I’ve always loved reading and writing. One favorite childhood book was LET PAPA SLEEP!, about a pair of lively bunny children whose dad was “trying” to take a nap.
It reminded me so much of my own dad, who had a hard time sneaking in a nap in a busy household with three children underfoot. So, maybe that’s why the first poem I ever wrote had a bunny theme. It went something like this:
A bunny has a small pink nose
And fluffy fur he wears for clothes
With long white ears and little toes
He loves to hop wherever he goes
Well, my second grade teacher loved this poem and that was the first time I ever thought that maybe someday I could be an author. Fast forward many years. I grew up, went to college, got married, became a teacher and raised a daughter and two sons. When my children began to leave the nest, it seemed like the perfect time to jumpstart my writing dreams.
A Dream Come True
I write full-time now. My first picture book, MOON BABIES (Putnam), debuted in 2019! It was soon followed by three lyrical bedtime books with Chronicle Kids – WOODLAND DREAMS (2020), FARM LULLABY (2021), and WHERE THE WEE ONES GO (2022). My newest nonfiction books are TIME TO SHINE (Groundwood, 2022) and A LLAMA IS NOT AN ALPACA (Running Press Kids, 2022). More will be announcing shortly. Look for the forthcoming, WAKE UP, WOODLANDS (Chronicle Kids) in spring 2024!
I’m so excited to see where this writing adventure leads me. And to think, it all started with a bunny!