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?
I was so grateful & thrilled to receive a 2016 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor for my first picture book, 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.
I’m delighted to announce that my second picture book, Real Sisters Pretend, illustrated by Nicole Tadgell is included on the Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature Best Books of 2016 list. This story was inspired by a loving conversation I overheard two of my daughters having about adoption after a stranger questioned whether they were “real sisters.”
Or Do You Like My Storytime Hat?
Or maybe you’ve heard about the Whole Book Approach, which I developed in association with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, and which I write about in my book Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking about What They See. 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.Take a peek at this brief video of me leading a Whole Book Approach storytime or listen to this podcast on DIYMFA where I talk about how I developed this interactive, art and design-focused storytime model.