Baby Says "Moo!" is now a padded board book--perfect for babies and toddlers!

My poem "My Graduation" appears in the Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations! Published in April 2015, this book in The Poetry Friday Anthology series features poems in English and Spanish by 115 poets for 150+ holidays and celebrations. Hooray!

New from Crabtree Publishing in 2015: four more books in the Poet's Workshop series!
  • Read, Recite, and Write Cinquains
  • Read, Recite, and Write Haiku
  • Read, Recite, and Write List Poems
  • Read, Recite, and Write Concrete Poems
Look for them in time for National Poetry Month!

Seed distribution has never looked so peaceful! The delicate and sweet illustrations are paired with language that is fun for kids to read along. Often used in the classroom, this book belongs on your shelves at home, too.

Write a Poem Step by Step is now an eBook!

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The Poet's Workshop series includes four volumes:
  • Read, Recite, and Write Free Verse Poems
  • Read, Recite, and Write Limericks
  • Read, Recite, and Write Narrative Poems
  • Read, Recite, and Write Nursery Rhymes
Look for them in time for National Poetry Month!
New poetry series from Crabtree Publishing!

Poetry Anthology

My poem "Newspaper Mates" appears in the new poetry anthology And the Crowd Goes Wild!: A Global Gathering of Sports Poems, available now!

From rock climbing to lacrosse, tennis to ping-pong, and swimming to soccer, this unique anthology pays joyous tribute to a wide spectrum of sports. Fifty poets, representing 10 countries, share a mix of thoughtful and humorous perspectives on all aspects of athletics. A potpourri of poetry styles pay tribute to an athleteís determination, agony, and exhilaration, celebrate the spirit of spunk and fair play, and more. Award-winning Canadian author-illustrator Kevin Sylvester lends energy to the poems with exuberant pen-and-ink drawings. Hereís a book thatís sure to be a slam dunk for readers ages 8 - 12.

Baby Says "Moo!" reviews!

See the Baby Says "Moo! page for lovely reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Booklist, and School Library Journal. Wow! Thank you!

Waiting Out the Storm has won an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Book Award in two categories, Preschool Years and Early School Years!

Virtual visits!

Now available: Virtual author visits via Skype! See the Programs page for details.

Another new book! Hooray!

Disney-Hyperion Books for Children will publish my new cumulative rhyming picture book Baby Says, "Moo!" in spring 2011 with adorable illustrations by David Walker.

I'm so excited! I just received my very own advance copy of Waiting Out the Storm from Candlewick Press. Susan Gaber created the gorgeous illustrations!

Growing Good Kids - Excellence in Children's Literature Award

Exciting news! Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move received the Growing Good Kids - Excellence in Children's Literature Award from the American Horticultural Society and the National Junior Master Gardener Program at the 2009 National Children & Youth Garden Symposium in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 24. The awards were presented at Case Western Reserve University. Afterward, I signed books at the gorgeous Cleveland Botanical Garden. What a wonderful day!

ALA 2009 Update

Look for me at the 2009 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago! I'll be talking about Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move on a panel called "Nonfiction Book Blast: Booktalks Your Reluctant Readers Canít Resist" on Sunday, July 12 from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Seventeen authors and a moderator will present booktalks librarians can use to interest young readers in nonfiction. The panel appears from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Convention Center Room W181 (Level 1 of the West Building). Participating authors include Lisa Rondinelli Albert, Mary Bowman-Kruhm, Laura Crawford, Jeri Chase Ferris, Kelly Milner Halls, Amy S. Hansen, Gwendolyn Hooks, Katherine L. House, Patricia K. Kummer, Suzanne Lieurance, JoAnn Early Macken, Carla Killough McClafferty, Wendie Old, April Pulley Sayre, Anastasia Suen, Christine Taylor-Butler, Rebecca Hogue Wojahn, and Donald Wojahn. Library media specialist Sharon Mitchell will be the panel moderator. Hope to see you there!

We have also collaborated to produce a wiki (Nonfiction Book Blast) that includes all the booktalks, searchable by title, author, subject, and intended age level. The front page includes links to the authorsí web sites. After the conference, other authors, librarians, and interested readers can add booktalks of their own. Check it out!

After the Panel
I will be autographing Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move at the Holiday House Booth, #2138 in the West Building, from 1:00-1:30 p.m.

Teaching Authors blog

April, 2009
Teaching Authors, a blog about writing and teaching from six children's book authors who also teach writing (including me!) is officially open for business. Check us out at

* Jeanne Marie Grunwell Ford
* Esther Hershenhorn
* JoAnn Early Macken
* Carmela Martino
* Mary Ann Rodman
* April Halprin Wayland

Exciting News!

March, 2009
Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move received an Honorable Mention in the Tofte/Wright Children's Literature category of the 2008 Annual Awards Competition of The Council for Wisconsin Writers, Inc. Hooray!

November 30, 2008
I finished a draft of a novel for National Novel Writing Month: 50,117 words in 30 days. Exhilarating, exhausting, & fun! Revisions will keep me busy for a long, long time.

My article "Writing for the School and Library Market" is reprinted in this new volume from the editors of Writer's Digest Books, The Craft & Business of Writing.

The book is divided into five sections: Getting Started/General Business, Fiction, Nonfiction, Children's Writing, and Poetry. Each section includes helpful articles from experienced authors.


November, 2007
I took part in my second National Novel Writing Month this year. I have to admit I did not reach my goal--I didn't even finish a first draft! But I got a good start on a new novel I hope to keep working on.

One Hundred and Counting!

February, 2007
I have just turned in my 100th book! Julia Cameron (The Artist's Way, The Vein of Gold, The Sound of Paper, etc.) says to celebrate the milestones, so I'm looking for confetti!

Yippee! Another new book!

May, 2006
Candlewick will publish Waiting Out the Storm, a rhyming picture book in the form of a poem for two voices (a conversation between a mother and child).

Operation Inspiration

In January, 2006, I traveled with six other volunteer authors and illustrators to Ocean Springs, Mississippi, an area hit hard by Hurricane Katrina. We spent three days working with school children, each presenting four talks per day. After school, we met with parents and teachers. I hope the students were as inspired as I was!

Penguin Group graciously donated copies of Sing-Along Song for each school.

Hooray! A new book!

December, 2005
Holiday House will publish Flip, Float, Fly! Seeds on the Move, a nonfiction picture book about the many ways seeds travel.

National Novel Writing Month 2005

Well, I didn't reach the goal of 50,000 words by the end of November, but I did complete a draft of a middle grade novel based loosely on a disastrous canoe trip I took with my family in spring. I'm thrilled to have made it that far. Now comes the really hard part--revising. Wish me luck!

2006 Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market article

September, 2005
My article "Writing for the School and Library Market" is in the 2006 Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market. Check it out!

Sing-Along Song is on the 2005 Texas 2 x 2 Reading List!

February 10, 2005
Yippee! The Texas Library Association has chosen Sing-Along Song for the 2005 Texas 2 x 2 Reading List. Twenty titles are chosen that are appropriate for children from age 2 to grade 2. Click the link below for more information and the annual reading lists.

Sing-Along Song is in the New York Times!

September 19, 2004
SING-ALONG SONG By JoAnn Early Macken. Illustrated by LeUyen Pham Viking
"An ebullient toddler, inspired by the robin outside his window, serenades the pleasures and delights of a long, busy summer day. Bubbling, high-spirited illustrations."

Sing-Along Song is on the shelf! Here I am at my neighborhood bookstore.

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