Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Hot Dog! The Critics Love GASTON!

It's been a doggone exciting year for my favorite Frenchie!  Here are some of the accolades GASTON has accumulated in 2014:

  • Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Books of 2014
  • Horn Book Magazine Best Children's Books of 2014
  • American Booksellers Association 2014 ABC Best Books for Children
  • NPR 2014 Great Reads
  • Best Children's Books of 2014
  • 2014 Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Society of Illustrators Selection "The Original Art 2014"
  • Semifinalist Goodreads Choice Awards Best Picture Books 2014
  • Book Page Best Children's Books of 2014

THANK YOU to ALL for the puppy love!! And thank you to all of my readers who have welcomed Gaston into their hearts and home. Your support and enthusiasm has been amazing. x o x o

Thursday, June 5, 2014


Please join me in welcoming GASTON to the world! On sale NOW! GASTON, illustrated by the amazing Christian Robinson, published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, received starred reviews from Kirkus and Horn Book Magazine, is a Publisher's Weekly Summer Book Pick and is an amazon Best Book of the Month for June. "Gaston will win hearts, as will his story’s message of belonging and family.A perfect read aloud that will leave them begging for more—an absolute delight. " - * KIRKUS REVIEWS, May 2014

I love this story and the illustrations. I hope you will too!

Monday, February 10, 2014


Hey, Ghouls and Boys!  I have some heart-stopping news! Oregon Children's Theatre will be hosting the world premier of ZOMBIE IN LOVE - THE MUSICAL! I will be in Portland for Opening Day performances on Saturday, March 1st to take in the fun and sign copies of the book. I can't wait! 

For more information about the show and how to purchase tickets, please visit the Oregon Children's Theatre's website.  

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

CRAFTY CHLOE Dress-Up Mess-Up ON SALE TODAY! *tosses glitter*

Chloe's back for another fun adventure!

The Parade of Books has arrived, and it’s Chloe’s chance to showcase her crafty costume talents. Leo wants Chloe to be the Frankenstein to his Dracula, and Chloe can’t wait to dress like a monster. But when Emma wants to wear Fairy Club costumes instead, Chloe is torn like a scrap of fabric. She doesn’t want to disappoint her friends—but how can she possibly please them both? Luckily, a little glitter and a lot of imagination just might give Chloe the answer!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Clink! Clink! Raise your glass...

CLINK is the Grand Rapids Mayor's Book Club selection for the month of January. Thank you, Mayor Heartwell and the Grand Rapids Public Library!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

November Is Picture Book Month!

Check out my post, Why Picture Books Are Important here.


Thursday, August 16, 2012

A Summer Shout Out

Hello Friends, Family, Fans, and anyone who may have landed here by mistake....

My last post was back in MAY! Crikey - who hit the fast forward button?!  I can't believe summer is coming to an end. Unlike some parents who can't wait to send their kids back to school, I dread the thought. It makes me sad. And it makes me angry when Target puts out their school supplies around the 4th of July. That's just cruel. There should be a law against it. Just like they shouldn't be allowed to put out Christmas merchandise before Halloween. 

Okay, enough of the cranky, old lady talk....I didn't come here to complain. I came here to tell you I will be at The Book Beat's 30th Anniversary Party on Sunday, August 19th, from 12:30-2:30 PM.  There will be live music, prizes, and a taco truck. Tacos and books, people! The celebration will also include lots of great authors and illustrations.  Visit The Book Beat's website for full details. 
The Book Beat is located at 26010 Greenfield, in Oak Park, Michigan. 

I hope to see you there! If not, enjoy the rest of your summer. *sob*