Stops and Sightings

A GRAND DAY Case Cover Reveal!

Picture book creation is always full of surprises. And with A GRAND DAY, illustrator extraordinaire Samantha Cotterill and the rockstar team at Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books surprised me with this amazing case cover showcasing the scale and perspective of those beautiful 3-D scenes. I’m blown away! To find out more about A GRAND DAY… Read more »

A Sneak Peek at A GRAND DAY!

My upcoming picture book, A GRAND DAY (from Samantha Cotterill, Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster and me!) celebrating the special bond between grandchildren and grandparents in every kind of family, comes out on July 5th. I can’t wait. And while I’ve not yet received my author copies, I have had some lovely sneak peeks at… Read more »

Introducing my latest picture book – GROUP HUG!

I’m thrilled to introduce you to my latest picture book! Join a forest of friendly animals as one-by-one they learn the contagious happiness that hugs can bring. This delightful picture book encourages kindness and goes to show “that a hugger finds happiness ‘longside the hugged!” Coming 12/14/21 from Macmillan/Henry Holt/Godwin Books ADVANCE PRAISE “This sweetly endearing charmer, highlighting… Read more »

SYLVIE Cover Reveal!

Friends, get ready to meet SYLVIE – a sweet and surreptitious spider with a big, bold heart. I’m so, SO excited to reveal her adorable cover. And I can’t wait for you all to read her story. (It features a favorite tortoise of mine!) Coming May 2022 from Lucy Ruth Cummins, Atheneum/Simon & Schuster and… Read more »

WHEN THE SNOW IS DEEPER THAN MY BOOTS ARE TALL in Scholastic Book Clubs

Hi friends! This month, you’ll see WHEN THE SNOW IS DEEPER THAN MY BOOTS ARE TALL in the Kindergarten Scholastic Book Clubs Flyer! As a kid, I loved these flyers and loved ordering many, MANY books. And now, I really appreciate the way Scholastic brings low-cost books to more young readers. Yay! Thank you Macmillan/Henry… Read more »

Red Reading Hub Review of GROUP HUG!

While we’re a little over a month away from GROUP HUG’s U.S. release date, it publishes today in the UK from Scallywag Press. And I’m loving this Red Reading Hub review! “Jean Reidy’s telling comprises story elements both young listeners and beginning readers delight in: a repeat refrain (the title in this case), a spare… Read more »

Oh My Stars! It’s a STARRED review for GROUP HUG!

Friends, it’s a good-newsy kind of week, so I apologize for all these braggy-sounding posts, but … oh, my stars! It’s a @Kirkus STARRED review for GROUP HUG from MacKids Books, Joey Chou and me! “Paying it forward with cuddles. Starting with an affectionate slug, a bevy of down-in-the-dumps animals, including a beetle, a mouse, a skunk, a… Read more »