I’m happy to have my newest book, “How Do You Haiku?” featured on Matt Esenwine’s blog this Poetry Friday! Head over to Radio, Rhythm, & Rhyme for my interview with Matt on the making of the book and to celebrate with us!
I am pleased to share my interview with Literary Titan about my new how to haiku handbook and why I wrote it. Click the bolded title below for the scoop!
I am happy to welcome this “how to haiku” handbook into the world (for ages 8 & up)! I fell in love with words from the moment I met them and wrote my first poem when I was eight years old. This is the book I wish I had when I was young. A book that would not only teach me simple ways to understand and write haiku but one that also said that my words were worthwhile, and my poetry was worth sharing. This book is part technique, part pep-talk, and part wordplay with a whole lot of templates and haiku crafts. I hope you love it as much as I do and will share the love by introducing it to kids, teachers, librarians, and parents.Read more
I live and breathe picture books. I am always in awe of the creativity and passion children’s book authors weave into their work. When I read Today I Am a River by Kate Coombs I was immediately in love with it and had to share it with you all! Following my review, you can get the inside scoop on the creation of this beautiful book in my interview with Kate!Read more
I’m excited to share the news about my next Little Golden Books as announced in Publishers Marketplace! I am happy to grow my Little Golden Book list and round out this seasonal series. Xinidi Yan’s will be illustrating the books and I can’t wait to see her work her magic! A big thanks to my agent Tracy Marchini at BookEnds Jr who made the deal happen and to LGB editor, Andrea Posner-Sanchez for believing in my work!Read more
It’s Sing with Your Child Month and what better way to celebrate the holiday than with this sing-along picture book! Check out the review of Rooftop Garden by Celebrate Picture Books blog here or by clicking the book cover below. While you’re there sing along to the toe-tapping audio and video that accompanies the book (via a QR code on the back cover) and download garden activities for the kids.Read more
In order to raise compassionate, happy, and confident children, there are certain life lessons they need to learn and understand. Lessons about empathy, love, kindness, and deeper, more difficult lessons like death and war. Through the magic of picture books, kids have a way to explore the lessons that they may not experience in their everyday life. Picture books can take children around the world to places they’ve never been and allow them to walk in the shoes of the characters from the safety of their homes. Scroll below for a list (click on the book covers)—perhaps you’ll find some books you’ll want to share with your little ones.Read more
I am pleased to welcome (cue the confetti!) this beautiful book into the world and share it with little readers everywhere! It was a joy to work with the team at Little Simon. Their vision, along with Teagan White’s illustrations was just the right mix for this poetic lift-the-flap book! While you are here, check out the book trailer, and downloadable activities for all ages, and pick up a copy to share with your favorite littles.Read more
As I wrap up the old year in holiday paper and finish it off with a bow, I want to take the time to thank you, my faithful readers, for all the book love and support. I appreciate every like, share, PM, email, fan letter, recommendation, purchase, read and review of my books. It means the world to me! Your support allows me to do what I love—create books for kids.Read more
Thanking is easy. Thanking is fun. Here’s a new way to thank someone! Download this darling thank you card on heavy card stock for the kids to write and send a special thank you to someone for something they are grateful for.Read more