What's New?

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.

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



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IMAGINE A BOOK OF YOUR LIFE! I recently collaborated on a memoir I was hired to write. The subject of the memoir is thrilled with this book of his life. If you or someone you know is interested in having his or her life story written and published, you can email me for more information.


*An Ambush of Tigers appears on the NCTE Children’s Literature Assembly’s
2016 Notable Children’s Books in the English Language Arts list.


An Ambush of Tigers has been named to the 2016 ALSC’s Notable Children’s Books


Four poems from my books LOOKING FOR ME...in this great big family and MY HOUSE IS SINGING
were posted by the Children's Poet Laureate on www.PoetryMinute.org as part of his poem-a-day program for school children in 2013.


To read my poems, please visit www.PoetryMinute.org.


Children's Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt had this to say about my poem, The Grass Isn't Always Greener,
which he kept on the website throughout winter break: "I can't think of a more fitting poem, as I think it will encourage readers to be thankful for all they have this holiday season."


 Click here for the podcast of an interview with me at the 2015 ALA Conference in San Francisco.


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.

Click here to check out the photos.


Click here to view some pictures from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) conference in breezy Atlanta. Ambush won an award, so I spoke on a panel, attended the author's luncheon, and signed my new book, Porcupine's Picnic, in the Lerner booth.


Just finished another ghostwriting project. This one is not a memoir. Instead, it's all about how to navigate the legal system. I had to put on an old hat (my lawyer one) to dig into this one.



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