Twice in the same community? Wow!

Hi everyone,

I’m in debt to my wonderful illustrator of A PLACE TO START A FAMILY, Giles Laroche, for the latest piece of excitement in my writing world. Giles is being featured (via ZOOM) as this year’s visiting author/artist to Simonds Elementary School in Warner, New Hampshire — the same community where AFTER DARK is currently featured on one of the Pillsbury Free Library’s story walks. What a lovely coincidence!

Giles keeps a studio in the area, which was also home base for Tomie dePaola and is for Matt Forrest Esenwine.

In this case a copy of A PLACE TO START A FAMILY is being given to each kindergarten and 1st grade student at Simonds. How neat is that? Needless to say, I’m having a fine time this week!

Book signing at Sundog Books

Hi everyone,

This morning, July 11, at 10:00 I’ll start signing books at Sundog Books in Seaside, Florida. If you’re in the area, I hope you can stop by. I’ll be signing my new title, AND THE BULLFROGS SING, but other books will be available, including A PLACE TO START A FAMILY and CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS. If you haven’t posted a review on Amazon of any of these books, it’s not too late. (:>

New recognition for A PLACE TO START A FAMILY

Hi everyone,

The annual ILA Teachers’ Choices Reading List is out for 2019 and I’m happy to say that A PLACE TO START A FAMILY is one of ten titles in the K-2 category chosen by teachers nationwide.

Way to illustrate, Giles Laroche! Way to edit, Karen Boss! Thanks, Charlesbridge!

Some very good news

Hi everyone,

I learned yesterday that A PLACE TO START A FAMILY was chosen by Bank Street College for its 2019 list of Best Books of the Year published in 2018.

Congratulations to my wonderful artist partner on this book, Giles Laroche, and thank you to Charlesbridge and my gifted editor, Karen Boss. Yay for the team!

A good way to start the week!

Hi everyone,

More good news for A PLACE TO START A FAMILY. Last night I received notice that the book has been selected a K-3 2019-20 Pennsylvania Young Readers Choice Award Title.

Voting by students will begin in January 2020 and winners will be announced in mid March. Fingers crossed for a win, but just being on the list is high honor. The purpose of the Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Awards Program is to promote reading of quality books by young people in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, to encourage teacher / librarian collaboration in young adult and children’s literature, and to honor authors whose works have been recognized by the students of Pennsylvania.

My gratitude to the librarians of Pennsylvania for selecting my title for the list.