Welcome to my web site! I write poems, picture books, nonfiction, and novels for children and young adults. I am a graduate of the M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. I speak about poetry and writing at schools, libraries, and conferences, and I received the Barbara Juster Esbensen 2000 Poetry Teaching Award.
My newest rhyming picture book, Baby Says "Moo!", is available from Disney-Hyperion Books. David Walker created the adorable illustrations. Candlewick Press published Waiting Out the Storm in 2010 with gorgeous illustrations by Susan Gaber. Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move, a nonfiction picture book, describes the many ways seeds travel. Pam Paparone illustrated it, and Holiday House published it in 2008.
My rhyming picture book Sing-Along Song, illustrated by LeUyen Pham, was published by Viking in 2004. My first picture book, Cats on Judy, was illustrated by Judith DuFour Love and published in 1997 by Whispering Coyote Press/Charlesbridge Publishing.
My poems have been published in Cricket, Ladybug, Highlights for Children, and the anthology Stories from Where We Live: The Great Lakes. My article "Writing for the School and Library Market" appears in the 2006 Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market. "Writing for Beginning Readers" appears in the 2008 edition, and "Fiction Inspired by Reality: Put Some Life in Your Work" appears in the 2009 edition. I've written more than one hundred nonfiction books for school and library publishers, and I also write test passages and classroom reading material for educational publishers and developers.
I live in Shorewood,Wisconsin, with my husband and our two sons. I teach part time in the English Department at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education. Besides writing, I enjoy reading, walking, gardening, canoeing, and photography.
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