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?
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?
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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Writing

Writing, writing, rewriting, and more writing. I am continuing to work on a new picture book—it’s fiction—and find myself working on it an hour or so at a time, every few days or so. But it’s not ready to send out to any editor yet. I love writing fiction for young children. And as ideas [...]

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News
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 [...]

PARENTS’ CHOICE SILVER HONOR WINNER

WHEN LIONS ROAR was selected as a 2013 Parents’ Choice Awards Silver Honor winner by the Parent’s Choice Foundation. Read about it on the Parents’ Choice Awards page.

COOPERTIVE CHILDREN’S BOOK CENTER CHOICE—BEST OF THE YEAR

WHEN LIONS ROAR was named to the CCBC Choices 2014 reading list. CCBC Choices is the annual best-of-the-year list of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center. This is a listing of titles that have been chosen for CCBC Choices 2014. MORE The CCBC Choices 2014 publication includes annotations and recommended ages for all of the books [...]

COLORADO SILVER BELL PICTURE BOOK AWARD

MAYBE A BEAR ATE IT! has been named a Silver Bell in the Colorado CLEL Bell Picture Book Awards (in the READ category). The Silver Bells are 25 picture books from the last 25 years, still in print that the CLEL Bell Awards Selection Committee consider to be excellent representations of the Bell Awards. MORE [...]