"...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..." -
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-school - middle school.
If you're an educator for grades 1-6, you're probably familiar with my leveled and shared reading books. Many of my books are correlated to core curriculum standards, with Fountas & Pinnell, Reading Recovery, and DRA leveling. 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 books, writing, and creative ways they can enhance their own writing - both nonfiction and fiction. I offer a variety of lively presentations geared for specific grade levels or school assembly programs. Click on PRESENTATIONS and CALENDAR above for more information.
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.
This colorful healthy eating series features six books based on the USDA dietary guidelines - Vegetables, Fruits, Grains, Protein, Dairy, and Snacks.
In my school visit program , I talk about the writing and research for these nonfiction graphic books and the students have fun with my 'Fact or Fiction' food guessing game.
My three 'Data Mania' books have been selected as winners in the Teachers' Choice Awards by Learning magazine!