What's New?

Look for my next middle grade novel coming out with Kar-Ben (Lerner). I'm excited to introduce When Lightnin' Struck to young readers. You'll have to be patient though--this Lightning won't be striking quickly. The book is coming out in 2022! It's also a PJ OurWay selection.

CSLA 2019 State Conference - I was on an author's panel, entitled "Dreaming up STEAM: KidLit as Teaching Tools"

November 2018 - Highlights Foundation Workshop "Writing Historical Fiction"

August 2017 - Had a magical week participating in TENT: A Children's Literature Workshop at the Yiddish Book Center on the beautiful campus of Hampshire College. I was pleasantly surprised to learn about the many literary luminaries, both current and historical, who hail from this part of Massachusetts. Highlights included visiting poet Emily Dickinson's homestead and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.


Visit my Photo Gallery for more pictures of my week in Western Massachusetts.

The Horn Book recommends

Looking For Me...in this great big family

as a good novel in verse for reluctant readers. Read more...

Are you an omnivore, carnivore, or herbivore?
Find out when you read my new book, Porcupine's Picnic.

An Ambush of Tigers is featured in Chapter 12 of the newly published teacher textbook, Picture-Perfect STEM Lessons, 3-5, Using Children's Books to Inspire STEM Learning (by Emily Morgan and Karen Ansberry, published by National Science Teachers Association).


The book offers all kinds of questions to pose to the students, along with suggested activities, and a quote by me about how collective nouns inspired me to write the book.

I was in the company of other Southern California poets at our book launch for Kenn Nesbitt's poetry anthology,
One  Minute Till Bedtime.


Check out my Rainbow poem in it. The book has already received three starred reviews and Publishers Weekly lists it as one of the best children's books of 2016.


Visit my Photo Gallery for more pictures from this event.


To book a school visit, please email me.