Monday, May 23, 2016

Here she comes!

Ruby Rose—Off to School She Goes comes out in one month! Debbie Ridpath Ohi and I are counting down the days until Ruby Rose dances into stores, libraries, and into the hearts of readers. Visit my Ruby Rose page to learn more and to find some kick-up-your-heels activities.!ruby-rose-off-to-school-she-goes/fn4qw

Out-of-this-world News!

Outer Space Bedtime Race

receives the

2016 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award—Southeastern Region!

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) has announced their 2016 Crystal Kite Award winners. The prestigious award is chosen by writing peers; and is the only award of its kind in children’s books. Outer Space Bedtime Race received the most votes out of hundreds of submissions in the Southeastern Region, and joins the other fourteen 2016 regional winners.

View all of the 2016 Crystal Kite Award winners at

Thank you to illustrator, Brian Won who brought color and life to my words. Thanks to Rubin Pfeffer (who represents Brian and me) for championing this book. Thanks also to Maria Modugno at Random House Books for Young Readers who loved my spacey manuscript from the very beginning and worked to make it the best it could be. Finally, thanks to everyone who voted for OSBR—I am honored.