Picture Book 101 at the Guilford Free Library


BIG THANKS to Stephanie Johnson at the Guilford Free Library in Guildford, CT for organizing a great event last night.  We had about 80 – 100 people come out – which was an AMAZING turn-out – and they listened to me jabber on for a solid hour about children’s books, writing, critique groups, agents, conferences, and submitting their work.

GOOD LUCK to all the future writers out there!

If you missed me in Guildford, I’ll be doing the same program at the Oliver Wolcott Library in Litchfield, CT on Wednesday, Oct 2 from 7 – 8pm.

The Simples Love A Picnic

The Simples Love a Picnic, April 2014, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The Simples Love a Picnic, April 2014, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


I’m very excited to introduce my new picture book, THE SIMPLES LOVE A PICNIC, due out April 2014.

It’s the fun, silly story of the Simple family who want to have a nice, simple picnic.  But every thing that can go wrong, simply does!

It’s very bright, energetic, and most of all, silly.  It will appeal to kids who love humor in their books.

This is also my first book with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, so I want to give a BIG THANKS to Margaret Raymo, the editor on this project, and Rebecca Bond, the art director.  They both did such a fabulous job guiding this project and it was a pleasure to work with them both!

I can’t wait for Spring!