Read All About It – “The Outer Banks”

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One of the best things about vacationing on the Outer Banks is sitting back, relaxing, and reading a good book by the sea. But have you ever read a book about the Outer Banks while enjoying your OBX vacation? We at Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates would love to share with you books about the Outer Banks for adults and kids too.

Children’s Books

Book cover of Tammy Turtle by Suzanne Tate showing a sea turtle entering the ocean
Photo Courtesy of Suzanne Tate

Tammy Turtle – This book is great for kids who want to learn more about loggerhead turtles and how to help protect them. The author, Suzanne Tate, a local resident of the OBX has many other books about the beach and nature that will make your kids want them all. Other books include Salty Seagull, Sammy Shrimp, Spunky Spot, and Flossie Flounder. With so many books to choose from, which would be your favorite?


picture of a dog surfing surf dogs beach safety tips
Photo Courtesy of Kim Mosher Designs

Surf Dog’s Beach Safety Tips – If you have young children and are looking for a way to help them learn about beach safety, this book is for you! Surf Dog’s Beach Safety Tips is a book that will help them learn about safety when on vacation. The author is Kevin Mosher, and his wife, Kim Mosher, did all of the illustrations in the book.

Picture of a black cat on a beach ball on the beach with sand dunes behind it
Photo Courtesy of Tamara Hoffmann Shipp

Bosley the Cat – Bosley the cat loves adventures and has two books in the series, The Bosley Books. The first book is Bosley the Beach Cat, and the other is Bosley the Pirate Cat. These books take place in the Outer Banks and are so much fun to read for kids. The author is Tamara Shipp and illustrated by Sarah Glaser.

Photo of two children sleeping in beds with the outer banks lighthouse in the background
Photo Courtesy of Adam Gamble & Mark Jasper

Good Night Outer Banks – This book is a great book to read at bedtime for the younger kids and highlights several locations on the OBX. Those locations include Wright Brothers National Memorial, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Jockey’s Ridge State Park, and Duck Town Boardwalk. Written by Adam Gamble and Mark Jasper, this book will soon become a favorite for your kids every night!

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Photo Courtesy of H.C. Friesen

Janey Olsen, Famous Artist of the Beach – This book was written and published by a long-time guest, H.C. Friesen. It’s based in one of our rental houses, unit 016, and back when it was yellow. This is a book to get and keep in your children’s book collection at home.

Photo of book showing a little feature of book with a picture of the Outer Banks and a picture of Unit 016

Adult Books

On This Day in Outer Banks History – This book is about the Outer Banks and how it’s so much more than a vacation destination. It tells the stories of the OBX and how amazing it is with all the history it holds. The author, Sarah Downing, is a former Joe Lamb Jr & Associates employee, and we couldn’t be any prouder of her success!

Hatteras Island, Keeper of the Outer Banks – Written by Ray McAllister, a regional author who visits the OBX often with this family. This book portrays the beauty and history of the Outer Banks and how it has remained like a secret vacation destination. He has another book about the OBX, Ocracoke, The Pearl of the Outer Banks, that you must also check out.

The Beach Lover’s Guide to the Outer Banks – If you’ve been searching for a guide on how to fall in love with the beach of the OBX, this is the book for you. Written by Tamara Shipp, you’ll find this series has two volumes. The first is The Beach Lover’s Guide to the Outer Banks Volume 1 focuses on Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills & Nags Head. Volume 2 focuses on Avon, Buxton, and Hatteras.

We hope you enjoyed this fun blog post on books about the OBX as much as we did writing it. If you pick up one of these books while on vacation and want to share it, be sure to check out one of the Little Free Libraries around the Outer Banks. Staying in one of our OBX vacation rentals will have you wanting never to return home!

A New Outer Banks Author Comes to the Scene

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Cover of Creatures of Imagination by Carol Willett.

Outer Banks authors are a diverse lot writing everything from children’s books—Suzanne Tate and her Nature Series; to history—David Stick; mystery—Joseph Terrell, and even a best selling novelist who has settled here. That would be Matthew Quick, author of Silver Linings Playbook and his latest novel, Love May Fail.

Add to that list Carol Willett’s Creatures of Imagination-A Journal of Discovery.

Words fall short in describing how marvelously different this book is. Carol has been creating art in the form of whimsical mythical creatures for a number of years, and her book takes that whimsy to a whole new level.

Telling the story of intrepid 19th century world-traveller, Gwendolyn Remington-Burke, Carol traces her heroine’s journey from her native England to the four corners of our planet. Her story is recounted through journal entries, primitive photographs and paintings that recreate the creatures she encounters as she circles the globe.

Typical of her entries is this from 3 August 1889.

“Tracing the path of the notorious pirate Blackbeard past the Island of Ocracoke and up the Albemarle Sound, I encountered a deep-billed sea bird that seemed a cross between a pelican and a cockatoo . . . This Frilled Pelican answers to the name ‘Elvis.’”

The journal entries are guaranteed to keep the reader chuckling; Carol’s artwork is spot-on and adds perfectly to the sense of adventure the book evokes.

A large format book, beautifully produced by Linda Lauby of Outer Banks Press, this is the kind of book that will engage just about everyone.

Just published, the book is available at the Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, Glenn Eure’s Ghost Fleet Gallery in Nags Head and should be making its way to other locations soon.