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 seven 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

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, was named a Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2017. It’s also included on the Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature Best Books of 2016 list and the CCBC Choices 2017 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.

Or Do You Like My Essayist Hat?

Or maybe you’ve stopped by because of my writing about how my family life and my work as Senior Lecturer in Children’s Literature at Simmons College intersect in my contributions to the Horn Book Magazine. I’ve also started contributing to Embrace Race: A Community about Race and Kids and am so grateful and proud to be a part of its efforts.

No matter what brings you here, I invite you to follow me on Twitter, sign up for my newsletter, 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 also happen to books.” Thanks again for stopping by, and I’d love to hear about your book happenings and the bookish hats you wear, too.