Monday, November 9, 2015

"Koala Wanted" poem in Highlights, Dec 2015

Highlights Magazine

Hi, everyone,

Good news! My sleepy koalas have found their way to Highlights! Thanks, Joelle and the Highlights team, and thanks, Jess von Innerebner, for such an adorable illustration!

Please check out Jess's other work here,

Take care!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Please indulge me for a minute...



                                      KANSAS CITY ROYALS


                                             THE WORLD SERIES!!!

We're huge baseball fans at my house, and following the Royals through the World Series was the most fun we've had in a long time. My family and I attended the parade in downtown Kansas City today, and it was a huge blast!

Here's a great overview of the day's events. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

River Read Update--with Pictures!

What a great day to be a Pirate!

River Read was a huge success, thanks to the hard work of Shannon Cuff, her staff, and the Park students who ushered everyone around and made sure all the technology worked.

And thanks to the kids and teachers. You were great! Wish I'd gotten a picture or two of us.

Here are a few of the authors who participated in today's event (photo credit: Natasha Hanova).
(l to r, Susan Schank, Ann Ingalls, me, Lisa McCormick, Mary Schulte, Debra McArthur)

(l to r, Susan Schank, Natasha Hanova, me, Lisa McCormick, Mary Schulte, Debra McArthur)

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Park University's River Read is Coming!

Hey Everyone,

Park University's River Read is just around the corner--October 13, 2015--and I'm excited! River Read is a day-long event for 4th graders in the area to gather at Park University and interact with authors of children's literature. Students will learn about writing fiction, nonfiction, the difference among genres, and more.

I'll be participating for the fourth year, and I can't wait to see the kids, their teachers, and parents! My session is called Creating Great Characters. We're going to talk about how writers develop characters their readers care about. What makes fictional characters memorable? How they look? How they speak? How can you tell Henry from Mudge in the text?

I'll try to post a picture or two afterwards. See you soon!


Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Look what the UPS man brought me!

Laura Sassi's darling new picture book, GOODNIGHT, MANGER [Zonderkidz], illustrated by Jane Chapman [The Bear books]! It's all about trying to get a good night's sleep in a really busy stable, and it's darling. The rhyming text is sweet and funny; the illustrations are huggable and witty.

Please go buy yourself a copy when it releases on October 6, 2015. It's the perfect Christmas gift for the baby in your life.

Monday, September 14, 2015

A Box of Healthy Books

Hey, all,

Look what arrived on my doorstep last week--my latest titles from Amicus: INSIDE MY HEART, INSIDE MY LUNGS, and INSIDE MY MUSCLES.

Narrated by characters students will identify with, these super-informative books take readers on a journey inside their bodies. Eye-catching illustrations bring the texts to life.

Check out this description of the Inside My Body series on Amicus' website:

Thanks, Amicus!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

"Scarecrow's Restaurant" in October Highlights magazine

Yay! My most recent poem is on page 7 in the October 2015 Highlights magazine. Such great art by the talented Luke Flowers!

Thanks, Highlights!