Upcoming Events & Recent Interviews

With less than two weeks to go until the release of Pando: A Living Wonder of Trees (illustrated by Turine Tran), things are heating up! I’ll be doing several free online storytimes: Wednesday, August 18th, 12:30PM Pacific: Storytime with the San Diego Children’s Discovery Center (on Facebook). Learn more here. Sunday, August 22nd, 1PM Pacific:Continue reading “Upcoming Events & Recent Interviews”

One-month-til-release Preorder Giveaway!

Buckle up! It’s debut time! In exactly one month, my debut picture book, Pando: A Living Wonder of Trees (illustrated by Turine Tran), will hit shelves. If you preorder (or already have), I will send you a signed bookplate for your copy, and you will be entered to win a Grow Your Own Aspen kit!Continue reading “One-month-til-release Preorder Giveaway!”

First Line Transformations & GIVEAWAY

A story’s first line is an invitation to the reader. In a few short phrases, the author introduces the subject and tone of the story, creating context and mood. This is particularly true of picture books, where low word counts create even more pressure for an opening line that pulls the reader in. So muchContinue reading “First Line Transformations & GIVEAWAY”

Preschooler-approved PB: COW SAYS MEOW

It’s been a while since I’ve featured a preschooler-approved picture book, so today I’m thrilled to share Cow Says Meow by Kirsti Call and Brandon James Scott, which launches on March 16th! With this fantastically fun read, Call, who co-authored Mootilda’s Bad Mood, has become the official queen of Bovine Silliness (you heard it hereContinue reading “Preschooler-approved PB: COW SAYS MEOW”

Critique Giveaway: #PBCritiqueFest

As a picture book creator, getting high-quality feedback on your work can be a huge hurdle to upping your writing game. Good news! Brian Gehrlein (author of THE BOOK OF RULES–out next year–and creator of pbspotlight.com) is running a FANTASTIC critique giveaway this month! Some of the biggest names in kidlit, including Ame Dykman, TaraContinue reading “Critique Giveaway: #PBCritiqueFest”

Perfect Picture Books for Science Homeschooling

When you think of teaching science, you might imagine dry, boring textbooks. And if you unexpectedly find yourself homeschooling this year, you might be less than enthused about teaching those. Luckily for you, your local library is chock full of gorgeous, engaging STEM picture books. These books are perfect for early elementary schoolers and alsoContinue reading “Perfect Picture Books for Science Homeschooling”

Review: Two Tough Trucks Get Lost

Need some good news? Two Tough Trucks has a sequel! And, it’s coming out in less than a month. WOO-HOO! Last year, I wrote about the delightful Two Tough Trucks as a zippy and fun addition to the back-to-school genre. That its sequel, Two Tough Trucks Get Lost(written by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Rebecca J.Continue reading “Review: Two Tough Trucks Get Lost”


It’s a strange time right now. There’s uncertainty and anxiety and cabin fever. And, in difficult times, there are stories. Stories can entertain, transport, and comfort. And, picture books, in particular, foster closeness between reader and listener, parent and child. That’s why I’m highlighting a fabulous new picture book, which is itself an ode toContinue reading “Review: HELP WANTED: MUST LOVE BOOKS”