My Book Recommendation List: The Best Books that Prove DNA Sucks at Keeping Secrets

Having gone through a rollercoaster DNA discovery experience and writing YA Novel in verse, The Complete Book of Aspen, I am happy to have contributed to Shepherd with my book review list, The Best Books That Prove DNA Sucks at Keeping Secrets. Click on my shelf to browse the fabulous books on DNA I recommend (and why).

More Book Reviews on Shepherd

As a bird and nature lover as well as the author of children’s book, The Hawk of the Castle, I am happy to have also contributed to Shepherd with my book review list, The Best Children’s Books about Birds. You can find my shelf here and browse the fabulous kid’s books on birds I’ve recommended for children of all ages (and why).

Thanks and happy reading!

Peek-A-Boo Haiku: Cover Reveal!

I have been writing since I was a child, and I’m a poetry blogger at PoetryPop.com, so getting an offer on a poetry book for littles is a dream come true—my two passions combined!

I am thrilled to share the cover for the first time today! Many thanks to my agent Tracy Marchini at Bookends Junior Literary Agency, who found Peek-a-Boo Haiku the perfect home with Simon & Schuster (Little Simon).

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Q & A with Deborah Kalb Books: The Complete Book of Aspen

Recently, my Young Adult novel-in-verse was featured on Deborah Kalb’s blog. Four years ago through DNA testing, I learned a life-altering family secret…the father who raised me was not my biological father. The Complete Book of Aspen is based on my true DNA experience. The story is Aspen’s, but we share the gamut of emotions. Head over to Deborah’s blog to learn about why I wrote this book and how it came to be by clicking on the link above or the book cover below.

Cover Reveal: YA Novel-In-Verse

When Aspen’s best friend gives her a DNA test kit, a half teaspoon of spit is all it takes to discover her entire life has been a lie.

I am proud to share the cover of my debut young adult novel releasing May 30, 2022! This is the book of my heart. This is the book based on my true story. This is the book that helped me through a very real, very difficult time in my life. Four years ago, I took a DNA test and discovered the man who raised me and whom I loved dearly was not my biological father.

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Happy Book Birthday x 2 = 6 questions

I have two books releasing this month, so we are celebrating over on Erin Dealey’s blog! Chug on over to the blog post for a behind-the-scenes interview and a look inside picture book ONE BLUE GNU and shaped board book WAKE UP, FREIGHT TRAIN! Plus, see what’s in the works for the rest of the year. I’ve been a busy girl!

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Cover Reveal! The Thank You Book

If you are like me, just looking at this cover with art by Juliana Perdomo will make you happy! I’m pleased to be able to finally share it with you! Take a look below at the summary and get a sneak peek of the interior. In stores September 6, 2022, just in time for Thanksgiving.

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Blooming Soon! Rooftop Garden

We sowed the seeds for this book last year and I’m thrill to say it’s ready to bloom on May 16th! It was a joy to work with the team at Barefoot Books. Their vision along with illustrator, Pati Aguilera, and singer Holly Turton were just the right mix for this joyful singalong! Readers can scan the QR code on the back cover for the audio and video. “Prepare the food and take a seat. Pass a plate and let’s all eat. A garden feast! Oh, what a treat!” “Yum, garden! Yum, garden! Yum, yum, yum!”

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Choo Choo! A New Board Book is Chugging into Stores Soon

I love it when I get to share a new cover for an upcoming book, especially when it’s a chunky, train-shaped board book for my littlest readers! Wake Up, Freight Train! will be released by Little Simon on March 1, 2022, but it’s available for pre-order now (see below for links). I’m in love with the colorful illustrations by Jon Andersen!

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A “GNU” Book for Kids

I’m excited to share my next picture book releasing March 1, 2o22 by Amicus Ink and available for pre-order now (see below)!

When a box of cell phones is accidentally delivered to the zoo, one blue gnu quickly calls two white sheep, who plan a party—beep beep beep! Call by call, the party spreads around the zoo, but oh no! Who invited the hungry tiger? And who will he call on his new phone? Get ready for this giggle-enticing “gnu” book!

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Sharing the Book Love: Ways to Support your Favorite Authors and Illustrators

I love what I do! Writing books for children is my passion and a dream job come true. Part of an author or illustrator’s job is promoting their books to make sure they get into the hands and minds of little readers. Most creatives don’t have the means to hire professional publicists, so they do what they can. School visits, bookstore signings, blogging, and community events are all great ways to share the book love, but we also rely on good old fashioned word of mouth.

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