My Books

Thursday, July 26, 2012


Psst! Since it seems that the word is getting out, I think it's finally safe to share the news myself. Are you ready? Ok. Here it is:

 I haiku you. 

Um (*blush*), I mean, that's the name of my next picture book with Random House.

 I Haiku You is coming this December 26, just in time for Valentine's Day but perfect for any day of the year! This book is very close to my heart, and I hope it can make its way into yours too. It's meant for all ages, and it's a sweet little gift for that special someone.

Stay tuned for more sneak peeks as the pub date gets closer!

Friday, July 6, 2012

very hungry caterpillars...

A few weeks ago, during my New England vacation, Jeff and I took a detour to the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA, where Eric Carle was doing a book signing. Thank goodness I have a husband that "gets" what this experience means to me and actually insisted we go. When it comes to children's book heroes, Eric Carle is "it" for me. And he was exactly what I expected in person—kind, humble, and so willing to share. And what a warm smile! I feel so lucky I had the chance to meet him and to visit his museum (which was wonderful, by the way).

Standing in line at the museum, waiting for my turn, made me realize how many lives all over the world have been touched and made better by Eric Carle's books. All those people that day were there for some reason—to shake his hand, to celebrate his books, to say thank you. His books are woven with universal messages of belonging and perseverance and hope, but I think the story of his own life is perhaps the best example of what each of us are capable of. We are all very hungry little caterpillars, awkwardly waiting to become, aren't we? Thanks to all those moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, teachers, kids, friends and mentors that encourage our hungry appetites for learning, recognize our talents, and inspire us to grow into something beautiful. And thanks Mr. Carle!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

special delivery!

Hooray, the day is finally here! Ready, set, GO!...Tons of Trucks (the books, that is) are headed your way for a special delivery.

If you are in the Cincinnati or Cleveland/Akron areas, please come to one of my book signings and bring the kiddos for a story time and truck-related craft.

Monday, July 9 at 10:30am
Joseph-Beth Booksellers
Rookwood Pavilion
2692 Madison Road
Cincinnati, OH 45208

Saturday, July 14 at 1:00pm
The Learned Owl Book Shop
204 N. Main St.
Hudson, OH 44236

You can read a few nice reviews here and here.

Special thanks to author Sue Fliess for giving me such a great manuscript to work from and to the whole team at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for being such a great support!