Check out Mr. Recess’s book Amy Goes to Sing to the Coral Reef, a sweet blend of fantasy and biology!

Amy Goes to Sing to the Coral Reef is a charming mermaid picture book for families to enjoy before bed. It is the story of a mermaid gifted with a beautiful voice and how she goes out to sing with all her friends to bring joy. The story is relaxing and beautiful, bringing a low-stakes narrative that showcases the world beneath the sea and creates a unique setting for young readers to enjoy. It is another installment in the series of rhyming stories from Mr. Recess.

These books are inspired by his memories of hearing bedtime stories from his mother. These are memories that are full of warmth, and this is the feeling that the author hopes to share with his readers. The bedtime stories he heard inspired him to become an author. 

Amy Goes to Sing to the Coral Reef is a sweet blend of fantasy and biology that showcases the animals that live on the Reef and also creates the right atmosphere to enjoy this element alongside a whimsical tale about a mermaid and her fantastic world.

Mr. Recess’s rhyming stories are perfect for families to read before bed. They are soothing and fun and blend knowledge and storytelling to create positive experiences for the readers. It is the type of adventure that will help a child go to sleep and might become a favorite. For example, Mr. Recess turns a lesson on biology into an adventure at bedtime.

Mr. Recess is an author and publisher of children’s books. He has a background in biological and natural sciences that shines through his stories and empowers him to offer kids accurate lessons on biology and nature through the tales he creates. For the author, learning has always been a source of joy and fun, and he hopes to give other kids the same experience now through his stories. Each tale offers an introduction to complex ideas in an easy and fun way through fantastic tales and intriguing narratives featuring attractive characters. All his books blend reality and fantasy to create powerful and lasting learning experiences that help kids gain knowledge.

Amy Goes to Sing to the Coral Reef is a sweet and simple story that can teach children more about the reef and the animals that can be found there. It also offers a beautiful character and a narrative that works very well as a bedtime story. The book has illustrations to support the learning and also to soothe children through the story of Amy, her singing, and all those who come to join her. It’s a perfect bedtime read with an unexpected learning experience built in.

You can find Amy Goes to Sing to the Coral Reef on Amazon here:

It is available as an ebook so readers can easily take the story with them wherever they go. There are simple and alluring illustrations to accompany Amy’s story. You can find out more about the author and his stories here


We had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Recess. Here are the excerpts from the interview. 

Hi, Great to have you with us today! Please share with our readers about yourself.

Hi, my name is Barry Teffera. I’m a molecular neuroscience researcher who wants to write children’s bedtime stories in order to inspire the next generation of scientists. My pen name is “Mr. Recess.”

Please tell us about your book, Amy Goes to Sing to the Coral Reef. 

My book “Amy Goes to Sing to the Coral Reef” is a rhyming bedtime story that teaches kids about one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world, the coral reef! 

Please share with us more about your journey. 

As a child, my mother would read me bedtime stories, which I still look back on with immense gratitude. My dad’s job focused on teaching salesmen about pharmaceuticals. Through the combination of these perspectives, I built an interest in teaching science through various avenues. During college, I would write for local magazines about scientific research on campus. This book is an extension of the skills I developed, showing how exciting and beautiful the world of science is. 

What are the strategies that helped you become successful in your journey?

The most important strategy I’ve learned in my journey through life is to learn from failures. Both failing and learning are necessary for progress. If you just fail, you doom yourself to the depths of depression, where you become numb and lose drive. If you just learn from your past or from watching others, you become overwhelmed by the breadth of information you’re trying to process. You become comfortable with the illusion of progress, and this comfort leads you to stagnation, which resembles the loss of drive that’s born from mindlessly repeating the same failures over and over again. So, the most important strategy when trying anything is to learn from failures. They are inevitable and, when managed properly, will guide you to achieving your goals.

Fantastic! So tell us, how can people find out more about you? 

You can follow me on Instagram @mr._recess.


Thank you so much for giving us your precious time! We wish you all the best for your journey ahead!


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