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?
A NEW NONFICTION PICTURE BOOK ABOUT DIVERSITY STARRING GUS & NELLIE

WHO WE ARE book cover

March 22nd! The publication date of illustrator Nadine Bernard Westcott’s and my newest book 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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TURTLE AND ME

Turtle and Me book cover

This picture book chronicles a young child’s life with his beloved “lovey”—a stuffed turtle—who has been this child’s best friend since the day he was born. But bad things happen to Turtle and now Turtle is ragged, ripped up, chewed up, sewed up, faded, and then receives the “biggest, baddest, most gigantic, horrible rip ever…

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WHAT’S SO YUMMY? ALL ABOUT EATING WELL AND FEELING GOOD

What’s So Yummy? book cover

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...

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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?
TWO NEW PICTURE BOOK MANUSCRIPTS & AN OLDER NONFICTION BOOK, PLUS…

Amazing illustrator Chris Chatterton has just finished creating the art for the first of two new nonfiction picture books that are under contract about a topic I have never written about before in any book of mine—math. He will start in soon on the second book and I can’t wait to find out how he will illustrate this book! This two-book project is exciting, daunting, and a challenge, but every book feels that way when in the midst of creation. And I have just begun writing a new nonfiction book, which is also under contract, after a year-plus of research and interviews. And I just signed a contract for two board books for infants and toddlers. Lucky me!

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WRITING. WRITING, REWRITING, AND MORE WRITING

I am continuing to work on an old picture book—it’s fiction—that I just can’t seem to make work. Still, I 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 pop into my head, I find myself writing notes, notes, and more notes not only about this picture book, but also a story I might work on next. Yep, the ideas do not stop rushing into my brain. And who knows which of those ideas…

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News
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 [...]

March issue of School Library Journal.

A terrific review for WHO WE ARE! from School Library Journal called the book “valuable” and also said, “The author provides an explanation of some of the causes of similarities and differences, such as genetics. Her concluding message is that no matter how different we may be, we all have feelings and that it is wrong to use differences put people down.” Read the full review.

THE PEN EQUITY PROJECT

I had the privilege to be part of PEN American Center’s online conversation: THE PEN EQUITY PROJECT. This conversation is on on EQUITY IN CHILDREN’S PUBLISHING and has just been posted online. Read the full conversation.

FIRST BOOK, MARIO BATALI FOUNDATION & WHAT’S SO YUMMY?

This fall, First Book and The Mario Batali Foundation launched their HEALTHY KIDS COLLECTION. WHAT’S SO YUMMY? was hand-selected by renown chef Mario Batali to be one of eight books in that collection as a way of ensuring that all children are well read, well fed…