Welcome! I am a children's author of fiction and nonfiction picture books, chapter books, activity books, and magazine stories for children from preschool - middle school.
If you're an educator for grades K-6, you're probably familiar with my leveled and guided reading books. Many of my books are correlated to core curriculum standards, with Reading Recovery, Lexile, and DRA leveling.
From fancy fish to babbling birds to rowdy reptiles, my 'Pop's Pet Store' series engages early readers
My single-title F & P books are full of surprises to spark reading interest .
I love visiting schools to talk to the students about books, writing, and creative ways they can enhance their own writing. I offer a variety of lively presentations geared for specific grade levels or school assembly programs.
I also present childhood literacy programs for educators and parents. Programs feature easy and engaging tips and activities to create a literacy-rich home environment - which in turn will impact children's literacy skills at school.
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.
Some great jelly bean artwork based on my book 'The Giant Jelly Bean Jar'
A boy is bored with research for his school report so he decides to visit the Arctic and learn about polar bears firsthand. Check out the other books in the series on tigers, monkeys, crocodiles and more
Fantastic Fruits - one of six books in the 'Healthy Eating' series
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!
EVERYONE FEELS Series - 4 new books - Scared, Sad, Happy and Angry
Everyone Feels Scared Sometimes - and everyone feels sad, happy, and angry sometimes, too. Bright illustrations and simple text show pre-school and early elementary school children productive and healthy ways to express their feelings - and understand and develop empathy for other peoples feelings.
With amusing puppets and animated exercises, my school presentations keep the attention of even the youngest children. Find out more - click on 'Presentations' above
**Review from 'Books That Heal'** - "These books are SUPER user friendly and can be used in a multipurpose fashion. I know I'm not going to lose my audience. There's a lot of books out there explaining what a feeling is...but these go further. It teaches kids it's sometimes necessary to do something with those feelings. Do something positive."
Students create their own t-shirt bulletin board after reading my book 'The Hot Shots'
Talented 6th graders draw the cover of 'Raising Pilot'