Islandport Press of Yarmouth and the Island Institute will team up this summer in a marketing and fundraising effort that celebrates island life, supports education and helps promote childhood literacy and the joy of reading.

Islandport, an award-winning book publishing company, will donate 10 percent of all revenue generated by sales of its new island-based children's picture book, "Nic and Nellie," to the Island Institute's Maine Island Scholarship Program. In addition, Islandport will donate 10 percent of sales of "The Fish House Door" and "The Scallop Christmas." Islandport also will help promote the Island Institute and its scholarship program through social media and other marketing materials; and will donate copies of the books to appropriate island-based organizations.

The Island Institute will highlight the new children's book and the partnership through both its traditional print and Internet-based communications channels as well as other appropriate avenues.

"Nic and Nellie," written and illustrated by Astrid Sheckels, tells the story of a young girl who looks forward to spending an entire summer on an island with her grandparents, only to become sad and homesick when the time actually arrives. Ultimately, the island, and the friends she makes there, help her overcome her fears and loneliness. Sheckels also illustrated "The Fish House Door" and "The Scallop Christmas," children's books whose stories take place on working waterfronts.

"Astrid's illustrations capture the essence of Maine's small fishing villages and island communities, and our customers love her books," said Lisa Mossel Vietze, manager of Archipelago, the Island Institute store and gallery. "The support by Islandport Press for our scholarship program will help even more students reach their higher-education goals."

The downtown Archipelago will host a book release event for "Nic and Nellie" and Sheckels Thursday, July 11, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. For information about the event, call Archipelago at 596-0701. The partnership will run from July 11 through Labor Day weekend.

The Island Institute is a nonprofit organization that serves as a voice for the future of the Maine islands and the Gulf of Maine. It works to support the 15 year-round island communities, conserve island and marine biodiversity and develop solutions that balance the needs of the coast's nature and cultural communities. Since 1990, the Island Institute has provided more than $1 million in scholarship awards and is committed to providing higher-education and professional-development scholarship support to residents of Maine's un-bridged island and working-waterfront communities. For more information on the Island Institute, visit For more information on Islandport Press, call 846-3344 or visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or