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!


I write picture books about friendship, sharing, doughnuts, and math (Dozens of Doughnuts, illustrated by Brianne Farley), books about consent and asking for a hug (Don't Hug Doug, illustrated by Daniel Wiseman), books about sisters (Lulu & Zoey, illustrated by Brittany Jackson), books about trying your hardest to be on time (Hurry, Little Tortoise! illustrated by Erin Kraan), and books that I can't even tell you about yet!

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