About Me

I’m always curious about
the authors whose books I read.
Still, it always surprises me
when someone asks me about
how I grew up, what made me
decide to become a writer,
why I write children’s books
and all kinds of other questions
about me and my writing.  

What’s New?

CRASH! BOOM! A Math Tale

CRASH! BOOM! A Math Tale is the first of two early math picture books I wrote with art created by the amazing Chris Chatterton.

Do check out this TERRIFIC TIP CARD. Although this was written for teachers, these tips also give parents and caregivers some ideas when reading to and sharing CRASH! BOOM! with a young child.


WHO? A Celebration of Babies

WHO? A Celebration of Babies, illustrated by the endearing art of Natascha Rosenberg, is the first of two early board books I have written. Both are intended for very young babies, older babies, and toddlers. WHO? is all about the beloved people, pets, AND objects in an infant’s day-to-day life. The book features all kinds of babies, even a set of twins. CUDDLE UP with an infant or toddler. Read or sing this story and have a special time together as you both hear the words, look at the art, and discover “WHO? WHO’S THAT?” each time a page turns.


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 at Funland as they go on rides, watch a performer, and play games with many other kids and adults—a story that can help children understand that although each of us is the same in many ways and different in many ways, treating each other with respect still matters.


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 in these newest editions. I then updated and/or added new information and illustrator Michael Emberley updated and/or created new illustrations—so that today’s kids and teens can have information about sexual health that they seek and need in order to make good decisions and to stay healthy. The result—our new anniversary editions of IT’S PERFECTLY NORMAL and IT’S SO AMAZING!

Read more about these editions here: Download the Anniversary information sheet

What’s Next?

Artist Chris Chatterton’s and my second early math book, NOW WHAT? A Math Tale, will be published by Candlewick Press on May 14th. My second board book, LOOK! Babies Head to Toe, illustrated by Anoosha Syed will be published by Abrams Appleseed in August.


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 every day. The best part of my research so far has been interviewing kids ages nine to fifteen about the topics in this book. Today’s kids have a lot to say and don’t  always agree with one another. But they are the driving force of this book—the force that keeps me working on this book and thinking about it almost 24/7 each and every day. Stay tuned. Whoops, forgot to say that this book is also under contract.


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 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 will pop into a new book or a book I will be writing in the future or even a book I am writing now. The ideas popping into my head—that’s the easy part. For me, the hard part is the actual writing. But no complaints from me. Writing and figuring out the story, even though I find all that hard to do, it’s what I love doing.