Middle School Teacher Rob Ambrose honored with two awards for his children's book

Middle School Teacher Rob Ambrose honored with two awards for his children's book

A mission to provide a fun and educational means for students to enjoy reading has resulted in awards that Rob Ambrose never imagined.

Mr. Ambrose is a Science Teacher for 8th Grade–a position he has held for 24 years—at the Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School during the day and an award-winning writer of children’s books out of the classroom.

His book is “Dino Style,’’ which was published in June by Bunbury’s Books out of Piermont, New York. It is an illustrated book that features 16 dinosaurs, which he drew on one page and then a poem he penned that shares the facts and history about the dinosaur on the adjoining page.

Not only has his publication been enjoyed by young students but his work also caught the attention of the Feathered Quill Book Reviews. 

Featured Quill Book Reviews, which is a highly regarded leader in online book review sites, announces its winners in its annual awards program each February.

Mr. Ambrose was selected as a first-place winner in two categories—Children’s Early Readers and Children’s Poetry.

“When I started writing and illustrating “Dino Style,” my only goal was to teach kids in a different way that combined my love of art and science,’’ Mr. Ambrose revealed. “Winning awards wasn’t even on my radar.  Having said that, it means a lot to me to win two awards and be recognized for the exact things I am trying to accomplish with this book.”

He launched his second career when he began doodling to kill time during the Covid pandemic.

“I started by doing some art work in my sketch book while spending time with my daughter (Maya),” he recalled. “I was just doodling around.”

But his wife, Kate Ambrose, who has been an Art Teacher at the Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School for 22 years, suggested that the drawing should take another step.

“Kate mentioned a cool idea for a book,” Mr. Ambrose explained in August when his book was published and was available on Amazon.com. “I went through a lot of versions on how I would present it. First it was to draw a dinosaur and then I began looking at other kids’ books and picked out what I liked.”

His fond memories of visiting the Natural History Museum in New York during his youth led to his obsession to draw dinosaurs.

“When I was young my parents drove me to New York City, and that graffiti art on the walls drew my attention,” he said. 

And once he was inside the Natural History Museum, he would visit and observe the dinosaur exhibit.

He cherishes the reward that he was bestowed upon by the Featured Quill Book Reviews.

“It’s always an honor when someone recognizes your hard work," he said. "I am so grateful for the recognition and support I have had since “Dino Style” came out last June.”

Here is a link to the press release by Feathered Quill.


Featured Quill Book Awards