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I wrote my first songs and stories at a tiny yellow desk with a pink chair. I wrote book after book, stapling together pages from old invoice pads or receipt books that my dad would bring home from work. I illustrated my books. I gave them away as gifts. There was no doubt in my mind that when I grew up, I would have a house filled with books and I would write and sing all day.

And guess what? It’s not so far from the truth!

Today, I write fiction for kids, teach one-on-one music lessons, give school presentations, and help guide elementary school students through the process of composing their own songs, stories, and poetry. It’s pretty much the best job in the universe!


MY AUDIO INTRODUCTION (and name pronunciation from Teaching Books)

WHAT I’M READING (you can also visit my Goodreads bookshelf)

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS [coming soon!]


Department of Lost Dogs book cover featuring a dog in a sparkly red outfit, with glowing reviews from Kirkus and Booklist.

Kirkus & Booklist reviews!

It’s almost time for The Department of Lost Dogs to hit the shelves (April 11th!) and I am so elated to see these wonderful reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Booklist.
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A Dog-Friendly Town paperback with Saint Bernard close up

A Dog-Friendly Paperback!

A Dog-Friendly Town is out in paperback today with a fresh new cover design by the talented Xindi Yan! I love that Sir Bentley, canine celebrity (and owner of the
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Not All Heroes on Bank Street Best Books of the Year

A Bank Street Best Book of the Year

I was stunned to find out that Not All Heroes made the Bank Street Best Books list this year! Every year, Bank Street Children’s Book Committee compiles a list of
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