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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?
What’s So Yummy? book cover
WHAT’S SO YUMMY? All About Eating Well and Feeling Good

A new nonfiction picture book about healthy eating and exercise starring Gus and Nellie and illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott is the 4th book in our 5 book series for young children. In What’s So Yummy? Gus and Nellie and their family go to their community garden, the farmer’s market, and grocery store to gather [...]

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20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION! 15TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION!

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 [...]

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What’s So Yummy? book cover

What’s So Yummy? book cover

What’s Next?
TURTLE AND ME TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE U.S. ON APRIL 7th!

My picture book story, with art by the oh-so-magnificent U.K. illustrator Tor Freeman, will now be available for young children, their families, teachers, librarians, and day-care providers in the U.S. thanks to publisher Little Bee Books. This story about a young child and his lovey — a stuffed turtle — and what happens when TURTLE [...]

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A 5th NONFICTION PICTURE BOOK STARRING GUS AND NELLIE

I have completed the research and vetting and have finished writing the 5th book in Nadine Bernard Westcott’s and my nonfiction LET’S TALK ABOUT YOU AND ME series for young children. The exciting news is that Nadine is working away on the art for this book. Over the past few years, we have both become [...]

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TWO NEW MANUSCRIPTS AT ONCE!

I have just begun the research for two new nonfiction picture books that are under contract about a topic I have never written about before in any book of mine. I have met with several experts about the topic and am finding out how multifaceted and fascinating this topic is. This two-book project is exciting, [...]

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A STAR FOR TURTLE AND ME

Here’s a little bit of what Publishers’ Weekly said in their starred review: “And yet
 there is nothing prosaic in these pages — 
it’s a book of poetic,
 plainspoken beauty, resonant with deeply felt emotions about attachment, loyalty, and growing up.”

Read the full review.

Honored by The National Coalition Against Censorship

This fall, I was thrilled to be honored by The National Coalition Against Censorship at their 40th Anniversary Gala at which I was awarded The NCAC Freedom Defender Award along with Neil Gaiman and…

20th Anniversary edition of IT’S PERFECTLY NORMAL—15th Anniversary edition of IT’S SO AMAZING! in feature articles and interviews

New York Times Motherlode, blog: 20 Years After ‘It’s Perfectly Normal”, What’s Changed? by KJ Dell’Antonia

Publishers Weekly: ‘It’s Perfectly Normal’ Turns 20 by Shannon Maughan

NPR’s All Things Considered: It May Be ‘Perfectly Normal’, But It’s Also Frequently Banned by Rebecca Hersher

TeachingBooks.net blog: Twenty Years Later: Still Challenging—Still Engaging—Still Relevant by “yours truly”

Great Review for WHAT’S SO YUMMY?

Here’s a bit of what School Library Journal said in their review: “… siblings Gus and Nellie provide the information about healthy foods and how they affect our bodies. Joined in all of the public settings with a multicultural background cast, smiles abound within and around the family unit, equating the act of making good [...]

BANK STREET BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2014

WHAT’S IN THERE? has been chosen by the Bank Street College of Education’s Children’s Book Committee to be included in their 2014 edition of Best Books of the Year for Children and Young Adults. The Children’s Book Committee at the Bank Street strives to guide librarians, educators, parents, grandparents, and other interested adults to the [...]