Tips for Writers

My number one tip for those who want to get started in writing for children is to join the Society for Children's Book Writers & Illustrators. This organization will help point you in the right direction on your path to publication.

Rhyming Picture Books – Mentor Texts to Study

Dr. Seuss was a master of rhyme, but writers who want to write and sell rhyming picture books in today's market need to study recently released picture books. This is a list of mentor texts for rhyme. It is a starting point for study, consisting of ONLY books published since 2000.

Children's Magazine Writing - Links & Resources

I got my start writing for children's magazines like Highlights and Ladybug. These links and resources are ones that I've found helpful, and I hope you will, too. 

10 Ways to Find a Critique Group

A good critique group is essential for writers at every stage of their journey. Here's a list of ways to find one.

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I've been reading children's books all my life and I'm delighted that now I get to write them, too!


My debut picture book, Dozens of Doughnuts, illustrated by Brianne Farley, will be published by Putnam in summer, 2020. And I'm thrilled to share two more in the works: Don't Hug Doug, illustrated by Daniel Wiseman, coming from Putnam in spring, 2021; and Hurry, Little Tortoise! illustrated by Erin Balzer, coming from Random House in summer, 2022.

I also write poems, stories, and articles for children's magazines like Babybug, Ladybug, High Five, and Highlights.