Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Sammy the Toucan & Me: The Interview!

Suzanne Walker, Director of the Indiana Center for the Book, is the brainchild (and puppeteer) behind "Toucan Tuesdays"--a series of interviews promoting Indiana authors and their books. I was recently the honored guest and had SUCH A FUN TIME! Click the link to enjoy the 12-minute show:

Monday, June 7, 2021


Join me Thursday, June 10, anytime between 5 and 6:30pm for hellos, a couple singalongs, and signing of my new board book, illustrated by Airin O'Callaghan.

As if life isn't complicated enough, the past year-plus has offered plenty of bumps and bruises. GOD'S ALWAYS LOVING YOU provides comfort and reassurance that, no matter what, God and his truest-of-all love is right here with us.

Hope to see you! 

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

GOD'S ALWAYS LOVING YOU...coming soon!

With sensitive illustrations by Airin O'Callaghan, my new board book for little ones facing hard moments (and good ones, too) comes out June 7 of this year.  Here's a peek at the front and back covers!

Monday, September 14, 2020

HERE WE COME! has an illustrator!

Christine Davenier, prolific author/illustrator of both French and American children's books, has agreed to illustrate my upcoming musical picture book, HERE WE COME!  I'm honored to share this book with her, and it'll be headed your way in the spring of 2022 from Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster.  

Among Christine's better-known American projects are THE VERY FAIRY PRINCESS titles by Julie Andrews, ME I AM by Jack Prelutsky, THE OTHER DOG by Madeleine l'Engle, and many others. Here's an example of her colorful, emotive style:

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Forthcoming title with Beach Lane Books/S&S!

Wanted to share the news of a new contract with Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster for my picture book, HERE WE COME!  Near to my music-teacher's heart, HERE WE COME! is a cumulative, rhythmic tribute to the musician in every child--especially those who love a parade.

Many thanks to my agent, Rachel Orr of Prospect Agency, and to Allyn Johnston of Beach Lane!  More details to come...

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Bank Street List, 2016 Edition!

TWO IS ENOUGH was recently honored with inclusion in the Bank Street College of Education's "Best Children's Book" list--aimed at helping put the best books in the hands of librarians, teachers, parents, grandparents and ultimately, children. 

On a related note...I continue to hear stories from readers, both via email and in person, of how this book is touching hearts and helping to affirm our smallest families.  This is the biggest honor of all.

Monday, February 29, 2016

The finalists for the "Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award" are out, and TWO IS ENOUGH made the list! Other finalists include NOSE TO TOES, YOU ARE YUMMY by Tim Harrington, I GOT THE RHYTHM by Connie Schofield-Morrison, BEAR SEES COLORS by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman, and HOORAY FOR HAT! by Brian Won. The award is sponsored by the Indiana Center for the Book, in order to "encourage parents, caregivers, and very young children to interact together with exceptional picture books."

If you live in Indiana, please ask your library, preschool or bookstore to provide books and ballots for this award. And if you are 0 to 5 years old, or know someone who is, get out there and vote (once per child) by May 6, 2016. Happy reading!