New Children’s Book Highlights Historic Oceanside


Sisters and co-authors Julia and Nancy Glen have teamed up to write a series of children’s books focused on the vibrant communities of Southern California. The book series is intended to communicate the theme of friendship, family, inclusion, and the beautiful city of Oceanside is the first book released in the series.

“We attempted to weave throughout this illustrated children’s book titled “Oceanside Adventures”, the history of Oceanside, current events and attractions to see. It’s all about an overall theme of acceptance, inclusion and kindness while bringing the story of Oceanside to life for children,” says Julia Glen.

The story begins with a small bunny named Colton, who moves to Oceanside. Everything around him feels foreign initially but as the story unfolds, he meets up with new friends that show him all the amazing things that this new city has to offer. With each location they visit, there are historical notes that document the rich history of Oceanside, both past and present.

“Palmquist Elementary recently hosted an Author’s Visit for Oceanside Adventures and it was clear from the enthusiastic response of the students, that they hold great pride for their city. As a group, they shared their favorite places and memories,” added Nancy Glen.

Julia and Nancy are committed to supporting Oceanside business as well as literacy programs through this project. Their new book is available for purchase at several Oceanside businesses that are listed on their website at They will also have books available for sale and signing at the First Friday Oceanside Art Walk to be held on Friday, December 7th from 5:00pm – 9:00pm at the Oceanside SpringHill Suites by Marriott.

About Julia and Nancy Glen
Julia Glen is an author, illustrator and entrepreneur. She currently lives in Oceanside, California. Julia Graduated from the University of Phoenix with a B.A. in Business. She grew up in Washington State and travels between California and Washington to spend time with family and friends. She has two cats named Kelvin and Patty and they are featured on page #33 of this book in the harbor scene. Nancy Glen is also an author. Her day job is teaching high school in Washington State. She is an alumna of the University of Washington and has a grown son, Stuart, who lives nearby.

About Oceanside Friends of the Arts
The Oceanside Friends of the Arts (OFA), a Non-Profit 501c3 Foundation, was initiated in 2016 with the goal of establishing Oceanside and surrounding communities as an important arts, culture, entertainment and tourism hub/ destination that catalyzes economic prosperity and a high quality of life for Oceanside’s future. The Oceanside Cultural District was recently selected as one of California’s 14, premier state-designated cultural districts by the California Arts Council. As part of it’s primary mission, OFA recently awarded two $500 scholarships to high school graduates to help further their art education at the collegiate level.


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