Welcome, and thanks for visiting my website!
I wear many hats in the field of Children’s Literature as an author, reader, reviewer, Lecturer at Simmons University, storytime reader, and mother of seven children. And since you’ve found me here, I bet you’ll recognize the children’s book reference in my headings below as I welcome you to learn more about me and my work:
Do you like my picture book author hat?
I was thrilled to receive a 2016 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor for my first picture book, A Crow of His Own, illustrated by David Hyde Costello.
My other picture book, Real Sisters Pretend, illustrated by Nicole Tadgell, was inspired by a loving conversation about adoption between two of my daughters after a stranger questioned whether they were “real sisters.” It was named a 2017 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, and a Must Read Picture book/Early Reader under the 17t Annual Massachusetts Book Awards.
Or do you like my storytime hat?
Or maybe you’ve heard about the Whole Book Approach, a storytime model I created 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.
In February 2020 I will launch Steps to Literacy Whole Book Approach book bins for grades pre-k through 5. Check back for details!