Waters.
The book takes children through the alphabet via s’mores, moose and (canoe) yokes.
Erwin will bring his version of the alphabet to Scout & Morgan Books in Cambridge from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 7. As part of the Summer Reading Kick-Off at the bookstore, Erwin will read his book and will host a book signing.
This is Erwin’s first children’s book. He changed professions from professor to professional dad in 2009. Since then, he has realized a few magical things.
“It’s the little discoveries your kids help you see that, as adults, we wouldn’t have the time to,” Erwin said. “It’s those little discoveries that children’s books help us see, too.”
His sons Wyatt, 7, and Jordan, 6, have read the book multiple times, and he hopes other children will benefit from it, too.
“I got ideas for the book by telling bedtime stories to the boys,” Erwin said.
“I would joke, always saying it put them to sleep. I hope it doesn’t have the same effect on the general public,” he jokingly added.
The trickiest part was coming up with words that started with the letter “X” and “Y.”
“You can’t just use X-ray,” Erwin said.
Other letters, like “S is for s’mores,” bring Erwin back to fond memories of times around the campfire at the boundary waters.
“Whenever I smell that smoke, I think about the times we made s’mores as a family,” Erwin recalled.
He hopes that the book reaches more than just children and parents and hopes to inspire outdoor enthusiasts to pick up a copy. He’s already working on his second book, which will be a children’s retelling of the 1999 Boundary Waters blowdowns.
Scout & Morgan Books is located at 114 Buchanan St. N., Cambridge, and can be reached at 763-689-2474. More information on “Boundary Waters ABC” can also be found at www.facebook.com/BoundaryWatersABC.