I am a professional author/illustrator and have written and/or illustrated over 40 published books. I graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York with a BFA in illustration. I also earned my Montessori certificate in early education from Bank Street College and was a preschool teacher for several years. This has given me a unique understanding of how to make picture books and "early readers" that are both fun and educational for children. I have done numerous school visits and the kids seem to love me! Because I am both a writer and an illustrator, it gives me a unique insight into how books are made.
I live in New York's Mid-Hudson Valley with my husband, dog and cats.
Awards and Citations for my books!
Winner of the Michigan Great Lakes Great Books Award - The Viper
Winner of the Delaware Diamonds Award - The Viper
NJLA Garden State Book Award nominee - A Dark and Noisy Night & The Aliens Are Coming!
Booklist "Top 10 Mysteries for Youth" - The Viper
A Miami Herald Best Book of the Year - The Viper
A Bank Street Best Book of the Year - Hilda and the Mad Scientist
A Junior Library Guild Selection - Hilda and the Mad Scientist
Parents Magazine "Parents Pick" - All Better
Parents Magazine Feature Spread - Me & You
The National Parenting Center's Seal of Approval - Me & You
New York Times Book Review - Me & You
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award - Jess and the Stinky Cowboys
A Bank Street Best Book of the Year - Jess and the Stinky Cowboys
Reading Rainbow Reader anthology - Silly Times With Two Silly Trolls
IRA/CBC "Children's Choice"s - Silly Times With Two Silly Trolls & Pudmuddles
NCSS – CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies - The Ghosts of Hungryhouse Lane
Kirkus pointer reviews - various
Booklist starred reviews - various
School Library Journal starred reviews - various
My local newspaper, The Blue Stone Press, did a nice interview with me! Please have a look! Here is the link to see it.
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