"...This book holds its own with the best of Cynthia Rylant's "Henry and Mudge" titles in terms of writing and illustration. With its drama, alliteration, and wonderful depiction of a shy child breaking through a barrier, this is a winner". -
School Library Journal
"...the tasty rhyming riddles make words part of the fun..." -
What's YOUR Story?
Welcome! I am a children's author of more than 75 fiction and nonfiction trade and educational picture books, chapter books, activity books, and magazine stories for children from pre-k -middle school.
If you're an educator for grades 1-6, you're probably familiar with many of my leveled and shared reading books. My books are correlated to Fountas & Pinnell, Reading Recovery, and DRA standards. Scroll down to see some of my newest leveled books on the left and click on my page of LEVELED READING BOOKS to the right.
I love visiting schools and libraries to talk to the students about stories, writing, and creative ways they can enhance their own writing - both nonfiction and fiction. Please click on my SCHOOL VISITS and CALENDAR information above.
Please contact me to receive FREE copies of my magazine stories published in Highlights for Children, Spider, and others.
I have also included some helpful links (on the bottom right) about children's writing for both adults and students.
Six new books based on the USDA 'MyPlate' dietary guidelines. This 'Healthy Eating' series features individual books on Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, Protein, Dairy, and Snacks.
In my new school visit program , I talk about the writing and research for these nonfiction graphic books and offer additional healthy eating tips, as well as a fun 'Fact or Fiction' food guessing game. I'm also excited to announce that on certain dates, a doctor-nutritionist will also be available to accompany me to talk first-hand about healthy food choices. Click on School Visits above for more info!
My three 'Data Mania' books have been selected as winners in the Teachers' Choice Awards by Learning magazine!