Watersong a NCTE Notable Poetry Book

I was a poet, and didn't know it! What a nice surprise to learn that NCTE, the National Council of Teachers of English, named WATERSONG a 2018 Notable Poetry Book. This is a lovely endorsement coming from such a wonderful organization.

WATERSONG's journey has been like a winding river. It started as a trickle (which was my original title: Trickle) when the idea came to me during the 2013 Storystorm picture book idea challenge. Then I wrote out the 56 rhyming words during the 12x12 writing challenge. After the manuscript sold to Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, Richard Smythe threaded in his beautiful illustrations of a fox weathering the storm. The non-fiction back matter, which adds an even deeper level, was included shortly before the book went to print. Little did I know I'd be doing research on ecosystems, rainbows, and watersheds, but it was really rewarding work. Since then, I've had so much fun reading WATERSONG with kids around the Bay Area. And I'm especially proud to hear when teachers say they've used my book as part of their curriculum in the classroom.


Watersong on the NYPL Best of 2017 List

I have so much to be thankful for this week. My wife, my kids, our home, and the fact that I get to write picture books and share them with children. What a pleasant surprise to learn that WATERSONG was included in the New York Public Library's Best Books for Kids 2017 list! I'm truly honored to have a book of mine among such amazing titles by some of the world's best writers for kids.

I'm especially thankful this year for my readers and supporters, my agent and my editors, my local bookstores, SCBWI, my friends, and my family. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Click here for the complete NYPL Best Books for Kids 2017 list.


Barnyard Boogie Board Book Trailer

This brand new Barnyard Boogie board book birthday trailer is brought to you by the letter B.
Both versions of Barnyard Boogie are available today!


BARNYARD BOOGIE Book Trailer Premier

I'm delighted to share the official trailer for my first picture book with Abrams Appleseed, BARNYARD BOOGIE! This book features super stylish and totally fun illustrations by Allison Black. It's all about farm animals playing musical instruments--perfect for budding musicians and future farmers everywhere.

BARNYARD BOOGIE is available wherever books are sold starting May 9, 2017.


Watersong Launch at Kepler's Books!

WATERSONG is almost here! 

I'm thrilled to announce that the legendary Kepler's Books in Menlo Park, CA will be hosting the official book launch event for Watersong on February 4th. Please help us celebrate the publication of this beautiful book from Simon & Schuster / Paula Wiseman Books with illustrations by Richard Smythe.

Saturday, February 4, 2017
Kepler's Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA
Author Tim McCanna will read and sign books. Also, a representative from the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley will join us to talk about foxes and other wildlife in the Bay Area!

>> Click here to register for our FREE event so the store can have a headcount. <<

Thanks! If you're in or around the Bay Area peninsula, I hope to see you there!