See You at TLA 2023!

The Texas Library Association’s annual conference is in Austin this year, and I’ll be there! Stop by any of these TLA events…

A VOTE IS A POWERFUL THING Selected for the Houston Bar Association’s Constitution Day Reading Event

Although a late post, I had to share this honor: The Houston Bar Association selected A VOTE IS A POWERFUL THING for their 2022 Constitution Day Reading Event 2022 observations. Members of the Houston Bar Association visited 100 area schools to read the book and then donated it to the school library. Loved seeing their social media posts of groups of kids gathered to hear the book all across Harris County, Texas. See more photos at:

New A DOG’S DAY Author Program Debuts at Troy Elementary

🐕Couldn’t believe this amazing welcome at Troy Elementary in Troy, TX last week – a balloon arch, hand-lettered sign, yummy treats & a hallway of A DOG’s DAY art. This marked my first, in-person Author Visit since the pandemic, and it was so great to be meeting readers again. Many thanks to librarian Adria Moore.
Awesome kids & questions & stories of much-loved dogs!

IF I WERE A PARK RANGER now back in stock

So happy to announce that, following overwhelming demand and supply chain issues, IF I WERE A PARK RANGER is BACK IN STOCK after several months and is now available at:

A love letter to our national parks and to the people who work to maintain and protect them…


“A great way to introduce children to a not-often-depicted career path and maybe to spark some interest in our country’s national treasures as well.”―Kirkus Reviews

“Delightful….engaging and filled with fun facts….a recommended pick for children who love nature and the outdoors.”―School Library Journal

South Carolina Picture Book Award Nominee – WHEN A KID LIKE ME FIGHTS CANCER

So pleased to announce that WHEN A KID LIKE ME FIGHTS CANCER (@albertwhitman, illus. by @angelchang) was named a South Carolina 2021-2022 Picture Book Award nominee! Plus – the South Carolina Association of School Librarians created activity guides for all nominees. Check them out here:

December’s SECRETS OF THE SNOW GLOBE Story Time & Craft Event

A big THANKS to Cibolo Chicks Bookstore in Selma, TX, for hosting Sunday’s SECRETS OF THE SNOW GLOBE storytime/craft event. Much gratitude, too, to everyone who stopped by. We discussed the STEM principles that make up the magic of the snow globe, and had all the materials available to make our own. Here’s a cool snow globe fashioned by a young visitor!

Cibolo Chicks now has signed copies of SECRETS OF THE SNOW GLOBE available, as well as books from the Kirkus-starred review A DOG’S DAY series. Be sure to stop by this wonderful indie book shop if you’re in the Selma area, and say “hi” to Ceri and Sandra.

Snow Globe Story Time and Make-Your-Own Snow Globe Craft Event

Excited to share news of this upcoming family event… Learn about the magic & SCIENCE of snow globes – then make your own at the Cibolo Chicks bookstore in Selma, TX – hope to see you there!

A Different Kind of Snow Globe

As the author of a recent snow globe book, all things snow globe pique my interest. Spotted this in the window of the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum on a recent visit to Louisiana. This is not what I typically think of as a snow globe – but interesting nonetheless. Red water means “Be Careful.”


Alaska Book Tour for IF I WERE A PARK RANGER – Stop #1: Skagway’s Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

Planned since 2019…and after a loooooong delay, it finally came to be: The 2022 IF I WERE A PARK RANGER Alaska Book Tour! This series of posts showcases some of this once-in-a-lifetime trip and the four Alaska locations with author events.

To all the store managers, park rangers and even Cruise Director Nick who welcomed and supported me at these events, and to the park visitors and cruise passengers who stopped by my table or asked me to sign their book – a heartfelt thank you.

And to the staff of any other National Park Stores that carry the book, I’d love to plan an event with you!

June 23: The First Stop: Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Skagway, Alaska.

The town of Skagway was a starting point for the White Pass Trail, a treacherous passage to the Yukon Territory that “stampeders” traversed in the late 1890s. This site offers a film and displays that illuminate this fascinating event in history.

Site One: Held in the theatre of the beautiful Visitors Center, the event opened with a public read-aloud of the book, followed by a Q&A with Ranger Jolanta and Ranger Jeremy about their work. They replied to such inquiries as: Do you remember the moment that you first knew you wanted to be a park ranger? What is your favorite part of your career as a park ranger?

Site Two: Also in Skagway, at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park’s Moore Homestead, I took part in an Author Meet and Greet, and offered Ranger-themed kids’ activities at an outdoor table. I had never before participated  in an author event with a backdrop quite like this!  Met another amazing park ranger (my heroes). Sharing below some of the art kids created that day (printed with permission).

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Alaska Book Tour for IF I WERE A PARK RANGER Stop # 2: Glacier Bay National Park

June 24: The second stop on the Alaska National Park Site Book Tour was one of my most unique signing spots ever – on a cruise ship as we passed through Glacier Bay National Park. I had done a book signing on the historic RMS Queen Mary moored in Long Beach for another book, but this was my first author event on a moving ship. And the setting was spectacular!

National Park Rangers boarded the cruise ship as we passed through Glacier Bay, and offered a riveting narration of all that we saw – and boy, do they know their stuff! They were also available for passengers’ questions.

The Glacier Bay area is the spiritual home of the Huna Tlingit. From the ship, passengers can view the glaciers and may even spot one in the process of calving, with chunks of ice falling off into the water. Lucky viewers may catch sight of wildlife, too.

Again, to be surrounded during an author’s event with stunning views of glaciers was a never-to-be-forgotten experience.

Thank you to the park rangers for their kindness to me and the Alaska Geographic staff who made this event possible. And thank you to our cruise director who warmly greeted me that – and even included me on the ship’s event program.

Glacier Bay Photo Gallery: