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Japanese Edition


I'm thrilled to announce ARCTIC WHITE has been translated in Japanese!

A Junior Library Guild Selection


The JLG is a book club servicing libraries. Their editorial team reads the best books of the year before they're published and name the outstanding titles a JLG selection.  The golden seal assures the best books get into the hands of children.  I am over the moon that THE HAWK OF THE CASTLE has earned this prestigious seal.

Lap Board Book Edition


SWALLOW THE LEADER is now available in a giant 10 x 9 Lap board book!  It's just the right size for sharing one-on-one or in a group at story time.

Crystal Kite Award


It is an honor to see ARCTIC WHITE, with illustrations by the amazing Lee White, make it as a finalist in the SCBWI (The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) Crystal Kite Award!  I pour my heart and soul into writing each of my books in hopes children will learn to love books and reading as much as I do—this is my reward.  However, it is always wonderful when my books received awards because it gives them a broader audience. Reaching more children is the ultimate goal.

Scholastic Book Fair Selection


MOTHER GOOSE'S PAJAMA PARTY is in the Scholastic Book Fair flyer, Inchworm!  This takes me back to my childhood (and my children's childhood) when we used to race home with our book flyers and spend the evening circling our favorite books.  We wanted them all!

A New Little Golden Book is Coming October 2019


I am pleased to announce my fourth Little Golden Book, THE COLORS OF WINTER (illustrated by Amber Ren), will be released on October 7, 2019!  I love these little books that have helped millions of children develop lifelong love of reading.  See "books" link for details.