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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Best Children’s Books about Birds: My review list on Shepherd

Have you all heard about Shepherd? It’s a beautiful, easy to navigate website dedicated to helping adult readers and parents of littles find great books on every subject imaginable. The site is set up in categories with shelves of similar books accompanied by reviews and recommendations from authors who know a thing or two about the subject. It’s “like browsing the best bookstore in the world.”

My Review List

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 contributed to Shepherd with my book review list, The Best Children’s Books about Birds. Head on over to my shelf to see the fabulous kid’s books on bird’s I recommend for children of all ages (and why).

More About Shepherd

This is a new-ish site. The folks at Shepherd launched on April 19, 2021. They are hard at work adding many new features including “search” and “topic pages.” You can read all about their mission and progress here. And if you are an author looking to meet more readers and sell more books, check out Shepherd’s Author Program.

Thanks and happy reading!

Book Crew 2022 Launch Team: Cue the Confetti

If there is one thing I’ve learned in my 20 plus years of writing books for kids, is that the community of children’s book writers, illustrators, and creators are wonderfully supportive. We share the ups and downs of this rewarding and yes, difficult at times, business with one another and I feel blessed to have made many life-long friends along the way.

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Celebrate Picture Books: National Reading Month

Celebrate Picture Books reviewed The Hawk of the Castle for National Reading Month! Fly on over to the blog post for an in-depth look at this beautiful picture book illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline. Plus, test your knowledge on falconry with the activity guides and coloring pages.

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