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Résumé

Experience:

  • years as a full time children’s book writer
  • 115 children’s and young adult books published

Recognition:

  • 46 foreign editions translated into 12 languages
  • ALA Recommended Book for Reluctant Readers, SLJ Starred Review, New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Book, Best Science Book, CBC Notable Children’s Social Studies Book, Pick of the List, New York Public Library Best 100 Book, Book-of-the-Month Club,Virginia Young Readers List, Show Me State Readers List, Prairie State Readers List, Sunshine State Readers List, Smithsonian Notable Book, Northern California Librarians Distinguished Book, IRA Children’s Choice, IRA Teacher’s Choice, Independent Publisher, Silver Medal winner, Independent Publisher Honorable Mention, William Allen White Master List, and Texas Bluebonnet Master List.

Sample Titles:

  • Tractor Day (picture book)
  • Iva Honeysuckle Discovers the World (chapter book)
  • Rebel McKenzie (middle grade novel)
  • Pony Island (non-fiction picture book)
  • Endangered and Extinct Amphibians (non-fiction)
  • Maria Von Trapp: Beyond the Sound of Music (biography)

Education/Teaching:

MFA in Writing for Children, Vermont College, 2004
MA in Children’s Literature, Hollins University, 20007
Adjunct professor, MFA in Creative Writing, Spalding University, 2006
Associate professor, MA/MFA Children’s Literature, Hollins University, current

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