Two Appearances in Sacramento: Sept 26-27

Hey NorCal folks. I'll be singing songs and reading TEENY TINY TRUCKS at the Scholarshare Children's Book Festival at Fairytale Town in Sacramento, CA on September 26-27, 2015. Truck on down with the little ones for an incredible weekend event that includes Laura Numeroff (IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE) and Michael Slack (illustrator of NUGGET & FANG).

Click here for complete details, directions, and showtimes.

Announcing WATER SONG

Working with my editor, Sylvie Frank, at Paula Wiseman Books (Simon & Schuster) on BITTY BOT has been an absolute dream come true. So, I was totally bowled over to learn recently that my picture book, WATER SONG, has also found a home at Paula Wiseman Books! This spare, lyrical rhyming text tells the life of a rainstorm from the very first drip to the final surprise. With illustrations by the incredible Richard Smythe, WATER SONG is going to be delightful and beautiful. Perfect for a rainy day read! Coming in 2017.

Announcing JACK B. NINJA

I am thrilled to announce that Cartwheel Books, an imprint of Scholastic, has acquired my rhyming picture book, JACK B. NINJA! I suppose this book can fall into the fractured fairytale category as it's based on the classic nursery rhyme, Jack Be Nimble. No word on an illustrator yet, and the publish date is probably 2017, but stay tuned. There's tons of ninja fighting fun to be had.


One Giant Leap for Bot-Kind

Holy cow! The news is out! I dropped an announcement a while back on Facebook and Twitter that I had signed my contracts with Simon & Schuster, but somehow seeing it listed on Publishers Weekly's Children's Bookshelf feels even more official.

It was a huge week for my circle of 12x12 friends as four of us had deal announcements listed--me, Tara Lazar, Miranda Paul, and Tammi Sauer. See the full rundown here.


Sage Advice From a 35-Year-Old Bookmark

Remember the very first time you ever won a contest? Like, EVER? 

For me, it was during my second grade year at Ridgeview Elementary in Liberty, Missouri. Every kid in the school was given a slip of paper and asked to create a bookmark design. I sat at my desk and brainstormed for thirty seconds or so, which probably felt like a really long time. And then I was struck with an idea. 

My sweet little creative mind conjured up a visual gag along with a punny headline. “Lean over and reach for a book” with the Leaning Tower of Pisa next to a library. It was creative gold! I imagine it took me three to five minutes to finish my concept, which also probably felt like a really long time. I dropped my bookmark onto the pile with my classmates’ submissions and forgot about it. After all, I was late for recess.