With illustrations by Nancy Keating, A Picnic at the Lighthouse (2016, Creative Book Publishing) is a touching story of a boy (Patrick) and his father who spend a busy day together at a lighthouse. The book is about the special moments they share and the depth of a parent’s love. The illustrations are large and cheerful; the story a simple one, but one that will appeal to pre-school and lower-grade children, particularly where they may live in a home without a resident father due to a separation or divorce. Clearly, the father loves the child and has the time and the desire to spend an entire day with him, packing a simple picnic lunch and exploring the lighthouse and the area around it.
The author, Rebecca North, is a Canadian children’s author. Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, she now lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
The book’s illustrator, Nancy Keating loves creating picture books that appeal specifically to Newfoundland children. She has illustrated several children’s books. Nancy lives in Portugal Cove-St. Philips, Newfoundland.