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
Celebrate Picture Books Review: Rooftop Garden
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
10 Things We Can Learn from Picture Books
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
Peek-A-Boo Haiku: Available Now!
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
A Year of Reflection (and a look at 2023)
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
The Thank You Book: Downloadable Thank You Cards
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
Goodreads Book Giveaway!
The Complete Book of Aspen
by Danna Smith
Giveaway ends October 29, 2022.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Celebrate Picture Books Review: THE THANK YOU BOOK
Did you know there is a national holiday called Buy a Book Day? Yep, and what better way to celebrate the day than with this beautiful review of my latest release, THE THANK YOU BOOK? I am deeply grateful to the team at Simon and Schuster and amazing illustrator Juliana Perdomo for their vision and for bringing my words to life! Check out the review here, which includes a downloadable thank you card and a fun thankfulness Jar activity that the whole family can enjoy.Read more
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).Read more
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), and to amazing illustrator, Tegan White, who brought my words to life.Read more