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! coming in May!

CRASH! BOOM! A Math Tale

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 through the up and downs of creating something new and finally celebrates the sheer joy and pride of success. Have fun discovering a myriad of math and other STEM concepts within the story and within the art, including counting, doubling, measuring, questioning, estimating, predicting, balance, gravity, and more.

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 coming in June!

WHO? A Celebration of Babies

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 book is all about the beloved people, pets, objects, and more in an infant’s day-to-day life. Each spread in the book features a different baby and even a set of twins. Cuddle up with an infant or toddler. Read or sing this story and have a special time together as the two of you listen to the words, look at the art, and discover answers to the question “WHO? WHO’S THAT?” each time you turn a page.

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 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.

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 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?
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.

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 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.

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 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.