Welcome
Welcome to my website.
It’s full of information about the books I write, how I make them, and why I write what I write. And since I can’t draw for beans, you’ll also find out how lucky I am to work with so many talented illustrators, editors, and designers. And you can also find out what other people say about the work I love doing. I hope you will find answers to most of the questions you — kids, teens, and grown-ups — have about my books.

What’s New?
CRASH! BOOM! coming in May!

CRASH! BOOM! A Math Tale, the first of two early math picture books illustrated by the amazing Chris Chatterton will be published on May 8th by Candlewick Press. Elephant has a bucket of blocks and wants to build something tall. Something as tall as Elephant. But will it stay up? Follow along as Elephant goes [...]

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WHO? A Celebration of Babies coming in June!

WHO? A Celebration of Babies, illustrated by the loving and endearing art of Natascha Rosenberg, is the first of two board books that will be published on June 5th by Abrams Appleseed. This is the very first board book I have written and is intended for very young babies, older babies, and toddlers. This sweet [...]

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A NONFICTION PICTURE BOOK ABOUT DIVERSITY STARRING GUS & NELLIE

WHO WE ARE book cover

The times we live in and our children are living through, even our young children, calls for a book about respecting one another despite our differences Check out illustrator Nadine Bernard Westcott’s and my most recent book together, WHO WE ARE! All About Being The Same and Being Different.
Read more about WHO WE ARE!
Join in the fun with Nellie, Gus, baby Jake and their parents…

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20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION! 15TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION!

It’s Perfectly Normal book cover

It’s So Amazing! book cover

The new and fully updated 20TH ANNIVERSARY Edition of IT’S PERFECTLY NORMAL, Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, And Sexual Health — The new and fully updated 15TH ANNIVERSARY Edition of IT’S SO AMAZING! A Book About Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies and Families.

Every year, a new set of kids and teens come along who need honest, responsible, up-to-date, and accurate information about sexual health. That’s exactly why I consulted yet again with experts to make sure the information in our books would be current and scientifically accurate...

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What’s Next?
STAY TUNED! Two more books coming next year!

Chris Chatterton is now putting the finishing touches on our second early math book, NOW WHAT? A Math Tale, which will be published by Candlewick Press in 2019. The art and design of my second board book, LOOK! Babies Head to Toe, will commence soon and will be published by Abrams Appleseed in 2019.

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A NEW NONFICTION BOOK

I am in the middle of writing a new nonfiction book for kids ten and up on a current topic that affects each and everyone of us, including kids and teens. The topic I am writing about is daunting and challenging. But a good challenge is what keeps writing, revising, rewriting, and collecting new source material almost each and [...]

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WRITING. WRITING, REWRITING, AND MORE WRITING

I am continuing to work on an new picture book—it’s fiction—that’s almost working. But I just can’t get 4 lines of it to work just right, just yet. SoI find myself working on it an hour or so at a time, every few days or so. I love writing fiction for young children. And as [...]

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News
The Kirkus Review is in!

Our first review, a wonderful review of CRASH! BOOM! from Kirkus, states that “Elephant’s pure joy in exploration and success are sure to be catching…” and “And when the inevitable oops happens, the reaction is also believable: eyes shut tight, mouth a downward bow, and tears… But elephant is not one to give up easily…”

THE SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL REVIEW IS IN!

A wonderful review of CRASH! BOOM! from School Library Journal states that “Young readers will instantly be familiar with the elephant’s actions; he carefully places four blocks vertically on top of each other until, “WOW! I did it! It’s as tall as ME!” The pause of a page turn is enough to build suspense for [...]

NICE INCLUSION IN MOTHER MAG

It’s NOT THE STORK! and IT’S SO AMAZING! are included a terrific round-up of sex-ed books on Mother Mag [...]

NEW YORK TIMES: THE BANNED BOOKS YOUR CHILD SHOULD READ

A wonderful and helpful article by pediatrician Perri Klass’ in her NYTimes monthly column THE CHECK-UP. Klass includes IT’S PERFECTLY NORMAL, IT’S SO AMAZING! and IT’S NOT THE STORK! and makes the case that: “In fact, banned book lists can be a great resource for parents looking for books that teach kids about the world [...]

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL: IN DEFENSE OF FREE EXPRESSION

This informative article discusses PEN American Center’s gathering of Writers Resist: Louder Together for Free Expression on the steps of the New York Public Library The article features children’s book authors, including myself, Fatima Shaik, and Susan Kulkin. Each of us provided quotes in defense of free expression and the rights of children. Following is [...]