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Welcome and thanks for visiting my website. I hope you’ll enjoy learning about me and my work with children’s literature. I wear a lot of hats in this field as an author, reader, reviewer, professor at Simmons College, storytime reader, and mother of six children. (Ten points for recognizing the children’s book reference in my headings below):

Do You Like My Picture Book Author Hat?Ezra Jack Keats Honor Book

If you’re here to learn more about my work as a picture book author, click on my book links. I was so grateful & thrilled to receive a 2016 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor for A Crow of His Own! You can read my blog post for Charlesbridge Publishing about my trip to USM to receive the award, and I hope you’ll visit illustrator David Hyde Costello’s website.

9z0h93h4 I am delighted to have my second picture book, Real Sisters Pretend, illustrated by Nicole Tadgell out in  the world as of May 2016. Join us for our book launch on 5/28 at 11 a.m. at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA. (My daughters who inspired this book about adoption, sisterhood, and play just might be there too).

Or Do You Like My Professor and Storytime Reader Hat?

Or maybe you’ve heard about the Whole Book Approach and my book Reading Picture Books with Children? Have a listen to a podcast that aired on 5/18/2016 on the DIYMFA site in which I talk about leading interactive, art and design-focused storytimes. You can also take a peek at this brief video of me leading a Whole Book Approach storytime at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, where I developed this interactive storytime model that supports readers’ engagement with picture book art and design. My central goal in this work is to bring children’s ideas and questions to the center of shared reading while celebrating the picture book as a visual art form.

Or Do You Like My Mother-Writer Hat?

Or maybe you’ve stopped by because I often write about how my family life and my work intersect in the Horn Book Magazine, and I’ve started contributing to Embrace Race: A Community about Race and Kids, too. Click on the Other Writing link, sign up for my newletter, or follow my blog, “Book Happenings” which I named after a quotation from scholar, Louise Rosenblatt who said Books do not simply happen to people. People happen to books.” 
Thank you for stopping by, and I’d love to hear about your book happenings and the hats you wear in children’s literature, too.