November 18, 2014

Happy 3rd Book Birthday to Dos en el Zoologico/Two at the Zoo bilingual board book!

After Two at the Zoo was released, customers began asking for a board book edition as well as a bilingual book. Clarion Books created this beautiful book that is just right for little hands. The English and Spanish bilingual text is set in two colors for easy reading. Click here to learn more.

September 22, 2014

Sneak Peek: ARCTIC WHITE, Fall 2015

I am pleased to share this amazing first sketch by Lee White for our picture book ARCTIC WHITE to be released in Fall 2015 by Henry Holt BFYR.  Isn't it beautiful?

Lee's art style is a perfect fit for the lyrical text about family and community.
I will share more when I can so please stay tuned! 

August 18, 2014

Illustrators for next four picture books revealed!


Gifts come in all shapes and forms.  I am so happy to have received the exciting news of who will illustrate my next four picture books. This news is truly a gift as four AMAZING illustrators believe in my work and are willing to give their time and talent to create terrific books for children with me.

To be released in Fall of 2015:  Virginia Allyn will illustrate Mother Goose's Pajama Party published by Doubleday Random House. 

To be released in Fall 2015: Lee White will illustrate Arctic White, a celebration of family and community, published by Henry Holt BFYR.

To be released in Spring, 2016: Kevin Sherry will illustrate Swallow the Leader, an underwater counting book, published by Clarion Books.

And last but not least, with a release date to be announced later, Bagram Ibatoulline will illustrate Hawk of the Castle, published by Candlewick Press.

Between the text, the art, and the direction of the editors and publishers, I know they will be beautiful books!

I look forward to sharing some "sneak peeks" with you as soon as I can.

March 5, 2014

Happy Birthday, Balloon Trees!

Balloon Trees turns one year old today! Hooray!

Since its release on March 5, 2013 we have been celebrating non-stop! 

In just a short year, Balloon Trees has received many excellent reviews, took home the gold for the Florida Authors and Publishers Association children's picture book President's Award, and earned the Children's Literary Classics Seal of approval. Plus we've had bunches of fun reading and doing balloon crafts at events!

Thank you to all the children, teachers, parents, and librarians who read and share this book about how balloons are made!

February 24, 2014

Fan Letters for Two at the Zoo

These fan letters made my day!  The students at an elementary school in Florida like TWO AT THE ZOO and took the time to let me know.  Thanks kids you are awesome!